Plaisted Companies is the official supplier of the aggregate and specialty soils required to build the playing surface at Target Field. Currently being laid down in coordination with the field heating and irrigations systems, Plaisted products – mined in Elk River – will be used to form the base layers of the playing field including:
• Clean select-fill created to serve as a base layer.
• Specialty-sized pea-gravel to facilitate quick drainage.
• An engineered soil mix consisting of a specially designed sand/peat mix for the turf root-zone.
“The Minnesota Twins are proud to partner with a great local company to help us build a consistent playing surface at Target Field,” said Larry DiVito, head groundskeeper at Target Field.
Once the playing surface sub-layers have been laid and the field heating system and irrigation system are completed, the natural turf-grass sod installation will begin in early September.
“Plaisted Companies is happy to be involved in the construction of Target Field,” says Todd Plaisted, President, Plaisted Companies. “We’re pleased to see that our products will play a crucial role in Minnesota baseball for years to come.”
About Plaisted Companies
Plaisted Companies mining reserve is located in Elk River, Minnesota. Plaisted Companies has been leading the way providing high quality, consistent products to the sports turf, golf course, horticulture, construction and maintenance markets since 1990. Most recently, our specialty soil innovations include such “green” products as: Rooftop Lightweight Garden mixes, Rain Garden mixes and CU-Structural Tree Soil. Visit our website at www.plaistedcompanies.com to view more than 200 innovative products and our video about how they are made.
About Target Field
Target Field, one of America’s most urban ballparks, will be located in the historic Warehouse district of downtown Minneapolis. Site clearing began May 15, 2007 with actual construction commencing in August 2007. Designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport) with Mortenson Construction serving as construction manager, the 40,000 seat ballpark is slated for completion prior to Opening Day 2010 and the cost of construction is $425 million. The Twins and Target Corporation announced a historic 25-year naming agreement for Target Field and Target Plaza on September 15, 2008. The Twins Ballpark Webcams provide fans the opportunity to view progress on the construction of the new downtown Minneapolis ballpark through completion in the spring of 2010. For more information on Target Field and to view the site through the Webcam, visit www.twinsbaseball.com/newballpark.