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Shaded Seats at Target Field

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Target Field, located in downtown Minneapolis, is the dynamic home of the Minnesota Twins. Known for its blend of modern and classic ballpark vibes, Target Field offers a great game-day experience. Minneapolis summers are hotter than those of many of its Midwestern neighbors. Twins fans can use this guide along with the stadium’s seating chart to find the best shaded seats at Target Field.

Where are the shaded seats at Target Field?

Generally, the seats in the shade at Target Field are located:

  • 1st Base Line: Gradually becomes shaded during the afternoon
  • Behind Home Plate: Shaded for late afternoon and evening games
  • Under cover: Base line rows farthest from the field are covered

In the 2024 season, the Twins play a mix of day games (12:10 p.m. or 1:10 p.m.) and evening games at (6:40 p.m. or 7:10 p.m.), with a handful of other start times as well. For specific details about shaded sections at different start times, please continue reading.

Target Field Orientation to the Sun

Target Field is oriented to the east. Each morning, the sun rises over the left field wall, curves around the right field foul pole around lunchtime, and eventually dips behind home plate, setting near third base. This configuration makes the first base side of the park the “shade side,” though the exact sections and rows that are shaded will depend on the time of day.

The graphic below shows the approximate location of the sun throughout the day on July 1st (halfway through the MLB season).

Where to Buy Tickets

MLB operates the official Box Office for the Twins. SeatGeek is the official resale partner for all MLB teams, offering access to a broader variety of seats, including those owned by season ticket holders. The Box Office provides access to unsold seats at face value plus fees, while SeatGeek may offer occasional deals and discounts on lower-demand games.

Seats in the Shade at Twins Afternoon Games

During early afternoon games at Target Field, the sun begins high above the right field corner, near the foul pole. As the innings progress, the sun will shine directly toward the fans sitting along the 3rd base line and behind the left field wall.

The best option for shade seekers is on the 1st base line, specifically in sections 101-110. Seats in these sections, especially the ones closest to the field, will be in the sun when the game begins, but the 1st base side of the stadium will be the first place to experience shade.

Another option to protect yourself from the sun is the upper deck. Target Field features one of the more expansive roofs in the majors. Sections 301-327 should be well-shielded from the sun throughout the game. If you don’t mind the upper rows, seats in the back half of any terrace level section are covered.

Minnesota Twins Stadium Shadows

By mid-afternoon, the 1st base line is the “shade side” while the 3rd base line and outfield sections at Target Field are in the sun.
Photo by Brad Rempel/Icon Sportswire

Seats in the Shade at Twins Evening Games

In the summer months, the sun doesn’t set in Minneapolis until 8:30 to 9:00 p.m. most nights. With Twins games starting relatively early and finishing faster due to MLB’s new pace-of-play rules, the sun will still be a factor during evening games at Target Field.

The good news is that by the start of a evening game, the sun’s position is almost directly behind home plate. Given the orientation of Target Field, most seats in foul territory on both the 1st and 3rd base lines should be in the shade at first pitch. However, to play it safe, sit as close to home plate as possible. Meanwhile, seats behind the outfield walls, especially those at the 200-level or 300-level, are exposed to the sun until it sets.

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Where to Buy Tickets

MLB operates the official Box Office for the Twins. SeatGeek is the official resale partner for all MLB teams, offering access to a broader variety of seats, including those owned by season ticket holders. The Box Office provides access to unsold seats at face value plus fees, while SeatGeek may offer occasional last-minute deals and discounts on lower-demand games.

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