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.
"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
This is the Carew gate covered in plastic.
Click to enlarge. (Photo by Jared Wieseler)
The view from the corner of Ford Centre. (Feel free to tie up your boats here.)
Looking from near the entry doors toward the center, the atrium is just visible at the far right.
Staging for the next section (Home Plate Box)
The main concourse is a very busy place at all times.
No arches. No brick. No girders. Classic.
An ice cream salad cone -- er, Walk-a-Taco
Home Plate Box, Section 111, Row 8 or 9-ish (Click to enlarge greatly.)
Ready for action.
The wall of brands at General Mills headquarters in Golden Valley (Source: RP)
Detail enclosing the main ticket window area
This is what I was working on while my photo was taken (click to see a VERY BIG version).
A walkway begins to form (this is as close as you can get right now)
Bag checking at Ball Park Lanes was incredibly simple, as was the pick up later. The line was short and fast-moving.
They help create a psychological safe area along the plaza edge, and help you forget that cars are zipping by directly beneath you.
(Click to enlarge.)
Some details are visible here, like the back of an escalator.
Circulation ramps: Wrigley (classic, integrated) and Kauffman (modern, external)
This little pathway snakes between the LRT tracks and the Environmental Services Building, emptying into the parking area surrounding the HERC. It could be for maintenance, but it looks more like it's for convenience.
This is as close as I could get to a pedestrian-eye view of the main entrance. This is what you'll see as you enter by coming down Sixth Street.
The Northstar station at night
The Metrodome hot dog vendor. (Source: RP)
Dan Kenney provided this alternate shot of a walkway behind the view level
Having fun. Installing limestone. Good gig.
Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)