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The Plaza Is Ready

March 13, 2010 1:23 PM

It's always a great day when somebody hands you a baseball. That's what Wally the Beer Man did when I bumped into him on the plaza after the ceremony today. And it was a cool Target Plaza baseball at that. And then came the pennants, peanuts, and even Cracker Jacks.

Near the concession stand they were handing out coffee and hot chocolate. As a family, I think we can claim to have spilled the first beverage on Target Plaza (a hot chocolate, by Noah).

The music was a great mixture of old-time baseball songs and the classic "Who's On First" routine (which I've been teaching Noah over the past couple of weeks). TC was there, as were many of the people who made this extension to the ballpark a reality.

It was a great party, and I got some pictures.

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Cushions!


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Pillows!


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Hops! (conceptual only)


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Condiments! (complete with faux limestone on the cart -- nice touch)


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The Ballpark Wall! (really stunning)


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The Faithful!


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The Ceremony (VIP in the crowd)


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The gate has grown a row of sponsorship


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Handshakes all around (there's gonna be a lot of that over the next few weeks)


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The Switch

And here's what happened when the switch was pulled...

Congratulations to everybody who made Target Plaza a reality. It's a beauty. (Sorry about the hot chocolate.)

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wow i really wish i had woken up earlier but i was just so tired! But looks so great! It's also nice to be watching some twins baseball live right now yay! I may still stop by later to walk around

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 1:34 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 1

i want a pillow!

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 1:34 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 2

-Sheesh Rick, its like you followed me through the plaza. We have almost identical pictures. We were probably standing pretty close to each other too. Its pretty easy for me to miss things because I tend to look over everyone's heads.

My Pictures are linked in my name.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 1:43 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 3

Does anyone have 2 Open House Tickets they would want to trade for 2 Saturday tickets?

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 2:27 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 4

Here is my video about 6 feet from Rick.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 2:27 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 5

Darn, I missed it.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 2:27 PM by rback Highlight this comment 6

I'll be going to the Plaza next Saturday probly.
Just saw an installment of UTL on FSN about snow removal and concession offerings at TF.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 3:02 PM by luke Highlight this comment 7

Is the Twins Tradition Wall up yet? I haven't seen any pictures of it.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 3:23 PM by Marty Highlight this comment 8

Rick - judging from your video, my kids and I were standing about 20 feet from you during the presentation. I have to say that I was most impressed by the Ballpark Wall. Also, I continue to be impressed with the wind vail, which is something that I never thought that I would say.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 3:28 PM by Jeff T. Highlight this comment 9

Here's a still from Buzz's video which clearly shows my hat!


Posted on March 13, 2010 at 3:36 PM by Rick 10

Marty,

The pennants for past teams are up, but I haven't seen anything yet with the names of people who paid to be listed there.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 3:37 PM by Rick 11

does anyone know if there is anyhwere to park down there for free, we just wanna go down there and snap some pics for 15 mins or so, or do we have to park in the ramp?

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 3:55 PM by rolo Highlight this comment 12

There are some parking meters next to Ford Centre (Fifth Street and Fifth Avenue) that may be free on Saturdays. If not, that's still a pretty good place to park for a short-term visit.

If you continue up Fifth Street to the north, I believe there is some regular, non-meter street parking, but you may have to go a few blocks to find it. (It's up in the junkyard area.)

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 4:01 PM by Rick 13

Yeah, all of the meters by Ford Centre (I am not Canadian) are indeed active only Monday-Friday, so free all weekend (and after 6PM M-F).

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 4:14 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 14

Rick is correct. The meters next to the Ford Center are free weekdays after 6 and on weekends. If they happen to be full, there are plenty of cross streets a block or two down the street from there that are open as well. I always park over there when I visit the stadium. That will likely change come game day, we will have to see.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 4:16 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 15

Speaking of parking and things, did STH's get reserved parking in the ramps? I've been curious.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 4:17 PM by luke Highlight this comment 16

Sorry to post twice, but does anyone here have tickets in the Grandstand/"Trap"? I'm finished with buying tickets on the Twins website and waiting patiently for TC Traders. And, just curious who around here has tickets over there.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 4:21 PM by luke Highlight this comment 17

I bought 5 games in the trap on Craig's List last summer (Sec 327, Row 1).

Oh, and I'm spending pretty much every waking moment (that I'm not managing kids or customers or choirs) getting TC Traders ready to debut. You'll like it.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 4:27 PM by Rick 18

Rick, I wanted to repost my question now that you are around:

Will we be able to browse available tickets on TC Traders before we sign up and pay for it?

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 4:35 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 19

Luke, i got four tickets in the grandstand area for the Friday game vs. the Brewers. They were the first tix I bought today online. Section 237.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 4:51 PM by st. paul Paul Highlight this comment 20

That's good to know.
Incidentally, I'm still waiting for the Twins to mail my tickets for the April 14 game. I know it's still a month away, but...I'm getting a little nervous.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 4:56 PM by luke Highlight this comment 21

I'm still waiting for my tix for the BoSox series, as well. I was so dissatisfied with the mailing process I went the will call route this time.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 4:58 PM by st. paul Paul Highlight this comment 22

I'm still waiting for them to mail exhibition tickets...

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 4:59 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 23

Some plaza thoughts and the first day of public sale:

1) Boy do I like that Plaza. It takes a very cramped site and makes it open and welcoming. Standing at gate 34 today was a real thrill.

2) Dave St. Peter said it on the radio today, but it bears repeating...those coming to TF for the first time through that plaza are going to sit there in awe, looking over the field just behind the overlook seats...until someone gets beaned by a batting practice home run. I do hope they resist the notion of putting a net up there. It is so great, but there will be plenty of chances to get batting practice balls while just sitting on the plaza.

3) I sampled the "Original Twins Dog" and found it to be incredibly mediocre. Fine for dollar night, but not for $3.75. I am much more likely to go for the Dugout Dog or the good sausages anyway, but if you thought you'd be blown away by the standard dog, keep looking.

4) By the time I got down to the Plaza around 2:00, there were plenty of ticket windows looking for business.

5) The sneaky place for walk-up/will call will clearly be at gate 14.

6) Finally, I did a quick click through the first three months on the web. I found:

April:
Boston series completely gone as expected
Kansas City series completely gone
Cleveland mid-week series with several sections of availability.

May:
Detroit mid-week series with several sections of availability.
Baltimore series with limited availability (Saturday is gone).
White Sox 2 game mid-week series with very limited availability
Milwaukee and Yankees both gone.
Texas Memorial Day weekend series with several sections of availability.

June:
Mid-week evening games with good availability.
Mid-week day games (Colorado and Detroit) with very limited availability.
Atlanta weekend series all gone.

Looks like weekends are going to be very premium.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 5:03 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 24

Is anyone else still waiting to receive their season tickets in the mail?

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 5:08 PM by mlb2131 Highlight this comment 25

Span man locked up for 5 years. Good move twins.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 5:17 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 26

I got my (half) season tickets in the mail last week. I didn't anticipate this many games sold out before the season even started!

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 5:27 PM by chris Highlight this comment 27

I am still waiting for mine.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 5:32 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 28

4:30 webcam 1 there was a couple people on the Budweiser Roof Deck, must be Bert Reynolds or something...

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 5:32 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 29

Mine tickets finally arrived today.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 5:34 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 30

For the "extra" games I got tickets to there are at this moment better seats available to anyone than there were to STHs only on the pre-sale. It really irks me. The "best available" option really means "what we are willing to sell you at the moment" = squat.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 5:38 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 31

Luke, Why don't you buy some ebay tickets to next Saturday's open house instead of standing around on the plaza while everyone goes in? lol

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 5:40 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 32

No tickets for me again today (20 game package). The ticket folks do have to tear and pack tickets -- I saw them doing so in the ticket windows last week -- so I'm sure they will trickle out.

I'm not going to worry, but I still want them to be here. I like to look at those tickets.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 6:00 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 33

funny you should mention that Jax. I'm about to score some OH tickets from eBay as we speak.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 6:04 PM by luke Highlight this comment 34

We got tickets in the overhang for the A's series in September. I'm kinda jazzed to sit there! Also got tickets for the Orioles' game in May...up there in the skyline corner. Was it petty for me to not want to sit in the LF bleachers? I'm sure it's fine, but I always like to see the scoreboard.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 6:28 PM by AndyG Highlight this comment 35

I've got a 20GM plan in the bleachers... I'll know in about 8 days how the view is

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 6:33 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 36

Wow -- Ask for some pictures and I get a whole post.

Thanks Rick !!

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 6:34 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 37

Linc - what you mean by "The sneaky place for walk-up/will call will clearly be at gate 14."?

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 8:27 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 38

Ben - hate to rain on your parade, but *EVERY* club does the same thing for STH presales and public sales. The presales are so you can get tickets, not necessarily get good tickets. :(

I don't like this either, but that's the way clubs do it.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 8:30 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 39

DreDogg,

Sorry that I got delayed in answering your question (twice), but it was a very brief time that I was around this afternoon.

To answer your question, all tickets posted on TC Traders are visible only to members for three days. After that they are visible to anyone who wants to look at them.

With about 100 traders on the list, I'm pretty sure there will be an ample selection. I know that some of these people will have literally hundreds of tickets to post.

I do expect that people will be posting their spare tickets in multiple locations (StubHub, Craig's List, Ebay, etc.). But that shouldn't affect the inventory that will be available.

You will still be able to buy if you are not a member. But members will have the option of declining to sell to non-members, whose information isn't verified. My sense is that they probably will not decline to sell to anyone who wants to buy, but I want to make sure they have that option.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 9:18 PM by Rick 40

Thanks for the answer Rick. I have no problem paying the yearly fee. I appreciate all the work you do and also understand why a seller would only want to do a transaction with a verified buyer. I also figured there would be some sort of "viewing" benefit for those who paid upfront for the membership. It's good to know I at least have an option of when to pay.

Thanks!

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 10:47 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 41

Did you guys see that the MN State High School championship games will be at Target Field June 19? What a thrill for those kids.

Posted on March 13, 2010 at 11:33 PM by Jeremy Highlight this comment 42

It sounds like going down to Target Field to buy tickets was the way to go. They opened the ticket windows just after 8:30, and I had no issues buying the sections I wanted for the games I wanted. I got there at about 7:20 and had maybe about 100 people ahead of me. Not bad at all. Free stuff all around, a fun atmosphere, and no service charges on the tickets!

I got Overhang tickets for July 4th, Friday exhibition tickets (row 1!), and row 1, seats 1 and 2 in section S (looks to be a great value for a very nice seat in that section) for a game in September.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 01:00 AM by FPM2K Highlight this comment 43

well went down to the plaza later and went to the pro shop, actually found a hoodie that wasn't over priced and pretty sweet! i saw some people met club including kids, so not just workers! Were you able to go up there or was it just fro STH?

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 01:58 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 44

luke, I have 4 full season tickets in the trap, section 239 row 1 seats 2,3,4,5. I am very excited to see the view on saturday during the open house. I have a few games to sell still, if you are interested email me. on another note i am going down to the plaza sunday, excited to see what its like without all the partying and people.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 04:25 AM by mike d Highlight this comment 45

Long time listener, first time caller here. Great site and info provided by everyone special thanks to Rick for your dedication and DVS for your attitude.

I know these may change when the partial ST packages are released but, by my count, there are...
22 games that are sellouts
13 games that have only single seats left
13 games where no lower level, (non-outfield) seats remain
04 games that are down to the last Diamond Box seats
29 games in which there are lower level (non-outfield) seats remaining (14 of these are in Sept/Oct).

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 09:21 AM by BomboRivera Highlight this comment 46

Mike D,

Just curious, if you have seats 2 through 5, who is sitting in seat number 1? When you selected your seats did you have the option of taking 1-4 or was 2-5 the only option.

They sound like great seats, it's just that now that I have my tickets in hand, I have started thinking about who I will be sitting next to all summer. I think it would be kind of strange if some guy bought one ticket for the whole season. Seat one, row one.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 09:53 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 47

Thanks Bombo -- did you troll the ticket website to put those data together?

Jfh -- I said "The sneaky place for walk-up/will call will clearly be at gate 14." What I meant was that a vast majority of folks walking up will be coming up the plaza from 6th St. or 7th St. and see that large bank of ticket windows and just go there. Others will get off the train and go to the 5th St. windows. But, there are two nice ticket windows back by gate 14 that looked very lonely, and because of how the building is shaped they are not very prominent from the promenade/walkways.

Since the Twins are going to let all windows have both will call and walk up sales, I think that will be the quick way in. Plus, you can immediately step into Hrbeks and have an adult beverage!

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 09:58 AM by Linc Highlight this comment 48

minn,
seat one was gone when we picked, not sure if it is a security guard, a twins usher or just some lone creepy guy... lets hope its not the creepy guy.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 10:25 AM by mike d Highlight this comment 49

Souhan...."The only key player whose contract status is an issue this spring is catcher Joe Mauer, whose camp has turned down offers believed to be worth $20 million to $21 million a year."

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 10:28 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 50

Thanks Bombo -- did you troll the ticket website to put those data together?

yes, plugged in 2 seats, best available. If I got Home Plate Terrace I would double check for Diamond Box availability since they appear to be the same price. Sometimes Diamond Box were also still available. 22 of the 23 sellouts are in April thru July.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 10:49 AM by BomboRivera Highlight this comment 51

What gate does the Northstar Train arrive at?

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:07 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 52

Josh-pretty sure it's gate 6 just like LTR, since it is just below

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:23 AM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 53

Thanks Bombo - Please keep us posted on the status as the day and week progresses.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:28 AM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 54

The Sooj,

Thanks, that is what I thought, just wanted to double check.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:38 AM by Josh Highlight this comment 55

While waiting for TCTraders to come up, thought I would throw this out there:

I have 4 season tickets in Diamond Box 106, row 13. I have all 4 tickets available for 4/20 and 4/21 vs Indians. These are both night games. I will sell for $38 each (my cost), cheaper than the Twins' $43 each plus fees. If you click my name it will have my email address.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:49 AM by Tom Highlight this comment 56

I know there are many Twins employees who read this forum. If there's anybody reading who knows anybody in charge of MLB Audio, the KSTP feed sounds like crap again!!! I bitched about this last year and miraculously the sound quality was great for the last 2 months of the season. Now the audio is back to sounding like I'm listening on my old $5 transistor radio from 1945.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 12:03 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 57

Kevin,
I couldn't agree more..Switch to the Boston feed and it's crystal CLEAR...

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 12:55 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 58

Kev - I picked up the MLB Gameday Audio this year and yes, the sound quality is shit. I am hoping that this may be because they don't have their normal equipment in Fort Meyers. Lets hope so cause I don't what to have horrible quality audio this year when I shelled out 20 bucks for the service.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 12:56 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 59

Anyone know if Spring Training games are audio broadcast in the MLB At Bat iPhone app?

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 1:39 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 60

Yep...I got the app last week and listening right now.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 1:52 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 61

I have two tickets to Saturday's open house. Would anyone like to trade the Saturday tickets I have for your Sunday tickets? I could use two more Sunday Open House tickets, too.

Please e-mail me.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 1:56 PM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 62

Man, it's too bad the plaza ceremony wasn't today. What a great day it would be for outdoor baseball right now!

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 2:17 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 63

My buddy posted this on KFAN Rube Chat this morning. Thought I would post it here and maybe help some people out. I think he had some time on his hands and was bored.

As of this morning/afternoon 3/14:

The seats I've listed are a sampling of what's left. The first one listed is always the "Best available". There my be other sections available. I didn't go through EVERY seating area.
"Sold Out" means you can still click on the game online, but then it tells you to call.

4/12 Boston - Sold out
4/14 Boston - "Sold Out"
4/15 Boston - "Sold Out"
4/16 KC - Sold out
4/17 KC - Sold out
4/18 KC - Sold out
4/20 Cleveland - (4) Diamond Box Row 34, Field Box Row 22, POwerBall Pavilion Row 4, Homerun Porch Row 3
4/21 Cleveland - (4) Field Box Row 25, Powerball Pavilion Row 1, Homerun Porch Row 5, Home Plate View Row 14
4/22 Cleveland - (4) Field Box Row 26, Field Tarrace Row 1, Homerun Porch Row 4, Home Plate view Row 14

5/3 Detroit - (4) Home Plate Box Row 24, Diamond Box row 10, LF Bleachers Row 15, Home Plate Terrace Row 5
5/4 Detroit - (4) Diamond Box Row 15, LF Bleachers Row 15, POwerball Pavilion Row 3, Home Plate View Row 12
5/5 Detroit - (4) Field Terrace Row 4, (2) Field Box Row 18, Skyline Deck Row 11
5/6 Baltimore - (4) Home Plate Terrace Row 6, (2) Powerball Pavilion Row 2, Homerun Porch Row 16, Skyline View Row 13
5/7 Baltimore - Very Few Sinlges
5/8 Baltimore - Sold Out
5/9 Baltimore - Very Few Sinlges
5/11 Chicago - Very Few Singles
5/12 Chicago - "Sold Out"
5/21 Milwaukee - Sold Out
5/22 Milwaukee - Sold Out
5/23 Milwaukee - Sold Out
5/25 New York - Sold Out
5/26 New York - Sold Out
5/27 New York - Sold Out
5/28 Texas - Only Singles
5/29 Texas - Very Few Sinlges
5/30 Texas - (4) Home Plate Terrace Row 7, Homerun Porch Row 1

6/8 KC - (4) Field Box Row 24, RF Bleachers Row 2, OVerlook Row 4, Homerun porch Row 6, Skyline View Row 8
6/9 KC - (4) Home Plate Terrace Row 4, RF Bleachers Row 4, Home Plate View Row 10, Homerun Porch Row 3
6/10 KC - (4) Grandstand Row 14, Skyline View Row 13, Homerun Porch Row 6
6/11 Atlanta - "Sold Out"
6/12 Atlanta - Sold Out
6/13 Atlanta - "Sold Out"
6/15 Colorado - (4) RF Bleachers Row 10, Homerun Porch Row 11
6/16 Colorado - (4) Home Plate Box row 24, Home Plate Terrace Row 5
6/17 Colorado - "Sold Out"
6/28 Detroit - (4) Homerun Porch Row 5, Only single other than that
6/29 Detroit - (4) RF Bleachers Row 8, (2) Field View Row 9
6/30 Detroit - Only Singles and Only Home Plate Box. Row 22 is the Closest

7/1 Tampa Bay - (4) Field Terrace Row 2, Homerun Porch Row 6, Skyline View Row 12, (2) Diamond Box Row 27
7/2 Tampa Bay - (4) Homerun Porch Row 6, Everything else looks like Singles
7/3 Tampa Bay - (4) Home Plate Terrace Row 4, Homerun Porch Row 14
7/4 Tampa Bay - (4) Home Plate Box Row 24, RF Bleachers Row 4, Homerun Porch Row 4
7/15 Chicago - (4) RF Bleachers Row 8, Homerun Porch Row 13
7/16 Chicago - Sold Out
7/17 Chicago - Sold Out
7/18 Chicago - Sold Out
7/19 Cleveland - (4) Field Box Row 23, Overlook Row 4, Homerun Porch Row 3
7/20 Cleveland - (4) Field Terrace Row 2, Skyline View Row 13, Homerun Porch Row 3
7/21 Cleveland - "Sold Out"
7/30 Seattle - (4) Home Plate Box Row 22, Diamond Box Row 23, Cheaps seats only singles
7/31 Seattle - Sold Out

8/1 Seattle - Very Few Singles
8/13 Oakland - Few Sinlges
8/14 Oakland - Very Few Singles
8/15 Oakland - Very Few Singles
8/17 Chicago - (4) Grandstand row 19, Skyline view Row 6
8/18 Chicago - Very Few Singles
8/19 Chicago - (4) Home Plate Box Row 23, Homerun Porch Row 5, RF Bleachers Row 4 (not why this game has seats, but the one before it doesn't)
8/20 Los Angeles - (4) Homerun Porch Row 14, Everthing else sinlges
8/21 Los Angeles - Sold Out
8/22 Los Angeles - Very Few Singles
8/31 Detroit - (4) Home Plate Box Row 24, Overlook Row 2, Home Plate View Row 13, Homerun Porch Row 6

9/1 Detroit - (4) Home Plate Box Row 24, Lots of decent Row 1 outfield stuff.
9/2 Detroit - (4) Home Plate Box Row 23, Overlook Row 3, LF Bleachers Row 10
9/3 Texas - (4) Field Terrace Row 2, Overlook Row 4, Home Plate View Row 12, Homerun Porch Row 2
9/4 Texas - (4) Home Plate Box Row 24, Home Plate View Row 14, RF Bleachers Row 6,Homerun Porch Row 7

The rest of September and October still have a lot of decent seats, so I'm not going to go through each game. Maybe next update.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 2:56 PM by visionsaul Highlight this comment 64

What's that I see on the Strib webpage??? 64 degrees and sunny???? What a wonderful day for an outdoor ballgame! And this morning, dumbass Mike Max still whined about no roof on the ballpark.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 4:48 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 65

I presume many have seen this, but click on my name for an article regarding the ceremony yesterday. The sold out info is already out of date :)

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 5:08 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 66

OK. so how come the Old Timer's game on September 5th isn't sold out?

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 5:10 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 67

Damn him! This is a great day for outdoor baseball.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 6:07 PM by luke Highlight this comment 68

Picture update from a Champions Club tour. Click my name.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 6:14 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 69

NICE!

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 6:34 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 70

Very nice!!! Only 7 days till I get a look. Any idea if Hrbek's or the TownBall Tavern will be open for the open houses?

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 6:37 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 71

I just found out that I will be sitting in the Champions Club for the 2nd exhibition game 4/3, in Section 10, the first row behind that wheelchair nook. I am really stoked and will definitely post some pictures of the inside of the club for everyone!!

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 7:13 PM by Tom Highlight this comment 72

Anyone know what row(s) in the Overlook sections (136,137,138) are actually out over the field?

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 7:22 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 73

I believe the Overlook sticks out 8' so I'd guess two maybe three rows.

K

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 8:23 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 74

I have a feeling now that opposing fans can't blame the Dome for the Twins winning that they're going to say the overhang is a reason that they are winning, since it's closer and we have all those lefties.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 8:40 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 75

The arrangement of tables makes the Met Club look like a senior citizen cafeteria. I guess that is fitting.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 9:05 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 76

A nice change to hear the Red Sox announcers say that the weather in Minneapolis in April is pretty much the same as what it is in Boston. Probably the first time we've had the pleasure of hearing something like that. It at least happens much less often than "Oh my god, how are you going to survive!?!?!?!"

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 9:19 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 77

On to Plan B...

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 9:25 PM by luke Highlight this comment 78

MLB Network is replaying the Twins/Sox game right now. It's too bad that they use the Boston feed for this game, as I think Blyleven and Bremer are much more interesting to listen to.
Bert always seems to want to have fun calling the games, and Bremer plays off him very well. I've heard the broadcast teams for the Braves, Cubs, White Sox, Red Sox, and Yankees, and they all sound so lifeless compared to Dick & Bert.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 10:29 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 79

weather in boston today was a nor'easter.......wet and windy

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 10:29 PM by bw Highlight this comment 80

I sure hope that Winona Mike's last post is dripping in sarcasm. Otherwise, I am speechless...

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 10:56 PM by Max Highlight this comment 81

I'm trying to figure out what Luke is referring to - all i can figure is that the bc method failed. Bwaha! ok nm that...

Today was a nice reminder of what most evenings will be at the ballpark - can't wait!

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:00 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 82

Sweet dreams friends!

Linked is an update to the panorama I took from the parking ramp back in August '09.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:07 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 83

I am serious. The other teams' broadcast guys are boring, in my book. Is there something that the local guys lack that i'm missing here? I watched the Twins play the White Sox a couple seasons ago on WGN just to hear what the Chicago fans get to listen to and for over three innings I heard Hawk Harrelson and the other guy bellyache about a call that went to Twins way. When they weren't sobbing about a bad call forever, they sounded like they were falling asleep.
The broadcast teams for the Yanks, BoSox, Cubs, and Braves all sounded like they couldn't have been more bored.
I'm sure a light and lively broadcast booth probably isn't everyone's cup of tea, but geez those other TV teams bore the heck out of me.

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:08 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 84

I like listening to Jon Sterling, but the lady that is with him is annoying

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:21 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 85

My exposure to other teams' broadcast teams is limited just to a few Tv crews. John Sterling is Yankees' radio, right?

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:43 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 86

Does anyone here have MLB TV? If so, how is it? Is it really hd quality?

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:49 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 87

The boy and I hit the plaza today - it was just too nice to not be outside - and the plaza was fantastic! Quite a few people roaming around, but not so many to have to wait in line for a picture in the glove (click my name for a link).

Granted we got a few looks (and a few smiles) for a couple "kids" being excited having their picture taken in an oversize glove. But what the hell, you only live once and you should have fun while your living it!

Checked out the pro shop, got our over priced "Opening Day" t-shirts before the mob that will be filing through there next Sunday and had a great quick trip.

The pictures really don't do the plaza justice, it is going to be an unbelievably great atmosphere in a few weeks!

Posted on March 14, 2010 at 11:57 PM by 2bb Highlight this comment 88

Dick Bremer is so biased and over the top to the point it is annoying. If you want to listen to a great annoucer, try a Dodgers game called by Vin Scully.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 12:00 AM by fittdaddy Highlight this comment 89

Beautiful picture, Jared. I'm wondering what time of day that was taken.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 04:53 AM by robin Highlight this comment 90

lol Jax. It was left to one's interpretation.

Actually no, "Plan B" referred to my plan to obtain Open House tickets for Saturday. My first plan (eBay) sort of fell through.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 06:57 AM by luke Highlight this comment 91

Anyone know what the transfer policy is on the Open House tickets? I am sure they are non-transferable but any clue how strict that will be?

Just wondering because there is a strong possibility that I will have 2 extra tickets for this Saturday...I would be interested in working out some sort of trade for tickets...click the link to e-mail me if you are interested in working something out.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 07:02 AM by MGM Highlight this comment 92

Yeah, Mike he is Yankees radio. I like Gordon/Gladden too

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 07:05 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 93

I'll take Bremer/Blyleven any day over Gordon/Gladden.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 07:14 AM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 94

I simply cannot agree with anyone that doesn't like Dick & Bert. I lived in Wichita, Kansas for several years of my life and watched the Twins on DirecTV while living down there. Because of that, I always saw the "home" crew. As a result, I saw all the AL crews and several NL crews during that time. I always thought Dick & Bert were THE best TV crew. They're simply great. I don't know what people think they want, but Dick & Bert are wonderful. Separately, Bert is a great human being. On my dad's 50th birthday several years ago, I emailed Bert and asked if he would be willing to meet my father before a game. He not only said yes, but was enthusiastic about it. He came down from the booth to their seats and talked with them at length. He only left when a crowd of other people started getting too big to handle. Another time, I ran into him in the Minneapolis skyway. I thanked him for what he did for my father years before. The man simply couldn't be nicer to fans. He is a Twins classic and if he doesn't make the Hall of Fame next year, I'm going to BURST!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 07:16 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 95

Robin-

They were both taken about the same time of day. I think the one in August was a little after 3pm and the one I took yesterday was around 4pm. Not quite exactly opposite time of year (going into fall vs. going into spring) but close. I didn't plan it that way, it just worked out that way. I will have to check out some of the wind numbers from yesterday too, because the wind was blowing pretty good out right field and into the plaza.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 07:17 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 96

I highly doubt the tickets for next weekend are non-transferable. I traded my Sundays for Saturdays with another gentleman on here. They have no numbers on them or names. They are very simple tickets.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 07:19 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 97

Thanks for the info on the tickets...in that case I'd be willing to trade my Saturday Open House tickets with anyone interested.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 07:28 AM by MGM Highlight this comment 98

Walked around the stadium on 3 separate occasions this weekend... It's looking good!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 08:41 AM by OG Jeff Highlight this comment 99

So if I'm taking the light rail down TF today to walk around the plaza, is it easier to get off one stop before TF, at 1st Ave and walk over or take it all the way to the TF station? Seems like if I got off at the TF station I'd have to walk all the way around Ramp B to get to the plaza and with my five-year-old with me, I'd like to keep the walking to a minimum.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 09:10 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 100

I only have two season tickets and therefore only recieved two open house tickets. My Wife is going to opening day with me so my son negoiated that he should then get the open house ticket.

After all of the recent photos, my wife decided she also wanted to go to the open house, as well. I bought another ticket on ebay for 5 bucks. There were both Sat and Sun available. I'm not sure how it fell through for you Luke, just choose the buy it now feature.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 09:17 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 101

Anyone know what kind of fees you are charged when selling on stubhub? For example, if I sell a ticket for $50, what will I actually net after fees are taken out?

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 09:22 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 102

Faber-

If you got off at TF, couldn't you just walk around the backside (granstand) of TF to get to the plaza? I think that would be quicker than getting off one stop earlier....but I could be wrong about that.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 09:27 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 103

Fred, if you want to go to Target Plaza from the Target Field LRT stop, you would either need to walk around the west side of the ballpark and up 7th, walk to the B ramp, take the stairs up to the skyway, and then come down the stairs from the skyway to Target Plaza, or go up to 1st Ave and back down to Target Plaza at 6th. If you are asking if it is further to go from the Warehouse District stop to Target Plaza than from the Target Field stop, I'm going to have to say, having done both on numerous occasions, that they're pretty close to the same. However, I think the walk down 1st Ave is a much more interesting and entertaining walk than going down to the B ramp and through the skyway. But that's just me.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 09:32 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 104

Well, that's the thing Fred, I don't think you can walk between Ramp B and the Grandstand, that's where the entrance to 394 begins. I suppose I could walk around the Promenade and come around past Gate 14 to the plaza. We'll see!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 09:35 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 105

Faber,

If the plaza is your destination, you're right in thinking that the First Ave stop is better.

From there, you'll walk one block south on First Ave (toward Target Center), and then enter the plaza right where it meets First Ave.

From the TF stop, you would have to either walk around the park on the Promenade and Seventh (two+ total blocks), or walk back on Fifth Street to Second Ave, and then find the stairs behind Target Center (three total blocks and a weird connection).

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 09:36 AM by Rick 106

One more thing, Faber, is that you can get through the B ramp and to the plaza by the skyway connection. But the B ramp is under some pretty heavy-duty construction right now, and unless you know where you're going, it might be more work than it's worth.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 09:37 AM by Rick 107

Stubhub takes 15%, so you receive $42.5 for every $50

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 09:39 AM by Tom Highlight this comment 108

Mike--if you sell a ticket for $50 on StubHub, $42.50 will be deposited into your account after they are received by the seller. They charge sellers a 15% fee, and then buyers also have a fee (10% on top of price) and are also responsible for shipping. It is easy to see why it is a profitable site actually--25% spread is pretty good for not really having to do anything.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 09:42 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 109

Great shots from Avian over at minnescraper!! Click my name for the pictures.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:03 AM by Jeff Highlight this comment 110

Well - that's all well and good, but not EVERY listing has a Buy It Now feature, and this particular one did not.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:41 AM by luke Highlight this comment 111

JFH, in the Trib article you attached:

"It's possible that all regular-priced tickets will be gone within a month, St. Peter said, but more tickets will become available in the next few weeks when the Twins release unsold seats that had been reserved for season-ticket sales."

I am assuming that they will have more Opening Day seats? However, I am sure these games will not be released with the other games they have. I wonder what the Twins will do with these?

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:45 AM by TK Highlight this comment 112

So if you sold a ticket for $50, the customer would actually pay $55 and you'd only receive $42.50.... and have to ship it? That's quite a racket.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:46 AM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 113

Hence the market for TC Traders.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:52 AM by Rick 114

Elston,

That is why people should use craig's list. I have never had a problem selling or buying. The seller makes more and the buyer pays less.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:52 AM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 115

Say what you will about the tenets of a free market, but I kinda miss the days when scalping was illegal. Well, at least not institutionalized and promoted by MLB.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:58 AM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 116

I agree, Elston. The collusion of MLB/Twins with StubHub just doesn't pass the smell test.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:03 AM by fiesta Highlight this comment 117

While searching on ebay for an extra open house ticket, I wasn't really surprised that many of the tickets for sale had addresses on the east coast.

Scalping used to be illegal in Minnesota, that only meant that the market was limited to those that lived out of state. The system we now have is fair for everyone, no matter where you happen to live.

I do wonder what types of systems the Twins and other MLB teams have in place to combat scalpers? Also where do you draw the line?

What is the difference between the following two examples?

1) Some guy in New York, purchases 4 season tickets for the sole purpose of selling the tickets on Stubhub. He has never been to Minnesota and has no interest in ever attending a game here.

2) Long time Twins season ticket holder. Has purchased 4 season tickets in the dome for years. Now that the new stadium has been built he has purchased his usually 4 tickets for personal use, but has also purchased an additional set of 4 tickets with the idea of selling every one of those tickets on Stubhub.

Should the twins treat these two "customers" any differently? As a purchaser of the tickets from them, should we view them any differently? Just because one guy lives in Minnesota and the other is an out-of-stater, should we view them any differently?

Both guys are in it to make some money. Plain and simple. There is a chance they could make some good money doing it, but then again they are taking a risk. What if they can't sell the tickets? If you misjudge demand, it could cost you a lot of money.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:17 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 118

fiesta,

1. You can't possibly mean "collusion". I think we need another English lesson...

2. What do you mean by saying it "doesn't pass the smell test"?

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:29 AM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 119

Well, I'm back from my tour and I did indeed get off the LRT at 1st Ave and walk over to the plaza from there. I was very excited turning the corner at 6th St. and was not disappointed! The canopy looms over the scene but the skyway blocks enough of the view that you're just teased with the fact there's a huge stadium only several hundred feet away.

Some observations from someone who has not been down there once during any construction:

1. The left field bleachers seemed much more open than I had originally thought. The overhang from the Home Run Terrace is higher and makes it seem more spacious than I thought.

2. There's a cool secret entrance for employees as part of the louvre's on the 7th st. side. I saw the sign for it on the limestone next to the louvre's but didn't see a door at first. Then, upon closer inspection realized it's a gate built into the louvres.

3. I'm guessing they'll have to have a security/ticket taker in the pro shop at the door that goes into the stadium because it would easy to go in the shop outside the gates and then exit from the doors that are inside the gated area and bingo, you're inside the stadium.

As I think troys29 mentioned sometime ago, even for those that have following this contruction in anal-like fashion for the last four years are going to be wowed when they actually see this building. I know I was.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:42 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 120

As opening and inviting as the Plaza is, the Promenade feels the exact opposite. I'm guessing they'll have carts and stuff over there on game days?

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:48 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 121

I need 4 tix for Sunday open house, I have 4 for Saturday to trade. I checked ebay and they only have Saturday available. I can even pay you.

Would take 2 for 2 as well.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. email me

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 12:03 PM by Robert Colehour Highlight this comment 122

just a little tidbid about a sports writer, i guess sid is 90. Also just re-ask my question can only STH go in the Met club right now cuz i saw kids in there

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 12:05 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 123

Added a couple more pictures of the plaza during the fantastic day that was yesterday. Sorry I cant get them all up right away. Plus I found one of the 3D billboards. Not sure if it was posted before so I thought I would mention it.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 12:13 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 124

Chad, while I thought the promenade was open and spacious enought, there's real no reason to go there. I kept thinking as I walked it that it's too bad they didn't have a gate there, right in the middle, something to draw people to it. I highly doubt people will use the benches along the promenade, unless there are kiosks or carts. It will just be a place for people to get from the train to Hrbek's or where ever.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 12:13 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 125

If the Twins are bent on putting in a "playland" for the kiddies, maybe the promenade is the perfect spot.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 12:16 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 126

Regarding the article and Opening Day tickets - my understanding is that the tickets currently held for opening day for new full season ticket plan holders that sign up will be used by the Twins, not put on the open market.

I suspect the Twins have some "day of game only" seating areas and perhaps those will be available on Opening Day, but given the incredible demand for OD perhaps there are no "day of game only" sales for that one game.

To add to the StubHub discussion, for clubs that have total integration with SH, there is no physical shipping anymore. You must enter the ticket barcodes and the buyer gets them electronically - no option for the seller to sell physical tickets anymore. SH now charges $4.95 (I think) for the electronic deliery rather than the $16.95 it used to be when the seller had to send the tickets by FedEx (using a SH provided prepaid shipping label).

I believe when I looked a few weeks ago, the Twins were fully integrated with SH, so barcodes/etickets only. And a whole bunch of useless physical tickets that some less then ethical types will try to sell too.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 12:39 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 127

The Metropolitan Club is open exclusively to full and partial season ticket plan holders - you can bring up to 4 people in with you by showing a season ticket ID card OR a season ticket for that day.

Food/Beverage is available - $29 per person + tax for buffet style with themed cooking stations and a $5 per person "table fee" for watching the game at a viewing table or a drink rail during the second seating.

Club open when gates open to 1 hour after game. Buffet available until the 4th inning. A la carte menu after 4th inning.

Reservations can be made within 2 weeks of game date. Good luck getting one ...

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 12:45 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 128

There really is no such thing as a sell-out - it's a % of current availability thing. Seats (tickets) to any particular game are held back for player's families, potential additional ST sales, in case the Pope decides to attend, etc. And, there are always tickets out there, issued to the opposing team, etc. which are subject to release if not needed by the holder. OD tickets can still be had and this fact will remain in play.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 12:46 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 129

Has anyone recieved their exhibition presale tickets yet?

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 1:10 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 130

I will take Blyleven over Bremer ANY DAY over Gordon. Gordon forgets he's on radio and needs to actually describe what's going on at the game. He is very difficult to listen to because he just doesn't seem to have any feel for the game..too many "DEEEEEPPP DRRIIIIIIVE by Morneau.....caught in front of the warning track by @@@@@" that leave you expecting a home run but confused by the end result.

I miss Herb Carneal who had no peer for describing the action on the field.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 1:10 PM by bob323STH Highlight this comment 131

My last post should have read " I will take Blyleven AND Bremer over Gordon....."

Sorry

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 1:13 PM by bob323STH Highlight this comment 132

I think I've mostly made my peace with John Gordon. He just has a couple of things that still get me. Like this one:

"And the pitch. Mauer!! ... takes a ball outside."

When the announcer shouts the player's name, you kind of expect that something at least interesting happened.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 1:28 PM by Rick 133

Yep Ben is spot on. There are still plenty of tickets for April 12th. You just have to be opportunistic and have a sense of good timing.

BTW: In my opinion, StubHub is an absolute last resort for tickets. They make both the buyer (10% premium) and the seller (15% premium) bend over which forces the seller to pay more to get their desired "net" and the buyer to pay more for acquiring tickets. There are just so many better options out there.

Also, I see people all the time saying such and such section (lets just say Section 324, Row 4 for Opening Day for the sake of argument) is going for $350/seat on Stubhub. Ummmm is there a way to search completed listings on Stubhub (like there is on eBay?) Am I missing this feature on Stubhub? If not, that is just people wishful thinking on hitting the jackpot. Asking price and sale value are 2 completely different animals. There are scores of tickets at well above market value right now. Use eBay as the great barameter especially for auctions as opposed to Buy It Nows. Sure there are the stragglers that won't do research and pay through the nose for tickets, but they are few and far between. It is interesting as it appears to me that there are lots of season ticket holders "fishing" for an exhorbitant price for their coveted April 12th tickets. I mean, I've got absolutely no problem paying market value (and intend to do that, however, patience is a virtue). But c'mon just come into the realm of reality. Tease me if you will. As the old saying goes, Wish in 1 hand, Shit in the other, see which one fills up first.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 1:29 PM by Max Highlight this comment 134

Another day...and no tickets, no open house tickets, and no opening day tickets. WTF!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 135

Rick

That's exactly the kind of thing I'm talking about. I feel bi-polar after listening to Gordon for any length of time.

Another good one is the following;

"And neither team has scored yet as we head to the bottom of the first inning"

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 1:36 PM by bob323STH Highlight this comment 136

Exactly Max.... I'm playing the waiting game. I'd rather not buy on SH for OD anyways, as I'd like a physical ticket stub. I'll probably see what TicketKing has to offer the day of game.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 1:48 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 137

"Asking price and sale value are 2 completely different animals."

There are lots of shenanigans going on. Stuff on Craigslist (at least stuff I look for) is usually waaaay overpriced and at least some of what I see on the Bay falls into the category of what I call "Trolling for Morons" - but it must be worth the effort, which may well be a sad commentary on the way things are.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 1:53 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 138

Ben - you also forgot about the seats held for MLB and golden ticket holders (Home Plate Box for the Twins, I think) that I believe are released day of game. Tickets held for visiting clubs are usually released 2-3 days prior, though I don't know the Twins policy.

My point in the previous post is that I don't expect the Twins to release any of the OD tickets that will become available to the general public. I'd like to be wrong and let some lucky fans win the lottery, but I don't see it happening for 4/12.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 2:03 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 139

Actually, John Gordon treats the 1st inning the way it technically SHOULD be treated (and I say this being totally annoyed by the guy in general). After the top of the inning, he'll say something like this: "The Twins, no score. Indians are coming to bat." I am a stickler about such things and he actually calls this correctly. It is one of the few things he does which I actually appreciate.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 2:21 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 140

Closed circuit to Rick the Ballpark Guru: I believe the "Countdown Clock" is now an hour too long due to Daylight Savings going into effect yesterday...

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 2:26 PM by Max Highlight this comment 141

Fixed it!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 2:31 PM by Rick 142

Speaking of stubhub...

I have 2 tickets for Saturday's exhibition game that I can't make it to listed for $220 for the pair, I would sell them here for $180 for the pair. They are in section 121, row 4.

Shoot me an e-mail if you're interested.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 2:34 PM by Quick99 Highlight this comment 143

Atleast on stub hub you dont have to play lets make a deal with a stranger that may just be wasting your time, or have to worry about being robbed when you go to meet him...i sold 2 tix on sh a few weeks ago, and i bought tickets last year there...

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 2:47 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 144

Rick, can you give a short explanation about the details of the ballpark wall. I look forward to checking it out whenever I make it to a game, but would like some background info about it. Thanks!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:07 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 145

Has anybody heard if the Target Field Bars/Restaurants will be open this Saturday and Sunday for the STH tours? I wouldn't mind having a few at one of them. Also, linked is an article from Downtown Journal about the transportation. Nothing ground-breaking.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:10 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 146

DVS- Kieran's will be open, as will Luce, and the Loon. I think that's most of what's usually open before 4pm on the weekends.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:21 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 147

Chad, I think DVS meant the bars/restaurants that are actually in TF, like Hrbek's, Town Ball Tavern, etc.

Dan, I can tell you from looking at the ballpark wall today some details. There's a photo or two of each park that that has had professional baseball in the Twins Cities with the park/stadium name, location, team that played there and years it was occupied. It goes as far back as the first park the Millers played in in the late 1800s, can't remember the name right now, but it was before Nicollet Park.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:27 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 148

I think DVS might've been referring to the bars/restaurants WITHIN TF. On a related note, I was in the area yesterday snd noticed a new "watering hole" going in right next door to First Ave....more options!!!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:27 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 149

Ohhhhhhh riiiiiight, right. Duh.

Fred, that sign for the Depot has been up for over a year, it seems. I walked by there the other day and overheard First Ave employees talking about the front being some sort of patio, so hopefully they're finally starting to move forward on that.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:33 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 150

The bar that I am wondering about is the one by the outfield entrance that has the large rooftop space (300 people I guess). It doesn't appear to be getting ready to open or anything, but it is a close walk to the outfield gate and could potentially be a pretty cool place.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:36 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 151

But the question I had earlier was referring to Hrbeks and Townball Tavern. Wonder if they will be open.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:37 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 152

Dan,

Took me a minute to figure out what you were asking about: the ballpark history display on the plaza.

Well, it's beautiful, but the photos will look pretty familiar to anyone who follows local baseball. The parks are shown in chronological order, two panels each, one photo per panel:

Athletic Park
Nicollet Park
Lexington Park
Metropolitan Stadium
Metrodome
Target Field

Inscribed on the panels are the locations, years, and teams for each park.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:37 PM by Rick 153

I'm sure Jax will come on here at some point and regale everybody with her favorite "Gordo-ism"....

"Twins win 3-2. From Jacobs Field in Chicago, I'm John Gordon. Good night everybody!"

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:41 PM by Natron Highlight this comment 154

Thanks Rick, sorry I wasn't clearer, but glad you figured it out, and provided the info. I will have to look into that when I go to the game.I had heard of the pre-Met Stadium ballparks except for Athletic Park.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:42 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 155

I know it's early and TF hasn't even opened yet, but I'm surprised that there hasn't been more development in the area or scooping up of empty spaces.

Visage/Rosewood Room is empty, Fatso's/Centerfield was gutted and is still empty, that place that was supposed to be a restaurant under the Epic rooftop is still basically a shell with dirt floors, and the Urban Wildlife has been empty for I don't even remember how long(and I've heard that building will basically be empty after Sawatdee closes). Good thing Kieran's opens tomorrow.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:47 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 156

The mistakes made on the mic are what made Harry Caray so endearing. I can remember MANY a time when he would scream "There's a drive!!" only to have it be a lazy fly ball. Of course he had 80 mile an hour winds blowing in at Wrigley as an excuse.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:48 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 157

There are only two known photos in existence of Athletic Park, and they're both on the wall (because they really are great photos).

But the thing you need to know about Athletic Park is that it was located on the same block where Butler Square is now. So, if you're looking at the ballpark history wall, just turn around 180 degrees and look for the dark brown building across the street to the north of Target Center. That's where Athletic Park was.

It was the home for a limited number of what were technically major league games, though some people dispute that designation, in the late 19th century.

So, just over a century has passed, and baseball has moved about 2 city blocks.

(The same two photos can be found on the walls inside Butler Square.)

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:49 PM by Rick 158

I think the thing with Gordo is that he's such a contrast from Gladden who will sound exactly the same whether it's a routine grounder to short or a two-run double in the gap. He doesn't emote enough when something big happens, but Gordo will sound jacked up when someone rearranges their batting gloves.

In fairness to Gordo's "deep drive! way back! caught at the warning track!" It is very hard from the press box to gauge a home run ball from just a deep fly that's an easy out.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:49 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 159

The number of bar options near Target Field is so much better already than the Metrodome site that I am not all that concerned. Still, we are only beginning to come out of the "great recession." It will be a couple of years before things might really be rolling enough again that some entrepreneurs really get the ball rolling on some neighborhood projects. I think that the area around Target Field will be far different a decade from now compared to what you see today, and I mean that in the positive.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:51 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 160

Fred, that sign for the Depot has been up for over a year, it seems. I walked by there the other day and overheard First Ave employees talking about the front being some sort of patio, so hopefully they're finally starting to move forward on that.

I guess that shows how often I get downtown!! :)

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:51 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 161

Speaking of winds, did anybody else get blasted on Saturday by the high winds coming out of Gate 29?

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 3:52 PM by Rick 162

Dan,

I am just going to add a bit to Faber's comment. The wall has history of ballparks (Millers, Saints, Twins). Target Field, the Metrodome, The Met, Lexington Park, Nicollet park and Athletic Park. I have some images (metrodome, TF, athletic park) of it on my Flickr (linked). I had one image of each park on the wall but took some of them down. I can repost if people would like to see them specifically.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:02 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 163

Wow waaayy late on my previous post.

Rick- I got blasted by the wind. Seems that air flows through the southern half of the park pretty well. Will be interesting to see how it goes for my bleacher seats in left field.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:05 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 164

My guess is that a stiff wind coming through Gate 29 would not lend itself to home runs, but might actually push them foul. It is also my guess that such winds will be more likely in the spring and fall than in the summer when weather patterns come from a different direction more often. It will be quite interesting to see.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:16 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 165

Since we are talking about bars/restaurants and such, does anyone know where the best deals/happy hour specials are?

I know Brother's has 2-for-1 specials, including "event nights." I was at the Loon a few weeks ago, but dont remember if they had or are going to have any specials. It's definitely going to be some great competition amongst the bars/restaurants which means some very good deals/specials for the Twins fans to enjoy.

I just want to find some great places to drink a cold one or two or three before some ballgames for a fraction of the price compared to Target Field.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:16 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 166

This from an email from the Minnesota Twins Baseball Club:

YOUR RECENT SINGLE GAME TICKET PURCHASE

We haven't forgotten about your tickets! We are writing to let you know that there has been a delay in mailing to you the single game tickets you recently purchased online. Please know that we are doing everything we can to process and mail to you your single game tickets as quickly as possible, and be assured that you will receive your tickets in plenty of time for the game date/s that you have ordered.

Thank you for your continued patience and support of Twins baseball.

Minnesota Twins

P.S. If you selected the print-at-home delivery option when ordering your tickets, please disregard this notification. Those tickets may be accessed and printed at any time using the link you should have already received.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:18 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 167

"Of course he had 80 mile an hour winds blowing in at Wrigley as an excuse."

He also usually had several empty cans of Budweiser as an excuse - or was it half a bottle of gin?

Halsey Hall would always have what amounted to a shopping bag with him - and you did not want to see it dropped. Questioned one time about why he always brought his own refreshment along with him he replied: "You never know when you are going to run into a local election".

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:24 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 168

Mike, I just came on here to post the same exact e-mail I just got from the Twins about a delay in mailing tickets for single game tickets! I got until April 15, so I'm not sweating yet!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:25 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 169

Mike--here is a good website to use for Happy Hour specials. You can search by day and time for that area. In terms of baseball related specials, I'm sure both Brothers, Drink, and Bootleggers will all have some type of binge drinking related special (which honestly I am interested in). I would be the Loon will have some good specials too, as well as Ugly Mug.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:29 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 170

Beaming from ear to ear today!
Great day, and I'm going to the open house on Saturday. Thanks to a friend who emailed me this morning!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:35 PM by luke Highlight this comment 171

Regarding the openings in the louvers at the circulation ramps:

After my brother's tour of Target Field (He's a Hennepin County employee, and as such got a little more extensive tour than some), he was told that there are several undisclosed exits at TF for emergency purposes. Nondescript doorways in the louvers would mean another exit out of the circulation ramps directly to the sidewalk, which would make for a less congested concourse in the event that the building needs to be emptied out in a hurry. he was also told that there are also several vertical circulation options unavailable except durimg emergencies.

Is all this true? Well, I can't say, All I know is what I'm told and I'm only relaying something told to my brother during his tour. But it seems like only two circulation ramps (Escalators might not be operable in an emergency) seems inadequate in a time of crisis.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 172

I do appreciate the baseball voices that have "personalities", such as Harry Carey and Bert Blyleven, but I have to say that John Gordon is no Harry Carey. Harry had a history of baseball to talk about and Gordon doesn't. It shouldn't be too much to ask for a radio announcer to use emotion properly and in context to what is ACTUALLY happening on the field in trying to describe what people on the radio can't see with their own eyes. TV is another story because you can see a possible home run and decide for yourself whether it's gone but on radio you are pretty much left to how jacked the announcer gets. I'm not asking for perfection from Gordo, just asking for ACTUAL great plays to, more often than not, be relayed to the radio audience with an equally energetic and reasonable accurate response and for routine plays/events to be relayed to the radio audience with an appropriately routine response, that's all.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:37 PM by bob323STH Highlight this comment 173

Harry Carey used to call games in his underwear on occasion when he was the voice of the cards.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:42 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 174

I used to listen to games in my underwear.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:44 PM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 175

LOL!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:49 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 176

Has any Full STH gotten there tickets yet?

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 4:54 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 177

Steve - I got mine last Tuesday.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 5:01 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 178

It does not sound like the type of package purchased has much to do with when they're mailed out. In fact, how long you have had season tickets doesn't seem to have much to do with it either. A friend of mine just decided to buy tickets a few weeks ago and he already has his. I've had mine a couple years and they haven't been mailed yet.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 5:05 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 179

IN REGARDS TO WIND AT TARGET FIELD....
well maybe when we all come to the ballpark there is one thing the herc. building can be used for, looking at the smoke from the stack can tell without a doubt which way the wind is blowing. the flagpoles are nice, but they might only judge the wond on the plaza area , where as the smoke from herc. will tell what the wind is doing above the halo, if there is a stream of smoke in the sky above the park id say homers would be more likely. not sure of this even makes sence but im bored at work, and thought id give my 2 cents

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 5:11 PM by rolo Highlight this comment 180

Thanks,,I guess my theory was wrong then..I thought maybe partials went out 1st..I've had mine for 8 years..I've sold a few and just wanted to get them to the buyers....

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 5:30 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 181

I like it when Bremer hollers GONE!!! the instant the bat strikes the ball - he seems to know what a dinger sounds like and I don't think I've ever caught him being wrong.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 5:36 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 182

Doesn't seem to be any rhyme or reason to who got what tickets when. I got a full season plan and a partial plan on Friday and still waiting for another full season plan.

When I called my rep to check he was surprised I had the partial plan and said that it is "organized chaos" downstairs where they are packaging/mailing the ticket packages.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 6:15 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 183

I suspect the "chaos" is hardly organized, at least not well - but there must be some parameter they are observing. Sections? Alphabetical?

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 6:22 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 184

Regarding the emergency exits and the comment about the [i] Escalators might not be operable in an emergency [i]... what will happen to those people that are already on the escalators when they stop?! The horror....the horror.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 6:26 PM by BomboRivera Highlight this comment 185

Well if it is alphabetical, it is reverse alphabetical. My last name, as my ID on here suggests, is Berka. Not mailed yet.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 6:57 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 186

What time is the season ticket holder open house on saturday and sunday?

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 7:26 PM by BB Highlight this comment 187

I think Delta will occupy the "trap" advertisement space.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 7:37 PM by Scott Highlight this comment 188

9-5

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 7:37 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 189

thanks!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 7:41 PM by BB Highlight this comment 190

Now that the plaza has had it's Grand Opening, I thought they would lite it up every night. The field is lite up, but the plaza is almost dark. Perhaps they will stick with the same hours as the store.

I honestly thought it would become a destination. A place for fans to visit at all hours of the day.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 8:04 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 191

I got my season tickets last Tuesday. I have a last name starting with B.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 8:05 PM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 192

I walked around the Plaza last night and it was lit, but the field wasn't. It made me question just how much security they plan on having around there, especially after bar close. It was eerily quiet, but I can only imagine drunken idiots coming over from 1st ave after 2am.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 8:09 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 193

Maybe the season tickets are by sections. If it were alphabetical, I would have expected to get all of my tickets, not just some. Who knows.

It's frustrating, because season ticket partners hear that friends have gotten their tickets already and want to know when I'm going to send them out. Tough to answer that at the moment ...

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 8:11 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 194

On escalators in emergencies-

to quote:
I like an escalator because an escalator can never break, it can only become stairs. There would never be an escalator temporarily out of order sign, only an escalator temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 8:28 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 195

As Mitch Hedberg said: "I like escalators because they cannot break. They only can become stairs. They should have a sign if an escalator breaks down: Escalator is temporarily stairs. Sorry for the convenience."

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 8:32 PM by Dodgeboy Highlight this comment 196

OK, that's freaky Jared

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 8:33 PM by Dodgeboy Highlight this comment 197

I'm lovin' the mitch hedberg quotes!!! That is crazy that you posted it at the same time...

Here's some more....just for fun.

"My friend asked me if I wanted a frozen banana...I said no, but I want a regular banana later, so yeah..."

“If you had a friend who was a tightrope walker, and you were walking down a sidewalk, and he fell, that would be completely unacceptable...”

"Last week I helped my friend stay put. It's a lot easier'n helpin' 'em move. I just went over to his house and made sure that he did not start to load shit into a truck."

"I think Pringles original intention was to make tennis balls... but on the day the rubber was supposed to show up a truckload of potatoes came. Pringles is a laid-back company, so they just said, "Fuck it, cut em up!""

One of my favs:

"I bought a doughnut, and they gave me a receipt for the doughnut. I don't need a receipt for the doughnut, man, I'll just give you the money, and you give me the doughnut... end of transaction. We don't need to bring ink and paper into this. I just can't imagine a scenario where I would have to prove that I bought a doughnut. Some skeptical friend: "Don't even act like I didn't get that doughnut! I got the doc-u-men-tation right here... oh, wait it's at home... in the file... under 'D'... for doughnut.""

I love that guy. His delivery is phenomenal. Too bad he is gone...

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 8:56 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 198

You know how I know the Twins are scrambling...?

3 days after the Grand Opening of the plaza, and there is no mention of it on the website. Nice job PR.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:04 PM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 199

Scott - I was wondering just that today. Who was going to take the big white ad space?

Either that, or they could have a "Hit it Here" promotion. I also like the idea of a simple "This is Twins Territory".

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:10 PM by luke Highlight this comment 200

I'm REALLY starting to think Mauer signs Opening Day @ Target Field..It makes sense.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:13 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 201

Maybe DSP's next blog post will go up on that ad space. So expect it to be blank until well after the all-star break. What an embarassing effort that whole idea was!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:23 PM by Jim Highlight this comment 202

Not mentioning the Plaza opening on the website is terrible regardless of how busy they are.

Does anyone know the capacity of the overlook sections, either approximate or exact? That area fascinates me more than any other.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:24 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 203

ha love the Hedberg quotes!!
"I wanted to buy a candle holder, but the store didn't have one. So I bought a cake."

So the restaurants are going to be open year round right? So if they open for the open houses, will they just stay open from then on or re-open in April?

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:27 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 204

Good stuff. Hedberg IS the greatest. I have to refrain otherwise i would be talking about him and quoting him all night to everyone. I have to mention though, if you haven't heard of the Bob and Tom show check it out. Its a syndicated morning comedy radio show out of Indianapolis. One morning they had comedian Mike Birbiglia on not long after Mitch died. Mike does a segment called "My Secret Public Journal" which on that day was a tribute to Mitch. Very heartfelt and sweet. I am working on trying to find the audio online to share (or upload it to youtube since I have it on my computer). For now, linked is the text version.

Now back to your regularly scheduled TF discussion...

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:33 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 205

Mike Birbiglia is also quite great. My wife and I saw him live last time he was in town.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:53 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 206

"24 hour banking? I don't have time for that."

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 9:59 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 207

Jorge - counting seats from a photo that I had taken there appear to be 224 seats in the three sections that comprise The Overlook.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:32 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 208

I was able to upload the Birbiglia tribute audio to youtube. It should work now. Enjoy!

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:39 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 209

I know we've discussed this somewhere, but I've forgotten. Will there be a huge difference between the Saturday and Sunday open houses? I've got a 20-game plan, so it's Sunday for me. It would be disappointing if we only got to sit in our cold, wet seats.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:42 PM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 210

Birbigs is the man. He sent me out a mass mailing through Facebook about his MPLS show. For some reason I sent him back a reply that said "Mass mailings are lame". He sent me back a response that said "Danny, I tried calling, I tried writing, but heard nothing. This was my last resort." I think I laughed my ass off for about an hour.

Hedberg was golden. Henry Sibley alum too. No better way to pass the time on a roadtrip than to put on some of his standup. Love it.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 10:52 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 211

"Escalators might not be operable in an emergency."

That is ridiculous. I can't believe I actually posted that.

Hope everyone had a laugh over it.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:08 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 212

Saturday and Sunday Open Houses are the same. The different one is the Legends Club event on Friday evening.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:13 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 213

"I want a job naming kitchen appliances. All you have to do is add "er to the end. What's that do? It keeps things fresh. Well then that is a fresher...I'm goin' on break."

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:16 PM by TimInDuluth Highlight this comment 214

speaking of comedian mitch hedberg here is a somewhat odd (although sad) coincidence. i live about 1 block from the church where is funeral was held in 2005.

that guy was hilarious. gone way too soon.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:28 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 215

DVS2008 - friendly fyi. mitch hedberg actually grew up on the east side of st. paul and graduated from harding high school in 1986, not henry sibley.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:30 PM by Betaband Highlight this comment 216

What will be different about the Legends Club Open House?

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:35 PM by s (aka msp) Highlight this comment 217

Oh whoops. Didnt mean to write Sibley.

Posted on March 15, 2010 at 11:38 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 218

Mike and DVS,

All this talk about waiting for tickets to arrive and pre-game libations is really getting to me!

I am looking forward to spending many pre-games at "Drink," not in the DVS link.

Mon-Sat - 4:00PM to 7:00PM
1/2 Price Drinks

More info in the link

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 12:02 AM by TK Highlight this comment 219

Legend open house is 4-8 pm Friday so I think it is limited to club and suite areas, and more of a strictly guided tour. I heard there was an earlier open house for Champ and Leg clubs. I'm guessing Saturday and Sunday should be similar, some guidance but maybe more freely moving about. Anyone know how much access, if any, to club areas will be available saturday and/or sunday?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 04:56 AM by robin Highlight this comment 220

I realize that some of you may really be concerned about being about to go out and experience other ballpark amenities during the open house, but if all I got to do was sit in my "cold, wet seats," I would be completely content with that. After all, we're season ticket holders. We're going to have all sorts of opportunities in the next few months to experience all the various ballpark amenities.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 07:39 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 221

Too bad the tours start so early--it would be cool to have a Ballparkmagic pre-tour meeting for food/drinks at a bar/restaurant in the area. I would think most people on here have Sunday tours? Or atleast it sounds that way.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 08:30 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 222

Just received my Opening Day seats for my partial season plan and additional Preseason tickets...

No tickets yet for either our half or full season package.

Also, included was the first schedule I have seen with the promotions schedule. I am not too impressed with the offerings. I am really disappointed to say the least, and I think I am going to regret paying for the package offered by the Twins to have some delivered to Season Ticket holders for $50. Minnie and Paul bobblehead sounds really cool, however, on the 4th of July!?!

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 09:26 AM by TK Highlight this comment 223

Yeah, our 6 tickets for the 4th of July game are the only ones my wife is looking at me sideways about, but I think she understands my love for Minnie and Paul. Our other 6 seats are 4/17 vs KC. Then the 3 seats at Safeco Field on 8/27 and unless walk-up becomes a reasonable strategy at TF, that may be the season for me.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 09:47 AM by schweady Highlight this comment 224

Why not on the 4th of July? All these games are going to be sold out anyway. It isn't as if they're giving these things away to draw in fans anymore.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 09:47 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 225

TK,

Do you mean you just got your STH pre sale OD tix??????

and I decided not to do the givaway pack for 50 bucks this year just knew there would probably not be much anyway but a old torri rapala lure..

last years was so worth it, puckett, hrbek bobbles , mauer,katt bronze and other stuff to boot oh some tc sunglasses for TF too

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 09:48 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 226

All Target Corp. employees get a free tour of TF from 5-8 pm on Friday, March 26. The tour should be legit too, as they said we can see the Budweiser Roof Deck, the scoreboard will be operational, and there will be concessions available. All Gates will be accessible for those coming to the tour.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 09:50 AM by Steeks Highlight this comment 227

Just now, in one of my daily strolls through the single game ticketing site (for games I had already had tix for), I noticed that a game that I previously noted had only single seats now had 2 available in HP Box #108, row 8. Went back to a game (8/14 - Angels) that I couldn't get 2 for last Saturday and those same seats were now available for that game as well. Checked some of the sell-outs, but they still were sold-out but those #108 seats are likely available for other games. If some of you passed on games that just had singles or non HPBox available, you might want to recheck those again.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 09:50 AM by BomboRivera Highlight this comment 228

That july 4th game is gonna be a madhouse, we allready know it we be one of mabey only 2 or 3 firework nights plus those bobbles...

sounds like a scalpers dream

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 09:51 AM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 229

mazaratirick,

Yes, STH presale OD tix. No regular package of tix yet.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 09:52 AM by TK Highlight this comment 230

4th of July won't be fireworks as the game starts at 1:05. The 3rd is the better bet.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 09:55 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 231

the fireworks are after the game on fri, july 2nd. fireworks also after the friday, aug 13th game.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:00 AM by tim Highlight this comment 232

Tim, where did you get this info?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:02 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 233

JPBerka, the fireworks are the 2nd.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:03 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 234

Can someone please tell me where this info is posted?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:06 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 235

It's under Schedule/Promotional Schedule on the Twins MLB site.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:12 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 236

Correction- that was Sect 109 not 108. The 6/17 Rockies game was a sell-out, but those #109 seats were also freed up for that game as well. None of the early prime games had those seats available (someone in the ticket office may have got 1st dibs?) but they seem to be out there for other games at this point.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:23 AM by BomboRivera Highlight this comment 237

The Champions Club open house was this weekend.

The Legends Club Open House is this Friday and will include food options and Guided Tours not available to the general STH open houses on Saturday and Sunday. The big difference appears to be the LC folks get guided tours and will be able to go/see areas that won't be available on Sat/Sunday.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:26 AM by jfh Highlight this comment 238

The 3rd was originally going to be a fireworks game too, but that went by the boards when the game time changes to 3:10, presumably for some national TV coverage.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:29 AM by jfh Highlight this comment 239

Indeed! Because that was not previously a night game.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:35 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 240

or I should say not previously an afternoon game.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:35 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 241

It's always fun to go back to Rick's past posts and see what the concerns were with the park early on. In particular, read his post below called "A Great Baseball Place" dated June 1, 2006. It's a manifesto of sorts on what a great baseball park should be. Read it again and I think you'll find that Target Field incorporates almost everything that makes a great baseball place (according to Rick, but I can't argue with his points on what makes a great place).

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:37 AM by Faber College Alum Highlight this comment 242

They are also giving out Mini Target Field replicas (8/14), and if they are anything like the Mini Metropolitan Stadiums given out in 2005 (individually numbered and sponsored by Treasure Island) than I think the $50 would be worth it. The mini Metrodomes in 2007 were also nice, though they were not individually numbered.

Only if I can get the Minnie and Paul bobblehead and Mini Target Field will it make the $50 worthwhile. I don't need any more DQ caps or We Fest caps. I would think the bobblehead and mini Target Field replica would be included in the guaranteed giveaway package, but I guess we will have to wait and see.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:39 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 243

Bombo, interesting, because those seats are better than what was available when we selected our HPB season tickets. I'm guessing someone backed out on their season tickets and now those are available.

Still wondering how they will handle new season tickets in year 2. Based on how things have been handled so far I'm guessing the Twins have no idea either.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 11:10 AM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 244

"I'm sure Jax will come on here at some point and regale everybody with her favorite "Gordo-ism"....

"Twins win 3-2. From Jacobs Field in Chicago, I'm John Gordon. Good night everybody!""

Well I can't do it now, butthead.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 11:33 AM by Jax Highlight this comment 245

I somehow missed the $50 deal...I don't know what is going on with the Twins and their mailings to me. I contacted my ST Representative asking where my tickets were sent. He told me the address which happens to be my old address...that I changed the first week of January. For some reason I never heard of the $50 deal and for some reason the Twins mailed my tickets to my old address....

I'd gladly buy the $50 promotion deal from anyone!

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 12:14 PM by George (aka MGM) Highlight this comment 246

good to see some are getting their presale tix... hopefully mine come in the next couple days, i've got cash to collect

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 12:15 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 247

jpberka,

The July 4th date is bad for selfish reasons :)

I have been to many Twins games, and July 4 (when on the weekend) is a game my family and I tend to be away for, and have had many issues in the past selling my tickets for at or under face value.

These typically have been one of our charity auction donation seats in the past.

I am sure we will have no issues this year, and might even come back early just to see the game. I am sure there are other STH in similar situations, but this is good for those that will be making one of their first trips to TF.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 12:36 PM by TK Highlight this comment 248

Mike,

I did not know what "Mini Target Field" meant in the description, but it sounds really cool, as you explain it. I am still just disappointed with the giveaways for the first year. However, that is not what really matters much, I am not too sure why I am complaining :)

I do like: M&P Bobblehead, Mini TF, and Twins HOF pin

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 12:40 PM by TK Highlight this comment 249

You can't expect there would be a ton of good giveaways though.... Just like any other team that sells a ton of tickets anyways, as we are now doing.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 12:44 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 250

Anyone know why all the white sox games show up on the promotion schedule but there's no actual promo item associated with them? Will something be added at a later date or is it a mistake?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 12:55 PM by st. paul Paul Highlight this comment 251

two more restaurants add food to TF: Loon Cafe, J.D. Hoyt's

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 1:10 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 252

Chili or pork chops anyone? Click my name for the official press release. Is the chili really award winning?

"Loon Cafe and J.D. Hoyt's -- to serve some of their famous menu items at the new ballpark.

The Loon's Pecos River Red chili, which is made with lean cubed sirloin steak, onions, chili peppers and Tex-Mex spices, will be served at three Halsey's Sausage Haus locations in Target Field.

J.D. Hoyt's five-ounce grilled Cajun pork chop, which is seared and slow-cooked over hickory-smoked fire, will be available at all State Fair Classics concession stands throughout the ballpark."

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 1:13 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 253

How long do you suppose the webcams will remain operational? I notice that they uncovered the Dugout Box seats today.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 1:18 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 254

In years to come, I think the July 4th game will be far far easier to unload if you so choose. In other cities, where baseball has traditionally been played the way God intended, a MLB game is a great way to add to a July 4th experience.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 1:22 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 255

got my OD aare HUGEnd exb tickets in the mail today, the OD HUGE and colerful, man Luke you would love them...

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 1:35 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 256

The webcams will be turned off following the first pitch on opening day.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 1:40 PM by Locker Highlight this comment 257

Wow that last one was a mess,

I got my presale OD & exb tix in mail today, the OD tix are huge and pretty, Luke would love them since he always talkes about collectng them on ebay

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 1:44 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 258

hmmm....i got my opening day tix and exhibition tickets today, as well. Mine weren't oversized and just looked like normal tickets, not commemorative. Color me confused...

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 1:52 PM by st. paul Paul Highlight this comment 259

My OD group tickets came yesterday. Just regular tix, no special inaugural season ones. When Cleveland opened the Jake, everyone got a special opening day ticket that was embossed by the ushers instead of torn. Nice touch.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 2:28 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 260

The reason the July 4th game is played in the afternoon is because it falls on a Sunday. ESPN get's the national broadcast on Sunday nights.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 2:29 PM by JinCR Highlight this comment 261

That is exactly correct JinCR. We were talking about the game on the 3rd which was previously an evening game and has since been moved to the afternoon.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 2:30 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 262

I just got my OD tickets and they are DEFINITELY over-sized special tickets. To those of you who claim that you got tickets for the 12th that were not over-sized, I might ask if you got them during the special opening day pre-sale for that specific game or if you got them through a different sale.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 3:08 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 263

I got mine during the OD presale opportunity. I'm not a season ticket holder. So I guess only season ticket holders get the commemorative version? That's kinda stupid.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 3:13 PM by st. paul Paul Highlight this comment 264

Paul, I'm talking specifically about a special opening day pre-sale that was only open to season ticket holders. This was not the drawing sale.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 265

Why is that stupid? You should be happy that you got the opportunity to buy, when many STH did not.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 3:14 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 266

Received my OD Presale Tix, not oversized, just normal size. Not a big deal, the payment I am receiving from a buy on craigslist more than makes up for that...

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 3:16 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 267

should have said "buyer" not buy

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 3:17 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 268

Don't get me wrong. I'm thrilled to be going to the game. However, it seems kind of cheap that the Twins wouldn't make all the tickets to the first home opener in their new stadium something special.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 3:20 PM by st. paul Paul Highlight this comment 269

I know I saw something posted here about the rules for the Sat/Sun open houses, i.e. are photos allowed, any areas off limits, dress code, (black tie or ?). Any input would be great.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 3:39 PM by trebor651 Highlight this comment 270

OD tix I got today = 3 & 1/4 by 8 & 7/8. Probably will be fetching decent money even after the game - there will be about 2 million people claiming they were there.

On a totally unrelated note --- does "Orioles are now five and eight and have played thirteen games" count as a Gordo-ism?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 3:57 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 271

Those in attendance for opening day receive a certificate showing they attended.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 4:22 PM by Quick99 Highlight this comment 272

And a Homer Hanky.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 4:32 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 273

Quick99 - so they're going the cheap route for the commemorative paraphenalia I see. Just like the final game last year. *sigh* No commemorative tickets or pins or ticket holders or nothing?

My Red Sox tickets came today! Yipee! I'm incredibly excited to see me first outdoor Twins game.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 4:34 PM by luke Highlight this comment 274

I'm just so glad to be going! I couldn't care less about trinkets. I'm simply so glad we're almost there!

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 4:38 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 275

Good god piss and moan.

You paid for a ballgame. And people expect a bunch of bullshit to be handed to them for going. Good christ just keep on expecting the Twins to hand you crap for "Free". Those expectations and open hands won't drive up ticket prices at all I'm sure.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 4:51 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 276

lol Or I suppose I could have put it that way.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 4:52 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 277

Ok I probably went over the top but good lord, I'm sorry but I've never seen people whine about something they were never promised and something they never paid for. Talk about entitlement. All for some chincey crap that basicly amounts to the crap that you used to go pick out of the wishing well at perkins as a kid. I guess that makes me old.

Anyway the only thing I'm hoping to get for free when I go to the game is maybe a sun tan. And I won't even complain if it turns out to be a sunburn.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 4:56 PM by moda253 Highlight this comment 278

moda DOES have an interesting point...I think. lol.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 4:57 PM by luke Highlight this comment 279

moda253,

I appreciate your insight and I completely agree. I guess it is just the fact that I "bought" into the promotional package this year, believing that it would be as good as previous years.

That withstanding, I could honestly care less about the giveaways. I guess I will live in learn.

I apologize for distracting this forum away from the real reason we are all here!

I think I am going to have to hit up a tanning booth in the next few weeks, don't want to get burned or have that baseball "farmers" tan!

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 5:52 PM by tk Highlight this comment 280

Yeah, I'm pretty sure the open house doesn't require black tie dress, haha. Seriously, why would you even think that? I'm sure it's like any open house, wear whatever, and come and go as you please between 9 and 5.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 6:07 PM by MB Highlight this comment 281

I for one am just looking forward to sitting outside and enjoying the ballpark regardless of giveaways. Last night the 3 other people I split a full season package split up all the tickets and I found myself taking a lot different games then in years past. Sign me up for a nice summer Sunday afternoon, for some reason last year a weekend day game seemed like a waste of a nice day (even though I love the Twins) but now you get the best of both worlds.

It is truly going to be a different experience in all regards when it comes to last year and frankly you can keep the fishing lure, just give me some sunshine, a nice breeze and a good game to watch. I guess a hot dog and a cold beer as well wouldn't be too much to ask for would it?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 6:46 PM by Quick99 Highlight this comment 282

Luke,

last year they gave us that peice of paper that you would not shut up about for weeks (for the last game)

a big ticket is cool but its not a make it break it deal, i dont think you are going to od are u?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 6:57 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 283

Is anyone else getting annoyed with these ridiculous food announcements? Who the hell is going to want to hold a bowl of soup while they're sitting in the overhang? I'm just sayin'...

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 6:59 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 284

any STH not receive their tickets yet? I'm still waiting on mine...

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 6:59 PM by MGM Highlight this comment 285

Never know Maz. I'm still keeping OD open.
Might still snag some on eBay or TCT. Never know.

Going 4/14 will still be good!

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:01 PM by luke Highlight this comment 286

I got some pics from the inside. Nothing you haven't seen already. But glorious nonetheless. Click my name.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:03 PM by Free Highlight this comment 287

MGM,

I am still waiting patiently...

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:08 PM by tk Highlight this comment 288

Anyone have tickets to the openhouse on Saturday, that they arent able to use? I know its a long shot, but I will be in town for the WCHA hockey tournament.

Thanks!

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:13 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 289

I have some extras...

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:15 PM by MGM Highlight this comment 290

still waiting
last year season tickets were oversized for opener and closer games, but group tickets were regular size, actually smaller than regular season tickets.
the game's the thing.
somebody said that once.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:15 PM by robin Highlight this comment 291

MGM, you have extras? how much you asking for them?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:19 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 292

Still waiting for my season tickets.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:20 PM by Mlb2131 Highlight this comment 293

At most I'll have two tickets....I'd prefer to trade for tickets to a game this year (if you have any). If not, we could figure something out. Shoot me an e-mail.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:25 PM by MGM Highlight this comment 294

thanks for those pictures. When I had my tour I wrote a somewhat deliberately silly post but I truly did have to force myself to wait a few days to comment or I would have really made a fool of myself. I was so blown away that I forgot to check out real close one of our old bugaboos, the high rail issue. Now that I see your pictures, I am reminded of that. Did it seem a potentially annoying presence or obstruction to you, or do you think it would for a shorter person? I guess I'll find out this weekend in any event.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:28 PM by robin Highlight this comment 295

After expanding that picture from your seats, the rail does not seem an obstruction at all. Nice skyline view.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:40 PM by robin Highlight this comment 296

OK MGM, I just dropped you an email

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:45 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 297

I own a Twins ticket! One real ticket for the second Cardinal game!

I will soon have two more for the first exhibition game, two seats in the middle of 306 for 40 games, and a few more in sections 326, 236, 137, 136 (row 1 for 7/4) and the Bud deck.

But for now I have an single ticket for section 202. It looks great with the inaugural season logo above TF photo. The ticket appears to have been cut a little crooked by someone with a paper cutter; I love that it is handcrafted! The back has a Wendy's coupon for a free single hamburger with a purchase of fries and soda.

Soon the barcode will be scanned and I will walk through Kirby's gate and nothing in the world will matter more than a ball of twine covered with leather being hit by a piece of a tree turned on a lathe.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 7:47 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 298

to answer a question about receiving season tickets, I have not received my package either. It sounds like lots of people are still waiting. I'm not yet concerned.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 8:14 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 299

Obstructions. Glad you reminded me because I was going to comment. It depends on where you sit (duh). Don't, I repeat Don't get any seat 1, row 1 ticket. In my pics, see the raised handrail right at the aisle? That totally blocks your view of the diamond. It's real bad and people in those seats are going to be pissed. Seat 2 isn't bad, after that it's o.k. I'm not that tall (5' 7") and the normal rail heights were no problem. Someone signicantly smaller than that may have an issue I guess. Row 2 and behond there is no issue, only row 1.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 8:15 PM by Freealonzo (aka Free) Highlight this comment 300

Hey Free, what section are your seats in? 325, 326?

Just curious?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 8:51 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 301

There was some seriously weird mojo in that post by Buzz. I had to manually change all these weird, non-breaking characters to regular spaces...

To railings:

I sat in a first row seat in the View Terrace last week. The railing issue is about the same as it was at the Metrodome. The railing is between you and the infield, but they could not have made the railings any shorter. You can still see.

Over six feet tall, it my not be an issue at all.

But, I think the whole idea of getting a premium for front row seats in some sections needs to be chucked. The second row seats look to be better most of the time.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 8:54 PM by Rick 302

Rick,
Sorry I broke your site! First time I used a new iPod touch note app. Pay you back with a ticket in 306?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 9:18 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 303

Those were nice pictures.
It's nice to see the "Twins-O-Gram" making a comeback.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 9:24 PM by luke Highlight this comment 304

I have tickets in 324, row 4, seats 1-4

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 9:55 PM by Freealonzo (aka Free) Highlight this comment 305

I feel silly for asking, but how long before the opening pitch will the gates open on gamedays? I've looked without success at the club's website.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:02 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 306

Buzz, it's a deal! (Not to worry.)

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:11 PM by Rick 307

So this thought popped into my head recently. You guys can tell me if I need not worry my pretty little head. =) I'm wondering about line-shot foul balls down the left field line that ricochet off the limestone of the admin building and back into the seats that butt up against it. I feel like that might be a little bit more dangerous than the typical Metrodome transplant is used to...

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:20 PM by Jeremy Highlight this comment 308

I'm more curious as to when the first replay occurs to determine whether it hit the limestone or the fair pole...

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:25 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 309

Has anyone been out to the bleachers in LF? I only have 5 games out there, and the are in row one. Are there any obstructions from a fence or anything? The only picture I've seen is from A Ballpark Comission update photo. One of you lucky bastards who are going to the open house should check it out for me!

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:36 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 310

Mmmmm, Got these baby's today, can't wait.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:36 PM by Camden Highlight this comment 311

Weird that they printed the home team logo first and the visitor second on those tix. (...don't mind me... just a twinge of jealousy.)

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:40 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 312

Rick just curious, are you going on a open house tour?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:43 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 313

I have tickets to all three this weekend, though I'm still working through the associated child care requirements...

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:49 PM by Rick 314

Nice Camden... Wanna trade?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 10:53 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 315

Free

Thanks for the pictures. The ones from your seats look awfully close to what I am visualizing my seats to be. What section and row are you in?

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 11:17 PM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 316

Nevermind. I should have looked farther down the list of posts.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 11:20 PM by Bob323STH Highlight this comment 317

Jorge - The gates will open at same times as they did at the Metrodome:

1-1/2 hours prior to first pitch on weekdays

2 hours on weekends (not sure what Friday will be considered, does anyone remember from Friday games in the past??)

One exception is the Home Opener, when gates will open 3 hours early, meaning gates will be open at noon for that first game.

Posted on March 16, 2010 at 11:32 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 318

Free: "No thanks" on the $375 (?) seats behind the netting. I like your skyline seats at $12, if that's what they are.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 05:05 AM by robin Highlight this comment 319

Mine came yesterday too!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 07:05 AM by luke Highlight this comment 320

Luke, can I suggest you not include the barcode on your ticket for public viewing? Just a suggestion for your security.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 07:10 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 321

THanks for the suggestion JP. I deleted the pic and will "re-edit".
I thought the barcode would be skewed enough being a photo, but I see your point.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 07:31 AM by luke Highlight this comment 322

Left field bleachers don't appear to have obstructions but you won't be able to see any balls hit to the warning track.

Also Robin, yes my Section 324 tickets cost $12. I would say Sections 320-322 which are $20 are a great deal too!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 07:37 AM by Freealonzo Highlight this comment 323

Luke, the bar code itself probably was skewed enough. However, the numbers under the bar code were still visible and that is all someone really needs to create a duplicate. I just don't want you showing up at the game on the 12th all excited only to be roundly rejected at the gate. ;-)

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 07:43 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 324

Is anyone else still waiting on their 20 game packages? I received my tickets for the April 3 exhibition game and my open house tix, but still waiting on the packages.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 07:52 AM by luckylager Highlight this comment 325

Lucky, lots of people are still waiting, including me.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 08:00 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 326

I too have a 20 game pack and have only recieved my open house tickets. What the F Twins, you've known this ballpark would be opening for 3 years, there shouldn't be this big of cluster for people getting their tickets.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 08:08 AM by Duffman Highlight this comment 327

Good point about balls bouncing off the admin building. The same thing could happen down the right field side, with balls bouncing off the portion of the right field wall that extends into the seats. I think it could be very dangerous, but somehow those balls always seem to miss people (knock on wood)

I still haven't received my 40 game package, but I did get my extra ticket to April 2nd.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 08:11 AM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 328

I don't imagine you'll see too many people getting hurt off a ricochet. I'd be more concerned about the tighter foul lines and line drive fouls. A ricochet takes a great deal of momentum off a ball.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 08:13 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 329

With the rain last week and over the weekend, and with sunny skies and temps near 60 for the next couple of days, the field should green up nicely soon...

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 08:36 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 330

I was at TF last night, and they had crews removing the remaining snow from the seats.

At night you can see right into the Puckett atrium, my jaw dropped when I saw wooden Kirby smiling through the window. Awesome!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 09:08 AM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 331

They are taking the seat covers off the legands club today...

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 09:46 AM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 332

Anyone know the latest on single game ticket availability?

It appears the only games where you can now get multiple seats are for the April and September mid-week games against Cleveland and Kansas City.

The Twins might as well just tell you "only single seats remain" rather than make you search for each game unsuccessfully to only get the error message.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 09:56 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 333

High of only 38 for Sunday's Open House. According to the critics I will most likely freeze to death - please scrape my frozen carcass from Section 318, Row 9, Seat 21. Thanks!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:00 AM by luckylager Highlight this comment 334

Can somebody refresh my memory as to where the wooden seats in the outfield are located? I know there are a few out there, but can't seem to find out definitively where. I bought tickets to take my dad for his birthday to a game in June and bought the ones right under the trapezoid section (I think they are calling that the Powerball Pavilion or something lame like that) because I thought those might be the ones and it would be kind of cool to sit out there.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:01 AM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 335

I JUST bought two tickets to the June 15th game

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:02 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 336

I see Wood!! ( Backed seat's that is, LOL :=))

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:04 AM by hans Highlight this comment 337

You know what I'd like? I'm gonna tell you.

I'd like if, instead of that silly field view you get through the Twins site, that they would finally go through and take REAL PICTURES of views from various sections. Panoramas would be nice, but I'm not that picky.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 338

The Powerball Pavilion has wood back padded seats.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:05 AM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 339

Buffalo,

You are correct, the powerball pavilion has the wood backed seats. I bought a game out there as well. Just wanted to see what it would be like. I'm there on Sunday June 13th. I have a feeling they will be in the sun the whole game since it is a 1:10 start. I'm really looking forward to a Sunday afternoon in the sun watching a ballgame. The bonus is that it is against the Braves.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:09 AM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 340

My bro gave me his four tickets to the Saturday house. I don't think I'll be able to make it. Would love to parlay them into any two tickets to any game. email if interested or offer something else.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:22 AM by st. paul Paul Highlight this comment 341

Does anyone have 4 ticekts to Sunday's open house they would be willing to part with? I have tickets already but would love to take some friends to the open house.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:28 AM by bob323STH Highlight this comment 342

forgot e-mail address

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:29 AM by bob323STH Highlight this comment 343

Someone asked about single game tickets. My buddy was bored again, and literally went through the website game-by-game. However, as posted by others, it may not have the tickets you want online, so try over the phone or at a Twins ProShop. Ive been to the ProShop twice this week, and have overheard people buying tickets in sections I thought were sold out. Hope this helps some folks.

Game Seats - Here's what's left (3/16 Update)

April/May - updated 3/16
Everything else updated 3/14

The seats I've listed are a sampling of what's left. The first one listed is always the "Best available". There my be other sections available. I didn't go through EVERY seating area.
"Sold Out" means you can still click on the game online, but then it tells you to call.

4/12 Boston - Sold out
4/14 Boston - "Sold Out"
4/15 Boston - "Sold Out"
4/16 KC - Sold out
4/17 KC - Sold out
4/18 KC - Sold out
4/20 Cleveland - (4) Field Box Row 39, PowerBall Pavilion Row 4
4/21 Cleveland - (4) Field Box Row 15, Powerball Pavilion Row 2, Homerun Porch Row 5, Home Plate View Row 14
4/22 Cleveland - (4) Field Tarrace Row 4, Homerun Porch Row 15, Home Plate view Row 13

5/3 Detroit - (4) Home Plate Box Row 22, Diamond Box row 15, Home Plate Terrace Row 6
5/4 Detroit - (4) Home Plate Terrace Row 4, Powerball Pavilion Row 1, Skyline View Row 14
5/5 Detroit - (4) Skyline Deck Row 13 - everything else singles
5/6 Baltimore - (4) Field Box Row 22, (2) Diamond Box Row 22, Home Run Porch Row 16, Powerball Pavilion Row 2
5/7 Baltimore - Very Few Sinlges (LF Bleachers, Field Terrace, Skyline View)
5/8 Baltimore - Sold Out
5/9 Baltimore - Very Few Sinlges (6 sections)
5/11 Chicago - Very Few Singles (5 sections)
5/12 Chicago - "Sold Out"
5/21 Milwaukee - Sold Out
5/22 Milwaukee - Sold Out
5/23 Milwaukee - Sold Out
5/25 New York - Sold Out
5/26 New York - Sold Out
5/27 New York - Sold Out
5/28 Texas - (4) Home Run Porch Row 5 - Everything else singles
5/29 Texas - "Sold Out"
5/30 Texas - (4) Homerun Porch Row 7

6/8 KC - (4) Field Box Row 24, RF Bleachers Row 2, OVerlook Row 4, Homerun porch Row 6, Skyline View Row 8
6/9 KC - (4) Home Plate Terrace Row 4, RF Bleachers Row 4, Home Plate View Row 10, Homerun Porch Row 3
6/10 KC - (4) Grandstand Row 14, Skyline View Row 13, Homerun Porch Row 6
6/11 Atlanta - "Sold Out"
6/12 Atlanta - Sold Out
6/13 Atlanta - "Sold Out"
6/15 Colorado - (4) RF Bleachers Row 10, Homerun Porch Row 11
6/16 Colorado - (4) Home Plate Box row 24, Home Plate Terrace Row 5
6/17 Colorado - "Sold Out"
6/28 Detroit - (4) Homerun Porch Row 5, Only single other than that
6/29 Detroit - (4) RF Bleachers Row 8, (2) Field View Row 9
6/30 Detroit - Only Singles and Only Home Plate Box. Row 22 is the Closest

7/1 Tampa Bay - (4) Field Terrace Row 2, Homerun Porch Row 6, Skyline View Row 12, (2) Diamond Box Row 27
7/2 Tampa Bay - (4) Homerun Porch Row 6, Everything else looks like Singles
7/3 Tampa Bay - (4) Home Plate Terrace Row 4, Homerun Porch Row 14
7/4 Tampa Bay - (4) Home Plate Box Row 24, RF Bleachers Row 4, Homerun Porch Row 4
7/15 Chicago - (4) RF Bleachers Row 8, Homerun Porch Row 13
7/16 Chicago - Sold Out
7/17 Chicago - Sold Out
7/18 Chicago - Sold Out
7/19 Cleveland - (4) Field Box Row 23, Overlook Row 4, Homerun Porch Row 3
7/20 Cleveland - (4) Field Terrace Row 2, Skyline View Row 13, Homerun Porch Row 3
7/21 Cleveland - "Sold Out"
7/30 Seattle - (4) Home Plate Box Row 22, Diamond Box Row 23, Cheaps seats only singles
7/31 Seattle - Sold Out

8/1 Seattle - Very Few Singles
8/13 Oakland - Few Sinlges
8/14 Oakland - Very Few Singles
8/15 Oakland - Very Few Singles
8/17 Chicago - (4) Grandstand row 19, Skyline view Row 6
8/18 Chicago - Very Few Singles
8/19 Chicago - (4) Home Plate Box Row 23, Homerun Porch Row 5, RF Bleachers Row 4 (not why this game has seats, but the one before it doesn't)
8/20 Los Angeles - (4) Homerun Porch Row 14, Everthing else sinlges
8/21 Los Angeles - Sold Out
8/22 Los Angeles - Very Few Singles
8/31 Detroit - (4) Home Plate Box Row 24, Overlook Row 2, Home Plate View Row 13, Homerun Porch Row 6

9/1 Detroit - (4) Home Plate Box Row 24, Lots of decent Row 1 outfield stuff.
9/2 Detroit - (4) Home Plate Box Row 23, Overlook Row 3, LF Bleachers Row 10
9/3 Texas - (4) Field Terrace Row 2, Overlook Row 4, Home Plate View Row 12, Homerun Porch Row 2
9/4 Texas - (4) Home Plate Box Row 24, Home Plate View Row 14, RF Bleachers Row 6,Homerun Porch Row 7

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:34 AM by visionsaul Highlight this comment 344

just found this from bizofbaseball. "How to Slice Up Twins' Target Field Like a Cake". Cool renderings. This is new to me... click link

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:58 AM by some guy Highlight this comment 345

Rick had that linked to "Ballparkmagic on Facebook" already...

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:08 AM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 346

Interesting how so many noon weekday games have such limited availability. Aside from the Opening Boston series, which was obviously sold out, many other noon games are virtually sold out as well:

Wednesday 5/5 vs Detroit (very limited singles)
Wednesday 5/12 vs Chicago
Thursday 6/17 vs Colorado
Wednesday 6/30 vs Detroit
Wednesday 7/21 vs Cleveland

...not sure if these games have strong group sales or what. Just an interesting observation.

I already sold my 5/5 tickets, but am thinking I will keep my Colorado tickets for the noon game on 6/17 just to experience a nice afternoon of baseball. Demand is much higher for these noon weekday games than I thought it would be.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:08 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 347

I'm putting links like that on the Facebook feed because it's a little cleaner than posting them here (where they get buried pretty quickly).

Some guy put up a Facebook page called "Target Field" -- why didn't I think of that?? -- and got 46,000 fans almost immediately. Problem is that he does just general Twins posts, not really things related to the ballpark, so it's kind of boring.

So, let's help the ballpark geeks out there find the good stuff. Tell your friends to become a fan of BallparkMagic on Facebook!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:09 AM by Rick 348

By the way, the Facebook feed is duplicated on the Twitter feed, so you can pick your social networking poison.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:24 AM by Rick 349

I remain confused about the Cedar Lake trail. It follows the BNSF corridor for a while, but then curves off toward Lee's Liquor Lounge just as TF comes into view. As it stands, it would be a real hassle getting from the end of that trail to the ballpark. The Twins and the county were pretty adamant that the stadium would be a transportation hub for two-wheelers as well as rails.

I'd love to know what they're planning to do with it, but I can't find any info online. The only thing I've heard is that the Twins and the County and the City are all arguing over who should pay for portions of it. I don't much feel like directly contacting anyone because anyone I could talk to has probably already been hit hard by the Bike Nazi's. I am not a bike nazi, I'm just wondering what the heck is going on.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:26 AM by Elston Gunn Highlight this comment 350

Does anyone know when the Northstar rail picking up in Robbinsdale will be operational?

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:34 AM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 351

The bike path will eventually continue along the tracks, underneath the Promenade, and connect with West River Road.

The design for this is done. The funding for it is all in place. It's just waiting for, well, I can't answer that. I believe that what's left to be done is the responsibility of the city of Minneapolis.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:41 AM by Rick 352

It would be tricky for Northstar to stop in Robbinsdale. (The tracks do not go there.)

The Bottineau LRT line is slated to go through Robbinsdale sometime in the late teens.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:45 AM by Rick 353

Interesting how so many noon weekday games have such limited availability. Aside from the Opening Boston series, which was obviously sold out, many other noon games are virtually sold out as well:

Wednesday 5/5 vs Detroit (very limited singles)
Wednesday 5/12 vs Chicago
Thursday 6/17 vs Colorado
Wednesday 6/30 vs Detroit
Wednesday 7/21 vs Cleveland

...not sure if these games have strong group sales or what. Just an interesting observation.

You are spot on. The Twins have long pushed the weekday afternoon games as group dates. The May games are popular for schools doing an end of the year fun activity. The summer games are aimed at daycare centers, daycamps, community centers, and other youth programs as a way to fill up the calendar and attract participation. Things are no different this year since Target Field makes going to a Twins game even more attractive than ever. Throw in regular fans who want to have that weekday afternoon baseball experience on a nice late spring or summer day and you have sellouts and near sellouts.

My wife is a teacher and annually serves as the organizer of her school's Twins group date in May. She expects a record turnout and reserved more seats than in the past. If the school doesn't use its full allotment, the extras will be returned to the Twins and then presumably either used for other groups or put on public sale.

At any rate, just like at the Dome, if you're sitting in the cheaper seats for any of those weekday games, be prepared to be around a lot of kids.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:47 AM by Jorge Highlight this comment 354

Jorge - Do you know what kind of seating options the Twins are giving groups this year? Obviously its going to be much more limited than in years past which helps explain why weekday day games are going to be filled with a lot of groups.

I know one group that has "Home Plate View" tickets for a game in August against Oakland (either Friday 8/13 or Sat 8/14). This makes sense since the Twins put many groups in the Upper Club at the Metrodome.

I would say Home Plate View and Home Run Porch View will be the two biggest group areas.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 12:30 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 355

On the Bottineau line, I don't believe they've decided on light rail or bus rapid transit yet, Rick. There have been some community meetings over the past few months, but don't think they've nailed that down yet.

I'm very interested and hope they go for light rail. I live less than a block from the intersection of 81 and Bass Lake Road, where one of the stations will be, so I'm eagerly awaiting hopefully light rail in my front yard. Could only help my real estate values at this point. Plus I would love to be able to take a train from my front door to work or, even better, to the ballpark.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 12:47 PM by Buffalo Highlight this comment 356

Luke,

of course 4/14 will be great, everygame will be great!!!

as for the chilly and food, when I was in KC for a game a few years ago it was 36 degrees and snowing... beer can only warm you up so much so I hit the Gates bbq stand and got a hot bowl of their spicy baked beans.. then proceeded to dump my pint of brandy into my 8 buck coke! .I think it would sell well...rememeber you are paying 7 bucks for a tiny CUP of chili not a big bowl so i dont see the problem. when it comes to food options i say the more the better!

could all the mid week day games be just to capitalize on the sun? I love a good night game but man we have been deprived here of the sun and im glad that we have all these day games...

I know this has been asked and I assume that they will have venders at the open house but I wonder if i will be able to bring my kids into herbks or the metropolitan for a meal during the open house?

and still not season tickets! but I have the OD and the EXB. yesterday so im not worried like b4...

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:02 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 357

Got all my exhibition tickets today. Free pop & hot dog in the Family Section too

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:04 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 358

Mike - I have several groups set this year and we're all over the park: Grandstand for the opener, Home Plate View for 2 games, and RF Bleachers for 1.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:09 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 359

Cedar Lake Trail - Just ran it this weekend. It brings you up a block from the stadium. You walk across a bridge and you're there. Pretty convenient to bike there.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:21 PM by baggio16 Highlight this comment 360

Buffalo,

It's true that no decision has been made on Bottineu. But I've heard Hennepin County people talk about it, and they are very clear that they want LRT for that corridor, and fully expect that it will happen when the time comes (after Central and Southwest).

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:21 PM by Rick 361

Jorge - Do you know what kind of seating options the Twins are giving groups this year? Obviously its going to be much more limited than in years past which helps explain why weekday day games are going to be filled with a lot of groups. I would say Home Plate View and Home Run Porch View will be the two biggest group areas.

My wife's school was placed in the Home Run Porch View area. I figure that area, Home Plate View as you mentioned, Skyline View, and Field View will be the most popular due them being the lowest priced seating options.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:23 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 362

The annoying thing about all of the weekday noon games is that many of us work 8-5 and don't want to (or are unable to) burn vacation days on baseball games. Plus they never seem to televise them when you happen to have the day off. It also would have been nice to offer a 20 game season ticket package without any day games during the week. I would have pounced on that. But now I have two tickets I have to figure out what to do with.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:26 PM by Badjuggler Highlight this comment 363

If you want group seats, call soon. I called my rep, trying to move a group date that I had to another day and he said I should seriously consider keeping what I booked last fall (Skyline S rows 1-4), because there's not a lot left, at least for weekend summer games (and I have fairly small group, as groups go) and nothing even close to what I have for a few dates I checked.

Interesting note on season ticket watch - I have a friend who also has lower level seats and LC seats on full season plans. He received the LC seats today, but, like me, doesn't have his 1st level seats.

So - maybe the person who surmised the Twins are doing things by section is on to something.

Anyone who has full season tickets in the infield lower level got their tickets yet?

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:33 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 364

wow... i guess i'm buying from scalpers... this sucks. i'm already missing being able to buy a damn walkup ticket.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:39 PM by CJ Highlight this comment 365

Badjuggler - I don't think you will have a problem getting rid of them.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:39 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 366

that would be a dumb way to do it. i'd figure they'd do high dollar accounts first, but i got mine early last week... i'm a 20gm in the lf bleachers, and live 3 hours north so it would've taken the mail an extra day

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:41 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 367

CJ - don't worry. I expect there will be still be plenty of scalpers on the plaza looking to sell the tickets they couldn't sell on StubHub for 5x face as game time approaches.

Besides, I would hope the Twins leave some ticket for day of game walk up sales.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:42 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 368

I clicked on the "remembering Met stadium" link an noticed how the scaffolding that supported the light standards above the 3rd deck seemed to extend towards the playing field above the people sitting in deck 3. Did anyone on this site ever sit underneath this monstrosity at the Old Met? I'm not a structural engineer but it would seem a little unnerving to have to sit under this thing especially during bad weather.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:43 PM by bob323STH Highlight this comment 369

Only 3 hours north? *Scoff* Try 13+ hours southwest. :)

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:44 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 370

I'd really like to know how their "best available" thing works... A game I was looking at I hit best available and it gives me the Grandstand, which is about the worst available in my opinion. Several other sections were available for this game, including RF bleachers 140, Skyline Deck V

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:49 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 371

Where's that jfh? Omaha?

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:50 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 372

Anyone that's been on a tour go sit in the Batter's Eye? What's the view like out there?

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:54 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 373

Does anyone here know if the main seating open house tickets will allow access to Legends Club? Sorry if this has been covered, didn't get a chance to read through the whole thread.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 1:56 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 374

I didn't get to the batter's eye seats. With the Open Houses scheduled for this weekend. I am sure next week will be filled with reports and pictures of different seats and locations.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:02 PM by Freealonzo Highlight this comment 375

If you want to see specific spots, post your requests here. I'm going to try and see lots of stuff, and I'll try to get pictures of whatever people want to see but haven't yet.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:09 PM by Rick 376

jfh, you're right about groups. Last I heard they were suspended as a result of the public sale. That may change, or already has changed, but some have orders in limbo. As far as sending tickets by section, I don't know, but LC and regular are separate. They are under separate accounts; and shipped separately especially if one kind was paid up before the other. You have to designate your payments separately.
In the past a lot of group tickets got canceled or reduced in number. You have to pay or cancel 3 wks prior to game, so unless the buyers have real good weather forecasting ability, most will keep theirs. But then if weather gets bad within a day or two of these games, watch for bargains online, etc.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:10 PM by robin Highlight this comment 377

This is a general answer to approximately 40 percent of the posts in the past three days.

"No. Nobody knows."

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:16 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 378

According to my group rep, Twins have been having lots of issues this winter with the new ticketing system. That could explain all the delays in ST and other packages.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:19 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 379

Rick I'm pretty sure you will cover mostly everything anyways!! Can't wait to see the next post!!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:20 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 380

Jimmer - I'm a little north of Denver. :) I used to drive, but now I fly in - actually cheaper (or very close), since driving takes two days.

robin - thanks for the info. According to the Twins, my HPB and LC seats are on the same account (but who really knows, right?).

As for my group tickets - I certainly hope the Twins don't cancel if I don't. If we decide not to use them, I may have a "ballpark magic" special for July 4th weekend ... :)

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:22 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 381

New Target Plaza picture update from the Twins. Nothing new, but I didn't notice from other pictures that the sign in front of the golden glove statue has the names of past and present Twins who have won the Golf Glove award.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:23 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 382

robin - forgot one thing. You are apparently correct about the group sales suspension. My group rep said he can't do anything before Friday.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:24 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 383

Fiesta - thats pretty impressive you were able to score group tickets to the home opener! Do you have inside connections with the Twins or how were you able to get group tickets to the Inaugural Game in Target Field? Just curious...

I got an email from the Milwaukee Brewers telling me to buy tickets to the Twins series in Minnesota...I would if tickets were available. (even though I still have my tickets to that Sunday game, I would have preferred the Saturday afternoon game)

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:31 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 384

Received my tickets to the second and third games of the opening series at Target Field today in the mail!

Now, if they would just send me out my season tickets! :-)

BTW, anyone out there with tickets to either the Friday or Sunday games versus Milwaukee that would be willing to sell or trade? Let me know, thanks!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:48 PM by StatFreak101 (Erik) Highlight this comment 385

My parents live just northeast of Omaha. They can be here in a little over 5 hours depending on road conditions. 13 hours? lol Right.

Lucky, my seats are 318 row 4! What plan do you have? (CDEF?)

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:51 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 386

I have "Plan F".

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 2:54 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 387

we are on the end of the row, right above the 318/319 gate.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:01 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 388

I don't need a picture from the first row of the LF bleachers, Rick. Just let me know how high (or low) any type of fence is and if it obscures vision of anything! I hope to find out myself at the Gophers game... (I'm praying for good weather!)

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:04 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 389

Received the Full Season package today, still awaiting the 1/2 season packet.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:10 PM by TK Highlight this comment 390

Perkins and Manship.....Lookin' like garbage!! I'd better stock up on Maalox again!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:16 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 391

Dan Barreiro on KFAN is going to be discussing Twins ticket sales on his program today.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:17 PM by JinCr Highlight this comment 392

BTW - I can't wait to check the site on Saturday and Sunday after all of you STH take pictures and post them!!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:23 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 393

Sorry Jeff,
Looks like I have failed everyone in my chronicles of TF details. I took a picture of that Gold Glove sign in front of the bronze glove and didn't post it (for some reason). If you guys want I can post the picture I took of it, which will be available in larger size than what was on the twins photo gallery in case you want to get in real close and see all the scratches that it may already have. :) Although the one in the twins photo gallery is a good shot of it.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:24 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 394

That's a cool sign in front of the bronze glove. I couldn't get close to it before we had to leave.

Here's the guy taking those pictures:


Good spot for picture-taking, but overall a pretty lousy gallery. I have a feeling the Twins have kept their coverage to a minimum because of all the people posting their own images on the web.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:35 PM by Rick 395

Got my open house tickets today!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:36 PM by luke Highlight this comment 396

Nobody cares!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:47 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 397

Lucky, mine is also plan F. We'll have to say hi in the near future! Mine are in the middle of the section. 7 & 8 I believe. We wanted that as we desperately hate people walking in front of us. ;-)

Row 4 is still between the two gates, so it is a shorter row. I believe there are something like a dozen or so seats in the row. I cannot recall.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 398

LOL TTH!!!!! I used to dislike you, but you have grown on me...

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 3:55 PM by trosy29 Highlight this comment 399

Hah jpberka I HATE that too... I was at the last playoff game at the Dome, in the very last row of the Upper Deck in front of the CF Jumbotron, and we had these assholes that felt the need to get up about 10 times during the game...

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:01 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 400

Mike - Groups that had purchased group tickets for the Home Opener for a certain number of consecutive prior years (5 I think) were given the opportunity to purchse 1/2 that many tickets for the Home Opener this year. So I was told.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:09 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 401

Just purchased two roof deck tickets. They are only on sale for Thursdays and Saturdays. None of the seating is availible, only standing room only. MIL is sold out, and NYY has ONE standing room ticket left. CHI is sold out for Saturday, but I was able to purchase two standing room only for the Thursday game right after the All Star break. $34 for two tickets. Pretty excited, I think these will be fairly tough to get. Hope this may help some of you.

-will

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:24 PM by visionsaul Highlight this comment 402

Re: Roof Deck

Sorry, forgot to mention you cant buy online. Had to call them.

-will

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:25 PM by visionsaul Highlight this comment 403

Has anyone seen this yet...Target Field World Premiere...Only $750 for the exclusive MVP treatment or $250 for the All Star treatment. Click my name to check it out. Are the Twins actually serious here!?!

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:33 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 404

Is it possible to stop by the TF box office and get the standing room only tickets?

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:35 PM by Chad Highlight this comment 405

while this is not related to Target Field, but is Twins related... does anyone know what happened to the guy who used to do the Twins Territory commercials. They have a new guy on this year. The former (original) guy was great, and really made those commercials something special.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:36 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 406

Rick, any thought to adding a "Game Day temp at TF" feature to the site?

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:38 PM by Dan Highlight this comment 407

I had a weather thing on here for a while, but it slowed down page loads. I'll check to see if I can find a faster one.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:40 PM by Rick 408

Are you going TTH?

Good grief man, I don't come in here everyday with the purpose of pissing people off. We're just here to talk Twins, TF, outdoor baseball and how great it's going to be.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:43 PM by luke Highlight this comment 409

Jeff, the event you are referring to is mainly a fundraiser for the Twins Community Fund. This isn't simply a way for the Twins to make some extra cash. I think it is a perfectly fine thing for them to do and I trust they'll take advantage of their new digs to raise more money for their work to better the community.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 4:52 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 410

I can't figure out how I picked 2 different sets of FULL season tickets back in May 2009 and only received one today...Go figure..Spend some more $$$$ on postage Twins...

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 5:14 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 411

this isn't a postage issue. This is an issue of getting things boxed and shipped.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 5:15 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 412

Mike - Clublevel was right on. They had a formula for however many of the past 5 ODs you took a group to. If you "qualified," then you could order up to half of last year's group. I was very glad to qualify.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 5:17 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 413

Chad,

Im guessing you can walk up and buy the roof deck tickets as well. For some reason they are not doing them online.

-will

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 5:20 PM by visionsaul Highlight this comment 414

So much talk about tickets and open houses and pictures... PLUS excessive drinking and 60+ degrees... It feels like the season should start tomorrow.

I've been trying to keep up on everything but I don't think I have seen this mentioned anywhere... the 4th scoreboard sign is up and it is FS NORTH!?! I thought there would be one last minute major sponsor. But I guess not. I'm not sure how I feel about the addition of BB, TI, and US B about the gates. It's not like they paid to have the place built.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 5:39 PM by CSG Mike Highlight this comment 415

Mauer Chev ad on 1500 AM: "Something BIG is going to happen Thursday at Mauer Chev --- something REALLY BIG!!!"

Apparently, Billy Mauer has successfully completed the "Weasel 101" portion of his "How to Buy a Car Dealership and Become a Complete Slimeball" training.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 5:47 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 416

I wasn't originally going to upload these images but since related topics have come up, I figured they may add a bit to the conversation.

There are 8 images. Included are the Gold Glove sign in front of the Bronze Glove, some images of downtown from the plaza, another of the 3D ads for TF and a nice patch of "Field" down by the players parking entrance. Rick mentioned they included infield dirt and grass in parts of the plaza, well as seen in that last image, it carries out a little farther.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 5:47 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 417

I bought some tickets for July 4th out in Sec. 231 just to get a different view. Somehow, I ended up in the wheel chair row. I've contacted my ticket rep to see if he can assure seats will actually be there and not simply a wheel chair slot. Also, I don't want to take someone's spot if someone in a wheel chair wants to sit with a family member. I surely do NOT need spots for people in wheel chairs. Did anyone else end up having this happen?

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 5:50 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 418

I don't know if this is relevant to anyone, or in TTH's case, if anyone cares, and I don't think anyone's posted it, but I found some of the auction items at the $700 "premiere" event at TF.
Some pretty nice stuff.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 6:03 PM by luke Highlight this comment 419

JFH,

We're also waiting on HPB season tickets. Very frustrating considering we will only get tickets to Saturday or Sunday, correct? Also I don't think I saw a response, will all tickets have access to the LC area? I realize not Champion's Club probably not.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 6:18 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 420

Woo Hoo! I got my six Champions Club tickets as well as my eight Legends Club tickets today. I am set!

(I'm just kidding, but I want TTH to say "Nobody Cares!" again.) Good stuff.

Reusse says Guerrier could be our closer. Thoughts?

K

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 6:41 PM by Kramer Highlight this comment 421

Guerrier is my choice for closer too. Neshek would be my #1 if he didn't have surgery.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 6:58 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 422

Whoever ends up the closer needs to grow a bad ass handle-bar 'stache like Al Hrabosky.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 7:04 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 423

Does anybody else find it amusing that the single game tickets are being mailed in old envelopes with the Metrodome address on them? They just have address labels stuck over the old address. Not a big deal, but I had a chuckle. Maybe it was just brought on by the overwhelming happiness I feel by the arrival of my Opening Day tickets.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 7:40 PM by Matt23 (aka Matt) Highlight this comment 424

On waiting for season tickets -- folks...just go up to the plaza some afternoon and see what the ticket sellers are doing when they don't have customers. They are boxing your season tickets individually. I think we have to consider the logistics of getting the right set of tickets to the right customers, when the Twins receive (or have to print) 39,504 X 81 games =~ 3.2M tickets.

They are not going to hire extra people to do this. I think I'll choose to call my rep around April 5 if I haven't received anything yet. That said, I would like to stare at them, and have been disappointed every afternoon.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 7:57 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 425

freealonzo - Love your pictures. If you go to one of the open houses, I'd appreciate seeing additional photos of more of the seating sections taken in that same huge pic format you have on your blog. They're really a nice resource for the chart of individual seats that I'm compiling.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 8:18 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 426

who is going on Saturday?

If you run into a bleached blonde broad with a unshaven dude and 3 noisy kids, say hi. It's probably me.

Rick, turn on InGameMagic by Saturday so we can post stuff, k? k great thanks! :)

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 8:35 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 427

@Matt23 - you weren't the only one that got a hearty chuckle out of that.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 9:01 PM by luke Highlight this comment 428

Personally, I am glad they didn't just waste all those old envelopes. They're perfectly good with a sticker! But yes, I did notice it too.

I agree on the mailing of season tickets as well. It is only March 17th. I'd love to have them if for no other reason than to stare at them, but I don't need them just yet. I do need them before the April 3rd spring training game, but so long as I have them within a week of that, we're good.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 9:07 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 429

Hey Linc,
Stare at the tickets, or the people boxing them up?

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 9:18 PM by Winona Mike Highlight this comment 430

Well, some of the ticket sellers are very handsome/cute (I'm good however you roll, and you can mix and match as far as I'm concerned).

However, I would like to just look at my tickets :). I've been very tangentially associated with ticketing in the past, and I love all the ideas around barcodes, electronic transfer, tickets on cell phones, and so on. However, I do love seeing, holding, and sorting physical tickets. I'm conflicted!

Would you be ok if your tickets were on some sort of scan card for the season? It is of course possible.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 9:53 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 431

Jared,

As an autograph seeker, can you explain where this players parking lot is? I am assuming that there will be a spot the players walk out of the park at, and similar to the metrodome will be a place for autograph seekers.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:05 PM by Josh Highlight this comment 432

I was going to add that we all had to hold airline tickets worth 10X as much as the common Twins ticket, as recently as 10 years ago. Now we all demand internet check-in. Yet, I still don't feel the same way about an event I want to attend -- I want to hold the ticket. It is totally irrational.

Others?

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:06 PM by Linc Highlight this comment 433

JCTwins -

To answer your question about access to the Legends Club (or more accurately, the level) - you must have a Legends Club ticket for that game - doesn't matter if you have other season ticket or not.

The Metropolitan Club is different - anyone with any type of season ticket or season ticket account holder can gain access.

As for the Open House tickets - you should already have those. They were mailed separately.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:10 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 434

I wouldn't assume that Josh...

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:10 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 435

Hey, I saw Stryper in concert in the 80s and still have the stub. I'm not tryin to brag here... I'm just sayin...

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:23 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 436

Why is it that the Twins use a very labor intensive process with season tickets? Cutting/stacking/banding tickets, putting them in a box with the appropriate dividers (assuming you don't have more than 4 tickets) is a *lot* of work x 30K packages (not exactly sure how many separate accounts make up the 22K FSEs). Not sure how else you do it with the divider and the oversize tickets, but still ...

For the last few years the Rockies have shipped very nice spiral bound ticket books (one per seat), FedEx'ed directly from the printer, and we supply the labor to split them.

OTOH, if this is providing more jobs, I'm all for it - even though the wait for the rest of my tickets is driving me crazy ... :)

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:25 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 437

JFH, If they used an out-of-state vendor of some sort there'd be hell to pay! Colorado grass and now foreign tickets?? and shipping them FedEx is simply out of the question - don't you know that they are headquartered in Memphis??

I'm J/K although I'm sure it's keeping them busy enough to stay employed and I'm all for that. Hm...wonder if they need any help...lol

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:35 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 438

jfh - I have always wanted to ask - Do you think Coors Field is too large regarding capacity? Do you think the Rockies wish they would have stuck to their original plans and built a "smaller" Coors of about 43,000 rather than the current 50,000?

I would love to see the Rockies eventually decrease the capacity and open up that right field upper deck, but who knows at this point.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:54 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 439

Yeah, baby.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:00 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 440

Having attended several games at Coors Field (my family lives out there), it is very hard for me to believe they would ever intentionally reduce the size of the ballpark. Also, consider the fact that they were previously playing at Mile High, so Coors Field was a reduction in seats already. Plus, they sold out a ton of games for the first few years, so it is hard to argue with what they did at the time. Obviously it was a bit short sighted if one believed they would always sell the place out, but at least if they ever end up being a regular playoff team, they'll be able to sell a whole lot more tickets than the Twins will be able to sell... although I don't really mind Target Field's capacity at all, but I imagine there will be times they wish they could sell more tickets.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 11:02 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 441

Thanks TTH. Now I know what to ask the woman for my birthday. And I mean ask her to buy for her to wear, sheesh. Get your minds out of the gutter people.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 03:49 AM by billymayshere Highlight this comment 442

You bet Josh. Starting at the plaza, if you are walking west on 7th along the south side of TF you come up to the stoplight for 3rd Ave. Follow that south away from the park and if you look to your right there is a secure parking lot starting at TF and extending south along 3rd for a couple of blocks. If you look up the street you will see the 3D billboard with the "people in their seats at the top of the board" (i.e. the image i posted). Below that billboard is where it appears the main entrance to the lot is. I suppose I should correct myself here too. I am "assuming" that this is the players lot. It appears to be the only secure lot connected to the park of the "player parking" type. I believe Rick or someone mentioned it as potentially being so as well.

As for autographs, i think with this type of lot that it is going to be hard to get access to the players like we were able to at the Metrodome. It appears the players access to the field would be below 7th with no direct access from fans.

Like i said I am assuming these things, but strong evidence allows for those assumptions.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 07:20 AM by Jared Highlight this comment 443

The Twins have released additional seats for the second Boston game in section 102.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 08:12 AM by BomboRivera Highlight this comment 444

Anyone know what number you call to order Roof Deck tickets?

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 08:14 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 445

Schweady, thanks for the kudos. I have a few others I didn't print, but I didn't get into the outfield at all, thinking back, I wish we had.

Alas, I won't be at the open house, however I have a feeling that a lot of people will be posting pics from the open houses. In the next few days we are really going to get a sense of all the seats.

Regarding Coors Field, I have it on good authority that while the Rox were glad to sell all those tickets in the first couple of years, now they wish they had a more intimate ~43K seat stadium. The recent trend toward ballparks of around 40K capacity that are more intimate, almost always full leads to more excitement at the ballpark, and puts a premium on the prices for tickets.

Finally, has anyone heard about a Twins Golden Ticket contest this year? I hope they do one and maybe they even follow their own rules and place the golden ticket in Ramsey or Hennepin County this time!

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 08:35 AM by Freealonzo Highlight this comment 446

Hey Jimmer,

Re: Rooftop tix try 612 33T-wins.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 08:36 AM by Freealonzo Highlight this comment 447

DreDogg, that handlebar mustache idea is genius. While our pen has never been short on facial hair (Nathan's soul patch, Crain-wreck's goatee, etc.) I cannot remember the last awesome stache. I think that Mijares should grown a real thick Cowboy stache, or maybe Jesse Crain can go with a Hulk-Hogan.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 08:58 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 448

No, I don't think they will reduce the capacity of Coors Field, at least any time soon. It was actually supposed to be smaller than it is, but they added seats to the original plan after the Mile High sellouts. I suspect if they could go back in time and not have added the last 10K seats or so, they would, but why go through the expense now? I suspect most of the incremental ticket sales drive more revenue from concessions than anything else.

Current capacity is 50,400 something and it's sold out or close maybe 8 games a year (Opening Day, 2 of the 3 fireworks, Cubs and a couple others) and when teams like the Yankees and Red Sox visit.

Now, if the Rockies become an annual contender and they want to drive season ticket sales, maybe. For now, they can afford to run all sorts of ticket promotions day of game that other clubs can't. And they can offer the cheapest seat in baseball ($4 Rockpile seats, $1 for seniors). Right now, it's nice to know you can always walk up and get decent seats day of game, no matter what. Most people still think you can still get really good lower level infield seats on a whim, but that really hasn't been the case for a while.

I think extra capacity keeps the season ticket prices down. Not that you can do a direct comparison, but I have row 8 Home Plate Box seats behind home plate at TF for $50, very nice for sure, but I have seats six rows behind the dugout at Coors Field for $35. (And I guess that HPB Row 8 is about the same as Coors Field Infield Box row 20 or so, given the Dugout Box/Champions Club sections).

The Rockies have much wider variable pricing then the Twins do though. My $35 season ticket is $50 at the Box Office for most games, except for Opening Day and Boston ($100 each) or Cubs and fireworks ($75), with similar markups for the lesser priced levels. Except Rockpile. Always $4. And some always sold only day of game.

OK - back to the Twins - where the heck are those Home Plate Box tickets? (That's the other thing the Rockies do - they send you an email with a tracking number so you know when your tickets are supposed to arrive ... not Delivery Confirmation, which I always thought was nothing more than clever marketing by the USPS.)

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 09:59 AM by jfh Highlight this comment 449

I just bought 4 SRO tickets for May 8th. Total was $56.50. I'm guessing that there's no way in hell I'll be able to see the field from up there. =]

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:06 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 450

Chad-

How were you able to buy those SRO tix? I thought DSP said that they would only be available on game days? Did you order them over the phone? Or walk-up in person?

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:10 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 451

Chad, were those for the Roof Deck?

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:11 AM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 452

Click name for an article on baseball realignment

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:22 AM by JinCr Highlight this comment 453

Yes, I should have specified that they were for the Roof Deck. I called 33-Twins and just asked for the first game available.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:23 AM by Chad Highlight this comment 454

That's an interesting article about realignment. As the guy says, there is only one real solution: a balanced schedule. Funny, but it used to be that way, right?

Since we know it won't happen with Selig at the helm, here's hoping the next generation of MLB leadership can get it done.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:36 AM by Rick 455

Im going to go down and walk the Plaza at lunch today. I know pretty much everything has been documented but does anybody want me to check on anything or take photos? Let me know.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:41 AM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 456

If they want to spread out the talent more the answer isn't to realign. the anser is some sort of cap or other type of revenue sharing. Why does baseball constantly try to avoid admitting this?

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:58 AM by moda253 Highlight this comment 457

The writer of that article is right. Those ideas will never happen. I've thought about the British system on many occasions, but as he points out, there is no way that a franchise in KC that just paid hundreds of millions to upgrade Kauffman is going to accept playing against Des Moines and Omaha instead of Minnesota and Chicago. As for some of the other ideas such as an A and B league, I can't stand the idea of mucking up the tradition we presently have to that extent. Let's go back to a balanced schedule and be done with it!

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 11:01 AM by jpberka Highlight this comment 458

I like the idea of either eliminating the Wild Card, and going with 8 divisions, with only the winner of each division reaching the playoffs. That, or the Unbalanced Schedule: getting rid of all divisions and taking the top 4 teams from each league.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 11:10 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 459

I'm sorry...I meant to say "Balanced Schedule"

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 11:12 AM by Fred Highlight this comment 460

As a Twins fan I am biased towards a system such as we have now. We get to munch off the poor quality of the division every year, but then we get to enjoy the embarrassment of an ass-whooping by the Yankees every year too. I don’t know that fans would ever be willing to part with division rivalries though. Well, I don’t have to worry because it will never happen.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 11:26 AM by Andrew Highlight this comment 461

does anyone know what times the twins and visiting teams will take batting practice at target field and if the twins will allow fans to bring in any of our own food to target field? thanks. great site

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 11:42 AM by timb Highlight this comment 462

I just had a meeting with a guy from Chicago. He told me he is staying downtown and ran around the ballpark yesterday. He is a Cubs fan and has been going to Wrigley for years. He said TF is absolutely unbelievable. Also said how much he likes and respects the twins, as well as Joe Mauer.

I love hearing stuff like that from an outsider!

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 11:56 AM by Brandon T Highlight this comment 463

I'm glad to hear that from a Cubs fan as well. My wife and I really enjoyed Wrigley last year and I wouldn't pass up seeing the place again, but I also believe that Wrigley is a park that is going to have to modernize or die. It will require a massive rebuilding if it is to be preserved for posterity. I feel it will be possible to preserve the intimate feel of the seating area and field, perhaps with a couple of modernizations such as wider seats and perhaps the reduction of some of those quaint posts while completely rebuilding the concourses and the exterior. I think that it may almost require a complete rebuilding of the main grandstand, but I think that could be done in such a way as to keep the feel. The brick and ivy can surely be preserved along with all the Wrigleyville charm and all the buildings outside the park with rooftop seating can be kept. I believe 99% of the experience can be preserved and might even benefit from the rebuild, but it would surely mean preserving the Wrigley experience for future generations.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 12:13 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 464

Unfortunately, we don't know enough yet about the new Cubs ownership to know if they could pull off a rebuild of Wrigley. The gig would undoubtedly go to Populous, whose templates are simply inconsistent with that type of intimacy.

It would take a very firm hand to make that happen, one committed to preserving the atmosphere while adding amenities. It would be what the Twins have just pulled off (squeezing a ballpark between railroad tracks and a freeway) times 100.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 12:20 PM by Rick 465

I've been to about 30 games at Wrigley - I am a bigger fan of the park than of the Cubs! Anyway, If you click on my name, here is an article about a proposed expansion.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 12:33 PM by Ole Highlight this comment 466

I went down to Target Field today on lunch and wow..I need a new pair of pants! The weather today, combined with walking past Kieran's and seeing it very much open and ready for crowds really made it all finally hit me. There were people all over the plaza, eating lunch, taking pictures. I stood looking into the Puckett gate for about 10 minutes. They had the garbage cans all stacked up right there and will be putting them out. Food and beverage carts were sitting out there as well. Went into the shop, which had nothing new and the prices were still the same. The tradition wall looks amazing. Wish they would update the photo of TF though because it is clearly from last summer. Walked around the back, saw that they are putting in the turn styles. Hrbeks was doing bar-tender training. On the promenade, it stunk. They opened the door 3 times while I was walking past and each time you get hit with a blast of just absolute raunch. Didn't think it would be as bad as it is. Saw where the New Era store will be. Disappointing that it is inside the stadium...would be nice to be able to go in and buy things there not during the game. They had boxes of merchandise sitting outside, and were in there setting up displays. That was really it. Looks like Champps is setting up a patio in their alley? I know that location recently got a new owner. It actually looked pretty nice. That rooftop bar over by Epic hasn't changed. I'm so ready for Sunday!

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 1:05 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 467

Hey everyone, love the site RIck! Long time visitor first time poster here. I was just wondering if anyone knew offhand if season ticket holders will be able to enter the park earlier than non season folks? Thanks and I am so pumped as well for the open houses this weekend! This park sure looks amazing from all of your pics!

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 1:11 PM by Justin Highlight this comment 468

As an autograph seeker, can you explain where this players parking lot is? I am assuming that there will be a spot the players walk out of the park at, and similar to the metrodome will be a place for autograph seekers.

Posted on March 17, 2010 at 10:05 PM by Josh

I thought I would address this. If you turn off 7th onto Twins Way (3rd) and cross tenth, before you get to the intersection of Royalston and Glenwood, there is a short road going to the right leading to a secured parking lot. In that parking lot if you go under 10th there is another secured lot inside the main secure lot. That is where the players parking is. It is a short walk there to get to a door just outside the Champions Club and I assume the players locker room must be pretty close to there as well (I haven't actually seen the locker room).

So long story short, I'm assuming there won't be any access for autograph seekers looking to catch any players as they leave the building. You could wait by the road going into the parking lot, but the players will be in cars leaving and probably wouldn't stop.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 1:24 PM by Mort Highlight this comment 469

Mort, I believe that is right where the Cedar Lake Bike Trail curled around and ended.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 1:42 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 470

Mort is correct about the private lot. This lot is totally fenced in with a security entrance. This lot will be for valet parking for Champions Club ticket holders. Inside this fenced in lot is another fenced in lot with another gate, which will be for the players. The players will have restricted accesss from the stadium directly to their cars. Even the Champions Club ticket holders parking in that lot will not have access to the players.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 1:46 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 471

Justin, they never let season ticket holders in early in past years, so I highly doubt they'll start doing it this year.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 1:47 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 472

DVS-

How long after the doors to the incinerator shut did the "stink" disipate? I thought I read that they won't be opening the doors to the incinerator on game days, or at least a couple hours before and after a game...is that true?

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 1:49 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 473

Got 2 tickets for row 2 of Skyline Deck Section V for the July 4 game!! Wonder what these seats will be like?

I think that it's a good idea to have restricted parking for the players. Put yourself in their shoes an imagine what a huge pain in the ass it would be to be hounded outside for autographs 81+ games a year. That is why events like Twinsfest and the autograph party exist. They are just trying to get home after games and don't deserve to be held up for an hour just trying to get on the road.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 1:56 PM by Jimmer Highlight this comment 474

A couple seconds after they open and close the smell just hits you. I'm not quite sure how quickly it disipates. I think you are right about the game day thing. There is also standing water in those potters that have cig butts and a whole bunch of other stuff in them as well too so that doesn't help.

I forgot to mention that when walking the plaza it is easy to notice handfulls of dirt missing from the planters where infield dirt was used. I'm sure that will continue to be a problem.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 1:58 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 475

I walked on the promenade yesterday and you really had to take in a deep breath to be able to catch any "stank" and even then it wasn't overly powerful. I still was hoping to not catch ANY whiff, but with how faint it was I can't imagine there's any way it will make it into the stadium.

The promenade overall is a pretty lonely place right now. I'm not sure how active a place it will be. Time will tell, I guess.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 2:27 PM by ajndsu Highlight this comment 476

My first round of "extra" tickets arrived today - along with the "regular" pocket sked, which must be just out. So, I have gotten 20 game plan, exhibition, and OD tix - and the "extras" have begun to arrive. My guess is that things are looking up for the rest of you.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 2:40 PM by Ben Highlight this comment 477

My guess is if the incinerators doors remain shut on game days, and with all the other smells associated with a ballgame (i.e. food), you won't be able to detect any foul odor coming from the garbage across the street.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 2:53 PM by Fred Highlight this comment 478

dammit no season tix today...

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 3:07 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 479

"Roy Smalley's Club 87" to replace Champp's downtown (click name).

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 3:25 PM by AndyG Highlight this comment 480

Patrick Reusse just said on 1500 that from his source Mauer will be signing tomorrow.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 3:37 PM by JinCr Highlight this comment 481

Thanks for that link AndyG! Definitely sounds like a place I will try out. I am just looking forward to having so many choices for pre-game and post-game gathering, especially the happy hour specials like 2-for-1 drinks and such.

Downtown Minneapolis is going to be a lot of fun and we Twins fans finally got what we have long deserved and that is some pure outdoor, urban baseball.

As fun as tailgating can be in a sea of asphalt parking lots, nothing beats urban baseball.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 3:38 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 482

They have turned on the sprinklers and are watering the field! Lawn mowing should begin in the next few days. What a great sight to see that green grass in mid-March!

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 483

I kind of wish everyone and their "sources" would just be quiet. I don't really want to hear anything from anyone except Mauer and the Twins. But..I know they have a job to do. I'm just not holding my breath.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 4:00 PM by AJ Highlight this comment 484

I thought there was a big announce at mauer Chev today. Somehow I thoguht that would be Joe signing(today).

Free copy of the contract with every car purchased.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 4:06 PM by minn55441 Highlight this comment 485

Hopefully Reusse is right and is not just another local writer whose "sources" were wrong. I am kind of disappointed about "Smalleys". A. I like the food at Champps B. I'm a 23 year old who doesn't really want to be hanging around in family-focused joints (no offense to anyone here). Oh well.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 4:06 PM by DVS2008 Highlight this comment 486

It's nice to see some quality restaurants filling gaps around TF.
That will make my day if Reusse (or his sources rather) is right and Mauer signs tomorrow.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 4:31 PM by KMFDM (aka luke) Highlight this comment 487

DVS, there is no shortage of "adult" fun downtown. You'll be fine with a family atmosphere restaurant in the area.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 4:47 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 488

Walked around the park today. Not sure if this has been mentioned, but on the 7th street side they were drilling holes to put a sign on the square sections of the limestone half way up the wall. I couldn't tell what letters would fit in the hole but I'm guessing it will either be a Twins logo or a Welcome to Target Field sign. Sorry no camera to take pics, but something to watch out for.

I will say with the scoreboards on and the green field showing this looks very awesome and surreal.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 4:50 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 489

First, the transportation and infrastructure upgrades.
Next, the bars and restaurants.
Then, the retail stores.
Lastly, the condo's and lofts.

I love it when a plan comes together!

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 4:55 PM by DreDogg Highlight this comment 490

Luke you crazy little whippersnapper. Were you trying to be incognito with your last post? Have you forgotten that Rick the Blogmaster is an IT ninja and is 3 steps ahead of you? Why the new moniker?

When do we get to meet you Luke? You are like an imaginary character. Do you really exist? Sometimes I nearly pee myself reading your lately "pondering thoughts". I trust there are numerous daily readers/posters who would like to meet the legend that is Luke...

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 5:00 PM by Max Highlight this comment 491

Was Reusse being serious? Many times he loves to goad on the gullible Minnesota public.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 5:13 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 492

I think the Cubs will ultimately renovate rather than replace Wrigley Field, even if it means playing an uncomfortable season or two at New Comiskey. Even if a new park used the same site, I think the public's connection with the old park is too strong to overcome the objections to knocking it down. Years ago the Red Sox toyed with moving to a new Fenway that would have been built just blocks from the current one, but decided in the end that the current Fenway is too important to lose. The club instead committed to staying there even if doing so has resulted in extra seats being almost comically crammed into every conceivable space and the end of the basement bowling alley and game room. If the Bosox can do that, the Cubs can too.

Two things about those artist renderings of the Wrigley Field expansin are a bit troubling, however. One is that the structure on Clark Street seems to have no visible connection to the park itself in terms architecture, building materials, and overall appearance. It makes for a bad contrast. The second is that anyone who has sat in the Terrace level seats, that is any section in the 200s, will know that it can get pretty dark even on a sunny day due to the overhang of the upper deck and suites. That new structure will kill most of the light coming in from the Clark side to the West. The result will be that people in those seats are going be effectively watching baseball from a cave.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 5:18 PM by Jorge Highlight this comment 493

wow, if you look around (ie: away from your barstool) you'd notice all kinds of families at Champps. wtf. lol

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 6:18 PM by Jax Highlight this comment 494

hahaha Max. Actually, I was listening to said band KMFDM - Kein Mehrheit Für Die Mitleid, five German words that roughly translated mean "No Sympathy for the Masses" when I did the post.

If you're going to the open house Saturday, I'll be there with me date.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 6:23 PM by luke Highlight this comment 495

ANOTHER ticket question..I'm even getting tired of the thoughts..Did everyone get their cheap STH card with their tickets? I didn't in my 1st set delivered yesterday..Maybe it will come with the next set..

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 6:35 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 496

Just got an email back from my season ticket rep. He says all tickets will be mailed out by Tuesday at the latest.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 6:58 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 497

Hey Rick or anybody going on a tour this weekend, I'm curious to how much of the bullpens can be seen from the concourse. If someone could check this out it would be greatly appreciated. Also, is the star sculpture in the transit entrance installed yet?

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 7:21 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 498

JinCr, did Ruesse say anything else about Mauer signing tomorrow? Is it announced on any website?

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 7:21 PM by Michael Highlight this comment 499

Youtube video of the fireworks test at Target Field a week or so ago? Click my name for the video. I was hoping something more flashy, but I can understand the limitations or restrictions that the Twins had to/are working with. Nonetheless, seeing fireworks will be such a welcoming and enjoyable site!!

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 7:27 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 500

Jeff,
When I took a tour in October we stopped along the concourse right above the bullpen..You can pretty much look right down at the pitchers and bullpen.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 7:35 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 501

Jeff-
The star scuplture has been installed. I debated taking a picture of it when we were in the circulation building last weekend, but didn't. The renderings that I saw (from what I remember) made it look as if it was going to be large but when you get in there and see it, wow, its a really large structure. Each point darn near touches the wall, so it really fills the ceiling. It's an interesting structure but (in my opinion) nothing outrageously spectacular. It's a nice addition to fill what would be a very empty space.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 8:25 PM by Jared Highlight this comment 502

Steve - the STH card is at the bottom of the coupon sheet.

Another day, another day no season tickets from the Twins.

Ironically, the Rockies sent me a note saying my season tickets shipped FedEx today and will be here Tuesday. Not bad, given that the official word was "tickets will ship the week of March 22nd". Beats wondering every day if the tickets are not packaged or sent yet, en route or lost.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 8:39 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 503

Luke, did you have to buy two tickets for Saturday, or are inflatables free?

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:06 PM by luckylager Highlight this comment 504

I was needing a good laugh tonight, and lager delivered. Though, in luke's defense, I'd have to say that any date that doubles as a seat cushion can't be all bad.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:09 PM by The Truth Hurts Highlight this comment 505

hey luke what dy are you going? sat or sunday? maybe we can all meet uo if everyone is going on sunday, i will take a picture of my girl flashing her tatas in a seat, she just doesnt know it yet

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:15 PM by rolo Highlight this comment 506

jfh,
HaHaHa,,,They disguise it and cheapen it better every year..Got it!! I didn't check behind the flap..I was too pissed my 109 seats didn't come the same day..Thanks

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:15 PM by Steve Highlight this comment 507

I'll have to tell her you said that lager.
She'll be pissed.
If you're going Saturday, let me know what you're wearing so she can point you out...and give you what's coming.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:15 PM by luke Highlight this comment 508

Thank you for writing what so many of us were thinking, Lager!!

luke, You're going to make your "girlfriend" beat up Lager?? Niceee...

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:25 PM by Margaret Thatcher Highlight this comment 509

jfh, I like the Rockies, but I don't think that this is the same situation as they are dealing with in Denver. The Rockies are looking at 12,000 to 13,000 full season tickets for this season compared to 22,000 here in the Twin Cities. Add to that the fact that they're coming seriously close to selling the vast majority of their tickets before even throwing a pitch in Target Field and you can see why this situation might be slightly more chaotic in a new facility. As long as we have the tickets in time, we're all good. Coors Field has every reason to have their situation well organized by this point. Target Field is dealing with a few growing pains, but things will work out.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:27 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 510

Ha Luckylager with the post of the day...Boom Luke is Roasted!!!

BTW: Luke astute BallparkMagic readers will remember when you posted a photo gallery and your mug shot was on the avatar. Gotta be honest I didn't think you looked like a bad ass...

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:30 PM by Max Highlight this comment 511

Well, this only counts as our second date...lol. Committments are a little way off still...

The weather better be good. I have no idea why "Weather Permitting" is printed in bold print on the tickets.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:33 PM by luke Highlight this comment 512

In general, I agree ... just bitchin'.

I still think the Twins STH process could be greatly improved. :)

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:34 PM by jfh Highlight this comment 513

Well, thank you Max. I think.

Man, maybe I should change my name to Leroy Brown, so I can be the baddest man in the whole damn town?

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:35 PM by luke Highlight this comment 514

jfh, I completely agree. However, last year, things went fine. I believe that what you're witnessing here is a true underestimation of their own popularity. It is as if they are shocked by how excited everyone has gotten. I think that they won't allow this amount of surprise going forward. I am sure lessons are being learned.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:39 PM by jpberka Highlight this comment 515

JESUS CHRIST!

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 9:43 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 516

Sunday is going to be beautiful with the forecast currently saying high around 49 and mostly sunny.

I am going to try to get up to the terrace level and get some panoramic shots of the entire field on a nice sunny afternoon.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:07 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 517

Does anyone know what actually the center field concourse is going to be? Are they still planning on having that as the family picnic area? Earlier renderings showed picnic tables with umbrellas and such or have the plans changed with the addition of the celebration sign.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:21 PM by Jeff Highlight this comment 518

I'd sort of like to take a pic from every section in the place. Don't know how feasible that'd be though.

Incidentally Kevin, I went back over some articles I wrote on another website early on - and came across one that, I must admit, almost three years later was a complete disaster.

It was all about why the Twins would need a new ballpark by 2030 because of the lack of a roof. I had to chuckle because I am now an opponent (and NOT a proponent) of a roof, and almost considered having the article retracted.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:25 PM by luke Highlight this comment 519

Retract luke.....RETRACT!

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:27 PM by kevin in az Highlight this comment 520

Does anyone have any Saturday open house tickets available? I may need one ticket, not sure yet. I'd be willing to exchange a single HPB seat at a date TBD (willing to be flexible) at the discounted season ticket holder price in exchange for selling me your Saturday open house ticket for $10. You'd be sitting next to me in my HPB seat.

If interested, please e-mail me and I'll get back to you hopefully by Friday afternoon with an updated status.

TIA.

Posted on March 18, 2010 at 10:33 PM by JCTwins Highlight this comment 521


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The entry from the platform to the ballpark.



Just think: It could look like this!






Event Level






Cross section diagram of the field structure. (Click to enlarge.)



Mary Larson (left), a music teacher from Maple Grove, was a TwinsFest SSB winner and got to sing the anthem before the game.



Carew atrium menu part 1



Here's a closer look at the bullpen area. It's hard to tell for sure, but I think there is still an opening to the concourse right above.



The dish!



Special guests in the trees!









This is the revised version of the center field pavilion (without the restaurant). It looks like there are no seats, just some ledges for people to sit on. It reminds me of the seating on the "bridge" which sticks out of the new Guthrie Theater. Anything which lands in the trees will presumably be a home run, so the "411" sign is apparently just for fun.



"Original" or "Dinger" Dog






Many people will approace the park from this direction and it's a pretty great first glimpse. It features all the design elements in modestly condensed form, and still manages to look like a ballpark (instead of something else).



WCCO-TV building






Dan Kenney, my tour guide









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.



Party deck



Cleveland



Spring of 1982 (click to enlarge greatly -- can you pick out Kent Hrbek?)



The Polo Grounds (left) and Shibe Park (Connie Mack Stadium)



The view from the corner of Ford Centre. (Feel free to tie up your boats here.)



Mystery door on Seventh Street...









Photo by Tyler Wycoff






The angle on the main scoreboard from the Batter's Eye is surprisingly good -- acceptable, at least.



Champion's Club details (click to enlarge)



Look! Speakers!



Looking across the top of the B parking ramp. Notice that signage will block any attempts at seeing the game from up there. Also take note of the glassed in area which is part club and part office space for the Ballpark Authority.









Directly above the ceiling here is the hidden concourse which served the upper deck prior to the renovation. That concourse was closed off to the public, but became a service level for ballpark employees. It's one of the many quirks which will be lost when the wrecking ball takes the place away.



Up close, this is what you'll see as you walk along.



His body language might as well be the box score.






Better them than me



An escalator was going in the day I was there.











Glossary

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

Selected Bibliography - Analysis
 


(1993)
 


First Edition (1992)
 


Second Edition (2006)
 


(2008)
 

Selected Bibliography - Surveys
 


(1975)
 


Second Edition (1987)
 


Not a "Third Edition" exactly,
but it replaced the above title
(2000)
 


(2000, large coffee table)
 


Original edition (2000, round)
 


Revised edition (2006, round)
 


(2001, medium coffee table)
 


(2002, small coffee table)
 


(2003, medium coffee table)
 


(2004, very large coffee table)
 


(2006, very large coffee table)
 


Combines the previous two titles
(2007, medium coffee table)
 

Selected Bibliography - Nostalgia
 


(1992)
 


Book and six ballpark miniatures
(2004)
 

Complete Bibliography

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