TwinsFest 2011 will be held at the National Sports Center in Blaine, the club announced this afternoon, in response to the Metrodome being shut down through March due to repairs of the Teflon roof after it collapsed during a snowstorm.

The event will take place on the same dates (Jan. 28-30). Because of the smaller location, the Twins urge fans to purchase tickets ASAP before they run out.

About 60 current and former players are expected to appear during TwinsFest, which is the main fundraiser for the Twins Community Fund.

``While it is unfortunate that we cannot hold TwinsFest at the Metrodome Twins fans will certainly enjoy what we have planned at the National Sports Center,” Twins president Dave St. Peter said in a release. ``The signature aspects of TwinsFest will remain unchanged with strong player participation, the region’s largest sports collectable show and fan interactives with all proceeds benefiting the youth baseball and softball programs of the Twins Community Fund.  As we look forward to the event, the entire Twins family appreciates the support of the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission and the National Sports Center staff for their collective support and partnership in working to accommodate this significant event on such short notice.”

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The timing of the announcement is bad, considering the bigger news of the day. But with the event happening in less than a month from now the Twins don't want to sit on the information.


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