For those of you traveling to Minneapolis this weekend I wanted to share some highlights of my last two trips to a Twins game.
The ball park sits on the smallest acreage in MLB. It's tight with great sight lines. The field is literally right beside I-394 and is easy to find. Parking in the warehouse district is plentiful and affordable (east side of stadium). Light rail will drop you off on the sidewalk right at the stadium, especially handy if you are staying by the Mall of America.
Inside the stadium visit the Townball Tavern. It has a lot of pictures giving tribute to small townball teams that were popular in the midwest. It's open to everyone. It's a sportsbar right inside the stadium. No view of the field though.
A Taste of Twins Territory is a favorite, and in my opinion well done to keep a lot of local flavor. One of the most popular is Kramarczuk Sausage Company, a local Brat/Polish Sausage maker that is served on the concourse. Get one early as the lines can become extremely long mid-game. State Fair Classics stand features Walleye Skewer, Corn Dogs, Pork Chops on a stick and fried pickles and many others. Murray's Steakhouse, downtown since 1946, carves steak sandwiches and does it ever look good. Of course you can get a Leinenkugel and the beer vendors carry Premium Grain Belt, brewed in town. The beers of Minnesota stand is a good place to try local beers your dad used to drink. There are so many different places to eat, you should find something to your liking.
Take a walk around the wide concourse and look at the view from all the different seating sections. Not a bad seat in the house. Many of the outfield seats overhang the field, great view. Some very small sections in the outfield look to be a great spot for a group. The only seating I didn't care for are the high centerfield seats, steep and way out there. The scoreboard is huge, just a lot going on with different scoreboards around the park (give me Wrigley any day).
Before or after the game wander in to the Alley Sports Tavern on Butler Square (100 6th St. North). It's only about a block or two from the stadium depending on what gate you exit. It's a big warehouse bar and of course, has an alley patio. Fun place. There are others within waling distance. More spots keep opening since Target Field is relatively new.
My group will be sitting in the left field lower bleachers Friday night (I'll have my Sandberg jersey on) and off 3rd base on Saturday. I hope Cubs fans will turn out to see that the Twins really built a nice home. There is a lot to see and do inside the stadium, arrive early and take a look. There are still a lot of tickets available on Stub Hub. I got mine 2 weeks ago when the Twins released more tickets to this series. I might have an extra Saturday, email me at msn dot com. Hope to see cubbieblue everywhere! Leave comments if you are going to the game or if you have visited the stadium before. See you at the game or at the Alley!