Minnesota Twins baseball fans welcomed outdoor baseball with open arms in 2010. Prior to 2010, the Twins played at the Metrodome in downtown Minneapolis. Though the Metrodome provided a big home field advantage for the Twins, fans and players alike were glad to see a new stadium built. 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.
The Minnesota Twins franchise actually began in 1901 as the Washington Nationals/Senators. In 1960, Minnesota was awarded an expansion team. However, Washington ownership requested a move to Minnesota which would lead to Washington getting the expansion franchise instead. The franchise was renamed the Minnesota Twins in 1961. Names like Harmon Killebrew, Tony Oliva, and Rod Carew led the Twins to success in the late 1960’s-early 70’s. The Twins won the American League pennant in 1965 but fell short of a title losing to Sandy Koufax and the Los Angeles Dodgers.
The Twins struggled until the mid 80’s when players like Kent Hrbek, Kirby Puckett, Bert Blyleven, and Frank Viola helped bring a run of success to the Twin Cities. The Twins won the 1987 and 1991 World Series titles. Game 7 of the 1991 World Series is especially famous for the complete game ten inning shutout by Jack Morris.
The Twins had moderate success in the 2000’s winning six division titles. Though Minnesota has had a few tough seasons recently, the team looks to be on the upswing with one of the best farm systems in the majors.
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There is a wide array of food and beverage options at Target Field, and the smells will make your mouth water upon entering the stadium. If you decide to have a meal or snack at the ballpark, it's best to do a lap around the stadium before buying something. Target Field has plenty of basic ballpark stands scattered around the concourses. These includes the typical staples such as hot dogs, brats, pretzels, and nachos. The food at Target Field is priced higher than average, so be prepared for that. Hot dogs cost $5 or $6, burger baskets are $12.50, and other food and snack items are fifty cents or a dollar higher than the average MLB park. The best deal in the park is a kid's meal which consists of a regular hot dog, a bag of chips and a small soda for $6.50. I have never had a problem ordering this during games; most workers will laugh and call me a big kid.
If you're spending money on concessions, it may be better to try one of the many specialty foods at Target Field to get your money's worth. Various specialty stands include Kramarczuk's sausages, Butcher and the Boar, Senor Smokes, Asian Wok, Frankie V's Italian, Turkey to go, Tony O's Cuban sandwiches, and State Fair Classics. The State Fair Classics booth is unique, as it has various carnival foods such as walleye and chips, Minneapple Pie (apple pie), pork chop on a stick, cheese curds, and fried pickles. For the money, the Kramarczuk's sausage stand is well worth it, as you get a plump Italian sausage or bratwurst packed with onions and sauerkraut. The brats are cooked on a big grill right in front of you and are a big hit with Twins fans. There are plenty of vegetarian and gluten free options at the park as well.
If you want a sit-down meal before the game, Hrbek's, Townball Tavern, and the Metropolitan Club are a big hit before and during games. If you're in town only for a game, you can still get your juicy lucy fix at the Townball Tavern. If you are hungry and thirsty for a bloody mary, check out the ultimate bloody mary at Hrbek's. It includes a burger slider, cheese, veggies, and the drink.
For fans seated in the Delta 360 sky club seats, you can enjoy all menu options offered at Target Field with shorter lines and an enclosed seating/walking area. If looking to splurge a bit, I would highly recommend these. There are quite a few memorabilia cases on this level which feature past players, teams, and all-star games. If you are wanting to save money or sit elsewhere, this level can be visited by taking a ballpark tour.
New in 2015, the Barrio bar located down the left field line is a good way to watch the game as well as keep tabs on other games. It is open to the public and features a full bar as well as big screens to show the Twins and other sports games. Two Gingers Pub is a popular place to grab a beer or mixed drink while staying warm and still having a glimpse of the action on the field.
Most MLB ballparks have jumped on the craft beer bandwagon and Target Field is no exception. There are plenty of areas to get craft beer, as well as American staples such as Budweiser. Beer averages out to $8-$8.50 a cup. Surly Furious and Summit Pale Ale are two local favorites. Pepsi products are sold here in 20 oz. bottles as well as various sizes of fountain drinks.
The Twins do a lot to ensure that everyone is entertained and having fun during stoppages of play. The promotions team does things such as a T-shirt toss, scoreboard trivia and games, and tons of crowd shots on the scoreboard. There are several rotating themes each inning, which encourage dancing or singing to get fans on the scoreboard. One of the fun things to listen for is hearing a group of fans scream in excitement nearby after their group is shown. The Twins' mascot is visible throughout the game and gets fans involved. After the fourth inning of each game, there is a mascot race which consists of the Target mascot, a bull, mosquito, loon and walleye. It is fun to watch, but seems like a knockoff of the sausage race in Milwaukee.
One unique game played here is a chance for two fans to get an upgrade to the Delta 360 legends club. The object of the game is to guess the year or number for three different questions. There is a mountain graphic on the big screen with notches. If they guess the numbers within 12-15 notches, they win. If an answer is 1974 and they guess 1985, those eleven years off will more than likely leave you with little room for the next questions.
Target Field is one of the more tech-savvy parks in the majors. There are two cell phone charging stations on the concourse, including a social media lounge, which was new for the 2014 season. This lounge has tables with cell phone chargers attached for people that have to send an e-mail or other phone-related functions. "Twins at the Plate" is a game on your phone that has you guess the result of each at bat. The leaderboard is shown late in the game and prizes are given away during the season. MLB has an app called "MLB at the Ballpark" and the Twins do a good job with this by having stadium information and other goodies on this app for fans. On theme nights, the Twins have displays here as well such as the Minnesota Gophers on this night. They had the Little Brown Jug and the Floyd of Rosedale football trophies on display.
Target Field has wide open concourses. On each level, you have a clear walking path with very few obstructions. One suggestion would be to have the crowd flow in one direction after entering the stadium to ease the bottlenecks by the entrances. Outside of that, there are few obstructions. There are quite a few souvenir and food carts around, but those are near the walls or seating areas. They are very visible, yet not in the way. Lines at concession stands are busy, yet the wait times are never long. There are five gates at the stadium which get people in the door efficiently. The two gates on the south side of the stadium have activities and photo opportunities with mascots before select games.
As with most MLB stadiums, metal detectors are in use here. For the quickest entry, I would suggest the home plate gate on the west side of the stadium. It is not the main gate but few people use this one.
Weather can be an issue at times during the April and September months. While it shouldn't keep fans away from the stadium, night games can get cold. There are hanging heat lamps around the concourses to keep fans warm during cold games. The decision to have an open outdoor stadium was welcomed, but part of me wishes a retractable roof was added.
The seating areas are comfortable and spacious at Target Field. The seating pitch is angled so where most fans won't have a problem seeing above the person in front of them. The best areas to sit in the park are between the third base line and the first base line. These views showcase the Minneapolis skyline, as well as the massive scoreboard in left field. The Twins added a smaller scoreboard for fans in the left field seats. For a real treat, the sunset at a Twins game is a must-see if you are seated between left field and home plate. Downtown Minneapolis has some impressive glass structures and the sunset shines off of the glass, giving these buildings a blue and orange coating until the sun goes fully down.
Target Field is located in the warehouse district of downtown Minneapolis. Located right in the heart of downtown, there are plenty of restaurants, bars/clubs, and shops nearby. There is a skyway system that goes through many downtown buildings, meaning it is possible to park the car and never have to step foot outside while still enjoying what the city has to offer. For those looking to spend a full day downtown, there are plenty of options to do and see around the arena. There are a few concert venues in the area that have shows nearly every night. Target Center is one block south of the ballpark and has plenty of events during the spring and summer.
There are plenty of restaurant options around Target Field with varying prices. Kierans Irish Pub has a lively pregame scene, with good food options directly across the street from the arena. Huberts is located in the same building, and has an entrance into the arena from the restaurant. Fulton Brewery tap room is a couple blocks from the Target Field transit station and is a popular pregame spot for Twins fans. The Loon Café, a few blocks from Target Field, has some of the best chili you will ever have. Try the half sandwich/chili meal, you won't be disappointed.
The downtown area has plenty of places to go for a pregame drink or food. Most restaurants are within walking distance of the arena but as with any downtown area, use caution when venturing too far off the beaten path.
Baseball fans in Minnesota and surrounding states have been waiting for outdoor Major League Baseball for a long time, and they are still excited for it. Going to Twins' games a lot of times means going to an event rather than a baseball game. The focus on baseball here is evident, but there is plenty of entertainment for families in addition to the game. The Twins are near the league average in attendance. Attendance would be higher if the weather was warmer and the team was better.
The Twins have had a few rough years in a row now, but the fans here still support the team each game. Fans here are knowledgeable and friendly. They do like to heckle the outfielders and the occasional relief pitcher warming up in the outfield bullpens, but the chants are clean. It is pretty easy to strike up a conversation with fans nearby. Visiting fans here are treated with respect, even when the Brewers come to town. There aren't any traditions right now, such as chants or songs during the game. "Win Twins" is played before the game as the Twins run out on the field, and the fans will stand up and clap for it. A contending team might make the fans more enthusiastic again.
Target Field is known as one of the most public transit-friendly parks in the majors. For those who are fans of mass transit, the Metro blue line runs from the Mall of America to Target Field. The last stop on the blue line is right up against the left field gate. In 2014, the St. Paul green line opened giving fans more options to take the light rail to Target Field. Leaving the game can be a bit confusing if you aren't paying attention. The green and blue line trains leave five minutes apart from each other. Watch for signs on the train closely so you don't end up on the wrong train. I am impressed with the flow after the game. The lines to get on the train are long but you will be able to get on a train easily.
There are plenty of park-and-ride spots at the 28th Avenue station, which is just north of the Mall of America. There are plenty of buses that service the downtown area from all suburban areas of Minneapolis/St. Paul as well.
There are several parking ramps around the stadium that range from $5 to $12. Some ramps are attached to the skyway system downtown, which means never having to step foot outside. Minneapolis is the coldest major metropolitan area in the U.S., so this could be a perk in early April or late September. Street parking is rare around the arena, and will cost as much if not more than a ramp. Some spots can be found for free after 6 p.m., but it is a longer walk to the stadium and not advisable alone after dark. It is easier to find free parking on the weekends, but watch your street signs closely if you choose to park in one of these. There are a few concert venues around the arena as well as Target Center, so traffic can be hectic after a game. There are plenty of signs downtown directing you toward the stadium and also back to the freeways afterwards. If you take I-35W or I-94 to the stadium, they are very easy to find and well-marked as you are leaving your parking area.
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Ticket prices here are on par with what you would pay around the majors. The Twins have tiered ticket pricing. Games during the week or colder seasonal games are cheaper, while popular opponents, weekend games and warmer weekends will have more expensive pricing. For extra value games, tickets can be had for as cheap as four dollars. Most games will average between $10-$100 depending on where your seats are.
Food and souvenir prices are on the high side, so expect your wallet or purse to take a hit if bringing a family to the game. There are some specials throughout the season to soften the blow a little. Wednesday's feature dollar hot dogs. Fans sitting in the "Our Family" sections upstairs (no alcohol) get a free hot dog and soda for that game. Programs are free and are updated every couple of weeks. The Twins have some of the most creative giveaways you will find in the majors.
Target Field is worthy of bonus points for the ample amount of cell phone charging stations, wide concourses, helpfulness and walkability. There are plenty of ushers in the stadium and most are affable and friendly. More bonus points are given for the up-to-the-second stats and scores on the scoreboards. The Twins have up-to-the-second pitching stats in the outfield, which is a feature not every MLB stadium has. For those that like to keep score, the Twins keep stats on a scoreboard in right center in case you miss a play.
More points are given for the Twins pride throughout the stadium. Each gate is named after a Twins Hall of Fame player. There are World Series and playoff flags, as well as retired numbers on display in left field. The flag pole that hangs the American flag is the original pole used at Metropolitan Stadium, the Twins' original home. One addition that would be great is a Twins Hall of Fame. They have their team's history displayed around the stadium, but a true Hall of Fame section would be fun to see.
The Twins as a franchise are on the upswing and the Twins hit a home run with the opening of Target Field. Despite being one of the smallest stadiums in square footage, this park is wide open and spacious. Plenty of food options, no bad seats in the building, and lots of interactive games/activities make this park a must see!
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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