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
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Lunch break at the top spot. (Grandstand)
The right field foul pole seen against a backdrop of Butler Square (itself a site of great significance in the history of professional baseball in Minneapolis)
The Hennepin Grille appears to feature chicken, brats, and fries.
Here's a correction: The LRT platform will actually be able to load outbound trains from both sides.
Target HQ main entrance. Ballpark resemblance? (Inset.)
This looks up Fifth Street (LRT train visible in the distance). This bridge is also being partially rebuilt (see next photo).
"Original" or "Dinger" Dog
Carew atrium menu part 2
Now looking north, the tracks emerge from beneath Seventh Street as freight tracks only. The Northstar line ends at the northwest corner of the ballpark. One day, however, you can bet that other passenger trains will approach from the southwest metro on these tracks -- if our legislators are smart and persistent, that is.
Hubert's remains the only sports bar within site of the Dome after 28 years of its existence. It's a cautionary tale.
Mystery door on Seventh Street...
How many times did we water down our field as kids? More times than we played games, that's for sure!
The county of my birth!
I'll admit that this makes me nervous. It's pretty easy to step into the path of a train (which is true at various points along the line, but still...)
Off-topic, but this gigantic, cool, retro sign is just across the street from S&CH. Why? I don't know. Might look nice on top of one of those municipal parking ramps...
The Target Field grass, it turns out, will be green. (This is a photo representing the concept of grass only. The actual Target Field grass apparently will not contain dirt patches, weeds, or dandelions. Imagine that -- if you can!)
Looking back toward the ballpark from Third Avenue and Fifth Street. Again, the track configuration is now clearly visible.