Target Field (From the Outside)

I just returned from a business trip to Minneapolis.  I flew into town after dark on Monday and was in a conference room all day Tuesday.  But I managed to work in a little Target Field experence.

When checking into my hotel, I asked for a map to downtown.  It didn’t have Target Field on it.  Instead, it had a blank spot that said “2010 New Twins Stadium.”

After settling into my room, I walked over to Target Field.  My first impression before even making it to the stadium was that Minneapolis was a great looking city.  Extremely clean.  Cool.  Thumbs up.

I took an elevated walkway past the Target Center toward Target Field.  One of the first signs of baseball that I saw was…

1 - killabrew.JPG…a statue of Harmon Killabrew.  Its right next to (but not quite “under”) a sky bridge.

After I crossed under the skybridge, I saw statue in a familiar pose:

It was Kirby Puckett’s homerun trot from Game 6 of the 1991 World Series.  (FYI, my dog, Kirby, is named after Kirby Puckett).

The main approach to Target Field (down 6th Street) enters into Gate 34 (Kirby Puckett, you know), and the focal point of the approach is this big wall:

3 - Target Field Gate 34 and Windwall.JPGOf course, I snapped a picture of myself in the big glove:

4 - Target Field big glove.JPGLet’s get to the important stuff — Target Field — here is Gate 34:

5 - Target Field Gate 34.JPGI took a couple panoramas through the gate (I was somewhat amazed that you can go up and stick your camera through the gate at 9:30 at night, but you can):

6 - Target Field from outside Gate 34 night panorama.jpg…and one more:

7 - Target Field from outside Gate 34 night panorama 2.jpgThey have some interesting signs next to the entrances at Target Field:

8 - Target Field signs.JPGOf course, I had to get my picture with Carl and Mrs. Pohlad:

9 - the pohlads.JPGNearby was a patchwork statue of (what appeared to be) Joe Mauer:

10 - patchwork Mauer.JPGFrom Gate 34 (right field), I headed to the left (into foul territory), and the next thing I came to was Gate 29:

11 - Target Field gate 29.JPGI took another shot through the gate at Gate 29 (Rod Carew):

12 - Target Field from outside Gate 29 night offseason panorama.jpgA little ticket order machine gave me my only view of the “actual” field (which was so close but still out of sight from outside):

13 - ticket machine.JPGBefore walking around the team store and heading down the 1B line, I got this picture of a display about the Twins former stadiums:

15 - Twins Stadium History display and Calvin Griffith.jpgAt the right side of that display is a statue of Calvin Griffith.  Had I read his plaque, I’d know who he is, but I did not.

Here is a Twins sign over the team store:

16 - Target Field over team store.JPGDown the 1B foul line, I found Gate 14 (Kent Hrbek — I think):

17 - Target Field Gate 14.JPGThis, I assume, is considered the home plate gate.

Down the 3B line, I found this little glass room — which appeared to be some sort of train station entrance:

18 - Target Field train enterance.JPGRight around the corner (left field), there is a walk-up train station:

19 - Target Field train stop.JPGTrain riders can walk off the train and straight into Gate 6 (Tony Oliva):

20 - Target Field Gate 6.JPGJust past the Oliva gate, is the entrance to the Twins front office:

21 - Twins Admin office.JPGFurther down the train track (toward center field), there are decorative wood slats (also found on the 1B side):

21a - big wood slats.JPGEven further down the train tracks, I found some art on the wall:

22- Target Field art wall.JPGIn straight away CF, I found Gate 3 (Harmon Killabrew):

23 - Target Field Gate 3.JPGAbove the gate, there is a big huge Target sign (on the back of the scoreboard, I think):

24 - Target Field sign.JPGAround the corner from Gate 3, the road turns into a freeway entrance:

25 - Target Field freeway entrance behind RF.JPGVery odd.

I walked down this road, cross into the parking garage, took the elevator up to the sixth floor, and found a good spot to take a picture of this Twins sign:

26 - Target Field Twins sign.JPGI was disappointed I could never get a clear view of the two twins and outline of Minnesota in center field.

As I started to walk away from the stadium, I found that I’d missed a statue of…

27 - Rod Carew.JPG…Rod Carew.  This statue is down the road from Gate 29 and the Twins stadium display pictured above.

I was happy to see that Carew was batting with his baseball cap in his back pocket:

28 - More Carew.JPGSo that was my tour around Target Field on Monday night.

On Tuesday, I started the day in a conference room with a view of…guess what???

29 - Target Field from above panorama.jpgYep, Target Field.  I zoomed in to get a closer look inside:

30 - Welcome to Target Field.JPGAnd that was it for my “tour” of Target Field.

But, wait.  While on the other side of the building, I snapped a picture of the beautiful H.H.H. Metrodome:

31 - HHH Metrodome.JPGZooming in closer, I found something disappointing…

…the “Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome” all of a sudden has been renamed…

32 - Mall Of America Field.JPG…”Mall of America Field.”

And with that disappointing news, the baseball aspect of my trip was finished.

Bottom line:  Target Field was beautiful.  I cannot wait to visit again for a game.

5 Comments

Well, that seemed like a decent tour of a very nice place. Although, I thought stadiums had tour in the off-season. I have relatives that have been to Target Field and I heard that it is also the greenest ballpark in the Majors. As far as #14 is concerned, I was at the Metrodome when that number was taken down by the person who wore it and I know it was a pitcher. So probably, it was indeed Hrbek. I am a ballhawk, so it is disappointing to hear that Target it unfriendly to people of our ilk. On the other hand, I would never pass up an opportunity to go there if it presented itself.

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MATEO-
Thanks. They do have tours of Target Field most days at 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. The problem was that I was on a business trip and was detained in a conference room from 9 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Otherwise, I would have definitely taken the official tour. I definitely want to check out the inside of the stadium. Its beautiful from the outside.

NAO-
Its funny that you commented on the map. The day before traveling to Minnesota, I searched several online mapping sights and could not find it on any of them. Even on the Twins website, the maps just showed the parking lots (and even the old Metrodome), but not the field. When I checked into my hotel, I asked for a map of downtown and then asked the clerk where the stadium was located. it wasn’t pictured on the map that she gave me, but it said “Twins 2010 Baseball Stadium.” FYI, it is right across the street from the Target Center (basketball arena). Its really a great location and the city is really interesting.

A very unique ballpart tour report! I like the beautiful idea of ballpark gate identification by retired numbers of the home team. Far better than the ordinary consecutive numbers.
Oddly, I failed to locate Target Field in Google Map. A red pin mark does indicate its location in the bird-eye aerial photo image, but there is a huge parking lot around the mark and no diamond at all.

At last I found a map!
http://minnesota.twins.mlb.com/min/downloads/y2010/tf_ballpark_bus.pdf
(Maybe local people do not need a map to get to Target Field, and few people outside visit there except for an All-Star or World Series game)

Nice photo tour, Todd. I did some similar touring of the Metrodome a few years ago, actually, and it’s always nice to just be around a new stadium even if there’s no game going on.
~Matt
http://bloggingboutbaseball.mlblogs.com/

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