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MINNESOTA, MN - APRIL 12: Target Field during the National Anthem during the Minnesota Twins home opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 12, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
MINNESOTA, MN - APRIL 12: Target Field during the National Anthem during the Minnesota Twins home opener against the Boston Red Sox on April 12, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. (Photo by Hannah Foslien /Getty Images)
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Just a few observations this morning, before another afternoon game at 12:05.

  • It's outdoors! A bit of an obvious one, but after knowing nothing by the Dome for my entire life this novelty isn't going to be wearing out anytime soon.
  • Weather: It hasn't been nearly as cold as some people were afraid it was going to be, which is nice for the inaugural year. This didn't stop what looked like half the crowd from getting up from their seats and scurrying for cover when it rained yesterday.
  • Field of play: Oh so green, and oh so pretty. I want my yard to look like that. Maybe I'll turn my yard into a baseball field. I'm sure my neighbors would love it.
  • Exterior: I really like it. I've heard some people say it looks like an airport, but I've never seen an airport look quite like that. I like the materials, I like the look and I definitely like the approach to the stadium.
  • Interior: I dig the gradual grade of the lower deck. The boomerang is nice. The amenities are all there, from the food to the scoreboards. I like the granite limestone (apparently) in the left field corner. However, the interior isn't as unique as the exterior.
  • Obstructed views: Were these an accident? I'm not sure why any architect would purposely obstruct views of the field of play, but it's happened in certain areas of the park. I'm not so much concerned about, say, the overhang in right field (which stops people in those seats from seeing what's happening below them) as I'm concerned about how that overhang obstructs views from the right field corner looking toward center field. Stuff like that is a little confusing.
  • Night games: I'm still waiting to see one or two of these, to see how the field looks under the lights while a game is going on. I imagine it will be just as beautiful as the field is during the day, but there's something special about night games in the summer.

See you for the game in a few hours! For now--what are your thoughts on the Twins' new home?