Timberwolves & Sanford Health To Host Preseason Game In Fargo

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The Minnesota Timberwolves will return to the FARGODOME this fall, marking the franchise's first trip back to the area since 2002. The Wolves will take on the Indiana Pacers on Wednesday, Oct. 10 at 7 p.m. Sanford Health will serve as the presenting sponsor of the game.

"The Timberwolves are thrilled to be returning to Fargo this fall, especially teaming with the great people at Sanford Health," Timberwolves President Chris Wright said. "We've played more exhibition games in the state of North Dakota than anywhere else in the country besides our home arena, and are continually impressed by the phenomenal basketball fans in the region. The Wolves and Pacers are both exciting young teams and will put on a great show for the fans this fall."

 

Tickets for the game will go on sale Friday, July 27 at 10 a.m. Ticket prices range from $13.50 to $191.50 and can be purchases at the FARGODOME Box Office, online at www.INFORUMTIX.com or by phone at (855) MYINFORUM [855-694-6367].

This year's game will mark the Timberwolves' seventh appearance in Fargo, where they've compiled a 2-4 record in exhibition play. The Wolves first visited Fargo during the inaugural 1989-90 season, and have maintained a strong relationship with both the city and the state of North Dakota since the franchise's inception.

Overall, this will be the Wolves' 16th game in North Dakota, more than any state other than Minnesota, including four visits to Bismarck, three exhibitions in Grand Forks and two stops in Minot. Minnesota's most recent visit to the state came in an 111-107 win over Denver in Bismarck in 2008, with the last stop in Fargo coming in an 88-82 win over Milwaukee in 2002.

 

"Sanford's partnership with the Minnesota Timberwolves began in 2008 and continues to grow," Sanford Health Executive Vice President Andrew Richburg said. "Providing health and athletic performance expertise through player hydration assessments and team consulatations, we couldn't be more proud to work with the Timberwolves and Lynx and look forward to being a part of their continued success."

 

Sanford is an integrated health system headquartered in Fargo, N.D. and Sioux Falls, S.D. and consists of two longstanding organizations taht merged in 2009. Sanford is now the largest, rural, not-for-profit healthcare system in the nation with locations in 126 communities in seven states. In addition, Sanford Health is in the process of developing international clinics in Ireland, Israel and Mexico.

 

Sanford Health includes 35 hospitals and nearly 1,200 physicians in 70 specialty areas of medicine. With more than 25,000 employees, Sanford Health is the largest employer in North and South Dakota.


"We are very pleased to welcome the Minnesota Timberwolves back to town," FARGODOME General Manager Rob Sobolik said. "It will be a great event for the region and will be nice to showcase professional basketball in the FARGODOME again."

Minnesota's all-time results in exhibition games played in Fargo are below:

 

DATE OPPONENT RESULTS
Oct. 20, 1989 Milwaukee L 98-80
Oct. 15, 1993 Boston L 106-101
Oct. 26, 1995 Washington W 119-110
Oct. 24, 1997 Charlotte L 125-100
Oct. 20, 2000 Phoenix L 86-77
Oct. 8, 2002 Milwaukee W 88-82

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