Went to Twins Fest this year, which was held at Target Field. It was not fun. I can’t imagine Twins Fest not sucking without a change in venue away from Target Field. However, assuming this won’t happen, I had a few thoughts on how things could go better:
-Have something cool to motivate people to navigate past all the memorabilia tables. Otherwise, the guys at the very end get zero traffic. And I mean zero. There was a special Grounds Crew exhibit this year. A lawnmower. Seriously. Not cool. No more lawnmower exhibits.
-Since the free “down on the farm” line has been eliminated and minor leaguers are getting scheduled with veteran and retired players, the program, especially the autograph schedule, should note MiLB or Ret MLB next to players’ names. At the very least, this will help people choose the stations to their preference without having to research twenty or thirty players.
-Maps, signs and arrows. I don’t know what idiot planned this, but there were no maps or signs or arrows or anything remotely helpful in navigating this event. Sure, they put a worthless and practically indecipherable map into the program, but the maps didn’t even include elevator locations. Or it might have, I’m not sure, the print wasn’t large enough to read. Major fail. Thousands of people walking around getting completely turned around every couple of hours. Next year, I’m bringing a compass.
-The extra expense of the event means less value. And less value means less interest in going next year. Maybe have extra player per auto station per session? It would make the fact you have doubled the cost of attendance a little less painful.
-Sell Player 8x10s at auto stations. Or something. Special team printed cards. I don’t care. Mixing the MiLB guys in with the regulars and recent free agent signings and retired players made preparing for individual autograph stations impossible. It was bad enough trying to catch the right elevator that would take me to the Suite level (some would only go to the Club level from the Service level, or the Suite Level, And some would not go to the Club but the Suite, and some would go to the Suite but not the Club, etc). Then I’d have to wander around hoping I got to the right end of the level I was on in order to get into the right line to see the players I wanted to see. Them you’d have to dig around your backpack trying to find the right thing. If you have something at the table, at least it’s one less thing I have to worry about.
I know Twins Fest is a charitable event. And I’m happy to help. But charities are there own form of business, and you should never abuse your customers.