Minneapolis gears up for successful opening of Target Field

Minneapolis is excited to host a number of events this weekend, including a University of Minnesota baseball game, a Minnesota Twins open house, the Minnesota State High School Boys’ Basketball Tournament, and a Minnesota Timberwolves game.

The first major event at Target Field provides the perfect opportunity for fans to test their travel plans to Target Field and Target Center, as well as to get to know the neighborhood around the two venues. Visitors coming Downtown are asked to plan ahead and explore a number of options whether they want to drive, ride a bus, take a train, or bike or walk.

When visiting Downtown, Target Field, or Target Center, there are four tips people should remember to minimize delays and maximize their enjoyment of all the activities happening Downtown.

1. Plan ahead Visit www.targetcenter.com to learn more about all your transportation choices.

2. Let the past be your guide – If you’re used to going to games at the Metrodome, your old parking place will probably work just fine for games at the new ballpark. Target Field and Target Center are just 12 blocks from the Metrodome.

3. Consider transit – Target Field and Target Center are extremely transit-friendly facilities, and it’s easy to get there by light rail, commuter train, or bus.

4. Come early/Stay late – Take part in pre and post-game activities, shopping, dining, and other entertainment. Enjoy the extra time to experience all Downtown has to offer, and avoid transportation delays. The Warehouse District looks forward to welcoming fans before and after Target Field and Target Center events.

If you plan to come early and stay late, the ABC and Hawthorne ramps adjacent to Target Field and Target Center are a great parking option, but they will take time to empty after the events. If you must leave right after the event, consider parking farther away and walking to your destination. Ramps A and B are directly connected to Target Plaza and provide access for fans with disabilities.

The Hiawatha light-rail line will be a key transit option for the Gopher game this weekend at Target Field. Metro Transit will have staff members at Hiawathas Target Field Station, Fort Snelling Station, 28th Avenue Station and Mall of America station to acquaint fans with light-rail service. Extra trains will be provided post game.

New Twins Express Route 679 will start operating between Minnetonka and Target Field on game days beginning April 2, and Northstar commuter rail service to Twins games will begin with the regular-season home opener on April 12.

Visitors will also notice some traffic changes Downtown that are designed to help ease congestion and improve safety of drivers and pedestrians. Traffic signal timing patterns, dynamic messaging signs, some parking restrictions and short-term street closures are all planned to help keep traffic moving and pedestrians safe.

Visit www.targetcenter.com to learn more about all your transportation choices and more information on the two facilities.

Published Mar. 26, 2010