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Twins' season ticket sales down
Stadium concerns, team's struggles decreasing demands

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) -- The uncertainty surrounding the Minnesota Twins' stadium situation, and the team's struggles on the field, apparently are showing up at the ticket office.

The deadline for renewing season tickets was last Monday, and numbers are starting to come in. Twins officials said they expect their season-ticket base to be about 5,400, down 39 percent from last year's total of 8,800.

Selling tickets "is a challenge with the stadium situation, and it's probably compounded by the fact that the team has struggled on the field for the past five years," said Dave St. Peter, the Twins' communications director. "We've found less disenchantment with the stadium than with people frustrated with losing." 

The team plans to make games affordable for people who do want to see the Twins. Among other promotions, the Molitor Family Pack will return, offering hot dogs, soft drinks and tickets for four people, along with parking and a Twins magazine, for $25.

"We can't control the stadium situation, but one thing we can control is emphasizing the affordability of the games," St. Peter said.