The Twin Cities in Minnesota have experienced a number of new stadium projects in recent years: TCF Bank Stadium on the University of Minnesota campus, St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center, CHS Field, and of course, the newly minted U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Vikings. However, out of all the new stadiums in the area, there's one that especially stands out. When Target Field opened in 2010, it became the first real baseball stadium to host the MLB's Twins since the team left Metropolitan Stadium back in 1981. Between those years, the Twins had shared the multipurpose Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome with the area’s NFL franchise. And while the Metrodome was home to some great baseball memories during that time, it wasn't especially suited for providing what could be described by fans as the ultimate baseball experience. Needless to say, when Target Field finally opened, fans were excited for an outdoor ballpark that would make baseball feel the way it was intended.
Architecturally speaking, Target Field is an impressive structure. It's highlighted by a limestone exterior, a green-focused design, and seating for nearly 39,000 fans. After moving into the ballpark, the Twins hoped to build upon a moderate amount of success experienced in the early 2000s. In their first year there, the team went 94-68 in the regular season and recorded an all time franchise high in attendance. Since, however, the ball club hasn't been as lucky, accounting for just one winning season. Still, with one of the league's more impressive ballparks, the Twins hope to turn around their fortunes and make Target Field a ballpark that's someday home to a perennial winner.
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Target Field has a wide variety of food options. By just walking around the ballpark, even the pickiest of eaters are sure to find something they like. First of all, you'll find your typical concession snacks - hot dogs, nachos, cheese curds, and notably, some that are more unique to Minnesota: Walleye & Wild Rice Soup, along with pork chop on a stick, the latter of which is something that's a favorite at the Minnesota State Fair every year.
If you're planning to eat at Target Field, expect to spend around the following prices on some of the more basic food items: Between $4.50 and $6.00 for a hot dog, $12.50 for a burger with fries, $6.50 for cheese curds, $5.50 for French fries, and $9.00 for chicken tenders with fries.
If you arrive at Target Field a little early walk around the ballpark, there are so many things to eat - you won't have a good grasp on all the opportunities until you do some browsing (and smelling the aromas, of course).
Also note that the ballpark hosts a wide variety of specialty food stands, representing local restaurants such as Red Cow (burgers & poutine), Pizza Luce, and Butcher & the Boar (great ribs). You can also find a host of different cuisines represented like Indian and Mexican.
One food that's especially famous in Minnesota is the Juicy Lucy - a burger where the cheese is grilled on the inside of the patty. If you're looking for this local favorite, you can find it at Target Field's Town Ball Tavern, a restaurant located near left field on the upper concourse level. Meanwhile, Target Field's other big in-house restaurant is Hrbek's, named after former Twins first baseman and Minneapolis area native Kent Hrbek. Hrbek's has your typical ballpark menu, in addition to the highly recommended Walleye Sliders.
In terms of drinking, Target Field has Barrio, located right inside Gate 6. Along with a Latin cuisine, you'll find that Barrio has a full tequila bar with a wide variety of margarita and tequila options. Meanwhile, another popular sit-down option for drinks is 2 Gingers, an Irish Pub located near section 215 of the ballpark.
And what great ballpark experience would be complete without beer. Of course, you'll find your typical domestics like Budweiser and Bud Light at Target Field. However, the ballpark also has no shortage of craft beers such as Grainbelt, Fulton, Surly, Summit, Indeed, Lift Bridge, Finnigans, Bauhaus, and others. On average, you'll find that a cup costs you around $7.50.
The atmosphere at Target Field can be described as interactive. The ballpark's management really wants fans to be engaged from the time they step into Target Field until the time they leave. This is evident through what you see on the scoreboard. By peering up during game breaks, you'll be able to participate in team trivia. You'll also see that fans are encouraged to dance and sing. And if you're lucky enough, perhaps you'll get on the big screen or catch a t-shirt during one of the t-shirt tosses. You'll also likely spot T.C. Bear, the team's lively mascot who was adopted by the club in 2000. Needless to say, the scoreboard sets the tone for what goes on inside the ballpark (it's HD and the fourth largest in the MLB).
Seating at Target Field is comfortable and no matter what location you're seated in, you're sure to have a pretty good view of what's going on down on the diamond. The ballpark is home to 19,000 lower deck seats, just over 13,000 upper deck seats, over 6,700 outfield seats, and 7,000 club level seats - the latter of which wasn't available when the Twins played at the Metrodome.
The ballpark looks spectacular lit up at night - something that makes the field really stand out in contrast to the surrounding darkness of the Minneapolis sky. For the best view in the house, it's recommended that you sit somewhere between third and home base - something that will allow you to see the backdrop of Minneapolis's towering skyscrapers.
On the exterior, there are five gates, so getting into the ballpark isn't a hassle and once inside you'll find that the concourse is spacious. Unlike some of the area's other stadiums, you won't find yourself getting shoved up against others in the crowd - even during games where attendance is relatively high. The wide concourses make walking around the stadium an enjoyable experience especially when you're scoping out the food options. Lines for concessions can sometimes be long, but they move relatively fast and in no way do they obstruct the crowd flow throughout the concourses.
One thing that needs to be mentioned is that Minneapolis is a very cold city where the warm season can be late to arrive and early to leave. During April and September to October, things can get pretty cold. For its part, Target Field features a heated field and heated viewing areas. If you go during this time, you're likely to experience some cold while in the stands but it's really nothing that's intolerable. The temperature level in the concourses stays relatively comfortable throughout.
Target Field also keeps its increasingly tech-savvy fans in mind with a phone charging station off the main concourse. While attending games, you'll also be able to play Twins at the Gate, a mobile app game made available through MLB.com where you predict the results of the team's batting attempts. Not only is this fun to play, the Twins make prizes available as an incentive for participating.
Target Field is located in Minneapolis's warehouse district, just right on the edge of the city's downtown area. It's the site of a former parking lot and right next to Target Center, home of the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves. Like your typical city with cold winters, downtown Minneapolis features a thorough skyway system allowing you to walk from building to building without even setting foot outdoors. Not only does this system come in handy during the cold Minnesota winters, it's also great for Twins fans in the summertime. Before or after the game, it's no problem walking the skyway and making your way from the ballpark to a local restaurant.
Needless to say, the area is in no way short on other attractions especially the restaurants. Fulton Brewery, a local favorite, is just about a 10-minute walk away from the ballpark off of 6th Avenue. Meanwhile, nearby restaurants where you can expect to spot excited Twins fans include Kieran's Irish Pub, Hubert's Sports Bar and Grill, Shout House Dueling Pianos, Cowboy Jack's, and the Loon Cafe, the latter of which is renown for its famous chili. And if you're in the mood for some steak and willing to spend a bit more a good place to go to is Fogo de Chao, a fine dining Brazilian steakhouse.
When Target Field opened in 2010, the Minnesota Twins set a season record for fan attendance. Fans weren't just excited because it was a new venue. More importantly, they were excited because it was a ballpark that provided a uniquely outdoor baseball experience. It was something that Twins fans hadn't encountered since before Metropolitan Stadium closed in 1981.
Without a doubt, Minnesota fans come to Target Field for the baseball. But they also enjoy all the other amenities Target Field offers whether it's the food, drink, or just to feel the energy of the crowd. You won't find huge attendance like at Vikings or Wild games, but considering the circumstances, Twins games are relatively well attended.
Being that it's in the downtown area, Target Field is incredibly accessible. The light rail is a highly recommended solution for getting to and from, with a nearby station right by the ballpark. Trains for both the blue and green lines arrive just 5 minutes apart, meaning that the crowds around the tracks don't linger for too long.
Minneapolis is also one of the friendliest bicycle cities you'll find in the U.S., with streets throughout the downtown area featuring bike lanes. For its part, Target Field accommodates bikers with plenty of bike storage spaces on the stadium's exterior.
If you're looking to drive to Target Field, your best bet is to park in one of the parking garages. Street parking can be hard to come by. For its part, the city has around 7 thousand parking spaces adjacent to the ballpark in garages. ABC Ramps off of 3rd Avenue North is a pretty good option, with prices ranging between $9 and $15.
Tickets to get into a Twins game can range in price from just $7 to $110 depending on where you sit. What you get out of going to a Twins game depends largely on what you put into it. My suggestion is to go for the whole baseball experience which includes watching the game, cheering on the home team, paying attention to the silly things that take place on the scoreboard, and of course, trying plenty of the delicious food that is available throughout the ballpark.
Target Field is one of the MLB's premier stadiums having hosted the All-Star game in 2014. Baseball is about enjoying the atmosphere, not just the game itself, and that's something Target Field delivers on especially well.
If you're looking to get a souvenir, like a jersey or T-shirt (or anything else from the Clubhouse Store), you'll find prices to be a bit on the high side.
Something that can't be mentioned enough is the fact that Target Field's staff is extremely helpful. All of the ushers are very interested in helping fans find where they need to go. For that, they deserve much kudos and thanks.
A highlight that can be easy to look past is the significance of the outfield sign showing two baseball players shaking hands - each standing on opposite sides of the Mississippi River. This represents the Minneapolis Millers and the St. Paul Saints. As minor league teams, both played in the Twin Cities area before the Twins arrived in 1961. For the cities, it represents a coming together of sorts, a unifying voice for the Twin Cities.
Another extra is the scoreboard stats. They're all instantaneously up-to-date, especially the pitching ones and easily within visual site, no matter where you're seated within the stadium. By walking around the ballpark, you'll easily get a sense of Twins tradition and history - whether it's represented through the gate names (named after famous Twins players), or the retired numbers exhibited near left field.
Win or loss, attending a Twins game at Target Field is a worthwhile experience. The ballpark is one of the most highly regarded in the MLB. What Target Field does best is deliver upon that uniquely American baseball experience. The food is great, the views are spectacular, and you can feel an energy that resonates from the fan base. If you're ever out in the Twin Cities area during baseball season, attending a game at Target Field is something you definitely won't want to miss.
There's something intoxicating about being in a new stadium. When that intoxication is augmented with the first fresh air baseball oxygen in 27 years, then you can't help but feel good.
Twins fans have been anticipating a new outdoor stadium ever since the team moved from Metropolitan Stadium to the Metrodome in 1982. Although there had been a good deal of success in the dome (World Series victories in 1987 and 1991), the smiles on the faces of fans in the opening series against Boston made it evident that this is exactly the way it should be.
Well, it's official. Outdoor baseball in Minnesota is here to stay.
There were a lot of people in the Twin Cities (myself included) that thought it was a horrible idea to build an outdoor baseball stadium in the Land of 10,000 Lakes - especially one without a retractable roof. It takes a big man to admit that he was wrong, and I am that big man. The outdoor venue of Target Field is exactly the way that the game is meant to be watched.
Target Field was like going from rags to riches for the Twins. They will get a ton of revanue off this stadium. So the parking is o.k. because there is a couple of parking ramps within a few blocks but they are not cheap neither is the price of the tickets or the food.They say that there is more leg room and wider seats but they really was'nt. Geting to your seat is o.k. and the food is way over briced-$7 beer,$10 burger and fries and a hot dog is $5. The hot dogs arn not as good as the ones at the metrodome. I went to a night game in April so it was cold and i've heard that on sunny days you better bring the sun screen. For the first season it seems that most of the people that are going there know nothing about baseball and there their just to see the stadium. Well this was a good park but it just seems like it was built for the richman.
I knew most people would go apes**t over Target Field especially if they've never been to other outdoor MLB parks. I have been to a number - I even lived only 4 blocks from Wrigley Field for a couple of years.
Well my skinny on TF is that it is really an amazing job. The place is seriously compact. It makes the other new MLB park I've been to the most - AT&T Park in San Francisco seem gianormous. I've been to about 4 games here now and the concession lines, which were moving at a snail's pace at first, are improving as far as speed. The concessions are average priced and CHEAPER YES I SAID CHEAPER then AT&T Park. But SF well everything costs too much there.
The various things they've done to deal with the elements are impressive as well. One night it was cold & windy so I stood under the heaters and was kept plenty warm. I was impressed that the beer vendors stopped to serve here not just shilling to those in the seats.
I'm a little disappointed with the Legend's Club level. To compare it with the Giants it's well rather medicore and small but once again SF has to put up with serious foodies and wine snobs so considering this is the Midwest it kicks the pants out of the new bars they've put in Wrigley and such.
I'm also happy they didn't go all crazy with some stupid theme like the Riverboat facade in Cincinnati or the weirdo carnival ride crap at Comerica Park. Ballparks should be ballparks, not theme parks.
Some of the fans do seem a bit clueless. There is a rather embarrasing lack of baseball park etiquite such as standing up and blocking views when a batter's in the box. And the throwing back of an opposing team's home run ball is a tired and foolish tradition. But it's difficult to know these things when the old park was such a horrible place that I believe kept a lot of fans away. And Minnesotans seem more passionate about hockey and football.
All in all it's actually a pretty cool park considering the postage stamp sized area they had to cram it into. And well ALMOST ANY PLACE outdoors would kick the pants off the horrifif Metrodome.
I could have a field day writing about this place, so I'll go in a few random directions.....
Intimacy, I can't get away from that term in describing Target Field. By being built on one of the smallest footprints in Major League Baseball, Target Field is able to keep the fans close to the action regardless of what level they are viewing the action from better than the other parks that have come along in the last twenty years.
History - a celebration of a franchise, and a city's involvement in a sport is a big deal. A baseball card mural sits outside Target off of the third base side, and as a person who collected them in Topp's heyday of the 70's and 80's I was actually able to see many of the cards that I had as a kid on that mural. It helps to give everyone the emotion of feeling like a kid again, regardless of their age.
And the unique twist of the entry gates being numbered after Twins retired numbers....forget Gates 1, 2, 3, etc., how about gate 3(Harmon Killebrew), 6(Tony Oliva), 14(Kent Hrbek), 29(Rod Carew), and 34(Kirby Puckett).
Food: Great, a bit pricier than what I was expecting. Ten dollar food items are somewhat common. Sausages from Kramarczuk's was the "must have" item for us, I went through plenty of them in a three game set.
It's in a great neighborhood with the Warehouse District full of shops, restuarants and taverns just a block or so away. It's difficult not to come away satisfied with the Target Center experience, unless of course your team got spanked there.:)
I attended Target Field for the opening series of the stadium, and all I could think was that it was a really beautiful stadium.
Plus it gave us this picture...
Lots of food option in this simple park. The concourse is wide but not too much to look at. The exterior of the park is generic. I think there were about 6 statues around the park of past players and significant people to the Twins organization. The entrance in right field is cool. Fans funnel from the city into a well designed corridor of photo ops.
I had a fantastic weekend at Target Field. Except for the snafu of some of the scanners not working at one or two of the gates and games (I personally wasn’t affected by that) the baseball operations was superb: getting to the game via light rail; people control after the game using light rail, having concession stands and bathrooms open pre-game on the ‘walkway’ area – gate 34 is a nice touch, the customer service folks (the ones in light blue shirts) were so helpful and informative – I learned more about the park from them than anyone else. Also, the water and ‘cooling fans’ provided on the concourse was a very helpful amenity during these games as it was particularly hot this weekend.
The Turn Back the Clock night was incredible: seeing the players in the ‘old’ uniforms (next time I’d suggest all the Twins to wear hi-socks like the Royals did), listening to the public address announcer reciting the history of baseball in the area, seeing the photos on the video scoreboard, reading the Turn Back the Clock interesting facts on the video scoreboard throughout the game.
Both food and beer options were abundant, with many local brews being offered. I did finally try the cheese curds that so many mid-westerner’s rant about. I didn’t like them but there were so many other food options from which to choose. Check out the ceiling at Hrbek’s (a bar within the stadium).
The area by gate 34 seems to be the most popular. It contains some of the statues surrounding the outside of the stadium (as well as in downtown Minneapolis), the ballpark history monument, the Twins hall of fame, the golden glove, as well as the above mentioned concession stands and bathrooms.
I would go back again and make recommendations to anyone who hasn’t visited this ballpark to do so.
Target Field opened in 2010 as the Twins and their fans experienced outdoor baseball at home for the first time since moving into the Metrodome in 1982. The new ballpark was instantly heralded as one of the best facilities in Major League Baseball. In fact, it was named as the 3rd best MLB stadium by Stadium Journey Magazine in May 2012.
Now that the "new paint" smell has worn off, it remains a fabulous ballpark in every way, and improvements continue to be made. Fans should make an effort to see Target Field as it is truly one of the great sports stadiums in the United States.
Great ballpark in a good area for various pre and post game activities.
Overall, I liked what I saw inside the stadium. I thought the main scoreboard in LF had a little too much going on, making it harder to read. The skyline is beautiful though and the stadium seems like it's in a good part of the city, just across from the Target Center. Getting out after the game is a hot mess with the huge crowds but that's standard for an MLB stadium. All in all I was very happy with the experience when I went to a game earlier this month. Even though the team is struggling, the fans still came out pretty strong on a Thursday night interleague affair.
Target Field is a beautiful ballpark aesthetically. The statues are great and the utilization of the Twins' historical logos is nice to see. I also love the neon sign in centerfield and the rectangular pole scoreboard thing in right field. I think the Budweiser fireplace club seating area is a fantastic idea for an outdoor ballpark in Minnesota. The only real problem I have with the park is the amount of concession stands. They're everywhere!!! It seems as though the focus is more on food than baseball at times. It's a baseball field, not a restaurant.
Target Field has quickly developed into an iconic Minneapolis landmark. From its picturesque views of the Minneapolis skyline, to its limestone facades and stunning architecture, it is easy to see why Target Field is a mainstay in the upper echelon of Major League Baseball stadiums.
The Twins have failed to be competitive in the American League’s Central Division for the past few seasons, yet despite poor performance on the field, the experience of seeing a game at Target Field can still lure the masses to downtown Minneapolis.
I've been to a few games at Target Field and something is just....missing. It's definitely not as loud or exciting as I remember the Metrodome being (RIP) and sure it has a lot of newer fancy features...but when you compare it to other Major League ball parks, it's pretty standard.
A decent amount of food options, but for the most part it's your standard ballpark fare. I love the inclusion of the State Fair Favorites stands, that hit the spot. And I will give you this, the Brats they serve.....are better than the Brats served in Milwaukee (please don't tell them I said that)
I was there for a spring game, so the atmosphere was far from electric. It was a gorgeous night for baseball though, and the views of the city from the 3rd base line are absolutely gorgeous. I sat near 2 different types of people that mentioned Target Field was going to be used for the Minnesota Vikings and even as someone from out of state, I knew that was wrong.
It's very accessible, as it's right on the edge of downtown, and can be reached easily via the light rail. There are some bars/restaurants within a few blocks, but nothing really stood out.
As a whole, there wasn't much extra to write home about. It's a standard park, with standard food, and nothing really much to say about it. I can understand why the ratings are so high though, compared to the dumpydome, this place is a palace.
Fans of the Minnesota Twins got their outdoor baseball wish when Target Field opened in 2010. The new park marked the first time outdoor Major League Baseball had been played in Minnesota since the closing of Metropolitan Stadium after the 1981 season. From 1982-2009, the Twins played in the Metrodome, which was a notoriously rough place to play and watch games at. During their time at the Metrodome, the Twins won championships in 1987 and 1991 along with many playoff appearances in the 2000s. The Twins franchise hasn’t had much to cheer about the past few years, but the fans still come out in droves to see their beloved Twins. Target Field has brought a great outdoor MLB game day experience back to the Twin Cities.
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