MINNEAPOLIS -- Not that Twins and Yankees fans needed any confirmation as they watched Game 1 of their American League Division Series on a lovely Wednesday evening in the Twin Cities, but Ballpark Digest echoed the sentiments of many: It named Target Field its 2010 Ballpark of the Year.
It's the latest honor for a stadium that has already had its share of accolades. Target Field earned ESPN The Magazine's nod as the best stadium experience in all of North American professional sports, not just baseball.
In the interest of full disclosure, the publisher of Ballpark Digest is based in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Still, the honor reflects an opinion that seemingly stretches far outside the Twin Cities.
"Expectations were high, but they were exceeded," Ballpark Digest publisher Kevin Reichard said in a statement. "From the Minnesota limestone on the exterior to the flagpole from Met Stadium and the brats from Kramarczuk's, this is a ballpark totally in touch with its community.
"Admittedly, we may be a little biased because the ballpark is in our backyard. The best ballparks are the ones that couldn't exist elsewhere -- they're tied to their fans with an overwhelming sense of place. There's little doubt Minnesotans have overwhelmingly embraced Target Field, with good reason: It's definitely one of the best places anywhere to watch a baseball game, no matter the season or circumstances."