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Twins move Home Opener to Friday

Thursday's forecast calls for a rain-snow mix and cold temps, while Friday looks to be partly sunny with a high of 44.

MINNEAPOLIS — The Minnesota Twins have moved the club's big Home Opener celebration from Thursday to Friday, citing an unfavorable forecast courtesy of a 3-day spring storm.

Forecasters expect a mix of rain and snow Thursday, with high temps remaining stuck in the 30s. While not balmy by any standards, Friday looks at least partly sunny with the mercury reaching the low 40s, albeit with a bit of wind. 

After three days of looking at changes in the forecast and the potential impact on festivities, the Twins sent out a news release early Wednesday confirming that the 2022 Home Opener set for Thursday at Target Field would slide one day. 

Friday's game will begin at 3:10 p.m., the same time it was originally scheduled. All events will take place at their originally scheduled times, beginning with Breakfast on the Plaza starting at 6 a.m.  

Here are some options for those holding tickets to Thursday's now-postponed game. 

  1. Utilize their tickets for admission into the April 8 rescheduled Opening Day game.
  2. Utilize their tickets toward any future Twins regular season home game in 2022 (subject to ticket availability). All exchanges must be made at least 24 hours before the April 8 game. (Please note that due to their limited capacity, tickets in the UnitedHealthcare Suite Level, Thomson Reuters Champions Club and Budweiser Roof Deck will be valid only for the April 8 rescheduled game).
  3. Tickets for the postponed game are not subject to refunds.
  4. Tickets purchased from a secondary ticket reseller will be good for the April 8 rescheduled game only.
  5. Complimentary tickets are valid for the April 8 rescheduled game only.

Despite heavy, wet snow falling Wednesday morning, the Twins are still planning an optional team workout at Target Field starting at 3 p.m. 

Friday was an open day on the schedule, a rarity in 2022 after the lockout delayed the start of spring training and condensed the season for all clubs. The Twins schedule shows only four open dates in the month of April, and just two in the entire month of May. 

Opening Day includes a full slate of activities providing logistical challenges even if the weather is perfect. This year marks the first opener without restrictions since 2019, about 11 months before the COVID pandemic hit Minnesota. 

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