Target Field’s Unique Way To Battle Rain

Luckily for fans, a little rain won't stop the Twins from playing at home Thursday, reports Jeff Wagner (1:32). WCCO 4 News At 10 - April 7, 2021

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FRANK VACELLARO: Well, luckily for fans, a little rain won't stop the Twins from playing at home tomorrow.

AMELIA SANTANIELLO: The field was designed with this kind of weather in mind. Our Jeff Wagner explains how this unique feature works.

JEFF WAGNER: A fresh set of lines here, a spot check of the grass there. It's all about dotting your I's and crossing your T's, at this point, for the grounds crew at Target Field.

LARRY DIVITO: It's been a good spring. Probably the second easiest we've had since we opened.

JEFF WAGNER: When you consider some years included shoveling snow and cranking up the heat beneath the frigid field, it's no wonder head groundskeeper Larry DiVito's stress level is low.

LARRY DIVITO: Getting to our playability level has been no different than it would have been in May.

JEFF WAGNER: But they're not out of the weather woods yet.

LARRY DIVITO: We're expecting a pretty heavy band of rain in the morning.

JEFF WAGNER: Amidst an already rain-filled week. Nothing the crew and infrastructure beneath the grass can't handle, though.

LARRY DIVITO: We built this on very aggressively drained sand. So it's actually a 100,000-square foot golf green, I call it.

JEFF WAGNER: It's almost like a layer cake of sand and gravel in the ground. There's also drainpipes set up every 10 feet.

LARRY DIVITO: The industry standard's 15 feet. So we have a tighter interval on the drainage lines.

JEFF WAGNER: Much of that rainwater is filtered, stored, then reused for tasks such as washing down the stands or irrigation. In essence, a storm here and there is actually a good thing.

LARRY DIVITO: My preference is just to cut one or two heavy rains a week is great.

JEFF WAGNER: Just maybe not in the middle of a game.

That stormwater recycling system that's underneath the field is estimated to save more than 2 million gallons of water each year.

At Target Field, Jeff Wagner, WCCO4 News.