Target field gets test run with University of Minnesota baseball gameMinnesota Sports
- Target Field got test-run Saturday as the University of Minnesota used the facility for a baseball game vs. Louisiana Tech. Over 37,000 fans attended.
From Sportrageous.com website
MINNEAPOLIS - Outdoor baseball in Minnesota has officially arrived. Well, not a major league team but just as good for the fans. Just as Citi Field, home of the New York Mets, hosted a college baseball game to open the stadium last year, the new home of the Minnesota Twins, Target Field, opened its doors for the first time to host a college game as well Saturday.
Target Field opened the gates at 9 a.m. to allow spectators to walk around and view their new home for their Minnesota Twins.
The University of Minnesota hosted Louisiana Tech to hold the first baseball game at Target Field in front of a large crowd of 37,757 fans. Tickets were $2 for fans to sit anywhere, and all of the proceeds went to the Twins Community Funds.
Saturday’s grand opening of the new stadium was also a practice for how things were going to be during an actual baseball game. From concessions to security, the day went smoothly.
"We worked up to this incrementally, with season-ticket holders open houses leading up to this day, and those were helpful,," Kevin Smith said, the Twins' executive director of public affairs. "But this day was really one to prime the pump to get ready to play professional games in here.
The Twins will hold two exhibition games against the St. Louis Cardinals on April 2-3, just like the New York Yankees and Mets did last year before opening their new ballparks.
The Twins official home opener is on April 12 when they host the visiting Boston Red Sox.