Updated: May 13, 2021 08:24 PM
Created: May 13, 2021 09:45 AM
Thursday, the Minnesota Twins announced capacity increases for Target Field as COVID-19 restrictions loosen.
For the team's remaining home games in May, Target Field will operate at 60% capacity. That will increase to 80% for the 12 home Twins games in June before moving to 100% capacity starting July 5.
Tickets for the final 52 regular-season games at Target Field will go on sale at noon on May 20, according to the Twins.
"Our fans are what make baseball great, as they truly transform Target Field into our home ballpark, and a day or evening at the Twins game into lifelong memories," said club President & CEO Dave St. Peter. "To that end, we are grateful that our state and region continue to be on a path toward improved health and a return to normalcy, and we are absolutely thrilled to begin our measured, responsible and safe ramp up to 100 percent capacity at the ballpark. We look forward to continue bringing our community together through Twins baseball this season, and we cannot wait to see – and hear – a full house at Target Field."
The club said tickets will still be sold in "pods" of two or four seats for the games in May. For the June home games, season ticket holders will return to their normal seats and tickets will no longer be restricted to "pods."
The Twins said a limited number of physically distanced seats will remain available at Target Field for the rest of the season, upon request, by calling 1-800-33-TWINS.
Additionally, the team said fans ages 2 and older will still be required to wear face coverings at all times inside the ballpark, except when actively eating or drinking, until further notice. Current bag policies, as well as health and safety protocols, will remain in effect for the rest of the season.
More details on COVID safety guidelines and tickets are available online.
Just a few blocks away, the idea of more fans making their way downtown is welcome news for Modist Brewery.
"I'm excited, it's baseball season again," said Kale Anderson, co-owner of Modist Brewing.
Anderson echos what many bars and restaurants went through during this pandemic unable to fill these seats.
"It was a lot of confusion and nobody knowing what to do," Anderson said.
But Modist is ready to see some familiar faces before and after the games.
"It's really good to just see their faces again to know that they made it through everything and we made it through everything," Anderson said.
As fans see the zip ties and extra elbow room disappear, the Twins are thrilled to do their part in bringing Minnesota back together.
"We can't wait to welcome Minnesota back to Target Field," said Matt Hodson, Twins senior manager of business communications.
As capacity increases at Target Field, so too will the need for people to work the concessions. Delaware North, the stadium's concessions provider, will hold job fairs over the next month to hire part-time employees:
Candidates can pre-apply on Delaware North's website.
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