Target Field = #1 Fan Experience (according to ESPN Magazine)
Target Field is the No. 1 stadium experience in North American professional sports, according to the 8th annual Ultimate Sports Standings published in ESPN: The Magazine.
The Top 10 Stadium Experiences in American Sport according to the survey are as follows:
1. Minnesota Twins – Target Field
2. Green Bay Packers – Lambeau Field
3. Minnesota Wild – Xcel Energy Center
4. Seattle Mariners – Safeco Field
5. Philadelphia Phillies -- Citizen’s Bank Park
6. Milwaukee Brewers – Miller Park
7. San Francisco Giants – AT&T Park
8. Indianapolis Colts – Lucas Oil Stadium
9. Pittsburgh Pirates – PNC Park
10.St.Louis Cardinals – Busch Stadium
Explanation of rankings criteria
Bang For The Buck: Wins during the past three years (regular season plus postseason) per revenues directly from fans, adjusted for league schedules.
Fan Relations: Openness and consideration toward fans by players, coaches and management.
Ownership: Honesty and loyalty to core players and local community.
Affordability: Price of tickets, parking and concessions.
Stadium Experience: Quality of arena and game-day promotions as well as friendliness of environment.
Players: Effort on the field and likability off it.
Coaching: Strength of on-field leadership.
Title Track: Championships already won or expected in the lifetime of current fans.
The Twins struggled to raise funding for construction from the State of Minnesota. Talks of relocation and passionate support from fans finally led state legislature to approve financing of a new ballpark in May 2006. The county's share of financing the ballpark was $350 million covering construction and infrastructure costs. The Twins organization contributed $130 million. The Minnesota Twins played and won their field game at Target Field against the Boston Red Sox on April 12, 2010, the home opener.