Twins continue to experiment with standing room only tickets
It doesn’t seem to matter who the opponent is in Target Field. Fans have been flooding into the new stadium in such great numbers that the Twins have begun experimenting with standing room only seating, an accommodation used in many Major League ballparks around the country.
For the last few weeks in May, the Twins have been selling about 200 standing room only tickets to home games, according to team spokesman Kevin Smith. The measure was introduced for the series against the Brewers, which began May 21, and the experiment continued through the sold-out Yankees series and the Rangers series that followed.
“It’s just kind of in the incubator stage right now,” Smith said. “We’re trying to see if it’s something that would work over the long-term, if it would be something that we would utilize on select games only. It’s kind of game-by-game right now.”
Smith couldn’t confirm whether standing room only tickets had ever been sold at the Metrodome, but he believed they hadn’t, outside of a few playoff games.
Target Field’s capacity is 39,504. In late May, the Twins ranked as having the sixth highest attendance in Major League Baseball.
Talk on evolution of Minnesota sports stadiums
Stew Thornley, a local historian with a sweeping knowledge of Minnesota sports, will give a free lecture in late July at Hennepin Stages Theater on the evolution of local ballparks. The talk promises a “visual journey through baseball history” and will feature Thornley’s extensive collection of photos of Nicollet Park and Metropolitan Stadium.
Thornley, who has worked as the Twins official scorer since 2007 — he’s also a backup official scorer for the Timberwolves — has been prolific as a local author. He’s released 10 books since 1989, the majority of them sports-related, plus a handful of educational titles for young readers. He’s chronicled the history of the Minneapolis Millers, the minor league team that preceded the Twins. He’s written a biography of famed Twins sportscaster Halsey Hall and collaborated on an autobiography of Herb Carneal, who did play-by-play broadcasts for the Twins from 1962 to 2006. He’s also penned a definitive history of basketball in Minnesota. Not bad for a guy who considers authoring a leisurely break from his day job at the Minnesota Department of Health.
The free event takes place Saturday, July 24, at 7 p.m. Admission is general admission, with no reservations necessary.
Ballpark dogs popping up in area grocery stores
Need a little help recreating that stadium feel when the Twins are on tv? Just head over to the frozen food aisle in your nearest Cubs Foods.
The local grocery chain, along with at least seven other area grocers, has begun selling official Target Field hotdogs, from the standard Original Twins Dog to the slightly more gourmet Twins Big Dog and Twins Dugout Dog. Conveniently, the hotdogs come in chilled packages (stamped with the official Minnesota Twins logo, of course) of four to six links, ready for the grill. Even more conveniently, they cost only a fraction of the ballpark price.
A $4.50 dugout dog, available in Target Field from in-seat vendors only, goes for a little less than a dollar at the grocery store, where a pack of six sells for $5.59. Add a handful of chips and a tall beer — maybe even a square of wax paper, if you’re ambitious — and you may just ease the envy you feel toward your pals that scored actual tickets.
//Note: This item has been revised to accommodate a correction. We had incorrectly listed "the dinger dog" as one of the Target Field hotdog options now being sold in area grocery stores. The three Schweigert-brand hotdogs sold in grocers are the Original Twins Dog, the Twins Big Dog and the Twins Dugout Dog."//