The newest trend in sports will excite fans while keeping money in their pockets. With how outrageously expensive food at sporting events have become, some teams are looking to combat prices and offer friendly prices for their guests.
The Atlanta Falcons started this trend, offering great value for their food and beverages. Other teams in Atlanta have kept the trend going, like the Hawks and Atlanta FC. Now, a Major League Baseball team are jumping on the bandwagon of offering affordable prices at their concessions.
The Minnesota Twins announced today that they will be offering family-friendly concession prices for the 2019 season. The move will hope to attract more kids and families to the ballpark. These prices will be offered at two different stands in Target Field and will feature popular items like Hot Dogs, Nachos, Popcorn and Soda. The announcement also includes 12oz Budweiser or Bud Light for $5.
Pete Spike, who is the general manager for the team’s exclusive food, beverage and retail partner commented on the announcement. “We’re excited to offer some of our most popular food items at a price that allows the whole family to enjoy a great meal while taking in a game,” Spike said.
In 2018, the Twins’ attendance figures were down on a per game basis. In 2010, the team were averaging close to 40,000 fans per game Last season, the Twins were averaging just over 24.000 fans per game.
Minnesota were ranked 8th of 15 in the American League. Attendance numbers were down across the league for the majority of teams, however. During the season Minnesota finished with a 59-103 record (2016), they actually averaged 60 more fans per game on a nightly basis. They also had a smaller payroll at the time.
As a whole, the Cleveland Indians were the only competitive team in the AL Central last season. The Twins finished 13 games behind he Indians for first place. Losing certainly played a role in the declining numbers, but as mentioned, the Twins have had a worse record before and brought in more fans.
Hopefully, this concessions price move will bring more families to the ballpark. Cleveland are expected to win the division again, so if the Twins can fight for a wild-card berth, there will be excitement down the line for Minnesota.