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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.
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The amount of food choices at Target Field is enough to make your head spin. From local favorites such as Murray's (steak sandwiches) and Kramarczuk's (sausages) to the usual favorites like hot dogs, nachos, and pretzels, it's next to impossible to not find something that catches your eye.
Prices at Target Field, as with almost any MLB ballpark, can be rather steep. If you want a famous Steak Sandwich from Murray's, you will end up spending north of $11.50 per sandwich. A burger with fries will set you back $9.50, and a hot dog with chips will run you $5.50. Target Field has even gone out of their way to cater to those fans that have certain dietary restrictions including gluten allergies, and vegetarians.
If you are looking for something to wash down your culinary gorge, Target Field offers a wide array of choices. From specialty beer stands selling local favorites such as Summit, to concession stands selling Bud Light, the beer selection at Target Field is surprisingly vast. However, no matter what your beer of choice, one thing is for certain, it won't be cheap. Beer averages out at about $8.50 a glass, so if you are looking to enjoy a few beers during the game, make sure you're prepared to spend more than a couple bucks.
While the "new stadium smell" has slowly faded, the look on the faces of the people passing through the gates is still one of sheer shock and disbelief, and rightfully so. Target Field has the ability to take your breath away. Baseball fans in Minnesota spent far too many years in the Metrodome, and deserve a stadium befitting of its rich baseball heritage.
With the Minneapolis skyline hanging directly above right field, there is almost more to see in and around the ballpark, than there is on the field. If you are a baseball fanatic, I highly suggest sitting on the first-base side of Target Field for one reason, the gigantic and dynamic video board hanging about left-center field. It is big, bright, and beautiful. If you are positioned on the first base side, you will have a direct line of sight to the video board, but even if you aren't able to score one of those prime spots, there is one other video board positioned at the top of the bleachers in right-center as well. While it is significantly smaller than the video board in left, it is still very clear and easy to see.
Target Field sits right on the edge of downtown Minneapolis and a few short blocks from the popular "North Loop" district. Both areas are home to numerous restaurants and bars to visit either before or after Twins games.
The "North Loop" is a popular place for Twins fans to go before the game with local favorites like Black Sheep Pizza for some coal-fired pizza. For those fans with a craving for the finer things in life, the food-truck turned restaurant called The Smack Shack offers delicious fresh lobster to the mid-western patrons.
After the game, the masses head towards downtown Minneapolis and its countless bars, restaurants, and hotels. For a good bar scene, Hubert's has been a staple of Minneapolis sports for decades and is located mere steps from Target Field's gates. If you find yourself frantically searching for some food in downtown, look no further than The Loon Café. For a swanky night's stay, Graves 601 Hotel, which is located within walking distance of Target Field, will surely fit the (pricey) bill.
Twins fans have endured a rough past few seasons, and their attendance numbers have understandably suffered as a result. With that said, the Twins still have a very loyal following that loves to back their squad.
Twins fans are very knowledgeable about the game of baseball. With that said, they tend to be relatively quiet during the game. Twins fans had a reputation of nearly blowing the roof of the Metrodome with their noise, but that electricity has yet to transfer to Target Field.
Target Field is very easily accessible. Whether it is via light rail, metro bus, or train, there are numerous inexpensive and convenient public transportation options for getting to Target Field. All three options arrive right at Target Field, and allow for ease of access to cities outside the metropolitan area.
If you prefer to drive to Minneapolis, there are plenty of parking options around Target Field including three parking ramps that are all connected via skyway to Target Field. Parking ramp prices vary by their proximity to the field, but one constant that can be expected is that they almost all take cash only so be prepared ahead of time.
Ticket prices can range from as little as $10 to as much as $100+ so there is a ticket price within your budget. However if you go to the game with an empty stomach, a thirst for beer, and desire to drive to the ballpark, then you will walk away with a very empty wallet. Overall though, with the features of the stadium, the experience of being in a beautiful outdoor venue, and the option to take advantage of ticket deals like "college night," the option to save money is readily available.
Attention to detail like local limestone being used as the façade on the outside of the ballpark, and throughout the inside of the stadium makes Target Field stand out from the rest. They also have turned Target Field from a sports stadium, into a walk-through museum depicting the history of the Twins in Minnesota. From the ticket-gates being marked by a number of a famous Twins like Kirby Pucket, Rod Carew, and Tony Oliva, to pennants flying above left field marking the 2 World Series victories and numerous AL Central championships that the Twins have won over the years.
Once inside Target Field you will find many more historical touches including the Metropolitan Club honoring the first stadium that the Twins called home, to the wall of quotes that illustrate the most influential moments in Twins' history. The feeling of team spirit and pride resonates throughout.
Target Field truly is a special place to watch a game. You are doing yourself a severe disservice if you are in Minneapolis during baseball season, and do not check out a Twins game. If you find yourself in Minneapolis during the off-season, pack a coat and schedule a tour of Target Field because the shock factor, even when no game is taking place, is very much the real deal.
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.
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.
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