Our nation’s soaring gas prices are providing people with long faces and tears of sorrow. Sure, the average price for a gallon of gas was $1.46 seven years ago. Now it’s approaching $5. And while most people might be suffering because of it, Minnesota Twins fans are about to benefit.
Suffering from a big slump in attendance from last year, the Twins have begun running a “Tanks from the Twins’ promotion, which will shave the cost of tickets based on the price of gas. It's simple, really. The higher gas prices get, the more Twins fans save!
The promotion works this way: Each Monday morning, Twins officials will take the current national average cost for a gallon of unleaded regular gas — about $3.93 right now — and cut that from the price of each Upper Club and Lower Reserved ticket purchased.The team points out that the decline in attendance has not been coupled with a decline in ratings for home games. And thus the thinking comes about the discrepancy has to do with gas prices. But perhaps team officials forgot a couple of things. First, the Metrodome isn't a very fun place to see a game. And it's even less enjoyable right after the team traded away its best player during the off-season. When the team isn't playing for today, it's hard to get out and spend money at a game. Watching from home? That's easy. And it doesn't use any gas!
Regular and premium game prices for Upper Club tickets are $21 and $26; comparable prices for Lower Reserved seats are $30 and $35. Assuming that gas prices hit $4 a gallon, baseball fans buying the promotion’s eight-ticket maximum will get $32 off the group’s tickets to see the Twins.