Inclement weather at Target Field
On a dry, pleasant, sunny day with low humidity -- the kind we live through all the other days for here in Minnesota -- there's little doubt that the prime seats at Target Field are in the Champions Club area.
Those four sections are right behind home plate, very close to the field. They offer various amenities, with a price to match -- with season ticket packages ranging from $175 to $275 per game. If you watch on TV, those are the seats and fans you see via the traditional camera angle pointed at home plate.
But you also might have noticed either on TV or in person that when it rains -- which it has done a handful of times already during the Twins' return to the great outdoors -- the best seats in the house turn into some of the wettest seats in the house.
Twins President Dave St. Peter noted in an e-mail response to a question from Your Humble Page 2 Correspondent that "rain ponchos (if necessary) are included in the overall ticket price for all Champions Club ticket holders ... along with blankets (for cold evenings) and various food/beverage."
On Tuesday night, during a rain-soaked (and eventually rain-suspended) Twins/Yankees game, plenty of fans could be seen fleeing the Champions Club seats and other prime areas near the field and in the range of the elements.
This could all be viewed by those of us -- including YHP2C -- who remained high and dry in Section 323 and other sections in the top level. Yes, our $12/game season tickets (split up with a bunch of friends) not only offer a perfectly good view of the field, but also an overhang on the top of the park that keeps most patrons from feeling anything more than a wayward drop of rain after a shift in the wind.
This is not meant as a Simpsons-esque "ha-ha!" to those in the expensive seats -- most of whom still have plenty to look forward to at the ballpark, rain or shine. Rather, it's a thumbs-up to the Twins and ballpark designers who managed to take care of Target Field's relative proletariat.
We still get the grass and the fresh air. And for a fraction of the price paid by those who get free ponchos, we don't need one.