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The fan's guide to Target Field: Best way to get there, concession prices and more

A foodservice worker empties a bag of fresh onions over bratwurst, polish and hungarian sausages at a Kramarczuk sausage stand at Target Field. The sausages are made fresh a mile away from Target Field in Minneapolis and are one of the many Minnesota-based food options available at concession stands during Twins games. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren1 / 2
The Hiawatha Light Rail Transit train provides a public transit solution for baseball fans who want to reach Target Field directly and avoid driving in downtown Minneapolis. Pioneer Photo/Eric Stromgren2 / 2

Target Field at a Glance

Location: Downtown Minneapolis Warehouse District, between 5th and 7th streets.

Construction began: Aug. 2007

Cost: $545 million

Capacity: 39,504

Lower Level seating: 19,000

Upper Level seating: 13,000

Club Level seating: 7,000

Suites: 54

Concourse width: 40 feet main, 26-44 feet upper level

Restrooms: 401 women, 266 men

Main video board: 5,757 square feet

Stores: 4

Bars and Grills: 3

Dimensions: Left field, 339 feet. Center field, 404 feet. Right field: 328 feet.

Getting There: Car or Train?

Target Field is located on the northwest edge of downtown Minneapolis in the Warehouse District. The stadium is adjacent to Target Center, the home of the Minnesota Timberwolves, and is accessible through a variety of options.

-By Car: The primary exits are off Interstate 94 at 4th Street (from the north) and 6th street via Interstate 394 (from the south).

Both exits bring several parking ramp options within short walking distance around the stadium for around $10-$20.

Pros: Able to park close and use downtown skyway system to reach the stadium quickly.

Cons: Downtown Minneapolis around the I-94 area is notorious for gridlock during the rush hours, so plan to add time to the trip when traveling to 7 p.m. weekday games. The primary city ramps closest to the stadium (A,B,C and Hawthorne) are likely to fill fast and empty slow.

-By Train: Target Field is accessible directly via the Northstar Rail and the Hiawatha Light Rail Transit with stops at the stadium.

The Northstar Rail holds about 500 passengers per train and runs along Highway 10 through the northwest suburbs and will service 53 of the 81 home games this season.

There are parking lots at the stations in Big Lake, Elk River, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley.

On serviced game days, Northstar offers a discounted round trip family fare of $8-$17 covering two adults and up to three children depending on how far the ride. Single person fares range from $3.25-$7. Travel time is 51 minutes from the Big Lake Station.

The Hiawatha LRT line runs from the Mall of America in Bloomington, travels north via Hiawatha Avenue through downtown and ends at Target Field.

On game days there is a special six-hour event pass available for $4 on weekdays and $3.50 on weekends. Travel time from the Mall of America is 40 minutes.

Pros: One of the most time efficient and affordable ways to reach the stadium by avoiding gridlock. Northstar provides hundreds of free parking spaces at each of the suburban stations. The Hiawatha LRT provides free park and ride lots at the Mall of America and Fort Snelling stations.

Cons: Trains can be full within an hour of the game, especially the closer the station is to the stadium. When taking the train, it is best to arrive at the stadium one hour before first pitch. If leaving at the end of the game with the rest of the crowd, you may have to wait for one or two trains to begin the journey home.

Top 5 things to see

The Plaza: Located behind the right field wall, this is a must see for fans and a place to meet before and after games.

Pose for a photo on the giant golden glove. Check out the statues of Twins greats Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew and Rod Carew. Find your favorite player on the tradition wall, which recognizes every Twins player since 1961. The Plaza is overshadowed by the Wind Veil, a piece of public art covering a parking ramp that is illuminated by lights at night.

Main videobard: Impossible to miss, this giant screen looms over left field and provides in-game information and replays to fans. The nearly 5,800 square foot, high-definition television screen is the fourth largest in Major League Baseball.

Fire pit: Located on the roof deck near the left field foul pole, the fire pit can keep fans warm on a cool Minnesota night. This bleacher seating area also has some of the best views of the Minneapolis skyline.

Minneapolis Lakers Floor: The wood floor behind the island bar at the Town Ball Tavern is the original floor from the Minneapolis Armory, the last home of the Minneapolis Lakers before the move to Los Angeles.

Concessions and prices

Target Field fare is more expansive than it was at the Metrodome and offers a variety of options.

Murray's Steak Sandwich - A version of the sandwich from the Minneapolis steakhouse is made with choice sirloin, carmelized onions and provolone cheese. Served on a ciabatta roll with a side of garlic toast. Price: $10.50

Tony O's Cuban Sandwiches - Developed with former Twins player Tony Oliva, this sandwich layers pork, ham, swiss, pickles and mustard melted on a crisp piece of bread. Served with chips. Price $9.

Kramarczuk's Sausages - These bratwurst and Polish sausages are made in northeast Minneapolis and have fixings of sauerkraut, peppers and onions. Price: $6.50.

Schweigert Dogs - The original hot dog served at Met Stadium are sold at concourse stands and vendors walking through the stands. There is the Original Twins Dog (pork/beef) with chili and cheese for $3.75 and the all-beef Dome Dog replacement, the Twins Big Dog for $5.25.

Vincent Burger - Stuffed with braised short rib and smoked gouda cheese. Price: $12.

State Fair Classics - At this stand you can find: Walleye on a spike ($11), turkey leg ($9.75), barbeque ribs with coleslaw ($8.50) and J.D. Hoyt's Pork Chop on a Stick ($7.25). The best food bargain in the stadium is here in the $3.50 corn dog.

Drinks - A regular soda is $4.50, a souvenir soda is $5.50, draft beer is $7 and bottled water is $4.

Baseball staple snacks - Peanuts are $4.50 and Cracker Jacks are $3.50.

The experience

Target Field can be as much of an experience as the Twins baseball game itself by checking out the bars, shops and concession areas.

Unlike the Metrodome, fans can view the game from nearly any vantage point at the main concourse level. Fans can leave their seats and explore the stadium through the wide concourses without missing the action.

The concourse areas are designed much like the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul and fans can walk up behind the last row of seats on the concourse level and get a clean view of the game from any point in the stadium.

It's also a great way to meet and talk baseball with other Twins fans.