A cold afternoon in 323, but we had our trusty Twins blanket -- made by my mom when Noah was born.
Yesterday, at the game, my spouse spontaneously volunteered to offer her impressions of Target Field for you all. She comes at it with a true outsider's point of view, untainted by any of the hype which has been plastered across the media for the past month. I will augment with some recent pictures (and captions), but otherwise it's all her!
Hey BallparkMagic guys! My name is Victoria and I, among other things, am Rick's wife. We'll be married 8 years this June. Before I met him, I knew nearly nothing about baseball. I knew there were 4 bases. I knew 3 strikes and you're out. That's about it. I remember asking him early on in our relationship who the guy was standing between 2nd and 3rd bases and weren't there too many people on the field? He gently explained that was the shortstop...
So. Here is my first (and likely last) posting. Rick and I went to the game Wednesday afternoon. It was great to be huddled together, taking in the sights and sounds of the ballgame, exploring the ballpark, and not having to wrangle our two young sons!
Yeah, it was cold. But I'll take cold over rain or sweltering humidity any day.
We took refuge for a time in the Twins Pub where you can drink a beer (or just hang out) and listen to some ballpark tunes. The organ is decorated with a TC (of course) and what looked like drawings which Sue has received from kids.
Here are my reflections on the Target Field experience:
1. It's a tremendous thing to behold. Hats off to everyone who made it come true.
2. Rick used to gripe about the Metrodome being a completely ridiculous, maddening, and utterly ill-conceived place for baseball, and I didn't fully get it. Having been to Target Field, now I get it.
No griping here.
Our Day In Dollars
Tickets: $13.00* x 2
Transit: $4.00 x 2
Hot Chocolate: $3.00
NOTE: $4.50 came home still in my pocket because the line for a cupcake was too long.
3. Women's restroom. Grade = B-. Yes, there were enough stalls, but the restroom I went into only had one door, so the going in and going out was a flurry of women trying to navigate a narrow space and half-heartedly saying "excuse me" to each other. Nice, however, to hear the radio broadcast of the game in there! (NOTE: This was the restroom right behind 323. The men's room has an entrance and exit, but there were always long lines between innings. The layout is pretty clunky. -- Rick)
4. Food. A mixed review. My first food purchase was polish sausage with kraut (from Halsey's). I'm Polish, so I figured that was a good thing to do. It was fine – tasty even – but nothing special. My second food purchase was a slice of pepperoni pizza. When the guy put two slices into the box instead of one that should've been my clue: they couldn't get rid of the stuff! And I found out why. Uncooked dough in the center and maybe two pieces of pepperoni. Definitely not worth the $6.00.
5. View. Spectacular. I loved seeing the skyline, the truly green grass, and the birds flying here and there.
The view from our seats. I took this picture while standing, and the railing would prove mildly problematic when I sat down -- but not as much as my scorecard, which I always seemed to be holding right in Vic's view of the plate (she told me so).
6. Scoreboard and Sound. These two items really bugged me at the Metrodome – I had to squint to read the scoreboard and the sound was way too boomy-loud. Not so at Target Field! Grade = A+ for both!
7. Energy. There was a wonderful, happy vibe about the whole place. Loved it.
8. People watching. Grade = A+. There were some retirees sitting in the row in front of us. The two women shared a pink hula-hoop over their knees, and the man was completely bundled in layers from head to foot, eating popcorn like a little kid. Very sweet.
9. I'd like to go to a night game to see the stars, the moon and the lights on the field.
This was on BPM night. Nice neon, but I'm still waiting to see the homer show.
10. Final thought: how can 40,000 people NOT be at work on a Wednesday afternoon?
Here's to a fantastic first season at Target Field. Go Twins!
*Special thanks to a south metro friend, without whose generosity this little excursion would not have been possible.
"You talk about the magic, the aura, but what really makes a stadium is the fans. Concrete doesn't talk back to you. Chairs don't talk back to you. It's the people who are there, day in, day out, that makes the place magic."
– Bernie Williams
Explore the Site
Here are 50 images chosen randomly from the 3042 found on this site. Click the image to be taken to the original post. A new list is created every 10 minutes.
A view straight on of the Pro Shop area and ticket windows (just barely visible). The piers you see beneath the plaza are already almost completed (see final photo).
Nine spots for hops bats.
Left field bench seating
Installation in action (Home Plate Box)
(Click to enlarge.)
In addition to the Pro Shop facade, you can see more gravel being laid before the final plaza surface is poured.
Here's the Northstar platform.
I set up my late inning "office" at the drink rail behind section 206
Note the gigantic -- and very permanent -- M's on the gates at the base of these stairs.
Banners on the parking ramp are a great touch. They help manage scale and turn a lemon into lemonade. On my way there today I passed the WCCO building and remembered how the Twins schedule used to be painted in giant form on the side of that building (which is no longer visible). Wouldn't that be a great thing to resurrect on the side of that ramp? A giant Twins schedule. I always thought that was cool.
Another B ramp glimpse (don't loiter here!)
Memorabilia on display in the Metropolitan Club
You'll be able to park here for a quick stop at the Pro Shop or ticket window.
The main ticketing area beneath the restaurant.
Chef stand and menu in the Carew atrium
The transit corner entrance (Photo by Tom Sweeney, Star Tribune)
Trains now rumble regularly beneath the promenade.
The model still shows the Batters Eye Club, which is no longer part of the design.
Just up the foul line, it looks like the base of the wall in foul territory on the right side.
Crosswalk taking shape.
The lone light standard and one of those "entry beacons."
Polo Grounds facade, obscured
Center field seating
Despite what those signs say, every one of these places was selling either snacks or Yankee memorabilia out of its front door. Do you suppose anything like this will spring up anywhere near the new Twins ballpark?
A slightly different elevation drawing, again viewed from Fifth Street, with some labels. (Click to enlarge.)
The process of building the canopy is really amazing to watch.
One thing that the design disguises nicely is that the Pro Shop (and other key components) are actually built over lanes of freeway. That can clearly be seen here.
Guthrie Theater (original design colors)
5:45 PM, section 327, row 9, standing: sunshine.
I saw it at another park...
Flowers and Hall-of-Fame plaques. Very nice.
The Pantheon (with inset of the magic eye)
Just to the right, more ticket machines. These things are everywhere.
The rules were clearly posted next to this new entry point on the Seventh Street side. I have no problem with the rules!