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Twins possible postseason run has businesses just as excited as fans

Updated: September 26, 2019 10:43 PM

The Minnesota Twins reaching the postseason doesn't just mean good things for the team. It also means big things for downtown Minneapolis businesses, and they're already seeing dollar signs.

After the Twins officially locked up the division Wednesday night, fans stopped by Target Field Thursday just to take it all in.

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"We just had to be here be by it," said Nancy Trudgeon, a fan from Brooklyn Park."They're awesome!"

While the team finishes the season on the road and will start the postseason on the road, fans know they'll be back home for Game 3 of the American League Division Series in just about a week-and-a-half, maybe even with a chance to advance to the next round in front of their home fans.

"The benefit economically is at least tenfold," said Tim Mahoney, owner of Loon Cafe.

Loon Cafe is within walking distance from the stadium, and Mahoney knows the crowds a playoff run brings in.

"The economic impact it has for our community and downtown, you know, it's unfathomable," Mahoney said.

"It's the parking lots, it's the hotels, it's all of those, it's the stores, it's selling merchandise," said Joanne Kaufman, the executive director of the Warehouse District Business Association, which is home to Target Field.

It's been nine years since the team last clinched a division title. All season long, businesses have benefited as the team's momentum and the excitement surrounding it have grown. Everyone hopes it's not going to stop anytime soon.

"If they get past the first round of the playoffs and beat the Yankees, let me tell you something, this town is going to explode and I can't wait," said Mahoney.

Excitement surrounding Twins builds after team clinches division title

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