That’s right people, the Gopher baseball team and not the Twins will be the first team to play an official baseball game at the new Target Field. The game will be played Saturday March 27th against the Louisiana Tech. This game will be a full 6 days before the Twins baseball team plays their first game at the new ballpark against the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday April 2nd. In fact the Twins won’t play an official game opening the season until April 12th when the Boston Red Sox come to town for the first series ever at Target Field.
At first I thought this was a bad idea but after further review it makes total sense. In order to make sure the ballpark is fully ready to handle the logistics of a full scale major league game they want a practice run of their own to prepare for the onslaught of Twins fans coming out to check out the newly constructed Target Field. No better team to help out then the Gophers who shared a field with the Twins over at the Metrodome for decades. In fact the Gopher baseball team is still playing their home games at the old homer dome. The Gophers, who opened their season back in the heart of winter, have already played 9 games this season at the dome, and are having a below average record so far at 4-7.
Twins General Manager Bill Smith says, ” The facilities are going to be first-class for our fans, our players and our front office staff. There’s a lot of buzz in the Twin Cities. All of that will generate more revenues, and there will be an immediate impact.” So for the Gophers to help open up Target Field it’s a win win win for the Twins organization, the University of Minnesota , and the fans to watch this first game at Target Field. The only losers are the die hard fans and baseball purists who believe that only the Twins should open up their new home stadium. But for most Minnesotans it will be no different then it’s ever been to see the local pro and college teams sharing a field. Tickets will be sold on a general admission basis for only $2 with all proceeds benefiting the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. Attendance will be capped at 25,000 fans. Hey, for a change, maybe the full stadium of fans there to see the them in the new ballpark will spur the Gophers to turn their season around and finish strong.
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Written by Chad McIntyre