Trains, trails, sidewalks, and streets all lead to opening day at Target Field

The Minnesota Twins home opener on Monday, April 12 brings even more transportation options for people coming Downtown to catch the game. During the two Twins exhibition games and Target Center events last weekend, crowds took advantage of all the ways to get to the Warehouse District. More than 6,000 people rode the Hiawatha Light-rail line for each of the games, hundreds of bicyclists parked in racks near the ballpark, and thousands of people used parking spaces in the nearby ABC and Hawthorne Ramps and across downtown.

New for Monday’s home opener

Northstar commuter rail – Metro Transit will begin its Northstar rail service to Twins games with the home opener, with a train leaving Big Lake Station at 1:21 p.m. Fans will arrive at Target Field at 2:10 p.m., an hour before game time. Northstar will use a five-car train, the longest that can be accommodated at the line’s six stations. Return service will leave Target Field on schedule at 6:10 p.m. Northstar will serve 53 of the 81 regular-season home games this year.

Buses supplementing light rail service – Beginning with the home opener, the Hiawatha light-rail line will be supported by supplemental bus service for each weekday day game this season. Trains are expected to be full, because Twins fans will share trains with regular rush-hour commuters. Ten articulated buses will be staged near Target Field to take Twins fans back to their cars at Fort Snelling Station, 28th Avenue Station, and Mall of America station at the south end of the light-rail line.

More bicycle parking - There are about 400 bike parking spaces within 200 yards of entrances to Target Field and Target Center including approximately 85 spaces on Twins Way, 125 on the Promenade, 100 along 2nd Ave between 5th Street and 7th Street, and 50 on 6th Street next to Target Center. Additional temporary event bike racks can be found along Glenwood Avenue in Ramp A and along 3rd Avenue in Ramp C. Bicyclists are encouraged to park in designated areas. Bike parking is not allowed on Target Plaza, and bicycles are not permitted to be locked to parking meters or light poles on city streets. However, locking to sign poles is permitted. A new bike parking map with low traffic routes to Target Field can be found at DestinationTargetField.com .

ABC Ramps improvements - Construction work on improvements in Ramp B is expected to be completed, with the I-394 entrance/exit and the new 2nd Avenue entrance/exit available for opening day. Fans can also use the Ramp B 5th Street entrance and exit.

Target Field’s urban setting provides a transportation opportunity to meet every fan’s desired experience, whether they want to drive, ride a bus, take a train, or bike or walk.

Many City departments, the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Ballpark Authority, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Hennepin County, Metro Transit, ABC Ramps, the Warehouse District Business Association, Target Center, and others are all taking steps to make game day a success. To help fans plan ahead and make the most of their Target Field experience, these partners have collaborated to create DestinationTargetField.com on the Minnesota Twins website. The site helps folks explore all their options for getting to the game, whether it’s by car, on a bus or train, or by biking or walking.

Published Apr. 9, 2010