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ABOVE: Northstar commuter rail provides service to every Twins home game such as this July 6, 2011, baseball extra. SHAWN CHRISTIE RIGHT: Passengers disembark for the first evening game at Target Field on April 16, 2010. The Hiawatha Line light rail has proven to be a popular way of getting to Twins games, especially for residents from the southern Twin Cities. Many passengers ride nearly the entire length of the line from large park and ride facilities in Bloomington and Ft. Snelling. NICK BENSON


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The Chicago White Sox played at the historic Comiskey Park from 1910 to 1990, when it was replaced by the mod- ern U.S. Cellular Field in 1991. Built across the street from the old park in Chicago’s Armour Square neighbor- hood, the new park is served by Chica- go Transit Authority’s Red Line and Green Line rapid transit trains. The Red Line’s Sox-35th station opened in 1969, along with the rest of the Dan Ryan Branch (so named for its right of way down the middle of the Dan Ryan Expressway). The Green Line’s nearby 35th-Bronzeville-IIT station provides access to the ballpark as well. The orig- inal station opened in 1892, and was subsequently rebuilt in 1965 and 1996. The new 35th Street station along Metra’s Rock Island District commuter line opened in 2011 to serve customers traveling from the suburbs attending White Sox games. Located only three miles from the line’s busy downtown LaSalle Street terminus, the new sta- tion also serves the nearby Illinois In- stitute of Technology. Historic Wrigley Field was built in


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1914, and has been home to the Chica- go Cubs since 1916. Aside from being the second oldest stadium after Fen- way Park, most baseball fans know Wrigley as the last major league park to get lights for night games. The stadi- um is served directly by the CTA Red Line station at Addison, which origi- nally opened in 1900 as part of the orig- inal Northwest Elevated Railroad. The original station was a local stop consisting of two side platforms along the four-track railroad, designed to serve a residential neighborhood. The opening of the new stadium over- whelmed the station, even though a number of improvements were made to help traffic flow on game days. In 1994,


the station and track structure were re- built, turning Addison into a single is- land platform station. To bring the fans home, extra Red Line trains are staged on the southbound express track just north of Addison station awaiting the last out. After 27 seasons at the Metrodome,


the Minnesota Twins moved into their new home at Target Field in 2010. Tar- get Field is served by MetroTransit’s Hiawatha Line light rail as well as the new Northstar Line commuter rail. The new mulitmodal station opened in No- vember 2009, prior to the Twins’ first season at the new ballpark. Located in downtown Minneapolis, Target Field Station is an intermodal facility that


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