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April 11, 2011 // UPDATED 3:43 pm - April 11, 2011
By: Sarah McKenzie
Sarah McKenzie
Ten things we love about the ballpark // Finally, baseball season has arrived — one of the many rewards of spring. It’s time to return to Target Field and take in all of its wonders. There’s so much to love about the Twins new home. Here are 10 of our favorites things about the ballpark. What do you love about Target Field? Share your picks on our Facebook page at facebook.com/DTjournal. And don’t forget to follow us on Twitter @TheJournalMPLS.

1. The gorgeous field is a green oasis in a neighborhood otherwise dominated by old brick warehouses and asphalt. The turf is a four-way blend of Kentucky Bluegrass and was grown in Fort Morgan, Colo. Underground heaters kept the field warm all winter long. The field is so lovely we sometimes catch ourselves fantasizing about sprawling out on the grass for a nice nap.

2. Target Field’s scoreboard is another major eye catcher. The massive display in left-center field is 101 feet wide and 57 feet high — nine times the size of the scoreboard in the Metrodome and the fourth largest in Major League Baseball. Bring a date to the game and see if you can get caught smooching by the Kiss Cam.

3. The showstopper in Target Plaza is “The Wave” — a kinetic wind sculpture covering a parking ramp. Designed by Ned Kahn, the wind veil is made up of thousands of metallic panels that move with the air currents. At night, LED lights illuminate it and create a stunning site.

4. The ballpark’s culinary offerings have also earned a lot of praise from fans. Even if you’re not a baseball fan, a trip to Target Field would be rewarding for the food alone. The only trouble is figuring out what you’re going to eat. There are so many possibilities to consider. If you haven’t tried the Tony O’s Cuban Sandwich yet, we highly recommend you do. It’s a tasty combination of ham, roasted pork, Swiss cheese and pickles on Cuban bread. New food offerings this season include turkey sandwiches from the popular Nicollet Mall food truck Turkey to Go, the Walk A Taco (a tortilla-based cone stuffed with taco ingredients) from El Burrito Mercado in St. Paul and two new Kramarczuk’s brats — one a smoked brat with horseradish cream and a wild rice brat with beer mustard and pickled red cabbage.

5. We love our roof decks in Minneapolis and Target Field’s boasts one of the coolest ones in town — the Budweiser Roof Deck. It sports seats for 120 fans and has room for another 130 with standing room-only tickets. A large fire pit warms people on cold game days.

6. The Minnie and Paul sign is another great touch at the ballpark. Based on the “Shaking Hands” logo created in 1961 by Ray Barton, it features fans Minnie and Paul shaking hands across the Mississippi River. It was the official Twins logo from ’61 to ’81 and could be found on everything from concessions cups to team uniforms. The massive sign in center field lights up every time the Twins hit a home run.

7. Be sure to check out the bronze statues of Twins legends — Kirby Puckett, Rod Carew, Harmon Killebrew and Tony Oliva. Bill Mack was commissioned to create the pieces to honor the iconic Twins players.

8. Target Field pays tribute to local beers at the Twins Brews stand. It has many local and regional beers, including Grainbelt Premium, Summit, Schell’s, Finnegan’s, Leinenkugel’s and new this year — Farm Girl Saison from Stillwater’s Lift Bridge Brewery.

9. The ballpark has gorgeous views of the city’s skyline, too. Seats near the third base line offer the best vantage point. Target Field’s footprint is 8.5 acres — the smallest footprint of any stadium in Major League Baseball.

10. Perhaps the most notable thing about Target Field is its green features. It has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design silver-level award — a designation that makes it the greenest ballpark in the country. A 100,000-gallon cistern lies below the turf — a component of a rainwater recycling system. Other green features include construction materials with recycled content and energy-efficient field lighting.