PENSACOLA, Fla. (WKRG) — A couple hundred people celebrated the Blue Wahoos new affiliation with the Minnesota Twins Thursday evening in downtown Pensacola during the Twins Winter Caravan.

Fans got to meet new players, learn about the Twins, try some new concession food and win prizes at the new Studer Community Institute building on Garden Street.

This means an expanded reach for the city of Pensacola and a shot in the arm for the local economy.

“We were looking for a partnership that would brand our area and the Twins agreed to put our merchandise in their gift shop, to provide tickets down to this area for our fans,” Blue Wahoos Owner Quint Studer said.

The city of Pensacola hopes this new affiliation will mean thousands of new visitors and dollars spent here.

“Right now, it shows that Minnesota..they’ll all be moving down here as cold as it is up there..they’ll be moving down to the gulf coast,” Fan Joe Walsh said.

Walsh, a season ticket holder, is excited along with Shane Tucker. Tucker said he went over to Mobile when there wasn’t a minor league team in Pensacola. After this upcoming season, he hopes BayBears fans will do the same.

“I know this is the BayBears farewell season and we look forward to our neighbors over in Mobile coming over here to Pensacola and rooting our team on,” Tucker said.

The first Wahoos game will be April 4th against the BayBears in Mobile.