The Minnesota Twins will host TwinsFest, the largest annual fundraiser for the Minnesota Twins Community Fund, this weekend at Target Field. In addition, tickets for the 2017 Home Opener against the Kansas City Royals on Monday, April 3 will go on sale starting at 4:00 p.m. CT on Friday, Jan. 27 in conjunction with the start of TwinsFest. The first 30,000 fans in attendance for the Home Opener on April 3 will receive a Twins long sleeve hooded tee (Adult M or XL). Tickets will be made available via www.twinsbaseball.com, by calling 612-33-TWINS (612-338-9467), 800-33-TWINS (800-338-9467) or in-person at the Target Field Box Office.
TwinsFest presented by U.S. Bank will provide Twins fans with exclusive and intimate baseball experiences throughout the course of the weekend. New in 2017, themes for each event day have been announced:
- Friday at TwinsFest will commemorate the 30th anniversary of the 1987 World Series Champion Minnesota Twins. The experience will consist of a special autograph session with members of the 1987 team including Bert Blyleven, Dan Gladden, Kent Hrbek, Gene Larkin, Tim Laudner, Al Newman, Roy Smalley, coach Tony Oliva, and manager Tom Kelly. In addition, historic 1987 memorabilia with Twins artifacts will be on display, fans can attend a roundtable interview on the U.S. Bank Stage, as well as photo opportunities with the 1987 World Series Trophy.
- Saturday will celebrate great moments in Twins History. The first base lounge will host special themed autograph opportunities, focusing on honorable milestones and historic moments throughout the organization. Autograph sessions will be highlighted by Eric Milton, Jack Morris and Mudcat Grant's mound magic; hitting heroes Michael Cuddyer and Joe Mauer; Brian Dozier's record-breaking 42 home run season; as well as baseball's best Paul Molitor and Bert Blyleven.
- Returning again in 2017, Sunday will be Kids Day. Children 14 and under will have unique opportunities including discounted autograph sessions, free batting cages, and a Kids Auction hosted by Joe Mauer and Dick Bremer.
TwinsFest runs Friday, Jan. 27 from 4:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Saturday, Jan. 28 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Sunday, Jan. 29 from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. and will include more than 60 current, former and future Twins players and coaches throughout the weekend. Visit www.twinsbaseball.com/twinsfest for the complete schedule of appearances. Travel by any Metro Transit bus or METRO Line and your ride is free (for more information visit metrotransit.org).
The Twins Community Fund was established as a nonprofit organization in 1991 and its mission is to enrich local and regional communities by providing resources for the healthy development of children and families through an 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, 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 www.twinscommunityfund.org.
Additionally, single-game tickets for the 2017 season at Target Field will go on sale beginning February 25 and Twins season tickets are also currently on sale via www.twinsbaseball.com and by calling 612-33-TWINS (612-338-9467) or 800-33-TWINS (800-338-9467).