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Fancy Burgers and Wider Seats Await at the Minnesota Twins' New Target Field

March 30, 2010 at 12:51 PM | by | ()

In case you missed it, major league baseball has been getting ready for the 2010 season in both Florida and in Arizona, and after all that practice it’s almost time to get the season officially underway.

We’re big fans of ballparks around the country, and this year there’s one that’s getting us particularity excited. The new home to the Minnesota Twins—Target Field—is set to hold its first major league game this month. It’s also the first time Minnesota fans will be sitting outside to watch a game after years of being trapped inside a dome.

The Twins will first set foot on the stadium’s fresh grass this weekend, but it's only for exhibition games. The St. Louis Cardinals will be in town to check out the new stadium for themselves, but they’ll also be getting a couple last practice games in on April 2 and 3. There will be all kinds of special stuff to commemorate opening weekend, including the unveiling of bronze statues dedicated to Rod Carew and Harmon Killebrew. To see some real games where the outcomes matter a little more, you’ll need to stick around and wait until April 12 when the Twins host the Red Sox.

Fans in attendance will be enjoying wider seats and more legroom when compared with what they had at the Metrodome for many years. Even though there’s no roof to keep the rain out, there is a canopy that overhangs some of the seats which hopefully will keep at least some fans dry and warm. Target Field also has some of the closest seats to the field in all of baseball with roughly 20,000 infield seats, and the stadium is hooked up to bus lines, light rail, and even the Cedar Lake Bike Trail. For the remaining fans, there are 20,000 parking spots available as well.

Of course you’ll never go hungry while at the ballpark, but there is a chance that you’ll run out of cash before you get to sample all their offerings. Target Field is offering a little more than the traditional concession stand fare as they’ve partnered with Vincent – A Restaurant to bring some fancy pants burgers to baseball fans. The burger is comprised of Angus beef and stuffed with braised short rib and smoked Gouda cheese. The burger has been featured on all sorts of “best-of” lists, and it will be featured at six Hennepin Grille concession stands at the park—no need to go anywhere fancy during the game.

There’s more than just fancy burgers here, as Target Field has partnered with a couple other local favorites as well. The Loon Café will be bringing its Pecos River Red chili to the fans, and JD Hoyt’s will be making Cajun pork chops at State Fair Classic stands around the park. There’s certainly a lot of unique stuff to eat at the new place, but they didn’t forget the most important food item of all. Schweigert meats are bringing back an original recipe with their Original Twins Dogs, and this tubed meat will be featured in many Dollar-A-Dog days throughout the season.

Tickets are a pretty good deal for access to all the sights and sounds of this new stadium. The cheap seats go for only $11, and the best infield seats are just a few dollars short of $60 a seat. However, if you have a lot of cash to spend, there are plenty of luxury suites that would be happy to entertain you.

Related Stories:
· Minnesota Twins [Official Site]
· Target Field [Official Site]
· Baseball Travel coverage [Jaunted]

[Photos: kla4067 & Joe Marthaler]

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