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Twins' new Target Field opens to rave reviews

MINNEAPOLIS - Target Field is open for business.

The University of Minnesota lost to Louisiana Tech 9-1 Saturday, the first baseball game played at the Twins' new home.

More than 37,757 people came through the turnstiles after they opened in the morning for fans to take a look, sit in the seats and sample the food. Tickets were $2, with proceeds going to the team's community fund.

Former Gophers and Twins catcher Terry Steinbach threw out the ceremonial first pitch.

The Twins' home opener is not until April 12, but they have a pair of exhibition games next week.

Team spokesman Kevin Smith said the test drive went smoothly.

"The number one word we heard from people today was, 'incredible,' " Smith said.

Louisiana Tech's Clint Ewing hit the ballpark's first home run.

He says Target Field turned his team into Twins fans overnight.

Gophers coach John Anderson and his players gave the place rave reviews as well, from the dimensions to the batter's eye to the playing surface.

"It sure looks to me like it's going to be a ballpark that's going to play very, very well," Anderson said.

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