Minnesota Prairie Roots

Writing and photography by Audrey Kletscher Helbling

“You paid how much for a brat and pop at Target Field?” June 14, 2010

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“THAT’S PRICE-GOUGING, or whatever you call it,” I exclaim.

My husband has just revealed that he shelled out $18 for two brats and two soft drinks for himself and our teenaged son at a Minnesota Twins game.

“That’s ridiculous,” I continue to rant. “Who pays that much for a brat and pop?”

Apparently, if you’re a Twins fan (and dare I say here that I really don’t care about sports in general), that’s the price you’ll pay for simple fare to fill your belly.

Let me restate that. A brat and a pop do not fill the stomachs of two hungry guys, especially one who is 16.

Nor do a brat and a soda satisfy a man who would prefer a brat and a beer. But, with beer priced at $7, even my husband could manage to eat a brat sans beer. I didn’t even ask him the price of Tony O’s Cuban sandwich, the food he once told me he would try if he attended a Twins game.

But he did share, seeming a bit miffed, that Leinenkugel beer, brewed across the border in Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin, is grouped at Target Field with beers labeled as “Minnesota-made.”  That appeared to bother him more than the beer price.

So, wanting to direct him off the topic of beer, I inquire about our oldest daughter’s meal. (She has given her dad and brother the $18 tickets as a Father’s Day gift and is attending the game with them.) “Carrots,” he tells me. “She brought a bag of carrots.”

“I thought you couldn’t bring food into the game,” I say, at the same time inwardly applauding my daughter for her healthy food choice.

“She had that big green purse,” he explains.


Later, after I check out the Twins Web site, I read that you can take food into Target Field, but only if you eat it in the general seating area. Ditto for a few beverages, that, for obvious reasons, do not include beer—Wisconsin or Minnesota-made.

© Copyright 2010 Audrey Kletscher Helbling


7 Responses to ““You paid how much for a brat and pop at Target Field?””

  1. Miranda Says:

    Well, it doesn’t surprise me that 2 brats and 2 pops cost that much. They always gouge up the prices at those kinds of places. Maybe Amber could sneak some brats and pop in her purse? haha

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Some people, not naming any names here, could likely stow away several meals in their gargantuan purses.

      Or, they could opt for a soft-sided cooler, which is apparently allowed in Target Field, with certain restrictions, of course. But, hey, that offers attendees an affordable meal option.

  2. Randy Says:

    But at that price they are sooo.. delicious.

  3. Amber Says:

    Once my friend David came up to our seats and said, “You know that one time you girls brought in food…well tonight I brought a couple cans of pop and they took it, well I chugged one and left the other one.”

    The food is outrageously expensive but it is part of the experience. Carrots weren’t enough so I had to get a pretzel and water for $8.

    • Audrey Kletscher Helbling Says:

      Yeah, you’re probably right, Amber. The food is part of the experience and we pay crazy prices for food at fairs and other venues too.

  4. Kristin Says:

    It sounds like a great day, if crazy expensive. I’ll never understand ballpark prices.

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