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Twin Cities Getting Pumped about Target Field

Posted by Big League Tours on Mon, Jan 16, 2012 @ 05:00 PM

One of our greatest joys is to visit baseball stadiums in their inaugural seasons. We've been able to do this for the new Busch Stadium, Nationals Park, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. This year, we're heading up to Target Field in the Twin Cities on one of our early MLB tours to see the Twins in their brand new ballpark. Columnist Rick Shefchik writes today on TwinCities.com about the increase in demand to visit Minnesota on group travel tours this year.

Here are a few excerpts:

Frank Miles of Jacksonville, Ala., is a stadium counter. A 76-year-old baseball fanatic, Miles has been in every major league ballpark — except Target Field.

Like hundreds of other baseball stadium tourists around the country, Miles will check Target Field, the brand-new Twins ballpark, off his list this summer. He loves the old classics like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, but he likes the new ones, too, including recently opened PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Citi Field in New York.

"I've seen 'em all, every major league ballpark — all the new ones, except this one," Miles said. "I've not heard much about it, but I'll be there this year on a tour." 

Glenn Dunlap, owner of Big League Tours in Indianapolis, said he'll be bringing a group into Minneapolis this summer for the first time in his company's five years of operation.

"The Metrodome was not much of an attraction," said Dunlap of the Twins' former home. "We didn't have a lot of demand from baseball fans to come up to the Metrodome."

Increased tourism to Minneapolis for Twins games is bound to have a positive effect on surrounding businesses. As Dunlap points out, baseball is only part of the lure for ballpark tourists. They like to come early, stay late and thoroughly explore what the ballpark and the city have to offer.

"People are interested in the walleye-on-a-stick and the s'mores they're offering there (at Target Field)," Dunlap said. "State Fair food — that's great. It's part of what people enjoy about visiting different stadiums — the influences on local food and what's in and around the park.

"Target could be a great park. The part that makes a ballpark interesting is what the city does around it. Look at a Coors Field, right in the heart of Denver. That was in a district they've since built up around it, and it has become a great destination spot for the city."

Conversely, Dunlap said, Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., is in an area that needs to be developed.

"They've got a long way to go before people will go hang out there," Dunlap said. "It's what's around Target Field, what's welcoming to baseball fans, not just Twins fans.

Want to visit the new Target Field on one of our baseball vacation packages? Click here for details about this tour and all of our sports travel packages. You'll be glad you did!

Tags: Minnesota, baseball tours, Twins, Target Field, Minneapolis, MLB road trips

Great Photos from Target Field

Posted by Big League Tours on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 @ 11:15 PM

April 13, 2010 - Yesterday was Opening Day at the New Target Field in the Twin Cities. The guys at Sports Illustrated have published some photos from the event that we thought you'd like to see. Take a look at si.com to see the gallery.

Of course, if you are interested in seeing the Twins' new digs on one of our package tours, check out our Midwest 1 Tour that will visit Target Field over Memorial weekend.

Tags: Opening day, baseball tours, Twins, Target Field

Twin Cities Getting Pumped about Target Field

Posted by Big League Tours on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 @ 10:45 PM

April 11, 2010 - One of our greatest joys is to visit baseball stadiums in their inaugural seasons. We've been able to do this for the new Busch Stadium, Nationals Park, Citi Field and Yankee Stadium. This year, we're heading up to Target Field in the Twin Cities on one of our early MLB tours to see the Twins in their brand new ballpark. Columnist Rick Shefchik writes today on TwinCities.com about the increase in demand to visit Minnesota on group travel tours this year.

Here are a few excerpts:

Frank Miles of Jacksonville, Ala., is a stadium counter. A 76-year-old baseball fanatic, Miles has been in every major league ballpark — except Target Field.

Like hundreds of other baseball stadium tourists around the country, Miles will check Target Field, the brand-new Twins ballpark, off his list this summer. He loves the old classics like Fenway Park and Wrigley Field, but he likes the new ones, too, including recently opened PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Busch Stadium in St. Louis and Citi Field in New York.

"I've seen 'em all, every major league ballpark — all the new ones, except this one," Miles said. "I've not heard much about it, but I'll be there this year on a tour." 

Glenn Dunlap, owner of Big League Tours in Indianapolis, said he'll be bringing a group into Minneapolis this summer for the first time in his company's five years of operation.

"The Metrodome was not much of an attraction," said Dunlap of the Twins' former home. "We didn't have a lot of demand from baseball fans to come up to the Metrodome."

Increased tourism to Minneapolis for Twins games is bound to have a positive effect on surrounding businesses. As Dunlap points out, baseball is only part of the lure for ballpark tourists. They like to come early, stay late and thoroughly explore what the ballpark and the city have to offer.

"People are interested in the walleye-on-a-stick and the s'mores they're offering there (at Target Field)," Dunlap said. "State Fair food — that's great. It's part of what people enjoy about visiting different stadiums — the influences on local food and what's in and around the park.

"Target could be a great park. The part that makes a ballpark interesting is what the city does around it. Look at a Coors Field, right in the heart of Denver. That was in a district they've since built up around it, and it has become a great destination spot for the city."

Conversely, Dunlap said, Nationals Park in Washington, D.C., is in an area that needs to be developed.

"They've got a long way to go before people will go hang out there," Dunlap said. "It's what's around Target Field, what's welcoming to baseball fans, not just Twins fans.

Want to visit the new Target Field on one of our baseball vacation packages? Click here for details about this tour and all of our sports travel packages. You'll be glad you did!

Tags: sports travel and tours, baseball vacation package, Fenway Park, PNC Park, Pirates, MLB tours, Busch Stadium, Cardinals, Yankee Stadium, Nationals Park, Twins, Target Field, Minneapolis

Take a Tour of Target Field - Minnesota Twins New Stadium

Posted by Big League Tours on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 @ 09:30 PM

January 28, 2010 - The new baseball stadium that will be on the itinerary for one of our group travel tours is Target Field, the new home of the Minnesota Twins, that's set to open in April. We're always excited to visit new ballparks and this is no exception. Our tour is heading up there over Memorial Day weekend so we're hoping to catch some warmer air! The views of this baseball stadium tour look great. I'm really excited to head up to the Twin Cities to see the ballpark.

One thing I noticed in the footage are the signs over some of the concession stands. I know that Minnesota is known for its State Fair and fair food. Looks like it made its way into the ballpark. Walleye on a Stick? Haven't seen that anywhere else on our MLB Tours!

Enjoy the video. If you'd like to join us on one of our tour vacations, this would be a great one!

Tags: stadium tours, Minnesota, baseball stadiums, ballpark tours, MLB tours, Twins, Target Field

Funny Photo From Yankee Stadium

Posted by Big League Tours on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 @ 05:15 PM

October 7, 2009 - My daughter has always enjoyed seeing the moon at night. As we sat in the New Yanmoonkee Stadium on one of our package tours earlier this summer, the clouds broke and the moon shone brightly. I decided to take a picture of it to share later with my 2-year-old. What I realized just after I snapped the shot is that the jumbotron added a pretty funny effect.

I think the young lady on the screen had just noticed herself but it appears she's pointing right at the moon. I hadn't thought of this photo until just now as I'm watching the Yankees and the Twins in the first game of the ALDS.

Do you have some photos from your baseball stadium tours, funny or otherwise, that you'd like to share with other baseball fans? We have the perfect place for you to do so, in our photo gallery at Big League Tours. Check out the Gallery and share your photos from your sports vacations.

Tags: baseball tours, big league tours, sports vacation, Yankees, Yankee Stadium, Twins

Double the Pleasure, Double the Fun - Twins Are In!!

Posted by Big League Tours on Tue, Nov 22, 2011 @ 05:00 PM

October 7, 2009 - What an incredible play-in game that was. I don't know how the playoffs will be able to offer that much drama in one game. From the home runs, lead changes, and both teams threatening to score several times but getting shut down, this game had so many places to put you on the edge of your seat. And speaking of seats, I don't think the fans at the Metrodome even used their seats last night it was so exciting.

Congratulations to the Twins. That victory will give the city a boost as it plans for its new baseball stadium, Target Field, set to open next April. We're putting the final touches on our baseball vacation packages for next season but we will certainly include Minnesota as a destination point on at least one of our baseball road trips.

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Tags: Minnesota, baseball road trips, baseball tours, baseball stadiums, baseball vacation package, Twins, Target Field

Twins New Baseball Stadium in 2010

Posted by Big League Tours on Sun, Nov 20, 2011 @ 04:00 PM

Are you a Minnesota Twins fan? 
Whether you answered yes or no many people still want to see all the baseball stadiums including the Metrodome.  Since 2009 is the last season for the Metrodome, you might want to think about getting your baseball travel tours all set in place. 

Big League Tours will be visiting the Twin Cities in May on our Midwest 2 trip where the Twins will be taking on the Boston Red Sox. On this baseball road trip we will also be catching a White Sox game and Cubs game in the windy city and catching a Brewers game at Miller Park. It'll be a great chance to catch some great ball in the Midwest. 

Check out what the Twins new stadium, Target Field, will look like in 2010. 


Tags: stadium tours, baseball stadiums, baseball travel, Twins, Target Field, Minneapolis