It’s almost the Fourth of July, which has me thinking about fireworks…and I have to say, one of my favorite spots to see a great show is at Target Field.
From Memorial Day to Labor Day, every Minnesota Twins Friday night home game at Target Field is a Fireworks Night. That’s right…even if it’s not the Fourth of July you can enjoy a spectacle of fireworks!
The show happens in Center Field, just beyond Minnie & Paul. On Friday nights, after nine innings of baseball, fans can stay in their seats (or move closer for a better view of the outfield) and watch the countdown clock. The stadium will go dark, and “bing, bang, boom” the sky above Target Field will become illuminated with an array of fireworks that usually inspire a good deal of “oohs and ahhs” from the crowd, regardless of the game’s final score.
What’s your favorite fireworks memory at Target Field?
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!
In honor of Presidents Day, I’m remembering the Metrodome, named after Minnesota’s own 38th Vice President of the United States, Hubert H. Humphrey. Built in 1982 and recently torn down to make way for the new U.S. Bank Stadium, the “Dome” was home to the Minnesota Twins and Minnesota Vikings for years. It hosted two World Series Championships, a Super Bowl and countless games. While it didn’t have the most striking architecture, the Metrodome was one of my favorite places to go. Target Field is lovely, but honestly, there was nothing like the roar of the crowd, the Homer Hankies waving in the air and the playoff atmosphere in the Dome.
While I attended many great games there, probably my most memorable was Game 163 in 2009. After the regularly scheduled 162 games, there was a tie for first place between the Twins and the Detroit Tigers, so there was a one game playoff required. Hosted at the Dome, the Twins beat the Detroit Tigers with a game-ending hit…the crowd erupted and it was just amazing! I don’t think I’ll ever forget the excitement of that historical game.
Cheers to the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome for hosting some of Minnesota’s best moments in sports!
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.