My Travels – MLB Stadiums: Target Field, Minnesota Twins (August 8, 2011)
My wife Kara is from Minnesota and grew up a die-hard Twins fan. In fact, she still has Homer Hankies from the ’87 & ’91 World Series teams. Yep, she’s a keeper. The second stop on our 30 before 30 MLB Stadium tour was Target Field, the new home of the Minnesota Twins. We saw the Twins lose in the 9th to the stinkin’ Red Sox, but it was still a good experience overall.
Target Field is a beautiful new ballpark and one that I expect to see multiple games in over the many years to come. If you’re heading up to the Twin Cities for a game at Target Field, here are a few tidbits you should know…
- A lot of people don’t realize how many great restaurants and sights can be experienced in the Twin Cities. Even though we didn’t get a chance to eat at Hubert’s Bar & Grill, I hear the atmosphere is fantastic on game days.
- We parked in the main parking garage for the Target Center (home of the Timberwolves) and walked to Target Field. While there isn’t an official stadium parking lot, there are plenty of transit options between the Northwest Commuter Rail, the Hiawatha Light Rail, or the GameDay Express Bus. Target Field might be the most accessible ballpark in MLB.
- Target Field did not allow us to bring in any outside food or drink, except for water. It’s worth mentioning I probably won’t chug another orange Gatorade ever again.
- The main entrance to Target Field has a giant Gold Glove and there are multiple player statues around the perimeter inside Target Field. Get your picture taken while standing inside the Gold Glove.
- The seating alignment is fairly steep for a ballpark. The left field sections are stacked almost on top of each other, making for a very up-close feel to the game.
- Target Field has a display of all 30 MLB stadiums that can be seen around Club Level.
- If you have some free time, the Mall of America is accessible by transit from Target Field.