New guidelines allow more fans in stands in Minnesota

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Fans of the Minnesota Twins, Wild and Timberwolves were greeted with positive news Friday as Governor Tim Walz announced new and expanded attendance guidelines for large venues.

Per the guidelines for seated outdoor venues, the Twins can have 10,000 spectators in attendance for their home opener against the Seattle Mariners on April 8.

“The Minnesota Twins organization is thrilled that the new state guidelines announced today by Governor Tim Walz and the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) pave the way for the safe return of our fans to Target Field for the upcoming 2021 season, beginning with our April 8 home opener.

“Our singular focus remains on the health, safety and well-being of every person that enters Target Field; to that end, we are currently reviewing the new guidance to ensure our comprehensive re-opening plan adheres to all MDH and Minneapolis Health Department directives. We will announce next steps, including our full ballpark protocols and ticket plans, in the very near future.”

As for the Wild, a maximum of 3,000 fans will be permitted at Xcel Energy Center beginning April 5 when the team hosts the Colorado Avalanche.

“We can’t wait to welcome more fans to watch Minnesota Wild games at Xcel Energy Center starting April 5,” Wild president Matt Majka said. “Our organization has spent a tremendous amount of time and energy working in collaboration with Governor Walz and his staff, the Minnesota Department of Health as well as the other professional sports teams in town to make sure the protocols we have in place will allow our passionate fans the ability to watch Wild games in a safe and enjoyable manner. We have truly missed the energy and excitement our fans bring to Xcel Energy Center.”

The Timberwolves will also have a maximum of 3,000 fans inside Target Center for the team’s game against the visiting Sacramento Kings on April 5.

“Timberwolves fans are the heartbeat of our organization and we can’t wait to welcome them back to Target Center,” Timberwolves CEO Ethan Casson said.

-Field Level Media

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