Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Tuesdays Around Town - Twins Stadium

Tuesday night I went to see the Twins play the White Sox at Target Field. I never expected to get to a game in the first month of the first season at the new ballpark, but my brother D got free tickets and invited me.
We walked all around the outside in the light rain, taking pictures before the gates opened.

Here's a statue of Kirby Puckett, #34. Trivia - I was 34 the year the Twins won the 1987 World Series with the help of Kirby P U C K E T T!

Giant baseball bat trellises line the walk to Gate 34, the closest gate to our seats (which were located behind 1st base).

The tarp covered the bases until just before game time. The all day drizzle miraculously stopped right on cue.

This isn't the Twin Cities' first outdoor stadium, but it's the first one with such an interesting skyline view.

D taking a photo.

The giant TV screen has jaw-dropping clarity, and the other display screens around the perimeter change constantly.

That's Butler Square behind the yellow 1st base foul line post.

More personal trivia: the building with the water reservoir right behind the Budweiser sign is the former location of the Thymes Ltd, where I was a temp for a few months 10 years ago. (Click on any photo for a larger view).

We took a short helicopter ride to get these aerial shots. Or did we? These 2 photos are of the stadium model in a display case.

This was the view from our seats. Brother C and Cousin Wendy showed up in time to see the Twins hit a home run, followed by fireworks and the "twins" sign shaking hands.

The view as D and I left early to avoid the crowds leaving downtown. It was a thrilling first visit to the new stadium.

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