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Minnesota Twins

Photo © Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.

Road Trip to the Metrodome

The Metrodome may be one of the weirdest places to see a baseball game. It's indoors of course, and a 'multi-purpose' stadium, so its football needs conflict with the baseball feel. It's like watching a ballgame in an airplane hanger. there's even a small blimp floating around. They changed the bright green astroturf carpet to something that is more grass-like in color and appearance. And it can be loud, especially with those infernal 'thundersticks'. Still, it's a friendly place, with reasonable microbrew beer, and vegetarians can find garden burgers. Walking there from a downtown hotel takes a leisurely 15-20 minutes, and one can easily catch a cab back after a night game, just across the street from the exits. There are, of course, parking lots as well, and it's located right off the freeways. And after years of trying, it looks like the Twins will indeed get their state-of-the-art all baseball park, slated to open in April 2010.

  • Official Regular Season Schedule
  • Ballpark Ticket Office: 612-375-7454
  • Official ticket information
  • Location: 34 Kirby Puckett Place, Minneapolis, MN 55415. Between 4th and 5th Streets, and Kirby Puckett Place and 11th Avenue.
  • Ballpark DirectionsIncludes special directions due to the bridge collapse.
  • Radio: KSTP 1500 AM
  • Hotels:
    • Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown at The Depot, 225 South 3rd Avenue, Minneapolis, MN
    • Hilton, 1001 Marquette Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN
    • Embassy Suites Downtown, 425 South 7Th Street, Minneapolis, MN
    • Holiday Inn Express, 225 South 11 Street, Minneapolis, MN
    For more information on nearby lodging, click here.
  • Airport: Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport (MSP)
  • Activities:
    The Mississippi River's only water fall is in Minneapolis. Several years ago, the city completely redeveloped the riverfront into a most attractive park, with long walks along the river, and a bridge across the river with an excellent view of the falls (which aren't very high, but still). There is also a river lock, which can be a lot of fun to watch, especially if you have never seen one in action. The Walker Art Museum is free on the first Saturday of the month, with special children's activities. For shopping and an excursion into America's consumerism, visit the Mall Of America, which as of this writing has a Dinosaur Walk. Minneapolis is where Garrison Keillor presents Prairie Home Companion, a fine thing to do on a Saturday evening. Plus there's great eats in downtown Minneapolis.
    Across the river is St. Paul, not to be overlooked. The bohemian side of the city is in St. Paul, but not likely to be listed in official sites. Get the local 'underground' newspaper.
  • Closest Major League Baseball Teams: Milwaukee Brewers, Chicago Cubs, Chicago White Sox, Seattle Mariners
  • Nearby Minor League Ballparks There are no minor league teams in Minnesota or the Dakotas: