Gopher Football Spring Game – Free Admission and Activities

Football in spring? Yes, indeed! Join the Golden Gopher Football team this Saturday, 4/13 at TCF Bank Stadium for the 2019 Spring Game starting at 11 am. All events are free.

You’ll be able to see the University of Minnesota marching band as well as Goldy Gopher. Goldy’s Locker Room will be having a spring sale, and you’ll want to show up early as Abbott hosts a pre-game fan fest outside TCF Bank Stadium with food, music, and plenty of activities for children.

Student-athletes and head coach P.J. Fleck will remain on the field for 30 minutes after the game for an autograph session with fans.

Golfing Opens up for the Season at Three Rivers Park District

Three Rivers Park District Golfing

Is your favorite golf course open for the season?  Some have opened, while others are waiting to make sure the snow is officially gone.  If you happen to be like our neighbor, swinging the clubs in his driveway and waiting for the course to open, we have good news for you.  Golfing opens up for the season at Three Rivers Park District and they have four different locations to choose from.

 

2019 NCAA Final Four in Minneapolis – Free and Low-Cost Activities All Weekend (April 5th – 8th)

NCAA Final Four Minneapolis Logo

The 2019 NCAA Final Four is coming to Minneapolis! Even if you’re not a huge basketball fan, there are a lot of low- to no-cost activities available during Final Four weekend (April 5 – 8). Mark your calendars now!

Here’s a sneak peek of what’s going on:

NCAA Final Four Minneapolis Fan Fest

 

Final Four Fan Fest – Minneapolis Convention Center

Enjoy a sports wonderland of interactive games, special celebrity and athlete appearances, and autograph signings. They’ll have a Home Run Derby, free cheer clinics, a rock wall, and more.

Hours:

Friday, April 5 from 11 am – 7 pm
Saturday, April 6 from 10 am – 7 pm
Sunday, April 7 from 11 am – 6 pm
Monday, April 8 from 11 am – 6 pm

Ticket prices:

Adults: $8 in advance, $10 at the door
Kids 12 and under: FREE
Military (with valid ID): $4 in advance
Seniors (60+ with valid ID) and College Students (with valid ID): $4 in advance, $5 at the door
Capital One Cardholders: FREE entry (limit two) + Priority Access Lane

NCAA Final Four Minneapolis Activities

 

Final Four Friday – US Bank Stadium

On Friday, April 5 you’ll be able to check out each of the Final Four teams in their final open practice before Saturday’s national semifinal games. Admission is FREE and open to the public. You can also stick around for the College All-Star Game in the afternoon and catch an All-Star team autograph session.

NCAA Final Four Minneapolis Ready Set Dribble

 

Ready, Set, Dribble! – Minneapolis Convention Center

Youth ages 18 and under are invited to participate in this unique parade, joining thousands of fans dribbling their way through the heart of downtown Minneapolis. (Hopefully we won’t have an April blizzard!) Date and time is Sunday, April 7 at 2 pm. The first 3000 participants will receive a T-shirt, basketball, and entry into Final Four Fan Fest for participant(s) and accompanying adults.

This event is FREE, but pre-registration is required and must be completed at select local Buick dealerships. **Pre-registration is now closed. If space allows, limited onsite registration will begin at 1:30 pm.

NCAA Final Four Minneapolis March Music Madness Armory

 

*SOLD OUT* March Madness Music Series – The Armory

This FREE music series takes place Friday, April 5 through Sunday, April 7. Tickets are completely sold out.

  • Friday, April 5 at 7 pm – AT&T Block Party featuring The Chainsmokers
  • Saturday, April 6 at 7 pm – Jonas Brothers presented by Coca-Cola
  • Sunday, April 7 at 7 pm – Capital One Jamfest featuring Katy Perry and Zedd

Tip-Off Tailgate – Nicollet Mall

On your way to or from Final Four Fan Fest or the big games, stop by this FREE event for fun interactives and entertainment.

Check out the full schedule and more details HERE.

Minnesota Twins Ticket Promotions – 2019 Season (+ Ways to Save at the Game)

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It’s the Minnesota Twins home opener today! In recognition of the big day, I thought it would be helpful to point out the various Minnesota Twins ticket promotions that are currently available.

Minnesota Twins Ticket Promotions

If you’re planning to catch a Twins game (or two or three or more) this baseball season, you’ll want to check out this list of specials to see if any of them work for you. These are organized by day of the week, so you’ll see some duplicates. In addition, don’t forget that discount Twins tickets are available through Groupon!

And of course, you’ll want to check the Twins Promotions page to see if there are any giveaways at the game you’re planning to attend. They have some fun giveaways coming up like Twins Puffer Vests and Twins Plaid Flap Caps. (Just remember you have to get there early for the giveaways since they are usually limited to the first 10,000 fans.)
 

Every Day Twins Savings

 

  • Family Section
    Tickets in the alcohol-free family area (section 320) include a FREE Schweigert hot dog and Pepsi.


 

Sunday

 

  • Kids Day
    Every Sunday, kids meals are half price ($4). It includes a hot dog, choice of apple sauce or chips and choice of milk, soda, or juice box, all packaged in an activity bag with a crayon pack. Before the game, kids 12 and younger can get free autographs from a Twins player. Postgame, kids can run the bases.

 

Monday

 

  • Military Discount
    Active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests can buy half-price Diamond Box High or Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game. You can buy online and verify with GovX, or get this offer the day of the game at Target Field with a valid form of ID.
  • Senior Days
    Fans 55 and better receive a $5 discount on Field Box (sections 101-102; 126-127), Treasure Island Cove (sections 132-135) and Left Field Bleacher (128-131) tickets for all weekday day games. Offer available by phone and in-person only.
  • U.S. Bank Meal Deal
    Every Monday and Tuesday, purchase a U.S. Bank Home Run Porch View (sections 329-334) or Field Box High (sections 101-102; 126-127) ticket and receive a FREE Schweigert hot dog and Pepsi.

 

Tuesday

 

  • Military Discount
    Active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests can buy half-price Diamond Box High or Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game. You can buy online and verify with GovX, or get this offer the day of the game at Target Field with a valid form of ID.
  • Senior Days
    Fans 55 and better receive a $5 discount on Field Box (sections 101-102; 126-127), Treasure Island Cove (sections 132-135) and Left Field Bleacher (128-131) tickets for all weekday day games. Offer available by phone and in-person only.
  • U.S. Bank Meal Deal
    Every Monday and Tuesday, purchase a U.S. Bank Home Run Porch View (sections 329-334) or Field Box High (sections 101-102; 126-127) ticket and receive a FREE Schweigert hot dog and Pepsi.

 

Wednesday

 

  • Military Discount
    Active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests can buy half-price Diamond Box High or Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game. You can buy online and verify with GovX, or get this offer the day of the game at Target Field with a valid form of ID.
  • Schweigert Dollar-A-Dog Day
    Every Wednesday, hot dogs are just $1 at the Hennepin Grille and Taste of Twins Territory concession stands. Limit 20,000 per game; 2 per person. (These go quickly!)
  • Senior Days
    Fans 55 and better receive a $5 discount on Field Box (sections 101-102; 126-127), Treasure Island Cove (sections 132-135) and Left Field Bleacher (128-131) tickets for all weekday day games. Offer available by phone and in-person only.
  • Student Day
    Every Wednesday, Ballpark Access tickets are just $5 for students (kindergarten and up!) through the MLB Ballpark app. Text STUDENT to 51655 to receive Student Day offers. Students can also download a pass for a free Metro Transit ride to and from the ballpark on Student Day.

 

Thursday

 

  • Military Discount
    Active military members or veterans with a valid ID plus up to three guests can buy half-price Diamond Box High or Home Plate View tickets every Monday through Thursday game. You can buy online and verify with GovX, or get this offer the day of the game at Target Field with a valid form of ID.
  • Senior Days
    Fans 55 and better receive a $5 discount on Field Box (sections 101-102; 126-127), Treasure Island Cove (sections 132-135) and Left Field Bleacher (128-131) tickets for all weekday day games. Offer available by phone and in-person only.

 

Friday

 

  • All You Can Eat
    On designated Fridays, enjoy the All You Can Eat package when you purchase an All You Can Eat ticket in the Grandstand (sections 237-240). Purchasing a ticket in the Grandstand allows access to unlimited ballpark favorites. The All You Can Eat package is only available with a Grandstand ticket.
  • Senior Days
    Fans 55 and better receive a $5 discount on Field Box (sections 101-102; 126-127), Treasure Island Cove (sections 132-135) and Left Field Bleacher (128-131) tickets for all weekday day games. Offer available by phone and in-person only.

 

Tips for Saving Money (and Having Fun!) at Target Field

 
Bring your own food and water (yes, it’s allowed!).
You can bring your own food and water into Target Field! Just make sure it’s in a soft-sided container or bag (16″ x 16″ x 8″ or smaller), not a cooler. You can also bring in sealed, bottled water 32-oz. or less, and soft-sided single juice or milk containers for children. Food that could be thrown as a projectile (like an apple) should be sliced or sectioned. At the very least, bring an empty water bottle to fill while you’re there.

Park in Ramp A, B, or C…
This isn’t so much a money-saving tip as it is a time-saving tip…every time I go to Target Field I park in one of the ABC Ramps. Cost is anywhere from $12-$15 (A is cheapest) and it’s all connected via skyway. You can’t get lost. Seriously, it’s ridiculously easy. Plus, my kids love walking through the skyway. If you really want to pinch pennies, use a website like SpotHero or ParkWhiz to find and book your spot in advance.

…or take the Light Rail.
With the number of people I bring with me, it’s cheaper and easier for us to just pay for parking, but it might be more economical (and fun!) for you to take the Light Rail. The Blue and Green Lines both drop you off right at the ballpark. The Northstar Line is also available for those who live a little further out.

Don’t forget to visit the organist.
One stop we make every single time is to visit the Twins organist. (True story: I know her personally and she played the organ for my wedding.) Sue is a gem and she has a great view of the field. To find the organist, you’ll need to head to 2 Gingers Pub on the upper level of the stadium, directly behind home plate.

Watch the Twins Facebook page.
Before the 2019 season began I saw several discounted ticket offers available (via coupon code) through the Twins Facebook page. It can’t hurt to check!

Little kids get in free.
If your kiddo is less than 30″ in height, they’ll get in free to regular season games (provided you go with them and have a valid ticket, of course!). They must sit on your lap and not occupy an additional seat.

Be a designated driver.
The Good Sport program promotes responsible alcohol use and rewards designated drivers (reportedly with a free soda, but I’m not sure if they’ve changed anything for 2019). For more information, visit any of the Good Sport kiosks located on the Main Concourse near section 130 and on the Terrace Concourse near section 222.

Buy your concessions at the “State Fair” stands.
Two locations in Target Field have slightly discounted prices on hot dogs, nachos, soft pretzels, peanuts, popcorn, soft drinks, and specific beers. These lower-priced items are at the stadium’s two “State Fair” stands – Section 133 and Section 327.

Here’s what they offer:

  • Schweigert hot dog: $4
  • Nachos: $4
  • Pretzel: $4
  • Peanuts: $3
  • Popcorn: $3
  • Pepsi, Diet Pepsi, Mountain Dew or Sierra Mist: $2
  • Budweiser or Bud Light: $5

 

If you know of any other ways to save at Twins games, please leave a comment below!

 
Ways to Save at Minnesota Twins Games

Discount Timberwolves Tickets at Hy-Vee

Hy-Vee Timberwolves Tickets

Hy-Vee has a new Timberwolves tickets program in which you can get two tickets for $45 when you stop by one of their 10 metro area stores. These will be upper-level tickets with a savings of up to 40% list price.

(As of today, the Timberwolves’ record is 32-40 and they are ranked 10th in the Western Conference. Hey, 10th is better than 15th!)

Minnesota Wild Free Open Practices at TRIA Rink

Sometimes professional sporting events just aren’t in the budget, but you can often catch practices for free! The Minnesota Wild hosts a limited number of practices that are FREE and open to the public this season at TRIA Rink at Treasure Island Center in downtown St. Paul (400 Wabasha St N).

Upcoming open practices are scheduled for the following dates:

  • Tuesday, March 12th – 11 am
  • Thursday, March 21st – 10:30 am
  • Thursday, March 28th – 10:30 am

Please note the following:

  • Future dates will be announced later in the season.
  • The date, time, length of practice and players participating in practice are subject to change.
  • Autographs are not permitted at open practices unless otherwise stated.

Directions and parking information is available HERE.

Minnesota Wild Tickets Available Through Groupon

Celebrate living in the “state of hockey” and get some Minnesota Wild tickets, now available through Groupon!

You can easily filter by dates and/or opponent to find tickets for dates you’re sure you can make (and teams you want to see). You also can try out your seat virtually to see what the view from your seat will look like. Get your tickets HERE.

Free Ticket to NCAA Final Four Fan Fest with $15 Purchase of Nabisco, Coca-Cola, or Hershey’s Products at Cub Foods

Remember how we told you about all of the NCAA Final Four activities happening from April 5th – 8th in Minneapolis? Most of those events are free, but one that requires a ticket is Final Four Fan Fest at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Tickets are normally $8 in advance and $10 at the door (kids 12 and under are free), but now through tournament time you can get a FREE ticket when you purchase Coca-Cola, Nabisco, and Hershey’s products at Cub Foods!

Here’s how it works:

  • Step 1: Stock up on all of your Coca-Cola, Nabisco, and Hershey’s favorites at Cub Foods. You must purchase at least $15 of products to get your free ticket.
  • Step 2: Check your coupon printout for a special code. It looks like this will print as a separate coupon; it will not print on your receipt.
  • Step 3: Visit this page and click “Redeem Now,” then enter your special code for your free ticket.

For more information, visit Cub.com/fanfest.

Up to 27% Off Registration for Tough Mudder

Mud runs have become super popular, and this July you can join in the fun with Tough Mudder in Hugo. If you register now through Groupon, you can save up to 27% on registration! Choose from the 5K (3 miles, 13 obstacles) or Classic (8-10 miles, 25 obstacles) and save. What makes this deal extra awesome is it includes all fees.

Each participant receives:

  • Performance finisher T-shirt
  • Tough Mudder finisher headband
  • Action photography
  • Post-event beer (21+ only)
  • Must be 14+ to participate

 

 

After you purchase your Groupon, you’ll need to register on the Tough Mudder website (instructions will be in the email). You MUST register at least 24 hours prior to the event in order to be allowed to participate.

Tough Mudder Classic
Tough Mudder Classic is our return to our badass roots to make 2019 the greatest season yet. With one 8-10 mile loop of mud-soaked mayhem loaded with 25 best-in-class obstacles, including 10 new or updated 2019 obstacles on Every. Single. Course. That’s right – double-digit innovation and more obstacles than ever, for maximum limit-testing. This is your chance to get outside your comfort zone, discover what you’re made of, and cross that finish line stronger than you started.

Looking for that little extra push to make it out to our event? Get ready for our Mudder Village Festival with live entertainment, authentic local eats, lawn games and all the incredible Mudder camaraderie you can handle.

Tough Mudder 5K
This is no ordinary fun run. Tough Mudder 5K is an all around life experience packed with 3 miles and 13 obstacles coming to every Tough Mudder weekend near you. Tough Mudder 5K is untimed, so there’s no pressure, no judgement and no need to train. It’s a like-minded community of people who’ve chosen to do something different with their weekend, make new friends, memories – and have the time of their lives doing it.

Welcome to a teamwork-focused, obstacle-crammed event topped off by the most epic Mudder Village Festival your Instagram feed has ever seen. Kick back with live entertainment, epic lawn games and challenges, authentic local food, free beer, and a never-ending supply of Mudder Nation camaraderie.

Get your Groupon HERE.

Dr. Seuss’ Jumperoo Birthday Bash

This month happens to be the birthday of the famous Dr. Seuss.  Which book is your favorite, sooo many to choose from?  A fun way to celebrate with your younger kids, bring them to the Dr. Seuss’ Jumperoo Birthday Bash.  It takes place this Friday, March 1st during the Jumperoo time at the Coon Rapids Urban Air Adventure Park.

About Dr. Seuss’ Jumperoo Birthday Bash:

Hosting during our Jumperoo time on March 1st from 10am – 12noon. Children must be 5 or under to attend Jumperoo and are $9.99/each – parents you get to play for FREE!

We will have some Seuss-themed crafts, birthday cupcakes and some fun photo opportunities so if you have a favorite Dr. Seuss character you would like to dress up as feel free to come all decked out!! Our staff is excited to participate with you all soon!