02/24/2010 11:25 AM ET
Twins announce plans for University of Minnesota to play first-ever game at Target Field on March 27
Event marks the first time general public can access the ballpark
MINNEAPOLIS, MN -- The Minnesota Twins and the University of Minnesota announced today that the first-ever baseball game played at Target Field will be played Saturday, March 27 when the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers play host to the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at 1 p.m.
In conjunction with the Minnesota-Louisiana Tech game, the March 27 festivities mark the first time the general public has the opportunity to visit Target Field and walk through the ballpark while enjoying an afternoon of college baseball. The open house and Gopher game are significant components of the facility testing and staff training programs. Attendance will be capped at 25,000 fans.
Tickets will be sold on a general admission basis for $2 with all proceeds benefitting the Minnesota Twins Community Fund. There will be no pre-sale of tickets for these events as fans can secure general admission passes exclusively at all Target Field ticket office locations starting at 8 a.m. on March 27. Target Field gates will open at 9 a.m. and close at 5 p.m. for this event.
"The Minnesota Twins organization is proud to provide this opportunity for the University of Minnesota to play this historic game at Target Field," said Dave St. Peter, president of the Minnesota Twins. "The Twins have long enjoyed a special relationship with the University of Minnesota and applaud the baseball program's ongoing tradition of excellence. Our organization is equally excited to showcase Target Field for the first time to so many great people across Twins Territory. It's certain to be a historic day for the Golden Gophers, Upper Midwest baseball fans and the Twins organization as our club continues to prepare for Opening Day."
"The Golden Gopher Baseball program has been very fortunate to share a special relationship and partnership with the Minnesota Twins," said Minnesota Head Baseball Coach John Anderson. "The Twins are tremendous corporate citizens for our state and area, and I would personally like to thank them on behalf of the University of Minnesota and our baseball program for this special opportunity. Our staff and players are extremely excited to showcase Golden Gopher Baseball at Target Field and to encourage our great Twins and Gopher fans to join us for this special celebration."
Other Ticket Opportunities:
The Twins Inaugural Season Home Opener at Target Field is Monday, April 12 against the Boston Red Sox. Season and group tickets for the inaugural season at Target Field are now on sale at www.twinsbaseball.com, by calling 612-33-TWINS or 800-33-TWINS.
Following a private pre-sale for current Twins season ticket holders, regular season single-game tickets will go on sale to the general public at 9 a.m. on Saturday, March 13 at www.twinsbaseball.com, by calling 612-33-TWINS or 800-33-TWINS and at the Target Field Ticket Office. Single-game tickets may be purchased at Twins Pro Shop locations in Apple Valley, Minnetonka and Roseville starting at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 15.
About the Twins Community Fund
Established as a nonprofit organization in 1991, the mission of the Twins Community Fund is to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through and association with baseball, softball and the Minnesota Twins. The Twins Community Fund is governed by a board of directors representative of the Upper Midwest. Target, Treasure Island Resort & Casino, Best Buy, U.S. Bank and Delta Air Lines are Cornerstone Partners; contributing annually to the Twins Community Fund.
About Target Field
Target Field, one of America's most urban ballparks, is located in the historic Warehouse district of downtown Minneapolis. Designed by Populous (formerly HOK Sport) with Mortenson Construction serving as construction manager, the 39,504 seat ballpark is slated for completion prior to Opening Day 2010 at a construction cost of $440 million. The Twins and Target Corporation announced a historic 25-year naming agreement for Target Field and Target Plaza on September 15, 2008. For more information on Target Field visit www.twinsbaseball.com/newballpark.