The home of Twins baseball opened its gates today, welcoming fans young and old to celebrate the first home game of the year.
It’s a special year for the stadium as it is set to host the Major League Baseball All Star Game on July 15. Excitement in and around the ballpark is building, and fans were greeted with new banners and merchandise promoting the Midsummer Classic. In addition to the fun stuff, new security measures have been put into place, which now means fans are required to go through metal detectors. They haven’t been installed at every gate, but they will be rolled out to all entrances in the coming weeks.
The Twins also unveiled new foods to enjoy at the park. One of the new additions is the “Butcher & The Boar” stand near Gate 34. Featuring a “Smoke & Fire Rib Tip Basket”as well as their refreshing Jim Beam Punch, this place is sure to be a crowd favorite.
The Twins also made some new additions to the ballpark. They’ve added a Social Media Clubhouse on the upper level where fans can maximize their digital experience and sit on the original clubhouse bench from the Metrodome (home of the Twins from 1982-2009). To add a touch of the Minnesota wilderness, Spartan Juniper trees were added below the Minnie & Paul sign in the outfield. While they don’t replace the Black Spruce trees that were originally in the batter’s eye in centerfield but were removed because of player complaints, it is a nice natural addition to that part of the ballpark.
The Minnesota weather cooperated for a lovely start to the All Star season with beautiful blue skies and light breezes. It helped set the stage for what is sure to be another memorable year at Target Field.