EDITORIAL: Target Field has its pros and cons

Published 9:43 am Wednesday, May 12, 2010

The Twins’ new stadium — Target Field — has created quite a buzz around Minnesotans this year.

Not only is it new, the state-of-the-art facility is also a return to outdoor baseball for the state, something many Twins fans welcome. Some die-hard enthusiasts still remember the great moments at the Twins’ last outdoor stadium — The Met — including Harmon Killebrew’s 520-foot home run on June 3, 1967.

So far, reviews of Target Field seem to be mostly positive.

Before it opened, Mower County Senior Travel’s Evie Mohrfeld took a tour of the stadium and gave a glowing account in her weekly column.

The Herald’s Mike Rose attended a game last month and wrote a first-person report about the trip, including a review of everything he ate —from the pork chop on a stick to the Tony Oliva Cuban sandwich.

But with the rise of a new stadium, of course, comes the rise in ticket prices, something local students experienced first hand recently.

Neveln Elementary’s student council and crossing guard members took their annual Twins trip last week, a “thank you” for their service.

We understood their frustrations, however, when they had to pay $22 per ticket compared with $5 last year.

The kids and their families pay for their own tickets, and the parent-teacher council covers bussing expenses, so the extra cost was an added burden on local parents.

In addition, the school’s principal believed the tickets would be between $10 to $14 apiece after a conversation with Twins ticket representatives last fall.

A Twins spokesperson said the quote was for the cheapest seats, which were no longer available when the school put in their order. The Twins then sent a bat autographed by player Jason Kubel to the school for the misunderstanding.

The story has a happy ending, though.

The students took their trip to Target Field, and once the word spread through town about the increase in ticket costs, G & G Heating and Air Conditioning of Austin stepped up to the plate and donated $400 to the school, a move we commend.

Our hope for the future is two-fold.

One is that Neveln students will be able to purchase tickets in the $10 to $14 price range for their outing next year. And two, that outdoor baseball continues in Minnesota for a long, long time.