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Target Field

March 8, 2011 2:43 PM

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Minnie and Paul shake hands after every Twins home run.  Let's hope for homers! (credit: Crystal Grobe)

Minnie and Paul shake hands after every Twins home run. Let’s hope for homers! (credit: Crystal Grobe)

Welcome to Twins Territory, the new, nationally recognized home of the Minnesota Twins. After 28 seasons at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the Twins and its fans returned to the comforts of outdoor baseball on April 12, 2010.

With seating for more than 39,000, plus gorgeous views of downtown Minneapolis, it’s no wonder that ESPN named it the No. 1 stadium experience for all four professional leagues. Lucky for us, both the offerings inside the ballpark and those nearby are more than enough to keep Twins fans happy.

Target Field Public Transportation Access

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Coming and Going

Driving Directions
From North: Travel southbound on I-35 and follow I-35W at the divide. Merge onto I-94 West and exit on Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55). Turn right (East) after exiting then another right onto North 7th Street (Highway 55). You will see Target Field on your left.

From South: Travel northbound on I-35 and follow I-35W at the divide. Take the downtown exit and follow once it turns into 5th Ave S. Turn left at 7th Street S. and Target Field will be just beyond the Target Center and numerous parking ramps.

From East: Travel westbound on I-94 and exit on Olson Memorial Highway (Highway 55). Turn right (East) after exiting then another right onto North 7th Street (Highway 55). You will see Target Field on your left.

From West: Travel East on I-394 and exit on either 6th Street North or 4th Street North. You will find yourself a couple blocks from Target Field and ample parking in ramps and surface lots in the area.

Parking
With nearly 7,000 parking spaces around Target Field in the ABC/Hawthorne ramps, there are plenty of options. If you’re planning to come early to the game and stay later after the game to enjoy a Twins win downtown, the A B C Ramps may be your best bet.

Still, be sure to plan ahead and get there early as parking fills up quick and downtown traffic can get a little congested.

Recommended parking for persons with disabilities is in the handicapped spaces in either the A Ramp or B Ramp. Both facilities have direct connections to Target Plaza and Target Field.

And since it’s just a hop, skip and a jump from the old Twins home at the Metrodome, you might want to consider continuing to park where you did for Dome games.

Parking further away from Target Field will also help you exit the area more quickly.

You could also try your luck at the limited on-street, meter-controlled parking spots throughout downtown but they’re few-and-far between and you’ll probably need to walk a bit.

Buses/Light Rail
Target Field is just a bus or a train ride away with Metro Transit.

So much so that it even has its very own station. Target Field Station, the Hiawatha Line, offers fast, quiet light-rail service to 19 stations between downtown Minneapolis and Mall of America.

Newly added in 2014 is the use of the Metro Green Line, which goes from St. Paul Union Depot to Target Field. There are nearly two dozen stops between the ballpark and downtown St. Paul stations.

Dozens of bus routes are timed to connect with trains at Hiawatha Line stations and there are more than 2,800 parking spaces at 28th Avenue, Fort Snelling and Lake Street/Midtown stations. Buy an Event 6-Hour Pass for an easy round-trip.

For buses, Route 679 offers express service on I-394 to every home game. Most routes provide direct access to downtown Minneapolis with several routes stopping within one block of Target Field.

For more information on public bus transit visit www.metrotransit.org.

Denard Span

(credit: Hannah Foslien/Getty Images)

Tickets

Unfortunately, if you’re looking for season tickets for the Twins, you’re out of luck. With the new Target Field venue, a lot of fans are excited, meaning season tickets get scooped up quickly.

When they are available, fans can choose from Full Season, Half Season and Partial Season plans. Click here for more on season tickets.

Single-game tickets are available, plus group tickets, suite reservations and Budweiser Roof Deck tickets. Check the Twins website for details.

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(credit: Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)

At The Stadium

Skyways
Being near access to the skyway makes visiting Target Field a pleasant trip no matter what the season. It also opens up a world of possibilities in terms of post-game activities and pre-game dining. The skyway system makes it a quick walk to Macy’s, Target, a movie theater, the Orpheum Theatre and more.

Twins Pro Shop
Need some new gear before the big game? No worries. A Twins Pro Shop is located conveniently on site, with plenty of products for men, women, children and even the tiniest of Twins fans. Hours vary. Check here for more details.

Kramarczuk's Sausage

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Food and Drink

Target Field does not allow hard-sided coolers into the stadium, but you can bring a small soft-cooler (certain restrictions apply) into the ballpark packed with a lunch. But if you want the complete Target Field experience, there are plenty of options for all your concession needs.

Ballpark Concessions
Fans can enjoy a wide array of classic baseball treats at the many concession stands surrounding Target Field. Minnesota-inspired dishes can be found at Mill City Grill, Hennepin Grille, Frankie V’s Italian, North Shore Creamery, Halsey’s Sausage Haus, Señor Smoke’s, Taste of Twins Territory and State Fair Classics.

Townball Tavern
Yes, Target Field even has its own restaurants right in the ballpark for a sit-down meal before or during the game. It features Target Field’s own Juicy Lucy oozing with cheese inside a burger, the Southpaw Walleye Sandwich and Twin Towns Turkey Sandwich. Townball Tavern also includes a bar with TVs so you won’t miss a minute of the action.

Hrbek’s
Named for local native and Twins great Kent Hrbek, this destination carries pub food such as the Rex Burger and Bloomington Onion Rings.

Drinks
Sealed, bottled water 32 oz. or less and soft-sided single juice or milk containers are the only outside beverages permitted into Target Field. Guests may bring liquids required for legitimate medical purposes into Target Field, as well.

Craft and premium selections from Minnesota and regional breweries, including Summit, Schells, Grainbelt, Finnegans, Leinie’s and Michelob are offered at Twins Brews, plus beer stands around Target Field.

targetfieldoutside Target Field

(credit: Crystal Grobe)

Stadium Surprises/Fun Facts

  • The Twins Tradition wall features pennants from the team’s 50-year history — pennants that list every single player on the team that year.
  • Titled “The Wave” as a tribute to that spectator activity during each sporting event, a wind veil is the largest piece of public art in Minnesota and it just happens to be part of Target Field.
  • The exterior of Target Field is made with limestone.
  • All other ballparks have free-standing lights but at Target Field, the lighting is integrated into the roof canopy.
  • On the ceiling at Hrbek’s are stamped aluminum tiles of every Twins logo in the team’s history.
  • With seven free-standing bars and the Budweiser Roof Deck in left field, Target Field has the most square footage of bar space than any other Major League Baseball stadium.
  • Target Field is the most wheelchair accessible ballpark built-to-date.
  • We all know the weather is finicky in Minnesota, so the Minnesota Twins are prepared with their very own weatherman.
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