Twins Pass 3 Million Mark, Set Record Attendance
With four regular-season games left, the Minnesota Twins announced Wednesday that the team has surpassed its all-time, single-season annual attendance record and passed the 3 million mark.
The achievements come one day after the team clinched the American League Central Division title and a spot in the playoffs after beating the Cleveland Indians 6-4 on Tuesday night.
After Wednesday's noon game-which was also against the Cleveland Indians-attendance totaled 3,063,327. The previous single-season attendance record of 3,030,672 was achieved at the Metrodome in 1988, the season after the team's first World Series championship.
“We are thrilled to have achieved this record during our inaugural season at Target Field,” Twins President Dave St. Peter said in a statement. “Thanks to the great fans throughout Twins territory, we have again made history in our first year at Minnesota's new ballpark.”
The record attendance comes as no surprise to the team or its stalwart fans. The team said in June that it had sold more than 3 million advance tickets for the season.
The Twins expect more than 3.2 million fans to walk through the Target Field turnstiles by the end of the regular season. As of Wednesday, the team averaged 39,783 visitors per game.
The just-acquired division title is the team's sixth one in nine years. The team's overall record, as of Wednesday, was 92-60-52-25 at home and 40-35 on the road.
In addition to announcing the team's record attendance, the Twins also said Wednesday that the Majestic Twins Clubhouse Store at Target Field will temporarily extend its regular hours in order to make it easier for fans to stop by and shop for team memorabilia. The store opened Wednesday at its usual time of 10:30 a.m., and it will remain open through 8 p.m. Thursday-for a total of 33.5 consecutive hours.
Additionally, three Twins Pro Shops-located in Apple Valley, Roseville, and Minnetonka-will open at 7 a.m., one hour early, on Thursday.