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Target Field taste available today

Area Minnesota Twins fans can sit in Target Field seats before next April, or at least the same seats that will be used at the new Twins stadium, which is set to open next spring.

The Minnesota Ballpark Authority (MBA) will hold a board meeting that starts at 12:30 p.m. today at the Hjemkomst Center in Moorhead. Prior to the meeting is an open house that starts at noon.

A set of three seats, like the ones that are being installed at Target Field, will be available for fans to sample.

There will also be a video virtual tour of the stadium, a model of the scoreboard, the latest aerial photo of the project and stone samples of materials that were used in the stadium.

"We're building a project that we believe is a statewide asset, so one of the things they wanted to do was have meetings around the state," MBA Executive Director Dan Kenney said.

Moorhead is one of three MBA meetings scheduled outside of Minneapolis. The board had a meeting in Rochester on March 20. A meeting is scheduled for July 17 in Duluth.

"It's kind of an open house to get people familiar with what we're building, where it is downtown in Minneapolis, how folks will get there, those kind of things," Kenney said. "The key component here is the educational piece because we're moving from the construction phase to the operational phase. So there's going to be a bit of a learning curve."

After the open house, Kenney said the board will hold a meeting that should last around an hour.

"If folks have questions of staff, they might want to hang around for the meeting," Kenney said. "We've got some interesting things to look at for folks who are interested in baseball and the future of baseball in downtown Minneapolis. They might want to come out and just check the things out."