Finding your way to Target Field

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April 12, 2010 // UPDATED 9:07 am - April 12, 2010
By: Dylan Thomas
Dylan Thomas
If you’re holding tickets to Target Field, chances are you’ve been to a Twins game or two before.

The new ballpark lies on the other side of Downtown from the Metrodome, but with only about 12 blocks separating the two stadiums not much has changed in terms of how fans will travel to the game. Twins officials have repeatedly made this point: If it got you to the Dome, it will work for Target Field, too.

There’s one difference, though. The Twins and Metro Transit are pushing public transit options like never before, so consider leaving the car at home.



Automobile


Target Field was designed with public transportation in mind. Still, it’s safe to assume that on game day, many Twins fans will still arrive by car.

So here’s the deal:

The ABC and Hawthorne ramps have nearly 7,000 parking spaces between them and are among the closest to Target Field, so they’re sure to be popular with Twins fans. With ramps and lots scattered across Downtown, though, drivers may find better deals — and less congestion — a bit further from the ballpark.

One option to consider: Park over by the Dome and then walk or hop the light rail to Target Field. Drivers could even park in one of the 1,080 spaces out at the Fort Snelling Station and ride light rail all the way into town.



Bus


Most buses that stop Downtown will get riders fairly close to Target Field, many dropping off within blocks of Target Plaza.

On game days, the new Route 679 bus — dubbed the Twins Express — will pick up riders every 15 minutes from the Minnetonka Park and Ride lot near the intersection of I-394 and County Road 73, beginning two hours before each game. The Twins Express will depart the ballpark every 15 minutes for an hour after each game.



Light Rail Transit


A long-planned extension of the Hiawatha Light Rail line became reality this spring when the new Target Field Station opened just behind the left field bleachers. For South Minneapolis residents, southern suburbanites and anyone preferring to park-and-ride rather than fight traffic, this is the best bet for getting to and from Twins games.



Train


With stops in Big Lake, Elk River, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley, Northstar Commuter Rail service promises to deliver north metro Twins fans to the team’s doorstep.

Families riding together to Target Field — including two adults and up to three children aged 6–12 — can purchase special game day roundtrip tickets for $8–$17, depending on where they board. (Children age 5 and under ride free.)



Bicycle


Bicyclists are lucky. While riding to the Metrodome often required biking down city streets — not something every cyclist is comfortable with — Target Field lies conveniently at the end of an off-street bicycle path.

From Uptown or pretty much anywhere in Southwest Minneapolis, just ride over to the Cedar Lake Trail and point your front tire toward Downtown. The Kenilworth Trail, which runs past East Cedar Lake Beach in Kenwood, serves as a connecting path between the Midtown Greenway and Cedar Lake Trail.

Other dedicated bicycle trails and on-street paths radiate out from Downtown, so that even a committed suburban cyclist could pedal into a game.

The official Target Field stats list 300 bicycle parking spaces. Look for racks behind the third-base wall on the northwest side of the ballpark.