MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. (FOX 47) – The Minnesota Twins are installing a “living wall” for the Target Field batter’s eye. The team is calling it a first of its kind for Major League Baseball.
For those that don’t know, a “batter’s eye” is the section of center field usually left devoid of fans, signage or score boards. It’s left that way so a batter has an easier time tracking a pitch as it comes to the plate.
According to a Twins news release Monday, the new Target Field batter’s eye will be made of 5,700 sea green juniper plants. The plants are secured in a tiered, multiple-tray system attached to the existing batter’s eye wall structure.
The plants will be self-irrigated through a rainwater recycle system, and they’ll be stored in a nursery during the off season.
At 2,280 square feet, the Twins say the living wall will be among the largest in the continental United States.
Last week the Twins announced upgrades for the “Gate 34” area.