Gophers Play First at Target Field; Peace Out Dome Dog

Gophers will Christen Target Field
Today the Twins and the U of MN announced that the first baseball game to be played at Target Field will be a Gopher game v. Louisiana Tech on Saturday March 27th. The way that the’re doing it is kinda cool though. The game is at 1PM, but gates will open at 9AM, allowing fans to check out the new digs in open-house style. The Twins press release mentions that this will be the first opportunity for the public to check out the stadium, which contradicts what they have said before about a general public open house on March 21st. At any rate, they will use the time to test out systems and get in a dry run before the Twins exhibition games the next weekend.

Tickets will cost $2, which is actually a donation to the Twins Community Fund. Seating will be general admission and they will cap attendance at 25,000. Tickets go on sale ONLY at the Target Field box office on March 27 at 8AM. Good opportunity to get down there and check things out casually. It will work out great for our family, as we won’t have to worry about keeping our 1 1/2 year old occupied through an entire Twins game.

End of an Era
The Dome Dog and the Hormel Row of Fame will not move to Target Field, as the Twins and Hormel announced today that they will part ways. No more catchy jingle, no more signature 1/4 lb hot dog. No more Hormel Dollar Dog Nights. I’ll miss the jingle the most I think. The big dog and dollar dog can easily be replaced.

Actually, I’m interested to see which brand replaces Hormel. I remember when I first started going to Twins games at Metrodome (all of the age of 7 or so) seeing Schweigert all over the place, and I would ask for “Schweigert Tenderbites 0 the Official Hot Dog of the Minnesota Twins” when we went grocery shopping. Could Target Field return us to yesteryear a bit? Actually, I think Schweigert is what they sell at Xcel Energy Center – and the Wild Dog is quite tasty (as long you get one that’s less than 2 hours old).

I’ve got more Target Field food talk brewing for a post to come soon.

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