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The Twins success at Target Field has much to do with design

This season, the Minnesota Twins celebrated their inaugural season of play at Target Field by winning the American League Central Title for the sixth time in nine years. Playing home games outdoors for the first time since 1981, the Twins led the AL with a 53-28 home field record. Aside from the talented Twins roster, much of the credit for this success can be attributed to the buzz associated with this quaint, yet surprisingly imposing ballpark.

Target Field’s viewing capacity is roughly 41,000, including standing room capabilities. The most unique aspect of the park’s design involves the vertical feel of the building.  The facility’s total size equates to nearly 12 acres. But, this 12 acre venue was constructed on a plot of land that measures only eight total acres.  As a result, 41,000 spectators are literally right on top of the playing surface, with 18,500 seats located between first and third base. Many Minnesotans seriously doubted the possibility of building a Major League stadium on such a tiny parcel of land.

In comparison, the new Yankee Stadium holds more than 52,000 paying customers and is situated on approximately 24 acres of former Bronx park land.  So, while Target Field is considerably smaller, in terms of capacity and size, the close proximity of fans to the field adds a dimension different than what is found at the loud, yet cavernous Yankee Stadium.  

The Twins and Yankees can both claim top of the line home ballparks for many years to come.

Below is a look at some of the viewpoints the players and fans will be experiencing during the American League Division Series.

 

Views from the third base visitors’ dugout.                                                

 

 

View from behind home plate.

 

View from left field towards home plate.

 

Kirby Puckett wall photo in Legends Club.

 

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Jon Rapoport has spent his career working on all sides of the media and sports industry. He began his career at ESPN in studio production at the ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Connecticut. While there, he won an Emmy for his contribution to "SportsCenter." Following his tenure at ESPN, Jon relocated to Los Angeles, joining the staff of the “Best Damn Sports Show” on FOX Sports Net.

Upon leaving the show, Jon worked in Web site and sports radio show development/production, with Major League Baseball in media operation logistics for the World Baseball Classic and on behalf of Los Angeles’ effort to bring the 2016 Summer Olympics back to Southern California. Jon currently writes a political blog for the Los Angeles edition of Examiner.com.

Born and raised in Plymouth, Minnesota (just outside of Minneapolis), Jon is an avid sports fan, particularly for his beloved Minnesota teams. Jon graduated from the University of Maryland, College Park, where he earned his BA in communication and interned for ABC’s “Good Morning America” in New York City and Washington D.C. He is married and resides in Los Angeles.  

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