OAKLAND -- Target Field was named "The Sports Facility of the Year" by Street & Smith's Sports Business Journal and Sports Business Daily at the 2011 Sports Business Awards Ceremony on Wednesday in New York City.
"The Twins are honored to have won such a prestigious award," said Twins president Dave St. Peter. "We are immensely grateful to our many partners like Populous, Mortenson Construction, Hennepin County and the Minnesota Ballpark Authority, whose collaboration, ingenuity and support helped make Target Field such a landmark facility."
Target Field won the award over Amway Arena (home of the Orlando Magic), Arrowhead Stadium (home of the Kansas City Chiefs), Consol Energy Center (home of the Pittsburgh Penguins), New Meadowlands Stadium (home of the New York Giants/Jets) and Red Bull Arena (home of the New York Red Bulls).
"Target Field is a ballpark beloved by its fans, offering a wonderful benefit to its community, and now honored by industry leaders," said Earl Santee, Populous Senior Principal. "We knew from the outset it would be a great project. It's nice to receive validation as the best sports facility in the country; one that is a model to be revered and studied for future stadia development."