City Information

Welcome Ambassadors
As you and your attendees explore our amazing city be sure to look for DID Ambassadors. Patrolling 120 blocks of downtown year-round, DID Ambassadors serve as Minneapolis's friendly concierge. Just look for the tennis ball green shirts (summer) or blue jackets (winter) as you travel through downtown Minneapolis. 

The Minneapolis Big Build
Minneapolis is a city that isn't content with staying the same. We're a city of innovators that continue to create and enhance our surroundings. “The Minneapolis Big Build” is a $2 billion collection of major projects that are transforming Minneapolis, adding new facilities, new green space, and new public amenities that will enhance Minneapolis for everyone who lives, works, visits, and plays here. See below for information on all projects that are part of the Minneapolis Big Build.


Downtown's main street for shopping and dining will be completely rebuilt, creating an inviting destination with more trees, enhanced sidewalk spaces, improved lighting, and spaces for everyone to enjoy the mall.


A major new green space will host a range of activities for downtown residents, workers and visitors. The Commons covers more than four acres, connecting the core of downtown to the new U.S. Bank Stadium.


Twice the size of the old Metrodome, U.S. Bank Stadium is the new home of the Minnesota Vikings and will be a premier spot for events and concerts in Minneapolis, including Super Bowl LII in 2018 and the NCAA Final Four in 2019.


Target Center will be reinvented through a major renovation, which includes a new exterior, a new glass atrium on 6th Street, a new scoreboard (the largest center-hung scoreboard in the upper Midwest), a renovated suite level, concourse improvements and a new sound system.


The Sculpture Garden renovation is a partnership between the Walker Arts Center and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to create a more unified, one-campus feel to the 19-acre urban green space. The park will include 16 new pieces of art, a new entry pavilion for the Walker, new greening on Hennepin Avenue, and the addition of hundreds of new trees to the Walker hillside and the Garden.


The RiverFirst initiative is a partnership between the Minneapolis Parks Foundation and the Minneapolis Park & Recreation Board to develop riverfront parks and trails on both sides of the Mississippi River from downtown Minneapolis to the northern city limits. The RiverFirst initiative will provide opportunities for recreation, walking, biking, historical interpretation, artistic performance, and civic engagement.


The cornerstone of the Athletes Village project is the new Land O'Lakes Center for Excellence, which will house a new academic center, Gopher Athletics' first nutrition center, as well as a leadership center focused on developing life skills, leadership and preparing student-athletes for successful professional careers outside of sports. The Village will include a new basketball development center, which will have dedicated practice and administrative spaces for both the men's and women's basketball program, as well as a new indoor practice facility for football and a football performance center with strength and conditioning space, athletic training, offices, team rooms and more.