All About Levels
September 19, 2008 12:29 AM
By now you've probably all seen this pricing diagram:
And I hope you've had a chance to play around with the Target Field Stadium View utility. Fair warning: You should allow lots of time for that one. It's a real trip bouncing around the ballpark checking out the views. Once you get started, it's hard to stop.
I count 27 pricing levels in all. That's 22 color-coded sections, plus premium prices for front row seats in five of the levels. Not counting the four sections for millionaires, the season ticket prices range from $10 to $69. That projects to $12 to $75 for single-game tickets. Not bad.
But with so many different prices, it gets a little bit overwhelming. As you can imagine, some will be better values than others, but there's pretty much something for every wallet size.
One can only imagine how much work went into not just making these decisions but preparing all of the documentation to go along with it. Cudos to the team's marketing department because it all looks just fabulous and certainly ratchets up my excitement level.
In fact, I found my heart beating a bit faster as I checked out all of the views -- every single one of them really, really good. Even in the so-so areas (Terrace level seats), the views look no worse than the Metrodome.
In the best cases, there are little neighborhoods in this ballpark. That's something I never anticipated from all the drawings I've seen. The left field bleachers (sections 128-131) feel positively cozy. The Field Terrace and Home Plate Terrace sections (201-228) will be a great value, but also seem like places where you might want to actually talk to the people around you -- a community of baseball fans. Imagine that!
Out in right field, the sections are all small, with little quirks all their own. There are seats right up against limestone in several areas. Almost every section I checked out had something unique about it.
The Twins have continued the trend of severely separating the moneyed patrons from the unwashed masses. It's not quite as bad as in Washington, but there is a risk that TV cameras will show lots of empty seats right behind home plate if the team fades into mediocrity. That's what happened this year at Nationals Park, and it has been pretty disastrous from a TV image standpoint.
They will definitely need to create an automated system for season ticket holders at all levels to unload tickets they do not intend to use. Leaving this to the scalpers would be a bit unseemly (and would potentially leave some money on the table).
It's going to take a while to digest this all. But it's possible, I believe, to get from these new materials a more detailed sense of what it will be like to see a game in this place, and it's pretty darn good.
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Greatest spot in the city for cooking up some hot dogs. And would you kill for that grill?
This appears to be the floor to the home dugout!
Here's a first view of the surprisingly spacious walkway on Fifth between the ballpark and the LRT platform.
This is an angle I have not used very much, from the top of the Fifth Street ramp. Because the wall is so tall (forget about watching a game from here for free -- OK, maybe with a step stool) I have to hold the camera up over my head and just snap, hoping I get something good. Here I did. This view then looks to the southwest.
Champion's Club moat (windows are found at the base of the limestone behind the seats -- not visible in this image)
Up close, this is what you'll see as you walk along.
Frost on the pumpkins, snow on the plaza
People! (In the Legends Club)
Here's the Northstar platform.
Ballpark elevation diagram, viewed from Fifth Street. (Click to enlarge.)
Ullger warms up.
Staircase entrance. You cannot miss them.
Balcony of the Town Ball Tavern.
Looking from near the entry doors toward the center, the atrium is just visible at the far right.
Ballpark elevation viewed from the promenade (HERC plant) side. (Click to enlarge.)
End of the line.
Path of quick escape.
Looking back toward downtown from the end of the balcony
Signature elements. (And they wonder why we think the real trees look so small...)
Supports for the little sections in the outfield.
Section 101, Row 34
Lots of people are doing it.
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.
OK, just how many servings per container?
This is a great spot for casually watching the game.
This isn't a very good picture, but it is the current view of the inside of a suite.
The french fry lights were on!
The suite mock-up
The splendid view from the roof of the Minikahda building. (Click to enlarge greatly.)
BPM - Ballpark Magic
BRT - Bus Rapid Transit
DSP - Dave St. Peter
FSE - Full Season Equivalent
FYS - Fake Yankee Stadium (see also: NYS)
HERC - Hennepin Energy Resource Company (aka the Garbage Burner)
HPB - Home Plate Box
HRP - Home Run Porch
LC - Legends Club
LRT - Light Rail Transit
MBA - Minnesota Ballpark Authority (will own Target Field)
MOA - Mall of America
MSFC - Minnesota Sports Facilities Commission (owns the Metrodome)
NYS - New Yankee Stadium
SRO - Standing Room Only
STH - Season Ticket Holder
TCFBS - TCF Bank Stadium
TF - Target Field
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