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!
Happy Opening Day 2016!
The wait is almost over, in just one week I can go back to my happy place—Target Field. While there are a lot of great destinations around the state…few things can compete with a beautiful day at the ballpark.
Offering skyline views and concessions featuring local flavors like Kramarczuk’s brats and hot dogs, Izzy’s ice cream, Murray’s steak sandwich and Mac’s fish & chips, Target Field provides a one-of-a-kind experience for all who enter its gates.
Whether you splurge on seats right behind home plate or save your cash for some good eats and sit in the cheap seats, there’s really not a bad seat in the house. Plus, all fans have access to the Twins Pub where you can watch the in-game organist play, Barrio bar and lounge overlooking the outfield and a variety of great spots along the rails where you can stop and ponder the meaning of baseball and take in the ballpark in all of its glory. If you want to set a spell and grab a bite to eat, the ballpark has two full-service restaurants open to everyone—Hrbek’s and the Town Ball Tavern—ideal for pregame meals or rain delays.
It’s been almost six months since the end of the season and I’m so excited for the Home Opener.
Tell me, what excited you the most about MLB’s Opening Day 2016?
Stay tuned…next week’s Minnesota Mondays I will take you inside the ballpark for the Minnesota Twins Home Opener!