CHICAGO — The Minnesota Twins have announced plans to increase seating capacity at Target Field gradually over the course of the next couple of months, finally opening the park up fully near the beginning of July.
The Twins were limited to 10,000 fans to begin the season, but after Gov. Tim Walz announced a timeline to loosen COVID-19 restrictions across the state, the team will be able to hike that number up beginning on Friday.
Target Field will operate at 60 percent capacity during the rest of May, which will allow the club to more than double the number of fans that have been let in the stadium. At 60 percent capacity, the Twins will be able to host around 23,700 fans. Tickets will still be sold in pods of two or four.
They’ll stay at 60 percent until June. For the month of June, that number will hike to 80 percent, then on July 5, they will be able to accommodate 100 percent capacity for the final 40 regular-season games of the season. During June, season-ticket holders will be returning to their normal seating locations for the rest of the season.
Fans still will be required to wear a face covering at all times except while eating and drinking at the ballpark. Also, the club’s current bag policies will remain in place. The team expects to release a promotional schedule soon.
“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,” team president and CEO Dave. St Peter said in a release. “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.”