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What's the difference between American and French stadiums?

What's the difference between American stadiums and French ones?

"In American stadiums everybody is happy," according to Alexia Banchet.

Sixteen-year-old Alexia is from Triel-sur-Seine, France but is staying with a family friend in Maplewood, Minn., for a month this summer. After traveling 4,000 miles to the States, visiting Target Field was near the top of her list -- right after shopping at the Mall of America.

Also at Target Field on Monday was 11-year-old Sam Dowden from Somerset, England. He'd never seen a baseball game before -- he's more of a soccer enthusiast -- but said that he loved the experience.

--Derek Wetmore