After years of political wrangling, threats by the owner to move or contract the team, Minnesota and Minneapolis openned the state of the art $545 million Target Field. ESPN The Magazine ranked Target Field as the #1 sports stadium in North America, beating out such notable stadiums like the new Dallas Cowboy stadium and the new Yankee field. It is a gem of a ballpark, sqeezed into the heart of Downtown Minneapolis in the Warehouse District, which is one of the main entertainment areas. It accomadates around 42,000 fans and you'd be hard pressed to find a bad seat in house.
Equipment: For the first time in almost 30 years, Minnesota has an outdoor stadium for Major League Baseball. So in early spring and late fall, weather can be an issue. And although everygame has been a sellout, you can get tickets if you plan ahead of time. If you plan your trip in advance you can purchase tickets online at the Minnesota Twins website http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com. Also on gameday, sometimes you can purchase standing room tickets at the Twins box office at Target Field. Of course you can also buy tickets at a premium from ticket agents around the stadium.
In 2010, our beloved Minnesota Twins moved into what ESPN is calling the #1 sports stadium in North America: Target Field. Our gorgeous, open-air ballpark is located smack in the middle of lots of bars and restaurants in the downtown Warehouse District, and holds nearly 40,000 avid fans in a combination of tiered decks, club seating and luxury suites. Ringing the field seating are covered, heated concourses with usual concessions, restrooms, apparel shops, ATMS, etc. But what's not at all usual about this cadillac of an arena:
• Vegetarian and gluten-free food options
• You can get married on home plate - wedding packages available
• Roof deck bar with a fire pit
(open to the public only for certain games - extra admission fee)
• State of the art sound system
• 401 women's and 266 men's restrooms (ladies, rejoice!)
• Great sight lines from nearly every seat
• On the light rail line
• Huge, high-def Jumbotron
• Wheelchair accessible from all gates, scrolling commentary for the deaf, and lots of other pluses for the disabled
• Public and private lounges, clubs and restaurants with viewing windows
There's just too much good stuff about it to list! Nope, baseball doesn't get any better than this.
See this link for individual game/seating prices:
Equipment: Dress for the weather
The University of Minnesota has a great athletic department and it's sports teams are definately worth seeing. On any given night or day during the school year, you can catch a Gopher game. Doesn't matter what sport - it's just a fun time and a great way to see a different part of Minnesota.
The U of M campus is lively, has numerous restaurants and shops for before or after the game, and there is plenty of parking in ramps and lots.
M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A, Minnesota! Minnesota! Heeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeyyyyyy Gophers!
Minneapolis is a great place for spectator sports - from the NHL (well....we will see), NBA, WNBA, NFL, major and minor league baseball, not to mention NCAA sports, there's always something going on here.
O.K. so the 2004-05 season doesn't look like it's happening with the "lock out". But in normal years the Minnesota Wild take to the ice on this state of the art arena.
The arena was built to accomadate the expansion Wild and has spurned a rebirth in a once dead downtown St. Paul. Tickets are extremely hard to come by for the Wild games so you may have to pay a premium, if you know what I mean. ;(
Besides NHL hockey, the arena also has a professional Lacrosse team that plays here, hosts the WCHA Final 5 college hockey tournament, NCAA hockey tournament, and the VERY popular State High School Hockey Tournament. One of Minnesota's mottos is "The State of Hockey".
The arena was also rated as one of the top venues for concerts and regulary books the TOP acts. Noteable acts that have played here are, Prince, Pavarotti, Bruce Springsteen, Eric Clapton, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan and The Eagles and many more.
The Minnesota Timberwolves are one of the best teams right now in the NBA. Kevin Garnett is the reigning MVP of the NBA and has a talented all star team to back him up. Home games are played in Downtown Minneapolis at the Target Center.
Nicknames for Kevin Garnett:
Da Kid(used when he first came into the league)
The BIG Ticket
Minneapolis is home to the Minnesota Twins(Baseball) and the Minnesota Vikings(football). They play in the Humphrey Dome. The Minnesota Timbervolves(Men-NBA) and the Minnesota Lynx(Women-WNBA) play in the Target Center. Professional Hockey is played in St. Paul at the River Center by the Minnesota Wild.
Other pro sports include:
Hockey: The Wild
All of the pro teams, except the Wild play in downtown Minneapolis. The Wild play in downtown St. Paul.