Pluses: Parking is usually pretty good and a decent space can often be found for as little as $5 within walking distance of the stadium. The same spot costs $20 during Vikings games. In addition, light-rail service drops fans off by the front door..
Minuses: Downtown traffic can clog the trip.
With its artificial turf, bad sightlines and meager amenities, Minnesota's Metrodome may be baseball's least-appealing draw.
Photo by Tom Dahlin/SI
Meager restroom facilities (16 men's, 16 women's); limited wheelchair-accessible seating (190); an average number of concessions (37 permanent, 15 portable); few options for kids other than the game.
The Metrodome may be the single worst place to watch a baseball game in America. Sightlines are designed strictly for football. Behind home plate, you face center field, but down the right field line, you're stuck looking at the stands behind third. And if you go economy class and sit in the left field bleachers, you'll be rewarded with a clear view of the people in right field. The food isn't any better. Concession stands offer drab Hormel hot dogs, a few lousy sandwiches and not much else. At least the beer is cheap -- by Fenway Park standards, at least. Topping things off, literally, is a dome that muddles sound, produces crazy effects on balls in play and produces a generally lame atmosphere. -- Sean Shore
There are plenty of bars around the park, but Minneapolis has instituted a smoking ban recently, so business is way down. The Metrodome also is fairly close to the University of Minnesota, so there are a host of student-friendly restaurants and sports bars nearby. -- Sean Shore
2005 Record: 69-62 (all statistics through Aug. 29) Players worth the price of admission: Torii Hunter (.269 average, 14 HRs, 56 RBIs, 23 SBs), Jacque Jones (.265, 19 HRs, 60 RBIs), Joe Mauer (.298, 9 HRs, 50 RBIs, 11 SBs), Johan Santana (13-6, 3.15 ERA).
Sure, the venue is outdated, but why do we get the sense the team doesn't even try to make this experience more pleasant from year to year? Maybe it has something to do with owner Carl Pohlad, who, despite his vast wealth, was willing to contract his own team a few years ago. The Twins and their fans deserve better than these surroundings.