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By this point, all of you probably know the important details of the Minnesota Twins first game at their shiny new discount store-branded sports field. You could hardly help it. It doesn't matter if you're a baseball fan or even if you're conscious and coherent. Details of the new stadium are everywhere.

So far the reviews are almost universally glowing.

I can only assume the Twins took Tuesday off in their series against the Boston Red Sox to give everyone a moment to sit back, gather their thoughts about Monday's home opener and calmly proclaim Target Field the most perfect place ever in the history of anything. Only better.

The stadium's view of the Minneapolis skyline? It's the best view a baseball fan could hope to have on a sunny spring day.

The food? It's delicious, according to every local food reviewer looking for an excuse to get out of the office for an afternoon.

The team? As of this writing, it's undefeated in its new home and significantly more promising than the basketball team that plays up the street in a similarly-named stadium. In fact, I'd be tempted to take the Twins over the Timberwolves no matter what the sport.

And the brand new, G.B. Leighton-penned ode to the Twins apparently commissioned to kick off Twins television broadcasts? Well, pretty much everyone agrees it's awful and I have a hard time disagreeing. But at least it means Prince is no longer responsible for the worst song by a Minnesota artist about a Minnesota sports franchise. I'm cringing now as I anticipate Bob Dylan's ode to the Minnesota Swarm.

After Monday's home opener we were were inundated with lists of firsts for the new stadium. We know Carl Pavano threw the first pitch and Joe Mauer hit the first double. We know Jason Kubel hit the first home run. I've even heard reports someone tracked the first beer sold, though I have yet to learn the identity of the first patron of the sparkling new Target Field toilets. Can we really not track down the person who was number one to do number two?

These are exciting times to be a Twins fan. Heck, they're exciting times to be a Minnesotan. Baseball is back outside where I'm told it belongs, and the Twins have a team that has people talking seriously about the World Series. Under most circumstances I'm the fairest of fair-weather baseball fans, but even I'm a little curious to experience the Twin Cities' own little slice of paradise with overpriced beer.

It's hard to say how long this enthusiasm will last. As some news reports have pointed out recently, people were excited for the Twins first season in the Metrodome, too. And now that baggie-topped dump is little more than the hell on earth we had to endure to earn this reward.

In fact, I want to beat the crowd on this. To heck with Target Field. Put me down as the first person to proclaim the Twins need a new stadium.

Nathan Hansen

Nathan Hansen has been a reporter and editor with the Farmington Independent and the Rosemount Town Pages since 1997. He is very tall.

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