For the 2010 season, the Minnesota Twins are playing at their brand new ballpark, Target Field, a much heralded return to outdoor baseball from being cooped up inside the Metrodome and forced to share with the Minnesota Vikings. The new stadium is pretty, the Minnesota Twins are optimistic about the season, Joe Mauer just extended his contract, and playing in the fresh air instead of under a teflon roof is more enjoyable for the players and spectators. So, demand for tickets is high, and deals and discounts are going to be rare. Here's a couple of ways to save money on Twins tickets.
Finding the Cheapest Seats at Target Field
Minnesota Twins tickets are sold at several pricing levels. Season ticket holders get the cheapest tickets which cost the same for each game. Then, the games are divided up into Value Pricing, Select Pricing, and Premium Pricing, with the games expected to be the most exciting being Premium.
Select Pricing tickets cost $2 more than Value Pricing tickets. Premium Pricing tickets cost $3 more than Select Pricing tickets. Or, to put it another way, a Field View seat, the cheapest on sale, cost $11.00 for a Value Pricing game, $13.00 for a Select Pricing game, and $16.00 for a Premium Pricing game.
Special Offers for Dogs and SodaOn Tuesday and Thursday games, every U.S. Home Run Porch View ticket, $18.00 Value, $20.00 Special or $23.00 Premium, comes with a free hot dog and Pepsi at the game.
Discounts for Children, Students and SeniorsTarget Field has discount days for children and seniors on selected days. Visit the Twins' website for the latest information on discount tickets for kids, students, and the over 55's.
Avoid Online Ticket Purchase FeesThe MLB charges a convenience fee of $3.25 per ticket, an order processing fee of $3.50, and an extra $2.00 to print your tickets at home. Ouch. To buy tickets without the fees, buy advance tickets in person at the Target Field Box office, the ticket windows are accessible from First Avenue and Sixth Street. Or take your chances that tickets will be available on game day.
The Resale Ticket MarketStubHub is the official ticket resale outlet for MLB, and tickets can be had at a discount, or for several times their face value. StubHub is for individual fans to sell tickets that they can't use, and the seller sets the price. Waiting until just before the game can get you the best deal as sellers lower their prices to get rid of their unwanted tickets, as long as you can take the risk that they may all be sold. Stubhub also charges fees for their service so StubHub works best for getting higher priced tickets at a discount.
Unofficially, craigslist is another resale outlet for Minnesota Twins tickets. Scams are common in the ticket resale market, but there are also plenty of legitimate ticket sellers, and if you use common sense you can usually avoid being ripped off.