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Despite wintery weather, Target Field getting ready for Twins Opener

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (FOX 47) -- Spring has officially begun.  And crews in Minneapolis were out preparing for what some consider the true kickoff to spring -- opening day at the ball park.

Thursday's temperatures hovered in the twenties and it has many people wondering if Target Field is going to be ready. Meanwhile, grounds crews were shooting the snow out of the seats with warm water.  In it's fourth year as home of the Twins, this is the first season opener at Target Field.

"It's a little bit of new ground for us but we're working hard that come April 1st this stadium is ready to go," said Twins Social Media Coordinator Keith Beise.  He assured KTTC every measure is being taken to make sure the grass stays green. "Our grounds crew does an amazing job getting this field ready," he said.

When temperatures dip below 10 degrees, like recent nights, the blankets and heating system keep the field thawed.

With the field under control, the focus is on the fans. "The only thing that would stop an April 1, season opener would be if we got a big snowstorm or precipitation of anytime," said Beise.

However, the season opener still isn't sold out.  Whether or not it's due to fair-weather fans is yet to be decided.

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