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Published April 12, 2010, 08:44 AM

Local Twins fans help open the new stadium

(WDAY TV) - This is an historic day for Minnesota Twins Baseball fans. It is opening day at the all new Target field. Four local guys made the trek down to Minneapolis for the opening of the new open-air stadium for what they call a once in a lifetime opportunity.

Fans have come from all over to be here on this historic day, but for one group of North Dakota boys, it's been years and thousands of dollars in the making to get, here.

A loyal following would be putting it lightly: these four Grand Forks friends have made the walk up to opening day gates since college.

CODY CHRISTIE: "From T-ball and up, watching the Twins is part of this area of the country."

DUSTIN DIMMLER/LOCAL TWINS FAN: "We tried to keep track of the miles we drove a couple years, but by the end of the season we just gave up."

But nothing like this.

BLAKE KELMER/LOCAL TWINS FAN: "Finally get to smell the grass and sit outside!"

DUSTIN: "To finally have a place to call our own, as Twins fans and not share it."

This foursome has not only put in time pounding the pavement, but in the pocket books. They've been season ticket holders for five years, just for this day. Two pairs of seats totally 66-hundred dollars per season.

CODY: "Thousands we've spent, we've gone to Florida for spring training twice, we've been season ticket holders, it's been crazy!

"All just for this day, just for this moment."

As they walk around, in awe and admiration, they say it's come full circle.

CODY: "See Joe Mauer run out for the first time and see all the guys out in the outfield, and see all the guys out in the outfield."

DUSTIN: "To come here, it brings everything together; it's just to be a part of it."

These four say they will be coming back for many more games this season, to keep the tradition alive.