Last updated on August 20th, 2019
It’s Twins Season again! I’m so excited. Baseball is always marketed as a family-friendly event. And it is. But once you start adding up the cost for tickets, parking, food and everything else the costs quickly get out of control. Over the years, I’ve found a few ways to save money at Target Field, including everyones favorite, Dollar Dog night!
Money Saving Tips at Target Feild
Discount Twins Ticket
1. The Students Discount
The MN Twins just announced a new way that Students can see a Twins Game. For a while now Rasmussen has been sponsoring students night. But they have made things easier than ever to get tickets. For just $5 Students can purchase their tickets through the MLB.com Ballpark app.
To sign up, students can visit twinsbaseball.com/student or text STUDENT to 51655. From there, they will receive a text message the day the offer becomes available. They will then click on the link to redeem the offer.
The seats are standing room only tickets. With so many great venues to hang out, you are bound to find a great place to watch the game. My favorites are in the outfield, and behind home plate. There is also a great place to watch the game on the top floor, directly behind home plate. You can hang out with the Organ player, Sue Nelson. When you have Twins standing room only tickets, move around a little and watch the game from as many different vantage points as you can.
2. Military Discount Tickets
Active and retired members of the military receive half off admission for seats in the home plate view. The discount can be used for three of their guests too. You just need a Military ID. See: MLB.com for more details on eligibility.
3. Kids get in free
If your kid is under 30″ tall, they get in free as a lap child. I’ve used this option a few times. In most cases, there is an empty seat near by they can sit on. Otherwise they hang out watching from your lap.
4. Discounts for Everyone Else
If you are not a student and are still looking for discount Twins tickets, you just have to be a little more flexible. Tickets prices vary by time of year, the day of the week, and by the team, we are playing. The best deals are Extra Value Home games with tickets as low as $6. The Value Game tickets are as low as $11. For full details check out their schedule.
5. Avoid Ticket Fees
My biggest gripe when purchasing ticket is the convinence fees online. By the time I put the $20 tickets in my cart and start getting to checkout, only to find out that my tickets are almsot double becuase of the extras. To avoid the fees, puchase your tickets at the box office. If you aren’t looking for seats right up front, you can usually purchase tickets on game day.
Target Field Food Deals
6. Free Soda
Not planning on drinking alcohol at the game? Sign up to be a Budweiser Good Sport. In doing so, you will be you’ll be entered in a drawing for a free prize during the beginning of the 8th inning. You also receive a voucher for a free small soda. Which in normal people sizes, is like a large drink! All you need is to fill out your name and seat information. You can redeem this drink at any of the traditional food booths. They do not accept the voucher in any restaurants.
7. Twins Dollar Dogs
On Wednesday Nights, hot dogs are only $1 at the Hennepin Grille and Taste of Twins Territory concessions stands. These go quickly so make sure you get them before the 2nd inning. They only have 20,000 per game and you are limited to 2 per person. When money is tight, these are an amazing way to fill up on the traditional ballpark food.
8. Other Discounted Foods
New for 2019, the Twins have teamed up with Delaware North Sports Service to bring in more family-friendly pricing to some of the fan favorite foods. They are only going to be available at the State Fair Concessions located in sections 133 and 327, just outside the Cub Foods Family section.
• Schweigert™ Hot Dog – $4
• Nachos – $4
• Soft Pretzels – $4
• Peanuts – $3
• Popcorn – $3
• 16oz Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew or Sierra Mist – $2
• 12oz Budweiser or Bud Light – $5
Everyone can take advantage of this pricing. They are also using self-checkout concessions to help move people through the lines a quicker longer, allowing you to get back to the game a little quicker.
9. Bring Your Own Food
Target Field has some amazing food. But your total can add up quick. Bring in your own Food and Beverages. Target Field allows you to bring in unopened water bottles 32 oz or less, or soft-sided juice boxes. They also have water filling stations for your water bottles. You can also bring in food as long as it’s in a soft-sided cooler and cannot be used as a projectile. Things like whole apples are not allowed because you could throw them, but if they are pre-cut, you’re good to go. I’ve never had a problem with this one. For full details on what you can and can not bring, check out Target Field A-Z.
On the right night, you can get a hot dog, a soda and if you bring some chips from home… you’ll have a pretty good meal for the low cost of $1!
10. Great Food for Better Prices
The other food hack I found is to visit some of the restaurants, like Herbeks or the Townball Tavern. Their prices almost match what you will find at the other stands, but these are made fresh and have a higher quality. I actually think they save a few dollars because you don’t buy as many impulse items like you would at the stands. Just something to think about.
11. Bundled Tickets
Want to get even more of a deal, look for ticket packages or days that have giveaways associated with them! Cub Foods Family Section packages start at $17 and include Free Soda and Hotdog with the ticket. And if you mix that with a Sunday game, your kids can get autographs before the game and access to the field to run the bases after the game. Trust me, it’s a treat!
12. Theme Nights at Target Field
In addition to ticket packages with food, there are also theme nights with guaranteed giveaway opportunities. These range from Scrub Nights to Margarita night. My favorite Zubazpalooza where you get your own pair of Minnesota Twins Zubaz! These are nights are great if you are looking to get some fresh MN Twins Gear. There is no need to get their early and stand in line trying to get the hot giveaways.
13. The Light Rail Train
Depending on the size of the group, Metro Transit may be the best option for saving money at Target Field. The train drops off right in front of the stadium and you can get an all-day pass for around $4.50 during the week. If you are going to a weekend game, you can do a little better by getting an all-day pass for $3.50.
If you are a student. Students will also get a free ride pass. To find out more head over to TwinsBaseball.com/sutdent.
14. Parking Near Target Field
If you are traveling with over 3 people, save yourself the hassle and just park in Ramp A or B. Cost is $10-$15 for a game. The ramps can be accessed from highway 394 heading East in the Cities and exit back onto the highway too.
These are just some money-saving tips when enjoying Minnesota Baseball. The Twins are always finding new ways to save you some money and make baseball accessible to everyone. It’s part of the reason I love the sport so much and why it’s on my list of Minnesota Road Trip Ideas | 28 Things That Open for Road Trip Season. For more money saving tips around the Twin Cities, check out 28 Free Museums in the Twin Cities. Do you know any other great ideas for saving money at Target Field?
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