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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.
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It's not an exaggeration to say that you can't walk more than 10 feet at Target Field without running into a concession stand, whether it is one that specializes in adult beverages or one that specializes in food (such as the Asian Wok or Tony O's Cuban Sandwiches).
The variety of the food is absolutely unbelievable. You've got a steak sandwich from Murray's steakhouse (a must-taste despite the gaudy $10.50 price tag), a staggering amount of brats, sausages and hot dogs and a good amount of local foods (such as walleye on a stick, cheese curds and so on.) The prices won't always be friendly if you're on a budget, but the fare is easily comparably priced to the rest of the MLB. The high end of what you're looking at spending is $14 for the Vincent Burger, found only at the Town Ball Tavern (one of many specialty restaurants found at the park), while the low end of what you might spend is about $3.75 for a Veggie Dog.
In addition, Target Field also offers numerous vegetarian and gluten free options.
There are also a few new additions of note in 2012 at Target Field that you'll want to make sure to hit up during your trip. If you're looking for some new food to try, look no further than the helmet fries, which can be had in garlic or cheese - though, I much preferred the garlic over the cheese. For $8.50, you get the fries of your choice, plus a souvenir helmet to take with you. Target Field also offers a Food Network stand, where you can find Buffalo Chicken Mac 'N Cheese and a Bacon Sloppy Joe, though these options are a bit more expensive as you would expect from a stand with the Food Network branding.
If it's beverages you're looking for, Target Field offers a good amount of choices, from stands that specialize in cocktails to beer (both alcoholic and non) and non-alcoholic options from soda (Pepsi products) to Life Water or coffee. On the topic of beer, the variety at the park is very good, with many of the specialty stands keeping it local with beers such as Summit, Schell's or Lift Bridge. Despite the variety, the price makes having a brew at the stadium a difficult decision, with the price for draft beers being $7.25 for domestic and $7.75 for premium, while bottles are $6.50 a pop.
Of all of the new additions, however, my favorite is easily the Surly stand. Surly, a beer brewed locally in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota, is a one-of-a-kind brew that you will not regret trying. As you would expect from a craft beer, the prices are a touch more expensive - $7.75 and $8.75 for a small or large - but the price is worth it. If you're a fan of craft beer, or even if you're just looking to branch out from the norm, this stand is one that is most certainly worth making part of your gameday experience.
The luster of the new stadium has yet to wear off, as the stadium was packed and the buzz was amazing all throughout the game. Fans are in their seats and primed for the game and just as many fans are standing around at the railings, all intent on watching some good baseball and having a good time.
Adding to the atmosphere is the fact that the stadium is steeped in Twins history. From the murals and statues that are all around the stadium to the flag poles that adorn the pavilion at Gate 14 (which were brought over from the old Met Stadium in Bloomington), the park is one big tribute to the storied history of the Twins, from their inception all the way up to the present.
I'll say this about the neighborhood. Target Field is in the lovingly called Warehouse District. It's a great place to go grab some food or go hang out with your friends.
If you're hungry after the game, you can swing by Fogo de Chao for a churrascaria experience that won't leave you squatting in the middle of the road in your wedding dress. In fact, it's one of the best spots to stop after the game should you have the dime. In addition to Fogo de Chao, other great restaurants like Pizza Luce (a must eat), Rosen's Bar and Grill, Saffron Restaurant and Lounge and the 112 Eatery are all within walking distance of the park and great options.
If you're looking for less expensive or time consuming options, there are great options like the Lyon's Pub which is equally as tasty.
If shopping's your thing, there's a good amount in the area nearby, as well as a movie theater at Block E. If you're going to go a-wandering (especially after dark), do make sure that you don't do it alone as the neighborhood can tend to be a little rough at times.
The reputation that Minnesota has gained is "Minnesota Nice," and that reputation is most certainly backed up by the fans at the stadium. Smiles can be seen everywhere in the stadium, while many fans are keeping score while watching the game.
Not only do the fans have a good knowledge base, but they're more than happy to converse about the game. I spent my time chatting with a few different fans, all as friendly as they were willing to talk about the game and the team.
Even in a down year, as the Twins have experienced over the last couple seasons, the stadium is still packed and the crowd is still boisterous and loud. Everyone has an opinion on the team and its direction, as well, so there is no lack of people to chat up about the Twins, and baseball in general.
With ample parking around the stadium, as well as a number of hotels around the stadium within walking distance, it's easy to get to the stadium from downtown. With the light rail system, as well as the new North Star line of the light rail, it's easy to get to the stadium from any of the suburbs surrounding the Twin Cities.
When you're inside the stadium, the concourses can be a touch cramped, but no more than most other stadiums. In addition, every time I wanted to stop by a concession stand the wait was much shorter than what one would expect to be average.
While the food prices are on the higher side, the variety of the food more than makes up for the price. The ticket prices are cheaper than what you might expect for a new stadium, ranging from $12 for the cheap seats to $80 for the dugout box.
You can get your tickets for whatever price suits your needs and, once in the game, there are enough options to keep you from breaking the bank.
There are a number of affordable seating options, but if you really want your money's worth I suggest trying to find a seat in the Delta Sky360 Legends Club, as the view and the amenities provide an experience that is worth far more than what you might pay for the ticket.
As I mentioned previously, the history in Target Field is just one of the things to check out. From the flag poles to the murals honoring Tony Oliva and Harmon Killebrew to the statues outside, this is a baseball fan's ballpark. Everything that adorns Target Field was created with the history of the Minnesota Twins in mind and it gives the ballpark a history feel, despite the fact that it is in its second year of existence.
Once you get past the history, though, there is plenty to do in the park.
Best Buy's presence is all over the field, sponsoring their big screens (which are in high definition), as well as having a Gaming Center where fans can stop by and play the latest baseball game, a charging station where you can charge your cell phone if it's low on juice and a photo booth where you can get your picture taken with Target Field as the backdrop.
There are numerous stadium stores and stands around the park, offering anything from t-shirts and hats to New Era brand merchandise to stuffed animals for the kids. Throw in the fact that all of the staff around the stadium is as friendly as can be and you've got one memorable experience.
The Twins have also added Twitter integration to their games. You can tweet to the team's designated hashtag or twitter handle and there is a chance that your tweet will be displayed on the dedicated twitter feed they have going throughout the game.
On top of all the "fun" extras that Target Field has to offer, is their dedication to making Target Field as sustainable as possible. A water recycling system has been put into place that catches rainwater and recycles it, saving an estimated 2,000,000 gallons of water per year at Target Field.
If you're going to the Twin Cities during baseball season, you'd be doing yourself a disservice not to check out Target Field. From the amazing sightlines (there's not a bad seat in the house) to the history to the game itself, you won't be disappointed.
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.
Great ballpark in a good area for various pre and post game activities.
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