October 22, 2023

My 1st Time Sitting Courtside at a Timberwolves Game


My 1st Time Sitting Courtside at a Timberwolves Game

Todd Swank's Diary Entry for October 22, 2023

Last Friday night, we had the pleasure of having dinner with our good friends, Portia & Doc Vogt.  We then went to watch dueling pianos afterwards which was a lot of fun.  One piano really beat up the other one which was quite the sight to see!

On Tuesday night, we had an exciting opportunity to attend a Minnesota Timberwolves Preseason Exhibition game.  

The home team was hosting Maccabi Ra'anana of Israel.  They're a professional basketball team and were touring the United States playing exhibition games against a few different NBA teams.  It was an interesting experience considering the recent tragedies in their home country.  Each  player wore a t-shirt with a picture of a hostage currently being held by Hamas which was a pretty powerful statement.

None of the Timberwolves starters were suited up for the game, but they were all there supporting the bench players who would be playing.  I thought that was a pretty classy move.

The arena was about as empty as I'd ever seen it.  We had decent seats but about halfway through the first quarter our Timberwolves rep came to say Hi and then asked if we would like to sit courtside.  We jumped at the opportunity!

The Timberwolves have a lot of exciting young talent.  This was our opportunity to get to see them play for a whole game.

 It was quite the experience sitting this close to the action.  We could feel the floor shake every time the team ran to our side of the court.  Miss Sheri also took a bouncing basketball directly to the face, but lucky it didn't hurt.  Much.

Former Iowa Hawkeye, Luka Garza, was great.  He led the team with 30 points and the Timberwolves were victorious by a score of 138 - 111.  Normally we would have left early during a game like this, but with these seats we stayed to enjoy the last minute and then some.

I have no idea how much these seats would normally cost, but I was impressed to discover that they included free drinks throughout the game and a catered meal at halftime in the Lexus Courtside Club.  I could get used to this kind of life.

On Friday night, we had the good fortune of having dinner with Luke and his roommate, Jackson.  A little bit of Chili's is a great way to start the weekend!

Here's a TikTok Video with some footage from the game:
@toddswank My first time sitting courtside! #timberwolves #minnesota #nba #basketball #courtside ♬ get him back! - Olivia Rodrigo

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