Kirby Puckett Statue
Another way that the Twins incorporate their history into the park is by the way they have numbered the entry gates into the stadium. Centerfield gate is Gate #3 for Harmon Killebrew, Gate #6 for Tony Oliva, Gate #14 for Kent Hrbek, Gate #29 for Rod Carew, and Gate #34 for Kirby Puckett. Also, the original flagpole from Metropolitan Stadium is located in Target Plaza.
Concessions: Click here for a concessions menu. The one thing I noticed was the lack of soft pretzels here. Usually, tons of fans are indulging in a nice, hearty soft pretzel during a baseball game, but not here. The local favorites were Pork Chop on a Stick and Walleye. Other concessions available includes: sausage, cuban sandwiches, Calzones, Shweigert Hot Dogs (This is one of the heartiest hot dogs I have gotten at a park!), "Juicy Lucy", and ribs.
Seating Areas: The Budweiser Roof Deck is located in left field. It offers a nice view of the skyline of downtown Minneapolis. There is a large fire pit to keep fans warm. There is also a bleacher section in left field which is under-cover to protect fans from the elements. I am a little confused on why the Twins mention in their program that one of the features of their seats is "less pitch"....not sure how that is a selling point? The seats at the Metrodome were perfectly pitched, in my opinion. The Twins rave over the roof above the upper deck, saying that it is the largest in the Majors. It doesn't look any larger than anything else I have seen.
"Power Pavillion" and Outfield Grandstand
"It's Not Easy Being Green": For all you environmental people out there....Target Field was awarded LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Counceil, only the 2nd LEED-certified professional sports stadium in the US. The other park is Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. Target Field has many energy saving features as well as water-saving features throughout the park. Check out these flushers.....
Bring on the Heat!: Fans have the luxury of heated concession areas and restrooms because of the less than desirable outdoor temperatures in early April and May in Minneapolis.
"Celebration Sign ": Located in right center field, this sign features a tribute to the "Old-School" Twins logo and features "Minnie" and "Paul" shaking hands. It lights up after Twins homerun. This was one of the neatest features of the park.
HD Video Board: Fourth largest in the Majors, but has one of the highest resolution. The board can show one giant display or be divided into multiple windows like you see below:
Just Baseball: I was glad to see that the Twins refrained from incoporating many of the distractions that other newer parks feature, such as kids play areas, games, etc.