At the end of every year, the Minneapolis Star Tribune gives out the Sportsperson of the Year award. The award recognizes a person who had a strong impact on Minnesotan sports that year. The 2010 award, given out last week, was given to Earl Santee. Santee was the head of the construction firm that built Target Field, and was given the award for turning a parking lot into the “best ballpark in America.”
One afternoon in 2003, before Santee started working for the Twins, he drove into a parking lot in downtown Minneapolis. He said, “I envisioned sitting in a seat behind the third base dugout and looking up and seeing the skyline.” Seven years later, that parking lot would become Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins.
I think Santee truly deserved this award because of all of Target Field’s great features, including being very accessible and having great sight lines. Santee has designed several other major and minor league ballparks, including the new Yankee Stadium in New York, and Coors Field in Colorado. Congratulations Earl Santee, 2010 Star Tribune Sportsperson of the Year! For more on Santee and the award, click here.
Written by: Sam Graves
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