The Sporting Life in Minneapolis
"The #1 Baseball Stadium Experience in North America." -ESPN, 2010
Now, when the extremely-intelligent folks at ESPN say your stadium is the best one on an entire continent, we tend to stop and pay attention. And, coincidentally enough, a very talented baseball team just so happens to play IN that beautiful stadium.
The Minnesota Twins are a Major League Baseball team that plays their games in Minneapolis at the aforementioned Target Field. If you're here between April and September then you too can take part in the best baseball experience in North America.
The Twins play 162 games each year (81 at home), with a majority of those pitting them against the rest of the AL Central Division, which comprises the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals.
So what makes the experience so impressive? How about outdoor baseball in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, spectacular views no matter where you sit, delicious food (Bacon Sloppy Joe, Walleye Skewer and Porkchop on a Stick, to name a few) and a consistently-great ball team all in one place. If you want baseball at its finest, make sure your visit to Minneapolis includes a Twins game.
FUN FACTS ABOUT THE TWINS:
- The team was founded in Kansas City in 1894 as the Kansas City Blues of the Western League.
- Target Field was awarded LEED Silver Certification by the U.S. Green Building Council, only the second LEED-certified professional sports stadium in the United States
- The popular left-field Budweiser roof deck features mostly standing room and the only bonfire in the Majors.
- The limestone used in much of the stadium is from Kasota, near Mankato.
- A large "Golden Glove" sits in the plaza in recognition of all Twins players to win the Gold Glove Award. The statue can be sat on and is a popular photo attraction. It is located exactly 520 feet (160 m) from home plate; the distance of Harmon Killebrew's longest home run at Met Stadium.
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