Sports

With five major sports teams, four incredible venues and some of the most enthusiastic sports fans on the planet, Minneapolis is a major-league town.

In spring 2010, the Minnesota Twins (MLB) scored a grand slam with their new ballpark, Target Field. The 40,000 seat facility was awarded LEED-Silver certification, making it the second Major League ballpark in the United States to achieve that status. The Twins Field also offers a Taste of Twins Territory featuring signature food from local restaurants and vendors.

The Minnesota Vikings (NFL) call the fully enclosed, climate controlled Metrodome home in the fall and winter. The season’s kick-off brings countless Vikings fans downtown to tailgate and show their purple pride. The Vikings' new stadium home will be complete in 2016 on the site of the former Metrodome. In 2014-2015, they will play at TCF Bank Stadium.

2011 World Champion Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) and Timberwolves (NBA), along with concerts and other public events, keep the Target Center busy year-round.

Dubbed the “State of Hockey,” it’s only fitting that Minnesota has a beautiful ice arena, the Xcel Energy Center, for the Minnesota Wild (NHL). Lacrosse was added to the long list of sports offerings in 2005 when the Minnesota Swarm played its inaugural season at the “X.”

Every year, the National Sports Center in Blaine, just north of Minneapolis, plays host to many amateur and professional soccer games, drawing crowds of all ages.

Revel in the summer weather at a minor league Saint Paul Saints baseball game at the open-air Midway Stadium. Always packed with quirky activities like mascot pig races and much more, fans are guaranteed a good time.

For college sports, the University of Minnesota is the largest university in the Minneapolis area and is known for its men’s and women’s hockey teams.


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