When the Dome went down, those who love baseball's concessions as much as the field play wondered if the Dome dog would go with it, or if the popular snack would simply be renamed to suit its new outdoor digs.
Target Tubesteaks anyone? It just doesn't quite have the same ring.
In 2001, Hormel began a corporate partnership with the Twins to supply Dome Dogs at Twins games and other promotional opportunities, but the amicable split was tied to the real estate change. Hormel spokesperson cited increased costs for sponsorships at the new stadium as one of the reasons the Austin-based meat maker will be "focusing on different marketing initiatives."
The article states that it's possible that other Hormel products will be offered at Target Field--would it be too much to ask for SPAM sushi?!?!--but that a final decision is pending. The Twins have promised "Minnesota-focused signature items" being part of their concessions offerings and we here at Hot Dish hope that includes some form of our famous mystery meat. We should find out Hormel's fate sometime before the first preseason exhibition games begin on April 2.