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Fans Enjoy "Chillin' It" at Target Field's First-Ever Postgame Concert


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Fans donning cowboy hats packed Target Field on Thursday night and danced, sang, swayed, and bought plenty of beer at the stadium’s first-ever postgame concert. 

Following the Twins' 9-2 series opener loss to the Toronto Blue Jays, the team hosted country music artist Cole Swindell. The vast majority of the game’s sellout crowd stuck around for the show, free for fans who had a ticket to the game. Fans who bought a special ticket package watched the concert from the infield dirt directly in front of the stage, located in the grass behind second base. Target Field staff set up flooring so that fans walking onto the field from the third baseline did not trample the grass, and fencing kept the fans off the infield and outfield grass. 

To pull this concert off, staff had to spring into action moments after the last out. The Twins said the concert would start 15 minutes after the game.

Almost immediately after the last pitch, the left field gate opened up, and out rolled a readymade stage. The Blue Jays bullpen was still walking across the field to leave when a grounds crew cart and a team of staff members began to move the stage across the field.

Though the stage was pre-assembled and instruments like the drum set and keyboard were already sitting on top, stagehands had some more setup to do once the stage was actually in place. By the time the show started, it was 10:45 p.m., about 30 minutes after the game ended. The fans did not seem to mind. 

Just as the Twins promised, Swindell played a 75-minute set, mixing in his older hits with newer ones from his most recent album “Stereotype,” which came out in April. He also played several songs he wrote for other artists, like Florida Georgia Line's "This Is How We Roll," which he co-wrote with country music artist Luke Bryan. Fans swayed and put their cell phone lights in the air when Swindell performed "You Should Be Here." Perhaps the biggest cheers of the night came when he played "Chillin' It," one of his top hits.

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Swindell joked to the crowd that even though he didn’t “make it in baseball,” he can "still play at baseball stadiums." He noted that this was his first time back at Target Field since he opened for country music star Kenny Chesney in 2015.

Swindell's keyboard player, a Minneapolis-native according to Swindell, performed in a baby blue Kent Hrbek jersey.

Twins Daily writer David Youngs watched the concert from the stands above the first baseline and appreciated the Twins' desire to bring new fans to the stadium.

 "I think it's great to see the Twins incorporate things outside of baseball to draw people to Target Field," Youngs said. “There is a historic relationship between baseball and country music, and it's great to see the Twins incorporate it."

The postgame concert brought a couple of changes to the Twins game. The Twins kept the beer flowing for the entire game rather than ceasing alcohol sales in the 7th inning like a normal night. Fans erupted with cheers when the public address announcer relayed this to the crowd. Sales continued during the concert as well. Another noted change was that the Twins almost exclusively played country music during the game.

Even though the game itself did not turn out in Twins fans’ favor, those who stuck around felt the concert more than made up for it.

'I thought: 'there is going to be a save situation tonight: Cole Swindell is going to save the day and put on a great show for Twins Territory," Twins fan Jared Saue said.

Several fans remarked that they hoped the Twins would host more postgame concerts in the future. They did not seem to mind that the concert took place on what for many is a work night. Though some fans trickled out during the show, most of the crowd stayed until end.

After the show ended at the stroke of midnight, fans mingled in the concourse and took group pictures in the stands before dancing off into the Minneapolis summer night. 

Did you stick around for the postgame concert? What was your experience like? Let us know in the comments below. 


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I'm not a big country music fan, but I stuck around for the concert and it was a cool addition to the game. Wish they'd do that kind of stuff on Friday or Saturday so work wasn't so tough today, though. I suppose I could also have chosen to indulge in one or two fewer Trulys, but then I'd have to partly blame myself for how I'm feeling this morning and that'd make me feel bad about myself so I'll just blame it all on Pagan and Duffey.

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I left in the seventh because the stadium was being swarmed by non-baseball fans who were walking up and down the aisles non-stop and blocking sight lines. One person stood with her back to the field for two minutes while the Twins had the bases loaded, entirely blocking my view of the plate.

Combined with a *very* bad baseball game where even Gray and Manoah were borderline unwatchable due to the walks and agonizingly slow pace of play, it was one of the worst baseball experiences I've sat through.

Which was really disappointing, as I think the Jays are the most exciting team in baseball, maybe excepting the Padres.

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17 minutes ago, chpettit19 said:

I'm not a big country music fan, but I stuck around for the concert and it was a cool addition to the game. Wish they'd do that kind of stuff on Friday or Saturday so work wasn't so tough today, though. I suppose I could also have chosen to indulge in one or two fewer Trulys, but then I'd have to partly blame myself for how I'm feeling this morning and that'd make me feel bad about myself so I'll just blame it all on Pagan and Duffey.

I definitely raised my eyebrows when I heard this was taking place on a Thursday, not a Friday or Sat. I'm not a big country fan either, but I like going to a lot of concerts, so I can't say no to a free one! Swindell put on a great show. I'm pretty sleepy today too- these are the days I'm grateful I work from home 😂

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15 minutes ago, Brock Beauchamp said:

I left in the seventh because the stadium was being swarmed by non-baseball fans who were walking up and down the aisles non-stop and blocking sight lines. One person stood with her back to the field for two minutes while the Twins had the bases loaded, entirely blocking my view of the plate.

Combined with a *very* bad baseball game where even Gray and Manoah were borderline unwatchable due to the walks and agonizingly slow pace of play, it was one of the worst baseball experiences I've sat through.

Which was really disappointing, as I think the Jays are the most exciting team in baseball, maybe excepting the Padres.

There were definitely a lot of people who were clearly there for the postgame concert and not the game. I'll be at the rest of the games this series too. While it's the weekend and the Blue Jays are a World Series contender, there is no way the crowd will be like last night. 

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7 minutes ago, Melissa Berman said:

I definitely raised my eyebrows when I heard this was taking place on a Thursday, not a Friday or Sat. I'm not a big country fan either, but I like going to a lot of concerts, so I can't say no to a free one! Swindell put on a great show. I'm pretty sleepy today too- these are the days I'm grateful I work from home 😂

I definitely had a friend or 2 turn down the chance to go to the game because it was a Thursday, which is a bummer. And I'm quite jealous of your work situation right now. My cube isn't as comfortable as I'd like it to be for days like this. And multiple meetings this afternoon means I can't even take a "long lunch" and not come back. Adulting is hard sometimes.

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4 minutes ago, chpettit19 said:

I definitely had a friend or 2 turn down the chance to go to the game because it was a Thursday, which is a bummer. And I'm quite jealous of your work situation right now. My cube isn't as comfortable as I'd like it to be for days like this. And multiple meetings this afternoon means I can't even take a "long lunch" and not come back. Adulting is hard sometimes.

I actually sold my tickets to a friend, but that was before the concert was announced.  I'm not a country fan either, but I may have stuck around because I do enjoy concerts.  I'd be less than functional today if I did though.

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34 minutes ago, wsnydes said:

I actually sold my tickets to a friend, but that was before the concert was announced.  I'm not a country fan either, but I may have stuck around because I do enjoy concerts.  I'd be less than functional today if I did though.

It was definitely a fun time, but today is not a productive workday for me. Boss can't actually expect me to work EVERY weekday, right?

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