After 28 seasons in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the Minnesota Twins finally received their long awaited ballpark. January 4, 2010 was the first day the Twins staff moved into the Target Field and April 12, 2010 marked the first Twins game ever played at the field. Since the Minnesota Twins franchise began, the Target Field is the first of six to be built specifically for the team.
The Target Field's open-air ballpark is located in the Warehouse District of Downtown Minneapolis and seats almost 40,000 screaming Twins fans. Architecture firm Populous takes the cake when it comes to designing phenomenal stadiums, such as the AT&T Park in San Francisco or the PNC Park in Pittsburgh, and designing the Target Field was no exception. Instead of replicating their past designs, Populous decided to use local limestone and touches of Minnesota throughout the stadium. Each gate is dedicated to a retired number, from Kirby Puckett to Harmon Killebrew, to show Minnesota's great respect for the past, present and future players of the Twins.
This is Minnesota and an out-of-towner may think a roof-less field is a bit foolish, but Twins' fans couldn't be more thrilled with an open-air field. A retractable roof was cited around $100 million to the total cost, which was another reason to put it off for awhile. The field currently has an overhanging canopy to help with light weather disruption. There were already postponed games in the first few months. The 162-game baseball season will sure be interesting in the coming years, with snow, rain and humidity, but any Twins' fan will claim its all worth it for such a great experience.
A Twins' game at the Target Field is already hard to get tickets for and are selling out left and right. Buy your Target Field tickets soon for your chance to watch the Minnesota Twins in action!