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Target Field's first concert draws rave reviews

Record crowd shows to see country stars Chesney, McGraw

Minnesota Twins
Target Field has become a renowned place to watch a baseball game, but on Sunday night, the venue put aside bats and balls to welcome in some of country music's biggest stars.

Where Denard Span regularly makes highlight-reel catches in center field, was instead the stage for Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw in the Brothers of the Sun Tour 2012.

"The atmosphere here is just wild," Danica from Saint Louis Park, Minn., said about the concert. "This is just an all-around great time with fun people and country music."

To imagine the energy at Target Field, think of what the crowd is like after a big Twins home run, with the excitement running continuously over several hours.

The attendance of 42,524 was a record for Target Field, and also most certainly set a record for the most time fans spent on their feet, as there was hardly a person in their seat from the time McGraw came on stage until the end of the show.

"I've been to a lot of Twins games, but I've never seen a crowd quite like this at Target Field," Jason from Maple Grove, Minn., said. "There's such a chill feeling in the air and everybody is having a great time."

Yet another Target Field record set was undoubtedly the decibel level reached, as the crowd raved about the acoustics of the venue.

"This place sounds great and the sound is amazing, it's great the way the performers can come out and interact with the crowd," Stacy from New Hope, Minn., said.

While many in the crowd were also Twins fans, there were also a large number of people who made the concert their first trip to Target Field, all seeming to walk away feeling great about the Twin Cities' newest stadium.

"I've really never been here before, I don't know much about baseball, but this place is absolutely great, everyone is so helpful and I'm having a fantastic time," Christine from Eden Prairie, Minn., said.

Overall, Target Field's first concert was a great success, with smiles abounding throughout the event, setting the stage for more concerts in the future.

Keith Beise is a contributor to

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