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March 14, 2011 9:51 PM

Took the new camera out for a spin at the ballpark today, and I happened to catch the removal of the winter blanket.

As you can see, the grass was surprisingly green, though the patches from last year were pretty obvious. They've certainly got lots of work ahead of them.

And the dirt! What a mess. But I understand that they expect to replace it every year.

Officially, they're preparing for the first Gopher game, which is scheduled for April 1. And I have a hunch that they want to take advantage of the rain predicted for tomorrow afternoon.

Tomorrow, we'll take a closer look at the new Twins Tower.


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GREEN GRASS!! Thanks Rick!

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 9:58 PM by ole Highlight this comment 1

Now that's a sight for sore eyes! Something green instead of white/gray. Maybe I'll get me some of that "grass" in my yard someday.

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 10:01 PM by fiesta Highlight this comment 2

Spring is-a-coming!

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 10:09 PM by The Sooj Highlight this comment 3

awesome pics, were u able to get inside the stadium?

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 10:10 PM by Vikeologist Highlight this comment 4

Yep. I was there just to get some shots of the place starting to wake up, and I got lucky on the grass. They may be hoping to take advantage of the rain predicted for tomorrow.

Actually, the building proper doesn't really sleep. It's a hotbed of corporate events all year round. This was obvious as I walked through the Carew Atrium, which was set up for a forthcoming event.

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 10:17 PM by Rick 5

Chances are they repair winter kill with green LED lights.

Posted on March 14, 2011 at 11:03 PM by N.D. (aka N.D. "Rube") Highlight this comment 6

Thank Rick, I needed some positive news tonight!

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 12:06 AM by tk Highlight this comment 7

What a great sight after a very long Minnesota winter!

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 07:32 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 8

Attempted to do the Twins Season Ticket presale, kept getting the, "We're sorry, we were unable to process your request due to high transaction volumes. Please try to submit your request again."

Good times, not worth the wait/hassle to get a game I did not draft.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:22 AM by TK Highlight this comment 9

Holy Schnikeys!! My first time doing one of these ticket pre-sales and it is not playing nice with me. I go to schedule then choose July 16 or July 1. Enter code and get the "We're sorry..." message. Anyone have some tips or success stories? Perhaps I will have my wife do this as she was able to get opening day seats last week.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:29 AM by NotMendoza Highlight this comment 10

I got the we're sorry page right at 10:00 but it had a field where I could still put my code. I put it in and it let me onto the page.

Friendly tip, lots of the popular games that didn't have any 2 or 4 seats still had 3 seat availibility. I was able to snag a 3 seater in dugout section 1 for the saturday 8/27 tigers game.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:41 AM by bp Highlight this comment 11

Nice snag is section 1! In future I will give 2/3 seats a shot as 4 can be tough. I eventually got my 4 seats in the family section to the Bert jersey retirement bash. Attempted 4 skyline deck/view for Brewers fireworks night and got the "seats not available in quantity" message. Ideally I would be in the overlook and those were not available at this time.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:51 AM by NotMendoza Highlight this comment 12

I'm getting that chance tommorow. Looking to get 3-4 seats for the May 23rd game vs Seattle. My kid and about 150 other trumphet players from around the world will be doing the national anthem for that game. Question. can you log in early like 9:55 or do they make you wait till 10:00 sharp?

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:53 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 13

Not sure about the early timing thing. I tried to get in 10 minutes prior but it kept giving me the refresh page up until right at 10:00. If you get the 'We're sorry" page, make sure to look at the bottom and see if there's a box to put your password. I thought I wasn't gonna get in cause the "We're sorry" part threw me off, but then noticed the password box and got in.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:57 AM by bp Highlight this comment 14


The waiting rooms start about 10-15min before the start time.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:58 AM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 15

Thanks guys!

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 11:06 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 16

With 4 or 5 various waves of these pre-sale times do you think the Twins are releasing certain batches of seats as they go through the sales? Those with times tomorrow might get a little ticked if pretty much everything is already gone before they even get a swing at it.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 11:35 AM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 17

Makes me thinks nuthing but crumbs for the general public sale on Saturday!

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 11:40 AM by TwinkFan Highlight this comment 18

I've got a sick kid home today, so I'm hitting some small tasks when things are calm. Anybody know of a good printable Twins schedule online?

The team used to have one on their web site (a site which somehow seems to get less useful and more convoluted with each visit), but there doesn't seem to be one there for 2011.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 11:44 AM by Rick 19

The Twins are always gradually releasing tickets....just gotta get lucky and hit the site at the right times.

I got some very good tickets to some "premium" games last year by checking the ticketing site a couple of weeks prior to those games.

Nonetheless, I am not very confident regarding the presale tomorrow and am not expecting anything. The same thing can be said regarding Saturday. Perhaps, the best bet is to line up at the ticket window itself. Or if you are serious enough, take a smart phone/laptop and access the free wi-fi while waiting in line at Target Field box office.

Not sure if it depends on what time you enter the virtual waiting room? I have heard those waiting rooms "re-set" when the designated time arrives meaning everyone is fair game at that moment regardless of when you enter the virtual waiting room. Not sure if this is true or not?

Last week, I was in the Home Opener virtual waiting room since 9:50 and didn't get into the ticketing site until well after 10:15 so I am not sure if it really matters because some other people said they got right in at 10am and purchased their tickets at 10:03.

Are there any tricks to those waiting rooms? Does it really matter what time you enter the room or does it ultimately matter at 10am?

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 11:55 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 20

Heres a link to an excel schedule if that's what you mean.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 11:53 AM by bp Highlight this comment 21

Rick, ESPN has a good printable schedule

click link

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 11:56 AM by Mike Highlight this comment 22

Thanks, bp, but I'm looking for a 2011 version of this:

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 11:58 AM by Rick 23

Rick I got one of those at the Majestic shop at TF, or one close to it.

Did anyone today try and see if there were Opening Day tickets? DSP tweeted that there still were some.

The general public is going to be angry come Saturday. It is going to be very hard for the casual fan to get tickets to games. Coincidence that the Twins are railing against scalpers and Stubhub at a time when most fans will HAVE to go that route to get tickets? Deflecting criticism?

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 12:12 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 24

There wasn't an icon link to click on for opening day when I was logged on so I don't believe so.

Yeah, they really shouldn't give STH an opportunity to buy tickets to EVERY game. Should be some sort of cap. I called my ticket rep on Monday to make sure I understood the process and he said a STH could theoretically buy 600 some tickets. What?

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 12:25 PM by bp Highlight this comment 25

Ah, I get it. No free printable schedule, but you're welcome to buy one from the team. That would fit with an emerging theme for the 2011 season.

I'm going to hold out hope that it was just an oversight which can be corrected relatively quickly...

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 12:27 PM by Rick 26


I emailed the Twins about the same schedule you're looking for. I received a response that it will be available on the website sometime before single game tickets go onsale Saturday.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 12:36 PM by FD Highlight this comment 27

PatMeares, Home Opener seats were not available during this presale, was not even indicated.

About 4-6 days out last year, I checked the site religiously and found the Twins release Opening tickets. Just check back frequently and hopefully get lucky.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 12:48 PM by tk Highlight this comment 28

I've already got 4 tickets to Home Opener, I was just curious. I was able to get 2 more last year in the days leading up to Home Opener too.

Rick, the schedule at the Majestic shop was free. They are just up by the register. Not sure they are as big as the one you are looking for though.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 1:15 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 29

I take back my snide insinuation!

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 1:31 PM by Rick 30

DSP said on twitter that there will be OD tickets and tickets to all games on 3/19. My guess is that they will open tickets as a new group of buyers start.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 1:45 PM by Joe117 Highlight this comment 31

Anyone with full season plans having any luck with the "exclusive" presale today?

From other friends who had their chances today, it sounds like availability has been very slim. It's only going to be worse tomorrow when the partial plan holders have their chances unless the Twins somehow release more tickets tomorrow, who knows.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 2:47 PM by Mike Highlight this comment 32

So for Kids Days on Sunday with the whole Blue Bunny promotion, I know in the past I've taken my fiancee's son down on the field afterwards and I just realized that they can also do an autograph session before the game. This year I plan on taking the little guy and his cousin (it'll be a day before his birthday and his first EVER Twins game). Do you have to buy a ticket under the promotion to meet the Twins player before hand, or is it just be a kid? I know the base running was for all kids.

I figure even if it's just the baserunning for all kids and the autograph session is just for the promotional tickets that he will have a birthday and a first Twins experience to remember.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 3:03 PM by Schda Highlight this comment 33

With the way DSP has been talking about the "scalpers gobbling up all the tickets" I am guessing they are selectively making seats available in these pre-sales...

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 3:04 PM by tk Highlight this comment 34

Let me add, if that is the case, I am okay with that...However, it would be nice to get to a couple extra games.

And also with the 8 ticket limit that people had mentioned. You have to buy all 8 tickets together (not able to buy 2 in this section and go back in and find another 2 for another section, etc).

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 3:08 PM by tk Highlight this comment 35

Could those that have been through the presale today give some more detail? Is it that there are 0 tickets AT ALL for some games, or that there weren't necessarily tix where you wanted them? And were the apparently unavailable games the ones you'd expect, like Yankees and Brewers, or were even less desirable games unavailable? Trying to figure out strategy for tomorrow.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 3:34 PM by ClarkAddison Highlight this comment 36

Many of the games that people were likely to go after did not have much availability. If there was availability, it went quickly. I was not able to find tickets together for July 1 or August 5, and other more desired games, but could find small availability for the Interleague schedule (upper deck/field box).

If you wanted a single, you could pretty much choose your spot.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM by tk Highlight this comment 37

I got in line at TF at 9:15 this morning. I was sixth in line and it was nice that they opened all 8 windows at 9:56. It took twenty-five minutes to get tickets to six games. The computer system was very slow and I felt made for the ticket salesman. They did not seem to have many Overlook seats available. I got two games in row 5 of 136 and 138. It was also difficult to get WC tickets to take my parents, but I got four in the HR Porch Terrace and Diamond Box. I could have gotten WC in Dugout Box 17, but I would not be able to relax while watching for foul balls. I also got a few games in 323, row 13 for a little variety.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 3:40 PM by buzz Highlight this comment 38

Availability for April/May/September was good.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 3:41 PM by tk Highlight this comment 39

Hello All,

Here's how the presale went for me today. I was able to get out of the virtual waiting room a little after 10am. I spent an hour trying to find any tickets for games I wanted to go to, only getting the "due to high demand" error code. Around 11:15 I got a session timed out notice and back into the virtual waiting room I went. 15 minutes later I was back in. I found tickets for about 10 games. One by one putting them into my cart. Which gave me about 6 minutes to find more tickets or complete the sale. If the 6 minutes ran out the tickets in my cart would be released back into the system. It was quite stressful. I would try to find tickets to a popular game or series and not find any 2 seats together, while watching the time tick down on the ones in my cart. I'd have to hurry and find a weekday Royals game to put tickets in my cart and refresh my 6 minutes. I didn't want to gamble on losing the tickets I had, so I completed the sale. The password is just a one time use deal. So if you're buying don't checkout until you've got what you want. There's no getting back in. I would've bought more, but it was too risky!

I hope this helps anybody buying tomorrow. There was zero availability for the Yankee series and the Aug 5th Hrbek/Gant bobblehead game.

Good Luck and Go Twins!

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 3:47 PM by Marco Polo Highlight this comment 40

What do you guys pay in additional fees when purchasing season tickets?

I went to pay my buddy for tickets he offered to a couple of games that his group had available from their 40-game plan - Sec 106. I know the season ticket price is listed at $40. These are both premium games to which the single ticket price is $50. Now, this transaction is with a friend of a cousin of a friend of a friend, so I'm not 100% certain who to believe, but my buddy says that the main account holder told him "he just wants $40 a ticket, that's what he paid." So, that's all he got, for now. This is a good friend and I want to do it right by him, so it got me to wondering... how much is the original buyer really out for that seat?

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 4:22 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 41

There are no fees added to season tickets. You are charged the season ticket price for that seat, times the amount of seats, times how many games you have. Season ticket packages do not take into account "premium" games.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 4:25 PM by PatMeares Highlight this comment 42

Schweady, yes it is exactly $40 per ticket. I have a 2 diamond box seats in a 40 game plan that cost exactly $1,600.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 4:26 PM by Foo Dog Bob Highlight this comment 43

should have said I'm splitting a 40 game plan. so 20 games cost me $1600

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 4:27 PM by Foo Dog Bob Highlight this comment 44

schweady - the season ticket buyer pays no additional fees for tickets. Just the season ticket price times the number of seats times the number of games in package. Its one of the perks of a season ticket package. The price printed on the tickets reflects the "game day" price for that section/seat, which probably helps the scalpers because they can say $50 face value when they only paid the $40.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 4:29 PM by Stevie B Highlight this comment 45

Yeah the timer ticking down gets to you real quick. Could anyone find overlook tickets in the virtual room? I didn't even see a bubble for checking those. Maybe I was just too worked up to notice. I was using mostly the "best available" button for tickets but if I had a little more time and wasn't so worried about being booted I would have tried to get skyline or overlook tickets.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 5:04 PM by bp Highlight this comment 46

The timer ticking down was not an issue for me today as I gave up after 17 minutes in the virtual waiting room and then over 30 minutes of getting this message: "We're sorry, we were unable to process your request due to high transaction volumes. Please try to submit your request again."

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 5:42 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 47

Interesting ticket discussion today. What are people's thoughts on ticket demand for 2011? I personally think this is a much better schedule than 2010. Especially for the premier months of June, July, and August.

Buzz has the right idea. I think the Overlook is without question the best bang for the buck spot in the ballpark. I sat out there a few times last season and it is pretty nice.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 5:51 PM by Max Highlight this comment 48

The Overlook is a great seat. Last year there was no discount for groups if they bought tickets in the Overlook, so most of the tickets remained for the single game sale. This year, the Overlook is more a part of the group program with a $2 discount for group purchases and most of the tickets are already taken by group presale.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 5:56 PM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 49

I had to go through about 10 games before I was able to find a pair of seats in the overlook, which a friend also calls the Hangover. Oh well, they are one of the cooler seats in the stadium and I wish they allowed season tickets there as I would definately try to have my seats there.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 6:20 PM by Duffman Highlight this comment 50

Ticket demand should be very high this year. It still comes down to good weather and a winning team. No one wants to go see a loser out in the cold.

I was able to buy a few overlook games. I did get 8 on July 4th to take the family. It's a fun place to sit and compared to our regular view seats, it's nice to be down on the main level for a few games.

I wanted to get a few games out there for Thome 600th. He's going to have to hit it on July 4th for me to get a shot. I wont hesitate to punch my Brother in the face to get that ball. He's had it coming for a long time anyway!

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 6:24 PM by Marco Polo Highlight this comment 51

I foolishly bought two tickets, x'd out, and couldn't get back in. Then I read the instructions about clicking on "select more games" in the shopping cart, but couldn't find the cart, and lunch break was ending anyway. I wonder if there is a way to get back tomorrow, find the shop cart, etc., but probably not without the password working. Not a big deal. We are lucky to have the presale at all. Regarding season ticket prices, i would add interest (paid or foregone) and risk, to the cost. You might want to offer the main guy a price between cost and face value. Still a good deal for you, and it might even get you some priority in the future. I used to always charge the discount price, but the last two years have not been favorable for my credit card offers. Now I sell below cost to those who pay early, and as long as they are flexible with game dates, will get earlier choices. I charge above the discount price to those who prefer waiting or have to wait to pay. They still get the hottest ticket in town below face value and don't have their money tied up all winter.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 8:28 PM by robin Highlight this comment 52

The only Overlook tickets that I found were good, that were not in Row 6 in Section 136, was for Easter Sunday against the Indians.

I had tickets in my cart and had 3 minutes to complete my last transaction when I had a session time out, so I unfortunately was released tickets and had to reselect. I had lots of the "We're sorry, we were unable to process your request due to high transaction volumes. Please try to submit your request again."

After getting that message, I too became nervous and stressed, and I just went ahead found 2 games I thought I would enjoy.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 8:38 PM by tk Highlight this comment 53

I generally charge family/friends face or slightly under value when I sell, and I help my buyers understand of the upfront money that I have had to invest to get those tickets (money down starting in October), and if they were to purchase online, they would have to pay another an additional $10 for transaction fees beyond face value.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 8:42 PM by tk Highlight this comment 54

I have been keeping my eye on a couple of high-demand games at StubHub to see if there is a surge of tickets purchased today turning up there for resale, and for a few of those games a couple hundred tickets were added today.

However, there are still few tickets from the Grandstand, Pavilion, or Skyline Deck sections available on StubHub. So either those are being held back for group sales, or they are holding back tix in those sections for sale to the general public on Saturday.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 8:54 PM by ClarkAddison Highlight this comment 55

got back from ST , had a blast.. i hightly reccomend the Crown Plaza bell towers, they have shuttles that take you everywhere.. to the games, to bars.. everywhere that is fairly close.. thye picked us up in downtown ft myers drunk stumbling out of the clubs... if you wanna stay in ft myers on a better than days in but less than the W budget, this is the place! 5pm happy hour til 8 free food a dollar beers.. great places to eat in the bell tower shops .. cant wait til next year!

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 9:16 PM by mazaratirick Highlight this comment 56

For those who bought tix at TF directly, a couple of questions:
1. Do you avoid the "convenience" and ordering charges by buying at TF instead of online?
2. What proof do you need that you're a STH? Just a copy of your email? Your STH card?
3. How many people were in line at 9:45? How far in advance do you need to show up to avoid a line of 50+ people?

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 9:41 PM by br Highlight this comment 57

Just curious, does the system restrict you from having more than 8 tickets to a game in your cart?

...or does it stop you at checkout?

...or does it go through, and then your order is subject to cancellation?

I know everyone was probably too frantic to test the system, but let me know if you did. I plan on staying within the limits tomorrow, but I was just wondering if I could get away with selecting more than 8 for a game, then drop some before checkout. Thanks!

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 9:45 PM by bobby Highlight this comment 58

Thanks for the answers on ST pricing. Makes me feel better that my buddy wasn't just being nice while actually taking a hit (Don't ask... he's like that.) I owe him a favor, I guess: Buying those from the Twins would probably be around $53-55 apiece. Buying on SH would have set me back $57.50 each, and that's if I could get them at face. Fat chance of that!

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:06 PM by schweady Highlight this comment 59

br, I can answer one of your questions, I believe you are not charged any fees if you go purchase and speak to a person at the ticket window, maybe $1/ticket, but I think the $1/ticket is only charged at the electronic tellers at TF.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:17 PM by tk Highlight this comment 60

br- 1. No fees.  You pay only the price on the ticket.  
2. Just bring a photo ID.  One guy used his work badge because he did not have his driver license. They also asked for your ST account # & PW.  I wrote it on a piece of paper and gave it to them with my CC.
3. I recommend getting to gate 6 at TF early with a newspaper or radio. My 45 minute wait paid off. I was one of the first 8 in line, and first in line at one of the 8 ticket windows.  It took a lot of time to figure out there were no seats at a game I wanted and then more time to have them pull up another game.  I would have waited more than 45 minutes if I was 17th in line if got there at 10.

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:39 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 61

On Sunday, I had a great time watching the Twins v Yankees on my iPod touch MLB At Bat app & the Twins v Phillies game on my wife's iPod at the same time!  Never watched two live Twins games at the same time before.  I got the value of the 14.99 I paid back in those three hours. 

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 10:50 PM by Buzz Highlight this comment 62

Yea Buzz I had a similar setup on Sunday. Pretty sweet to have the Twins vs Yankees on YES in HD and dialing up the Twins vs Phillies on the iPhone!!

Anyone know what days they are selling the Bud Roof Deck this season? Last year it was Thursday & Saturdays...

Maz: what restaurant/bars did you hit up? I see LEN3 & Joe C were raving about Grimaldi's last night on Twitter...

Posted on March 15, 2011 at 11:31 PM by Max Highlight this comment 63


8 tickets is the max per game. Also, you can only make one ticket purchase per game. So if you find 2 in the overlook and put them in your cart, then you can't purchase any other tickets for that game. It will tell you that where the error code usually pops up, but it's easy to miss. It gets a bit frantic and you forget which games you actually were able to get tickets too. If you find yourself running out of time click on a weekday game in September and put a ticket in your cart. You can delete it before you checkout and it will buy you 6 more minutes. (I wish I had thought of that earlier today) Also, go to the bathroom around 9:55. Trust me.

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 12:52 AM by Marco Polo Highlight this comment 64

The only dates this year that the Twins are selling single game tickets for the Bud Deck are Thursdays

Posted on March 16, 2011 at 01:51 AM by clublevelfan Highlight this comment 65

You’re the one with the brains here. I’m wtacihng for your posts.

Posted on May 22, 2011 at 07:46 AM by Janaye Highlight this comment 66

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