As fans in the Twin Cities and across the world mourn Prince one year after his death, the Minnesota Twins announced how the team plans to pay homage to the musician.

The Twins’ June 16 matchup against the Cleveland Indians at Target Field will be “Prince Night,” the team announced Friday.

The first 10,000 fans will receive a “Purple Rain” umbrella. After the seventh inning stretch, fans will open their umbrellas during a moment of remembrance for the Minneapolis icon.

Twins players will also don Prince T-shirts for batting practice that will later be auctioned off on the Twins website to help Achieve Minneapolis fund music grants for Minneapolis Public Schools.

Students from MPS will perform during the seventh inning stretch.

Prince tracks will play before and during the game and Prince-themed fireworks will light up the sky at the end of the night.

“Along with our fans, we look forward to remembering the legacy of a man who brought an international spotlight to our great city,” Twins President and CEO Dave St. Peter said in a news release.

The Twins are also donating $10,000 in Prince’s honor to Minneapolis Public Schools to benefit students interested in music.


Haley Hansen is a University of Minnesota student on assignment for the Star Tribune.