Target Field, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA
Target Field is an iconic baseball park located in downtown Minneapolis. It is the home ballpark of the Minnesota Twins, the state’s Major League Baseball (MLB) franchise. It is the franchise’s sixth ballpark and third in Minnesota. The Twins moved to Target Field for the 2010 Major League Baseball season after 28 seasons at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
It is the first facility built specifically for the Twins since the team moved to the Twin Cities in 1961; Metropolitan Stadium was built for the Minneapolis Millers five years before the franchise’s first season in Minnesota, and the Metrodome was built as a multipurpose stadium for the Twins, Minnesota Vikings, and the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers football team. The 2010 season was the first since 1936 in which the franchise (then known as the Washington Senators) did not share their home stadium with an NFL team. The Twins received the certificate of occupancy from Mortenson Construction on December 22, 2009. The Twins staff moved in on January 4, 2010.
The first baseball game at the ballpark took place on March 27, 2010, with a college baseball game between the University of Minnesota and Louisiana Tech. The Twins played two preseason games against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 2 and 3, while the stadium’s inaugural regular season game was on April 12, 2010 against the Red Sox.
In 2010, ESPN The Magazine ranked Target Field as the #1 baseball stadium experience in North America. Target Field hosted the 2014 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. It was the third time the game was played in the Twin Cities.
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