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Target Field To Become 100 Percent Smoke-Free

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MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — The last place where smokers could light up at Target Field is being snuffed out.

The smoking area was on the Target Field plaza outside Gate 6.

Twins spokesman Kevin Smith says the smoking area will be gone for Monday’s home opener. When the wind was blowing the right way, he says, second-hand smoke would back up into the main concourse, and it would even waft up into the Club Level.

A long-standing policy against re-entry means smokers will not be allowed to leave for a cigarette break and return to the game.

The Minnesota Ballpark Authority is expected to formalize the ban Friday. It will extend to any event being held at Target Field, including concerts and Gophers baseball games.

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