The Best Things About Minnesota’s Target Field
The Best Things About Minnesota's Target Field
As we reach the end of the 2013 season, I believe it is time to give due credit to the Minnesota Twins’ most shining asset – Target Field. Home of the 2014 All-Star game, Minnesota’s ballpark is one of the finest in the league.
The 2014 All-Star game is the perfect opportunity to showcase Target Field and give Minnesota fans something to cheer about. Minnesota weather will be in its peak come mid July – Target Field will surely not disappoint.
While it lacks the historical wonder of stadiums like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, Target Field is a modern architectural masterpiece. Finished in 2010, the Twins have spent three losing seasons at the new park and the appeal of the stadium has brought in fans despite their woes.
Minnesotans were initially skeptical about the decision to make the park entirely outdoors. Many hoped for a retractable roof to protect fans from unpredictable Minnesota seasons – remember when it snowed in May? Despite Mother Nature’s fickle attitude toward the northern state, Minnesota fans have learned to love outdoor baseball.
Though some fans felt nostalgia for the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome and its two World Series, the dome roof collapse of December 2010 was a clear sign that the Twins needed to move out.
The enthusiasm for the new stadium was unbridled. In its inaugural 2010 season, Target Field took in more than three times the sales and use-tax revenue than what was returned by the Metrodome in 2009. Minnesota and Minneapolis both got a huge payout in the stadium’s first season, with the state taking in $6.6 million more than the previous year and the city getting $5.4 million more than in 2009.
In preparation of the 2014 All-Star Game, I’m counting down the best things about Target Field. Let’s take a look at what this beautiful ballpark has to offer.
Caroline Ponessa is a Minnesota Twins writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on Twitter @RantCaroline
6. The Location
The switch to Target Field moved the Twins from the eastern part of the city to the western Warehouse District of Minneapolis. The area boasts numerous high-end lofts, bars and restaurants. Many of these establishments were converted from industrial buildings, giving the area a hip and progressive feel. The light-rail also provides fans with an easy way to get to and from the stadium.
5. Budweiser Roof Deck
The Budweiser Roof Deck, located on the left-field corner of the stadium, serves as a social hub for groups and parties. The Roof Deck is artfully constructed and contains a bar and full concessions. The space is available for groups to rent and provides a beautiful view of the Minneapolis skyline. Its most unique feature is the large fire pit, which is perfect for cold spring and fall Minnesota days.
4. The Food
Within the concourses of Target Field exist numerous concession stands, grills and eateries offering up Minnesota's tastiest treats. Come to the ballpark and get everything from a Jucy Lucy (Minneapolis' own burger with cheese inside the patty) to delectable bites from Minnesota's most recognized foodie haven — the State Fair. Yes, within Target Field is "State Fair Classics", where you can get you can get any of your State Fair favorites such as pork chop on a stick or turkey legs.
If you're looking for a more traditional ballpark meal, my personal favorite is Kramarczuk's (a Northeast Minneapolis staple). Kramarczuk's serves up a variety of different delicious Polish and Hungarian bratwursts and sausages that are made fresh daily just one mile from Target Field.
As an added bonus, Target Field contains the most square footage of bar space in the entire MLB.
The hot dogs aren't bad, either.
3. The Art
Target Field might as well be an art museum. The stadium is filled and surrounded with pieces including mosaics and statues that give it an added local flavor. The attention to detail in every aspect of the park is amazing, from the park's native limestone exterior to the constantly color changing wind veil called "The Wave" (which also happens to be Minnesota's largest piece of public art).
2. Outdoor Baseball
Though games at the Metrodome never were at risk of cancellation due to rain or snow, you just can't beat outdoor baseball. Warm weather is made for the ball park, and Target Field is the best place to enjoy a beautiful summer day. Bringing outdoor baseball back to Minnesota brought excitement to both fans and players. Although, a retractable roof probably would have been worth the expense considering the 2013 season was delayed when a healthy delivering of snow fell in May. What's baseball without a little unpredictability, right?
1. The Skyline View
You just can't beat the view.
The Minneapolis skyline expands from the corner of right field into center field and provides fans with one of the best views in baseball. Minnesota's tallest towers loom as a perfect backdrop for Target Field. If you don't believe me, then go see for yourself.