12/30/2010 5:59 PM ET
TwinsFest 2011 moved to the National Sports Center in Blaine
MINNEAPOLIS-ST. PAUL, Minn. -- The Minnesota Twins today announced that due to ongoing repair issues with the H.H.H. Metrodome, TwinsFest 2011 has been moved to the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. The event, which serves as a fundraiser for the Twins Community Fund, remains scheduled for January 28-30, 2011.
"While it is unfortunate that we cannot hold TwinsFest at the Metrodome Twins fans will certainly enjoy what we have planned at the National Sports Center," said Dave St. Peter, Twins President.
"The signature aspects of TwinsFest will remain unchanged with strong player participation, the region's largest sports collectable show and fan interactives with all proceeds benefitting the youth baseball and softball programs of the Twins Community Fund. As we look forward to the event, the entire Twins family appreciates the support of the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission and the National Sports Center staff for their collective support and partnership in working to accommodate this significant event on such short notice."
"The National Sports Center is honored and excited to partner with the Minnesota Twins on TwinsFest 2011," said Barclay Kruse, the National Sports Center's Chief Communications Officer. "The NSC welcomes nearly four million visitors a year, so we're used to hosting large crowds. That said, we understand there will be some changes dictated by the move from the Metrodome. But we look forward to working with the Twins to maintain the signature elements of the event, especially the participation of the players, and the commitment to raising funds for the Twins Community Fund."
Due to the move to a smaller venue, TwinsFest tickets will be limited in comparison to recent years. With that limited availability in mind, fans are encouraged to secure their tickets in advance as the event is expected to sell out in the near future. Tickets remain available at www.twinsbaseball.com, by calling (612) 33-TWINS or (800) 33-TWINS, at the Target Field Box Office, or by visiting a Twins Pro Shop in Roseville, Apple Valley or Minnetonka.
TwinsFest 2011 admission prices are $9 for adults and $5 for children 14 and under.
TwinsFest 2011 is scheduled for Friday, Jan. 28 from 4 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Saturday, Jan. 29 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.; and Sunday, Jan. 30 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the National Sports Center's Sports Hall and Schwan Center in Blaine. More than 60 current, former and future Twins players are expected to appear throughout the course of the weekend. A complete list of players attending and additional updates will be available soon on www.twinsbaseball.com.
TwinsFest 2011 will feature many new and returning attractions. A complete list of those attractions along with information on the event floor plan, parking and other logistics will be released in the weeks to come.
Presented by Twins Community Fund cornerstone partners Target, U.S. Bank, Best Buy, Treasure Island and Delta Air Lines, TwinsFest is one of the largest team-run fan festivals in professional sports. Since its inception in 1989, TwinsFest has raised more than $4.2 million for programs and organizations supported by the Twins Community Fund.
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. For more information or to make a contribution, visit twinsbaseball.com/community.
About the National Sports Center
The National Sports Center (NSC) is a 600-acre multi-sport facility located in Blaine, Minnesota. The campus includes the Schwan Super Rink; an 8,500-seat soccer stadium; the Schwan Center meeting and convention building; a multi-faceted family golf center, the National Youth Golf Center, which features the 18-hole Victory Links course; an indoor Sports Hall with a FieldTurf field; 150-bed residence hall; and 52 soccer fields. The facility hosts nearly 300 events annually, and has welcomed approximately 31 million visitors since its opening. The NSC generates over $37 million in annual out-of-state economic impact and welcomes 3.8 million visitors annually.
For the past two years, the NSC and the Minnesota Twins have partnered on the Minnesota Twins Training Academy at the National Sports Center, an off-season baseball skills program that is held indoors in the NSC's Sports Hall.