This week’s Minnesota Mondays feature is all about the Twins Home Opener—which in my eyes is a holiday. There’s nothing like arriving at the ballpark for the first game of the season, cheering for the players as the lineup is announced, seeing the large American flag unfurled in the outfield and seeing the fighter jets flyover the stadium at the end of the National Anthem.
In addition to the excitement of a new baseball season beginning, Target Field introduces new ballpark foods each year—and this season fans were treated to a really exciting new feature “Minnie & Paul’s.” Located in the former “Batter’s Eye” section in the upper deck above center field, this new area features two new food options—Red Cow and Pizza Luce—two popular eateries in the metro area. Red Cow offers three gourmet burger options, including a turkey burger option, plus beer battered french fries and craft beers. Pizza Luce has by the slice or whole pizza in four flavors—cheese, Athena, pepperoni and the T.C. Bear meat lover’s option only available at Target Field (I highly recommend the T.C. Bear pizza–very delicious). Besides the new food options at Minnie & Paul’s, there’s a full-service bar, dining tables and chair rails with fantastic ballpark views.
Red Cow Burger
The line for gourmet burgers
Lounge area at Minnie & Paul’s
A slice of T.C. Bear pizza
View from the rail at Minnie & Paul’s
Throughout the ballpark there’s additional new dining choices, including chili from the Loon Cafe, gelato from Izzy’s Ice Cream and the “Grape Ape” cocktail.
The Grape Ape
Chili from the Loon Cafe
Unfortunately, the Twins didn’t win the game but it’s sure to be another great season filled with fabulous foods and fun at Target Field!
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.
Sunset at Target Field, Minneapolis
Yankee Stadium, New York City
Safeco Field, Seattle
AT&T Park, San Francisco
Fenway Park, Boston
Camden Yards, Baltimore
The crack of the bat, the smack of the ball, the sunshine on the green grass, the cheer of the crowd and the smell of fresh-off-the-grill hotdogs…baseball season is finally here. I can’t wait for another season at ballparks near and far, let’s play ball!
What team are you cheering for this year?