Target Field :: Ticket prices

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August 30, 2010
By: Gregory J. Scott
Gregory J. Scott

Season tickets get pricier (for the most part)

In late August, the Twins issued a letter to all season ticket holders alerting them to a slight bump up in price-per-game. The price increases are minimal — up only 3 to 9 percent, depending on where your tickets are — and amount in most cases to an extra dollar or two.

And two of the most nose-bleeding sections — the “Home Run Porch View” and the “Grandstand,” at the rim of the stadium in left and right-center fields, respectively — have actually gone down a dollar, from $20 to $19.

The changes apply to 20- and 40-game packages, as well as to the full season tickets. No information is available yet as to whether prices will change for single-game tickets.

MinnPost.com recently provided a section-by-section round-up of the changes:


Third deck


Field view (sections 301-307): $11, up a buck (9 percent increase).

Skyline view (323-327): $13, up a buck (8 percent increase).

Home plate view (308-322): $21, up a buck (5 percent increase).

Home run porch view (329-334; left field): $19, down a buck (5 percent decrease).


Second deck


Field terrace (201-207, 223-228): $21, up a buck (5 percent increase).

Home plate terrace (208-222): $30, up a buck (3 percent increase).

Home run porch (229-236, left field): $22, no change.

Grandstand (237-240, right field): $19, down a buck (5 percent decrease).

Legend’s club (A-R,): $58/$50 up $3/$2 (5/4 percent increase).


Lower deck

Field box (101-103, 125-127): $31, up $2 (6 percent increase).

Diamond box (104-107, 121-124): $40, up $2 (5 percent increase).

Home plate box (108-120): $53, up $3 (6 percent increase).

Dugout box (1-6, 11-17): $72, up $3 (4 percent increase).

Left field bleachers (128-131): $20, up $1 (5 percent increase).

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Blogger helps get stadium’s gluten-free menu expanded

It seems Target Field has been a little too modest when it comes to its special diet menu.

The stadium — whose food offerings have received as much fawning attention as its physical design — sought to be inclusive from the beginning, publishing a brief dining guide on its website for vegetarians and celiac sufferers.

But apparently the gluten-free list wasn’t extensive enough.

Amy Leger, a local blogger who writes about managing a gluten-free lifestyle, did some digging recently and turned up an additional mini-menu of secret celiac treats at the ballpark. Many of them are close enough to junk food to win kids over, too — which was something Leger was particularly interested in.

Of the official gluten-free list, which includes items like veggie kabobs and gelato, she wrote, “Great! It’s fantastic I am so glad there is something like this out there. But I had some questions. What about the junk? What about the fun? What about kid food?”

Some pestering of Delaware North Companies, the company overseeing concessions at Target Field, turned up some guilty pleasures not on the original list. Nachos and cheese sauce. Kettle chips. Vanilla and chocolate ice cream bars (just whatever you do, don’t get a cone). And of course Cracker Jacks.

Still, it’s no utopia. Celica sufferers still have to abstain from French fries. Frites themselves don’t necessarily pose problems for the gluten-free crowd. But the oil they’re fried in does, as it’s usually also used for frying other gluten-containing delicacies. Unfortunately, there are no potato-only fryers in the stadium.

Stadiums across the league are growing more committed to accommodating special diets. Leger points to high-profile gluten-free menus at Coors Field in Denver and at Citi Field, where the New York Mets play.

Food service company Aramark oversees concessions at both venues, and the extensive menu goes so far as to offer gluten-free buns for their gluten-free hotdogs.

Leger’s list of celiac-friendly ballpark items isn’t complete. Those interested can check in at her blog, thesavyceliac.com, for the most up-to-date list.