Will $5 Tickets Get You to a Twins Game?
Minnesota Twins tickets for the remaining May home games are currently up for grabs for just $5. Sure, they’re upper deck outfield seats and there’s a chance of snow in tomorrow’s forecast, but still, that’s a 50-75 percent discount. The flash runs through 10 p.m. Thursday, with no processing fees.
Will that bargain offer drive people back to the ballpark? UPDATE: The answer is a resounding yes—the $5 tickets sold out in less than 24 hours. At 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, the Twins released a second round of $5 offers: Now, Ballpark Access tickets, which offer access to Target Field but no seat, are available for individual games in May for $5 each. The offer ends Thursday, May 9, 10 p.m.
Other tickets for the rest of the season are also on sale, with prices ranging from $10-$3.
The sales are an overt attempt to bosst attendance—according to the Star Tribune, the Twins have seen the second largest attendance drop of any team in the league over the first five weeks of the season, despite the fact that they currently sit atop the AL Central division. They’ve currently got the second-best record in the league with 22 wins and 12 losses. Oddsmakers believe they’ll hang on to their division crown.
And yet in the first 14 home games at Target Field, attendance has averaged just 17,007, with seven of the games drawing the smallest crowds in team history. Bad weather and a decade of failing to win a playoff game—or even get into the playoffs—are presumably to blame, but team president and CEO Dave St. Peter hopes the cheap tickets will woo fans back.
“We’re happy to offer fans another way to come to Target Field and help restore home field advantage for their American League Central-leading Twins,” St. Peter says.
The newly announced sales aren’t the only step the Twins have taken toward improving their underwhelming attendance records.
Even before the season started, they introduced various ticket package offerings meant to be more attractive to would-be home game attendees than standard season ticket deals.
The “Twins Pass” allows fans to gain entry to the Minneapolis ballpark for as little as $49 a month per person all season long, excluding Opening Day (March 28) and Joe Mauer Day (June 15). It’s a subscription-based model designed to support flexibility in ticket purchases.
The team also revamped part of Target Field itself, creating the Gate 34 Experience with pop-up shops, and space for lawn games, live music and other activities.
The $5 value May home game tickets can be purchased here. The schedule is as follows:
• Friday, May 10 vs. Detroit Tigers – 7:10 p.m. CT
• Saturday, May 11 vs. Detroit Tigers (split doubleheader) – 1:10 p.m. CT and 7:10 p.m. CT
• Sunday, May 12 vs. Detroit Tigers – 1:10 p.m. CT
• Monday, May 13 vs. Los Angeles Angels – 6:40 p.m. CT
• Tuesday, May 14 vs. Los Angeles Angels – 6:40 p.m. CT
• Wednesday, May 15 vs. Los Angeles Angels – 12:10 p.m. CT
• Friday, May 24 vs. Chicago White Sox – 7:10 p.m. CT
• Saturday, May 25 vs. Chicago White Sox – 1:10 p.m. CT
• Sunday, May 26 vs. Chicago White Sox – 1:10 p.m. CT
• Monday, May 27 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 6:10 p.m. CT
• Tuesday, May 28 vs. Milwaukee Brewers – 7:10 p.m. CT