Twins baseball game at Target Field Minneapolis Reviews
Finally an outdoor baseball stadium Apr 23, 2010
Twins baseball has finally returned to an outdoor stadium for the 2010 season. Target Field, located in downtown Minneapolis, has been worth the wait. After 27 seasons of indoor baseball at the Metrodome, the Twins return to how baseball was supposed to be played - outside!
The new stadium has several improvements over the old. First of all, it is outside now, so dress warm!!! It gets cold here at night. Fans got used to the climate controlled Dome. Fortunately the concourse is heated with heat lamps at the edge of the concourse to keep you warm while waiting to trek back down to your seats. The concourse itself is almost twice as wide, but it is still just as crowded as the Dome was.
The food and drinks are more expensive than the Dome, and not as good - at least what I had. The Bratwurst was not very tasty and had too much bun. The food booths didn't have the beer selection they used to. Now it seems each booth only has one type of beer. Beer, by the way, is $7 minimum for a 16 oz glass.
The seats have also improved. There is more leg room, but not much width. There are fewer seats per row so you don't have to walk through as many people to get out. Overall, there are much fewer seats than the Dome, but all the seats have better views. Granted, we had great seats thanks to my boss, but it seemed we were really close to the action.
There wasn't much entertainment between innings. There was the usual trivia games and kiss-cam and little kids looking cute on the field. Overall it was very fun. But it did get quite cool on a mid-April night.
One key aspect of the new stadium is how easy it is to get there. It is located right off the interstate with parking ramps. Also, the light rail stops right at the field and there are several bus stops nearby. This stadium has one of the largest amount of bicycle racks at a baseball stadium - and most of them were being used!
We took the light rail from 28th Ave (near Mall of America). It was a 40 minute ride to the game and we were PACKED LIKE SARDINES! We got on at the second stop and already there were no seats. The way back was better. The security people kept everyone in line so there was no cutting. They checked tickets and only sent as many people as a train could comfortably hold. We left in the 9th inning and already the line was almost the entire length of the stadium long. But it went fast and within 15 minutes we were on the train and even got seats home. It takes awhile and works better if you leave early, but the light rail is a nice way to get to the game and avoid driving. It costs $4 for a 6 hour event pass - well worth it.
My boss had extra tickets for the game, so Bill and I went, along with my parents. It was our first Twins game at Target Field - and only the 8th game the Twins have played there! Since it is so new, expect the crowds to be heavy for a while.
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