I caught a game at Target Field during on July 27, 2012, where I saw Kevin Youkilis lead his new crew, the White Sox, to victory over the terrible Twins. Target Field is 2 years old and is in sparkling condition. I stayed at the Marriott Minneapolis City Center Hotel and walked to the ballpark, once in the Sky Walk and once on the street. All of which was super. The ballpark is roomy and well appointed. There is a long bar rail atop the outfield wall, stretching from one foul pole to the other, and this rail allows for great viewing as you stand there with a cold Leinenkugel. (I recommend the Honey Weiss beer.) The upper deck was a bit steep but not as bad as that in US Cellular Field in Chicago. The local food specialties on sale include steel-head-on-a-stick and deep fried cheese curds. I have been to 18 out of 30 of the current MLB ballparks and I rate this one the #15 best, ahead of only US Cellular, Tropicana Field and Marlins Park. This venue lacks charm. Target Field is big, shiny and bright. But there is no irregular outfield perimeter. There are no quaint design features. The crowd is not closely located next to the playing field. It’s nice. But it isn’t intimate. Where’s the history and romance, for goodness sake ! On the people end, however, Target Field is an A+. I do not know what they feed Twins employees, but there isn’t anything within reason that these guys and gals will not do to help you to have a good time. Overall, don’t be discouraged by the fact that I found this ballpark to be innocuous. Go to Target Field. The ticket prices are fair, the staff is wonderful, the beer is icy cold and for as long as the Twins continue to inhabit the cellar in their division, great seats will be plentiful. Happy travelling.
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