Despite the gloomy day, spirits are high at Target Field, Marielle Mohs reports (2:20). WCCO 4 News At Noon - April 8, 2021
SHAYLA REAVES: This will be the first time in about 18 months fans have been inside Target Field. That's, of course, due to the pandemic, and it's bringing changes to the season, too. Marielle Mohs is live at Target Field ahead of this afternoon's game, and Marielle, in just a few hours we expect to see some of those seats filled behind you.
MARIELLE MOHS: Shayla, I cannot wait, and I also cannot tell you how happy I am to be here again. So behind me you can see that the diamond is, of course, covered to protect it from the light drizzle we're experiencing right now. You also can't tell, but there's clear zip ties on a ton of these seats, and they're blocking off pods of two and four so that groups that arrive together can be seated distantly from each other and remain pretty safe.
Right now, we don't have any fans, of course, in the stands yet, but the staff for the Twins has already arrived. You can tell they're all wearing their masks because masks are going to be required in the ballpark at all times unless you're eating food or drinking in your seats. They're getting checked in, and their temperatures checked as well. COVID precautions are being taken very seriously here today.
Now your best friend when you get to this ballpark is going to be the MLB app. That app is going to be the way you scan in with your ticket. It's also going to be the way that you order food and drinks at the ballpark. It's all going to be contactless. You'll pick up whatever you order at a designated pickup spot.
Meanwhile, across downtown, of course, we can't forget that we have a high profile trial going on. Because of that, when fans get to the ballpark today, they are going to notice extra security presence.
MATT HODSON: You know, we have a Major League Baseball required level of security that we are meeting with the Norfolk County Sheriff's office while the trial is going on. Additionally, we've been in active discussions and collaboration with the city, with MPD for months now, preparing for it to bring back fans. And there will be some enhanced security around parking garages, and especially the ramp A and B where we have preferred parking setup. It's going to be a safe, welcoming experience for people coming back downtown, and we're excited to welcome folks back downtown.
MARIELLE MOHS: I'm sure--
And I know a popular way to get to Target Field is the light rail. They are capping capacity today on the light rail, 33 people per train car. So factor that into your travel time when you're coming out here because you may experience some delays. Masks are required on the light rail, just like they're required in the ballpark. Shayla.
SHAYLA REAVES: Some important information to keep in mind. Thank you so much, Marielle.