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Stadium Opened: 2010
Capacity: 39,504
Dimensions: LF- 336 ft.  CF- 411 ft.   RF- 328 ft.
Surface: Natural Grass
Former Names of Ballpark: None

Getting to the Park and Parking: The Hiawatha Light Rail Transit has a stop about 50 feet from one of the gates at Target Field making this a popular choice. There are even bike racks available for fans who come to the park on their bike. Parking around the park starts around $12. There are plenty of small lots to park in to make for a quick get-a-way after the game. There are also parking garages in the surrounding area.

Bike Rack

 

Utilizing a Local Resource: Target Field's exterior is made of Minnesota Limestone. Glass and metal accentuate the overall look and give it a futuristic look.

 

A Tribute to the Past: Be sure to arrive early to the game so you have time to walk around Target Plaza and look at the tribute to Minnesota Twins history. For added convenience (and major bonus points in my "book"), the Twins have bathrooms outside the park that are open before the gates to the park are open. In Target Plaza, there are statues (Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew, and Rod Carew), plaques, and pennants to browse through. Don't forget to get your picture taken in the giant golden glove!

Kirby Puckett Statue

 

Baseball Cards

 

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.

Bleachers

 

"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.

 

Review is based on my visit on 5/9/10.

 

Overall Rating: 8

Questions? Comments? E-Mail me:amanda@baseballstadiumreviews.com