In the summer of 2000, the Minnesota Twins appeared to be down to their final out. The Metrodome was not providing enough revenue to field a competitive team and there was little political or public support for a new stadium. Tunheim entered the game and shifted the momentum with a grassroots campaign designed to provide the legislature with political cover while increasing the public’s desire for a new ballpark. In 2001 a bill got through all committees and was passed into law in 2002. Construction was approved in 2006 and the words “Play Ball” rang out in the new ballpark on opening day 2010.