On August 12, a couple of my friends and I went on a tour of Target Field. There were 20 people with us on the tour. Here are some neat things that we saw:
- A room with pictures explaining the history of baseball in Minnesota, including a picture of a women’s professional baseball team called the Millerettes. They played for one season in 1944 at Nicollet Park in Minneapolis. This was also the home of the Minneapolis Millers, the men’s minor league team.
- The event suites, rooms where big groups of people can go and watch the game. They are located down the left field line, right above the lower level of seating. All suites have dining areas. Eight suites are connected, in case everyone can’t fit in one suite. All suites are wheelchair accessible.
- The Metropolitan Club, a big dining area located in right field. This area is for season ticket holders only. It is wheelchair accessible.
- The Legends Club, another wheelchair accessible, indoor dining area. There is a model of Target Field outside the club, which alone cost $250,000 to build. At the end of the Legends Club, there is another dining area called the 573 Club, which earned its’ name because of Harmon Killebrew’s 573 home runs. It is also where the Harmon Killebrew Foundation dinner was held (see May 25 post). Interestingly, I learned Killebrew hit the final home run of his career against the Twins in 1975 when he was a member of the Kansas City Royals.
- The Champions Club, which is located on the field level. This is a very expensive dining area with lots of tables and gourmet food. This room commemorates the two World Series that the Twins won in 1987 and 1991, and has pictures and trophies from them.
- Last (but certainly not least!), the visitors dugout. There are stairs leading up into the dugout, but normally this is wheelchair accessible because there is a lift that carries wheelchairs up to the dugout. Unfortunately the lift wasn’t working, so I could only get to the right of the dugout. I was able to see the steps where the players go on and off the field.
I liked this tour more than the tour I went on earlier this year (see April 8 post). Though I was very impressed on that tour, I didn’t get to go down onto the field level or see inside the dugouts, which was a highlight from this tour.
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Written by: Sam Graves