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April 12, 2010
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
‘The Wave’

You could spend several days wandering through the ballpark checking out all of the bells and whistles. So many spectacular details stand out, but one special feature at Target Field really captured my imagination — the wind veil.

The massive wind sculpture titled “The Wave” can be found on Target Plaza, covering a portion of the B parking ramp.

The wind veil features thousands of metallic panels that move with the air currents, creating a dynamic display visible from many vantage points in the stadium. At night, the “The Wave” is illuminated by LED lights.

Ned Kahn designed the art piece — one of the largest public art projects in the state. It cost more than $8 million and is the centerpiece for Target Plaza, the gateway to the stadium. The pedestrian walkway starts at 1st Avenue North and slopes up to Target Field along 6th Street.

The piece is hypnotic. If you’re stressed out during a tense moment during an upcoming Twins game, it would be a good thing to fixate on to ease your anxiety.

Other features in Target Plaza worth seeing include the Tradition Wall, which displays the name of every Minnesota Twins player since 1961, the Golden Glove, a 10-foot-high bronze baseball glove sculpture that honors every Golden Glove winner in team history, and the legend statues — a tribute to Twins legends Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew.

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Budweiser Roof Deck

After “The Wave,” my favorite Target Field attraction is the Budweiser Roof Deck.

Roof decks are all the rage Downtown, and Target Field likely sports the best one now.

There’s a 10-foot-long fire pit that radiates a significant amount of heat. It’s a great place to hangout if you catch a game on a chilly day.

The roof, near the left field foul pole, has bleacher seats and stellar views of the skyline.

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Celebration Sign

Another notable Target Field feature is the Celebration Sign.

The Minnesota-shaped sign in center field features the team’s original logo with “Minnie” and “Paul” shaking hands across the Mississippi River. The sign lights up when the Twins score a home run.

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Twins tickets

You don’t want to procrastinate if you plan on catching a game this season. Tickets are selling very fast.

There are several ways you can purchase tickets:

— The main box office is located at Target Plaza. It’s open 9 a.m.–5 p.m. on weekdays and 9 a.m.–4 p.m. on Saturdays.

— You can buy them online at twinsbaseball.com.

— Or you can purchase them by phone at (800) 33-TWINS or (612) 33-TWINS.

— Tickets are sold at three Twins Pro Shops, too, in Roseville, Minnetonka and Apple Valley.

— StubHub.com is the official secondary-market ticket partner for Major League Baseball. (Note: The resale of Twins tickets is prohibited on Target Field Property.)

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‘It’s Outta Here’

The opening of Target Field has inspired a special touring theater production called “It’s Outta Here!”

The Twins-sponsored play will be at Hennepin Stages, 824 Hennepin Ave. S., April 10–18 after making several other stops in Minnesota and Wisconsin.

“It’s Outta Here” features nine innings of original one-act plays riffing on baseball themes. It will end with a baseball comedy sketch. The local talent involved in the production includes Scott R. Dixon, Brendon Etter, Tim Gage, Brian Lambert, Robert Marcus, Nathan Metcalf, Pete Sappanos, Peter Schilling and Judd Spicer.

It benefits the Miracle League of Minnesota, a nonprofit organization that gives children with mental or physical disabilities a chance to play baseball in an organized league.

Tickets for the play can be purchased at itsouttahere.net or facebook.com/itsouttahere.