Target Field = #1 Fan Experience (according to ESPN Magazine)

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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.

 

Other information:

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.

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