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My buddy Chad in Saint Paul (1) bought season tickets to the inaugural season of Target Field, the new Minnesota Twins ballpark in Minneapolis, and invited me up to see the Twins take on the Oakland A's on Friday night. The game was good, a 4-3 win by the Twins, but the real story was ballpark itself.
Up until April of this year, the Twins had played in The Metrodome my entire life (2). The Metrodome being a large, bland, indoor facility that they shared with the NFL's Vikings and the NCAA's Golden Gophers.
The Twins' new digs, Target Field, is the exact opposite. Chad's tickets are in the lower level off of left field so we had a great view of the Minneapolis skyline (image above) as well as the game. We only spent half of the game actually sitting in the seats, for the other half we checked out the views from different levels of the facility and enjoying the various perspectives, angles, and beers you find all about.
I don't think there's a bad seat anywhere in the place. My favorite view is probably from the lower deck in the outfield. You can't see the video board but otherwise it's great. I also particularly enjoyed the Metropolitan Club over by right field which has a more diverse bar and great bathrooms (sometimes you need that at a baseball game) and even the upper deck has a great view.
It's amazing how good a stadium can be when it's designed for a single purpose (baseball in this case) rather than as a huge multisport facility.
Now, lets get the Vikings a new stadium, designed specifically for them, and all will be good.
Here's some additional photos that I shared on Flickr:
(1)Actually Oakdale. (2) Yes, the played outdoors in Metropolitan Stadium prior to the Metrodome but I'm pretty sure that before I was born - I didn't bother to look up the date.
Welcome to my first Wood2YourMoms movie review!
Last week ESPN continued the downfall of their media franchise from respectable journalism to pop-culture tabloid by publishing of yet another "list" this one focusing on "101 things all sports fans must experience before they die"
For my take on the highlights, I'll begin with my connections:
1/3. Summer/Winter Olympics (every four years in a different city).
I've never been but have visited at least two Olympic venue's post competition (Lake Placid & Calgary) as well as known a couple Olympians (who all live in America but have competed for other countries) and recently met a gold medalist (Cael).
6. Spring training (February-March, Florida and Arizona).
I used to watch Red Sox games in Winter Haven, FL when visiting my grandparents. I've wanted to coordinate one of my Southwest Florida work trips with a Twins game in Fort Myers but it has yet to happen.
14. College World Series (June, Omaha, Neb.).
I've been to Rosenblatt and had tickets for the CWS but never made it inside.
33. The Indy 500 (Memorial Day weekend, Indianapolis).
Our first experience of the race was this May though I had been to the track & museum early on in life
59. Calgary Stampede (July, Calgary, Alberta).
74. Field of Dreams Ghost Sundays (select days in summer, Dyersville, Iowa).
I've been to the Field of Dreams many times but never actually seen a "Ghost Sunday" game.
86. Iowa-Iowa State wrestling match (winter, Iowa). There aren't any masks, folding chairs, cages, turnbuckle smashes or soap opera story lines. When a state cares this much about wrestling and the programs are this good, you don't need Vince McMahon to make it compelling.
I've watched this on IPTV several times but never actually witnessed it live. Following up Cael's #2 national ranking in his rookie coaching campaign and the having the meet in Ames probably makes this the year to do.
And conclude with the too rick-diculous(1) to have made the list:
41. The Iditarod (February, Anchorage to Nome, Alaska).
People go watch the Iditarod? Sheesh.
49. Lady Vols game (winter, Knoxville, Tenn.). ...When Pat Summitt takes command, the Vols go on a run and the band starts playing "Rocky Top," there is no better atmosphere for basketball -- men's or women's.
I come from a WBB school but I very much doubt there is "no better atmosphere".
52. Indiana high school basketball tournament (March, Indiana).
Locals tell me the IN state tourney is nothing since they divided it by class - might as well have put the now defunct IA Six-Man Girls Tourney on the list, too.
57. World Figure Skating Championships (annual, around the world).
No comment necessary.
90. Show-Me State Games (July, Columbia, Mo.). You can watch sports on TV or you can get off your couch and participate. And that's what about 30,000 Missourians do every summer, ranging from age 3 to 83.
Apparently this happens in 40 states including Iowa where they have more than 73000 participants throughout the year. Why is MO so groundbreaking?
(1) You know, the guy Ludacris stole his act from.
I haven't posted about it yet despite the fact it happened more than a week ago but my all-time favorite baseball player died. I recently read a good recap of Kirby Puckett's memorial service in the Star-Tribune.