“All Aboard” was heard promptly at 5 am this morning when the first-ever Northstar commuter rail line departed from Big Lake Station en route for downtown Minneapolis. Some fifty-one minutes later that same train pulled into Target Field Station thus commencing the opening a key segment of Target Field for business.
In total, an estimated 3,400-plus rides will be sold each weekday meaning more than 17,000 people will make their way through Target Field Station Monday-Friday. Those commuters, who will pay one-way fares ranging from $3.25 to $7, will venture through the ballpark’s built-in vertical circulation building (otherwise known as Target Field Station) from the 5th Street bridge corridor to the rail platform located immediately below the 5th Street bridge. A trip through Target Field Station will leave little doubt you have entered Twins Territory as the space features a variety of team-related graphics and messaging.
While the final weekday train is currently scheduled to depart Target Field Station at a non-baseball friendly 6:10 pm, the Twins have high hopes that the Northstar line will transport thousands of Twins fans to ballgames starting in 2010. On Saturdays, the last train leaves Target Field at 10 pm which should be a positive considering the team’s standard 6:10 pm start times. The final Sunday train leaves at 4:45 pm which also should be ok considering the team’s standard 1:10 pm start time. Meanwhile, the team remains hopeful of seeing a number of special trains added to normal service as demand grows amongst commuters and Twins fans alike.
Target Field Notes:
Representatives of Major League Baseball visited Target Field last week to check-in on a number of playability issues including dimensions, outfield wall configuration, field padding and signage. Another set of MLB reps will visit this week to sign off on the field lighting system … The Twins are working to finalize agreements with multiple artists, many of them local, to contribute original pieces to the Target Field interior spaces … Installation of the wind veil on the B-Ramp is on schedule and expected to be finalized by year-end … Testing is well-underway on the Target Field scoreboards and related graphics packages … Carpet installation is now complete in the Twins Clubhouse – complete with a large “Twins” logo in the center of the primary player locker area.
Dave St. Peter
President, Minnesota Twins