50 years ago today ... the Beatles played (but did not sell out) Met Stadium

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It was the hottest ticket in Minnesota in August of 1965, one that would set you back between $3.50 and $5.50.

The Pioneer Press reports that's what a seat to see the Fab Four cost as the Beatles played Met Stadium in Bloomington in their sole Twin Cities concert appearance.

The band was in the midst of its second two-week, 20-concert North American tour. They landed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul airport at 4:15 p.m. on the day of the show, arriving from Chicago where they had played a concert at Comiskey Park the previous night, the paper says.

They were taken to Met Stadium to play the 9:30 p.m. gig, which lasted a mere 30 minutes and included 12 songs.

The Star Tribune notes Minnesota was apparently not suffering from Beatlemania in epidemic proportions. There were as many as 12,000 empty seats at the 40,000-capacity Twins stadium for the historic show.

The Current's blog noted the Fab Four attended a local press conference, where George Harrison was presented a new 12-string Rickenbacker guitar by employees from B-Sharp Music

The anniversary comes with stories in the local press about brushes with fame that are remembered five decades later.

The Star Tribune republished their story written by Susan Stocking, a summer intern for what was then the Minneapolis Tribune; she talked her way into the hotel where the Beatles were staying by posing as a hotel waitress, landing a front-page story out of the ruse.

KARE 11 broadcast the story of Ray Crump, who was the equipment manager for the Minnesota Twins in 1965. He was responsible for keeping tabs on the home clubhouse occupied by the British visitors.

He shared his memories of escorting them into the Met Stadium sauna for what they said was their first experience with the Finnish tradition.

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