Here’s what’s new, what’s coming, and everything you can expect when the Minnesota Twins take on the Seattle Mariners at Target Field.
MINNEAPOLIS — Minnesota, are you ready for some Major League Baseball? Spring training and the regular season were delayed this year thanks to the league lockout, and then Minnesota weather stepped in to delay Opening Day even further, but fear not, Twins fans! Finally came the day.
Friday, April 8 is Opening Day at Target Field.
The Twins face the Seattle Mariners, with the first pitch scheduled to cross the plate at 3:10 p.m. Minnesota finished its 2021 season in fifth place, with a record of 73-89.
If you already purchased a ticket for Thursday, the original date of the Home Open, your ticket is good for Friday and, in some cases, can be used in any regular season game for the remainder of 2022.
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Do you want to go to the game? Find available tickets here. There are plenty of giveaways and specials this season, starting with an opening weekend jacket for the first 10,000 fans to enter on Friday, April 8, Saturday, April 9, and Sunday, April 10.
Season ticket holders entering their gate near Target Field Station will be greeted by players selected from the Twins’ Opening Day roster.
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TARGET FIELD PREPARATION
There is so much work that needs to be done on and off the field before the first pitch is thrown. KARE 11 had a chance to catch up with the people who make sure the park is clean, stocked and ready to go.
On any given day, more than three hundred people are working to prepare Target Field, a combination of Twins employees, crews from Delaware North Sportservice and Marsden, the Twins’ cleanup partner.
With 38,544 seats filled during games and events, organizers admit that it can be overwhelming, but that’s why they break tasks down into sections. And there’s significant payoff for all that hard work for the teams and fans who work to make sure Target Field, one of USA Today’s top ten ballparks in MLB, is the cleanest ballpark ever. condition.
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OPENING DAY ENTERTAINMENT
One of the Opening Day giveaways will be a performance by the 15-member Shiloh Temple International Ministries Choir, who will sing the National Anthem.
Twins spokesman Matt Hodson said the church and its staff have met multiple crises head-on, providing North Minneapolisers with everything from COVID testing and vaccinations to a safe space after social injustice. .
The team is also set to reveal a new mural outside Gate 29 later this month with the themes “Everyone is welcome at Target Field” and “Celebrating the rich diversity of our community.”
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Some of the pregame ceremonies include an “In Memoriam” video board presentation, a “Thank You Fans” video, a flyover from a World War II aircraft, and fireworks during the announcement of the starting lineups.
Adding to the festive atmosphere of Opening Day, Minneapolis landmarks will be illuminated in Twins colors, including Target Plaza South, the IDS Building, Lowry Avenue Bridge and the I-35 W Bridge.
MINNESOTA TWINS: THE TEAM
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This year’s team has new names and returning favorites on the roster. Byron Buxton was one of three Twins still on the staff who were part of the 2019 “Bomb Squad,” known for hitting home run after home run. He spent much of 2021 sidelined with injuries, and the team hopes he gets a chance to spend more than 2022 on the field.
There has been a lot of buzz surrounding All-Star shortstop Carlos Correa in recent weeks after he signed a massive three-year, $105.3 million contract. He comes to Minnesota through the Houston Astros, where he had a .277 career average with 133 home runs and 489 RBIs.
Despite numerous World Series brushes, the Twins’ last playoff win came in 2004 against the New York Yankees. Perhaps an infusion of new players could be what the franchise needs to end its postseason drought?
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NEW THIS YEAR
UnitedHealthcare Sensory Set
The sights, sounds, and crowds at a game can be overwhelming, especially for those with sensory issues. This year, the Twins partnered with UnitedHealthcare to offer a place to unwind for both kids and adults who need a break from Target Field. Located in the former “Suite 1” on the UnitedHealthcare suite level, this space is staffed by a team of employees ready to offer diverse and appropriate support.
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Taste of Target Field: New Foods for 2022
There’s plenty to eat and drink at Target Field, and this year the Twins rolled out a smorgasbord of new dishes. You can get a hand-battered walleye at Townball Tavern, an Italian grinder from Truly on Deck, and even Chicken Tikka and Vegan Channa Masala from Hot Indian.
If you prefer more classic ballpark fare, Twins and Delaware North have two stands selling hot dogs, soft pretzels, popcorn, peanuts, soda and canned beer, all for under $5.
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Hate waiting in long lines for food and drinks? This new outdoor market at Target Field could be the answer you’re looking for. You can walk in and pick up hot food and pre-packaged items to go, some of which are not available anywhere else in the stadium. There’s even a walk-in cooler that offers a variety of canned craft beers, a first for local sports venues.
After choosing your snacks, you check in at one of nine kiosks and watch the game again. It is easy!
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TRAVEL TO THE OBJECTIVE FIELD ON GAME DAY
You can take the light rail, bus, or plan a driving route to get to Target Field on game day.
Do you prefer to drive yourself? You can reserve a parking space at Ramps A and B for a reduced rate of $14 and the Hawthorne Ramp for $12 during the 2022 season.
There are more than 7,000 parking spaces available near Target Field on the ABC Hawthorne ramps, and another 25,000 spaces in lots and ramps throughout the city, if you don’t mind walking.
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