Thursday was a big day of shake-ups for the Minnesota Twins. After finishing last for the second year in a row, half the coaches have been let go and some big changes are coming to Target Field.
With two tough seasons on the books, the Twins are looking for a way to entice fans -- and some big changes will be coming to the bleachers area in right field.
Some of the bleacher seats in that section had obstructed views, so the Twins will be taking them out and replacing them with bar rails and stool seating that mimics the perpetually popular Budweiser roof deck.
"What the plan will be is to take threes -- three sections out -- and elevate them a bit," explained Kevin Smith, with the Minnesota Twins. "Make this a right-field destination where we will make this available for groups and occasionally single seats as well."
The goal is to give fans a better view of the action on the field, and the renovations were unanimously approved by the Ballpark Commission on Thursday. Within minutes, crews from Mortenson Construction were already measuring and marking the deck.
The new rail seating will be ready by opening day in April.
The changes to Target Field may not be the only surprise at the ballpark next year. On Thursday, the Twins told the ballpark authority that the Kenny Chesney concert was so successful, they want to book another show for the All Star break next year. There is no word on who they hope to book yet.