The Minnesota Twins have a noon news conference today for “a major announcement about their new ballpark.” This sound suspiciously like the unveiling of the name, by virtue of corporate sponsorship.
The betting line appears to be Land o’ Lakes Park or Land o’ Lakes Field.
Carter Hayes, on the blog SBG Nation, says he searched the WHOIS database and found that landolakespark.com and landolakesfield.com have been registered by the Twins vice president of technology.
Target Field and various concoctions of Best Buy (HDTV on sale now for $800 Park?) have also been registered, but apparently not to anyone publicly associated with the Twins.
I checked for a Wells Fargo Field, but the domain is not registered. Besides, wasn’t that once Twins owner Carl Pohlad’s competition in the banking business?
If it is Land O Lakes Field, how do we refer to it in the shortened form. In Cleveland, one headed to “The Jake” (then Jacobs Field). In Minneapolis, we go to “The Dome.” We can’t very well say, “it’s a nice day, let’s go to ‘The Lake.'”
By the way, have you seen the Twins ballpark Web cam?
Update 12:24 p.m. – The “big” announcement turned out to be a deal with Delaware North (owners of the Boston Bruins and widely regarded there as some of the cheapest ownership in sports) to provide concession services. I imagine there’s more than a few honked-off media people who were lured to attend the big announcement only to find out it wasn’t worth the paper on a press release. It’s one of the no-no’s of the business.