Target Field Minneapolis Reviews
Definitely worth seeing, even if some parts not accessible by game ticket Sep 23, 2015
Opened at the start of the 2010 season, Target Field would be where the Twins play their home games outdoors for the first time since 1982. As a result, it would be exposed to the elements, as the case for the game that I was at. You can read that part in the blog.
There are a bunch of features to check out, starting with Target Plaza. Located just outside of the right field gate (Gate 34), this is like an open-air museum on Twins history. Baseball fans can spend about an hour in this part alone, as there are a bunch of things to check out. They would include the following:
1. A bunch of statues throughout this area, and a few at other parts of the ballpark. They include past figures in Twins history, which includes players, owners, and broadcasters.
2. Fence with a lot of pennant flags – each one having a roster of every single Twins team
3. Monuments – one for all the All-Star games played in Minnesota, another for all the baseball stadiums that were ever in the Twin Cities, and one for all the Twins who have won the gold glove (by the Golden Glove sculpture).
4. Twins Hall of Fame – along the fence, across from the ballparks monument, with all the Twins greats!
Inside the ballpark, there does not seem to be a bad seat in the ballpark. There are views of downtown Minneapolis, along with the Target Center (though that can be looked upon as a distraction as well). Plus the Minnie and Paul logo, where 2 players shook hands inside the shape of the state of Minnesota, over the Mississippi River. A light goes through it, whenever the Twins get a strikeout or score a run. Fireworks goes off whenever the Twins hit a home run or win the game!
There is so much to like about this ballpark. So why am I giving this only 4 stars? Because from what I have read, there is a lot more of the history that is only accessible if you are a season ticket holder during the game, in the more expensive parts, like the Metropolitan Club.
Also, I have received mixed information on whether the general public can see the concourse part or not, so definitely ask if you get to the entrance of the Metropolitan Club. There is the option of a stadium tour, which takes you to all the other parts that are not accessible to general admission. Still, it should not come to that at all, as I find this really unacceptable.
Overall, I find this ballpark to be a huge upgrade over the Metrodome, as baseball is meant to be played outside, and not suffocating at all. And with all the additional things to see, like Target Plaza, this place should be one of the best in MLB. The only thing that holds it back, is how some things are not accessible to the general public.
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