The Twins today announced two changes – one immediate and one beginning in July – aimed at speeding fan ingress at Target Field, while still providing a fan-friendly experience and, most important, continuing to uphold Major League Baseball guidelines regarding safety and security. Beginning with the Twins’ next homestand (June 11-19), fans will be able to enter Target Field without emptying their pockets; starting on July 5, only single-compartment (i.e. tote) bags, purses, clutch purses, clear bags, drawstring bags, diaper bags and medically-necessary items will be allowed in the ballpark (maximum size of 16”x16”x8”).
“The Minnesota Twins are committed to ensuring the Target Field experience remains one of the best in all of sports,” Twins President & CEO Dave St. Peter said. “Clearly, the safety of our fans and security of our venue is our highest priority. Those objectives are always central to our never-ending review of how we can improve the driveway-to-driveway experience for our fans. These changes, which are rooted in driving efficiencies within our security process, are designed to help improve ingress into Target Field, with the end result of getting our fans into the ballpark quickly and safely.”
Hold your phone (Beginning June 11)
Starting with the Twins-Seattle Mariners game on Tuesday, June 11, fans can keep personal items (cell phone, keys, wallet, etc.) in their pockets while going through security at all Target Field gates. Target Field magnetometers have been updated to recognize such common items, while still detecting firearms and other larger metal objects. This magnetometer detection setting has been successfully implemented at other professional sports facilities nationwide, and meets Major League Baseball’s Best Stadium Operating Procedures.
New bag policy (Beginning July 5)
The Twins will continue to have a fan-friendly bag policy; however, now with new restrictions that significantly reduce time required for security staff to check each bag and, subsequently, time spent by fans in line. Beginning with the Twins-Texas Rangers game on Friday, July 5, the club will move to a single-compartment bag policy (i.e., tote bags). Specifically:
Permitted at all gates (Maximum Size: 16”x16”x8”; those 9”x5” or under qualify for No-Bag “Express” Lanes)
Purses, Drawstring Bags, Clutch Purses, Diaper Bags, Single-compartment (Tote) Bags, Single-compartment, Soft-sided Coolers, Clear Bags, Medically-necessary Items
Backpacks, Duffel Bags, Multi-compartment Laptop Bags, Any bags larger than 16”x16”x8”
Additionally, the Twins will continue to have express lanes available at all Target Field gates for fans who come to the game without a bag, along with Sweet Spot lanes for Season Ticket Holders at Gates 6 and 34. Gate 34 will also continue to house a dedicated CLEAR lane, available to fans with a pre-existing membership or who sign up for a free CLEAR Sports membership at Target Field.
Finally, the Twins encourage fans to allow more time getting to and from Target Field. Road construction, parking and large walk-up crowds are likely to contribute to congestion at ballpark gates. Fans are asked to please consider all transportation options available, whether planning to drive, take transit, bike or walk.
Season, group and single-game tickets for the remainder of the 2019 season at Target Field are available via the MLB Ballpark App, at twinsbaseball.com, by calling 612-33-TWINS (612-338-9467) or 800-33-TWINS (800-338-9467), or in-person at the Target Field Ticket Office.