Saints to attempt Twister record

The Saint Paul Saints released their promotional schedule Thursday, highlighted by what the team says will be the world’s largest game of Twister.

On Tuesday, August 22nd the Saints will attempt to do something so outrageous it’s making their head groundskeeper, Nick Baker, wrought with fear. CHS Field will turn into the largest Twister board ever as fans will have the opportunity to partake in the World’s Largest Game of Twister following the evenings Saints-Wichita Wingnuts game.

Following the game on Monday, August 21, Baker, his crew and the Saints staff will create the board from foul line to foul line on the outfield grass, beginning at the end of the dirt of the infield and going all the way to the warning track.

The board will be a total of 76,475 square feet, consist of 70,896 colored squares which will be 7 inches in diameter, the exact size they appear on the game board.

In all there will be 17,724 of each colored circle. The game on the 22nd will be played on the Twister board and then, following that evening’s 7:05 p.m. contest, all fans in attendance, along with Saints players, will come down onto the field to partake in the World’s Largest Game of Twister.

The obvious question: Who owns the current record for the largest game of Twister?

It depends on how you calculate it.

Guinness says the distinction belongs to Thomas Rhett and Big Machine Label Group, set at Arlington Stadium in Texas in September 2015.

It is based on having the largest Twister board, measuring 171 feet, 3 inches by 158 feet, 5.5 inches; 1,200 Twister boards were put together.

But there weren’t that many players, which seems to rather miss the point of Twister.

The previous record holder was San Diego State, but, again, there were too many empty Twister circles to be impressive in the 2012 attempt.

That’s going to be the problem at CHS Field too. It holds 7,210 people. If everyone plays, that’s only 28,840 Twister spaces that will be occupied at any time, far less than half the board.

A typical Twister game with just three people is much more impressive because it has only 24 spaces, half of which would be occupied.

(h/t: Paul Tosto)

  • MrE85

    If they don’t give away Bill Paxton bobbleheads at this event, I’ll be disappointed.

    • Jerry

      I don’t know, I’d take a Phillip Seymour Hoffman bobblehead.

  • RBHolb

    There are no ends to which the Saints will not go to avoid playing baseball.

    • bri-bri

      …because they’re geniuses, and know that a lot of folks go to a baseball game to be at a baseball game – not so much to watch baseball.

      • RBHolb

        A friend says they’re “baseball for people who don’t like baseball, but who think they should.”

        • Gary F

          Mike Veek spoke at an event I attended this winter. He’s a real goofball who has really channeled this into a passion for this organization. It’s minor league ball played by guys looking for a second chance. Baseball is fun to watch no matter if its Little League or the Saints. But he realizes he’s in the entertainment business, and these kinda stunts are what minor league teams do, he just does them better. Until the Saints came back to town, we hadn’t had minor league ball(you can provide your own Twins joke here) since the late 1950’s so many people in this area have no idea what minor league ball is.

          I go to a few games a year. It’s fun, and its baseball. And you wont see me on that field doing Twister.

        • John

          That pretty much describes why I like the Saints. Though, admittedly, we go to up to one game a year, and haven’t since they upgraded to the new stadium

          I really liked Midway Field, and now I have to plan ahead to go, or at least, the couple times I tried to go last year there were only outfield embankment seats left, and I didn’t want the hassle. So, we haven’t made it to a game in a couple years. Maybe this summer.

    • Tim

      The Twins have been pretty good at that lately too.