In the six days since I visited Target Field for a Twins game, I have fielded approximately 100 questions concerning the game day schedule/activities. Many of the questions have come from people who are planning trips of their own to Minneapolis. So as a public service to you, here is a rundown of things that might be of help.
If you’re coming from the North, take 94 East to 494 South. Then exit at 394 East. At this point you’re laughing. It’s a straight shot right to the stadium. There are three parking ramps near the ballpark: Garages A, B, and C. Gameday parking at A and C is $13. B is $15. You can’t go wrong with any of these three ramps. In addition, there are many parking lots 5-6 blocks east of the stadium that charge less.
The gates to Target Field open 90 minutes before game time. I suggest going to the stadium two hours before the game and heading straight to Target Plaza. The Plaza is an awesome place located right outside the stadium at Gate 34 (
named numbered after Kirby Pucket). There you will find the statues of Kirby Puckett, Rod Carew, and Harmon Killebrew. There is also a statue of a large Gold Glove. You will also find beer, bratwursts, hotdogs, cotton candy, popcorn, pop, etc., all of which you can bring into the stadium with you when the gates open. A mural with pictures of all the stadiums that Minneapolis and St. Paul have been home to is on a wall adjacent to the Plaza and is definitely a must-see. There are also plenty of places to sit and people-watch.
During your visit to the Plaza, you will notice the "Shimmer Wall." It’s actually pretty cool. It was a wall designed to mask the ugliness of the parking ramp that sits beyond the right field wall. And it works. The movement of the wall is so hypnotic that you forget that you’re actually staring at a parking ramp.
Target Plaza and Gate 34 are just beyond the right field foul pole. If you watch on TV, it’s the open space you see beyond the right field corner. If you choose to enter the stadium through this gate, if you take an immediate left you will first see a Fruit Stand (I’m not making that up), then an Espresso Stand (I’m not making that up) and then the concession where the Murray Steak Sandwich is sold. The concourse is open to the field and it’s wide, but remember, there are a lot of people there, so expect some lines and some bumping, but it doesn’t matter.
I’d suggest taking a couple of loser laps around the joint and stare in disbelief at all it has to offers. Then head to your seats and enjoy the game.
If you do use the parking ramps near the stadium, I’d suggest hanging out for about a half hour after the game ends. This will allow about 75% of the crowd to exit before you join the fray.
I’d be happy to answer any questions you might have about Target Field. You can either leave a comment here or send me an e-mail at email@example.com