Target Field - Your guide to getting there

10:30 PM, Apr 1, 2010   |    comments
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MINNEAPOLIS -- As 40,000 fans converge on Target Field Friday for the Twins' first preseason home game, city officials are urging them to arrive early, stay late and use transit whenever possible.

Getting to and from the team's new urban ballpark could be challenging, especially because Friday's game starts at 5:10 p.m., during the evening rush hour.

"The idea of coming two minutes before the first pitch and going home one minute after the last pitch just won't work in this environment," said Metro Transit spokesman Bob Gibbons.

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He is encouraging fans to consider using public transportation -- either the Hiawatha Light Rail (LRT), Northstar Commuter Rail or various bus routes around the stadium.  Metro Transit created a "Destination: Target Field" Web site to help fans get to the ballpark.

Hiawatha Light Rail (LRT)

Twelve percent of Twins fans took LRT to the Metrodome last year.  Gibbons does not know what to expect this year, but he thinks that number will go up.  Fans can buy an "Event 6-Hour Pass" for the LRT.  It costs $4 on weekdays and $3.50 on weekends.  The last train leaves Target Field at 1:13 a.m. on weekdays and weekends.

Metro Transit will also use additional buses to supplement LRT following weekday afternoon games, which usually let out during the evening rush hour.

Riding the bus

About 20 bus routes stop near Target Field.  Metro Transit will also run a special Twins Express (Route 679), which starts at the I-394/County Road 73 park-and-ride ramp in Minnetonka and goes straight to Ramp A near Target Field.  The buses start running two hours before the game, then run for an hour after the last out.  A round-trip ride costs $5.25 on weekdays and $4.50 on weekends.

Northstar Commuter Rail

For the first time ever, Twins fans can also take the Northstar Commuter Rail to 53 of the team's 81 home games.  The train starts in Big Lake and picks up passengers in Elk River, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley before stopping at Target Field. 

"You get right off the train, right onto the field and right to my to my seats, so it's perfect," said season-ticket holder Kristin Harris, who plans to board the Northstar Rail in Big Lake or Elk River.

Metro Transit is offering a "Northstar Roundtrip Family Pass" for Twins games, which is good for two adults and up to three kids (ages 6-12).  Kids age 5 and under ride free.  Prices for the family pass range from $8-17, depending on where passengers board the train.

Driving to Target Field

For those who do drive, downtown Minneapolis has plenty of parking spaces, including about 7,000 spots in the A, B and C ramps near Target Field.  Ramps A and C will cost $13 during games; Ramp B will cost $15.

But to avoid traffic congestion around the stadium, city leaders are encouraging fans to park farther from Target Field, perhaps even where they parked for games at the Metrodome.  Fans can take the LRT from the Dome to Target Field for 50 cents.

"If all you want to do is hop in a car and go to a game and park as close as you can, that's OK," said Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak at a recent news conference.  "But you'll have a lot more fun if you park a few blocks away and experience the city."

To make things more pedestrian-friendly, the city will close North Sixth Street near Target Field and Target Center (from North Second Avenue to almost Hennepin Avenue) for about an hour after the game.  The city will also close North First Avenue between Fourth and Sixth streets during that time.

In order to help empty parking ramps near Target Field after the game, Hawthorne Avenue will expand to three southbound lanes after each game.

"You're gonna have congestion," said Steve Mosing, the city's traffic operations engineer.  "Our goal is to minimize that congestion."

The city will re-time about 60 stoplights around Target Field to keep traffic flowing.  Nine video cameras mounted at different intersections will be used to keep an eye on traffic and make adjustments when necessary.

Biking to Target Field

The best parking spots might go to fans traveling on two wheels.  About 300 parking spots for bicycles can be found around Target Field.

"Parking this thing is about the easiest thing you could possibly do," said Jon Vick, who will bike to many games from Northeast Minneapolis.  "If it's nice enough to play baseball outside, it's nice enough to ride a bike outside."

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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