Sports Minneapolis COVID-19 Resources

At Sports Minneapolis, we are still hard at work, dedicated to bringing sporting events to the Minneapolis area for the benefit of our community when the time is right. Our staff continues to monitor the daily developments around the spread of COVID-19 (also commonly known as “coronavirus”) and is committed to providing up-to-date information on how it is affecting the city, our partners and clients. We will continue to update this section and resources as we receive new information about visiting Minneapolis.

Current Status

Minnesota Governor Tim Walz's “Stay Safe MN” Executive Order went into effect on May 18, 2020. The Stay Safe Plan, unveiled on May 20, provides a set of phases for the safe reopening in a number of settings. Restrictions on movie theaters, theaters, bowling alleys, gyms and other venues that attract large crowds remain in effect.

Sporting Events & Venues

Governor Walz’s “Stay Safe Minnesota” Executive Order also directs the closing of theaters, cinemas, indoor and outdoor performance venues and museums through May 31, 2020. Additionally, all gatherings of more than 10 people are prohibited.

Major sports leagues, including the MLB, MLS, NBA, NHL and NCAA have cancelled and/or postponed their current or upcoming seasons. For more information on the current status on sports cancellations and postponements, click here.

U.S. Bank Stadium's ticket office is closed until further notice. Public tours are currently unavailable, and all May concerts are postponed. The Vikings Locker Room Team Store is closed until further notice.

The Target Field Ticket Office is closed until further notice. All tours (public & private) have been suspended. The Twins Clubhouse Store is closed until further notice.

The Target Center Box Office is closed until further notice All events are currently postponed or cancelled through June 2020. Building tours have been suspended until further notice.

Regular season matches at Allianz Field are currently suspended until at least June 13. The Black and Blue Team Store is closed until further notice.

The Xcel Energy Center Box Office is currently closed. All events are currently postponed or cancelled through June 2020. Public tours are not available at this time. 

All University of Minnesota venues are open only to those with "essential on-campus roles."

All planned tournaments and leagues at the National Sports Center have been cancelled through July 2020.

Resources:

Minneapolis Convention Center

The MCC is following the recommendations by the Minnesota Department of Health, the Governor of Minnesota and the Mayor of Minneapolis. Events at the MCC are restricted through June 30, 2020. For more information and updates, visit the Minneapolis Convention Center's site.

Metro Transit 

As of May 18, face coverings are required on buses and trains. Learn more about the requirement.

As part of the ongoing, shared effort to limit the spread of COVID-19, Metro Transit has reduced service. Customers who must use transit during hours of operation are asked to do so for essential travel only. 

Metro Transit has suspended all bus service from 11 p.m. to 4:30 a.m. Light Rail service will operate between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. daily. The exception is the METRO Blue Line airport shuttle between Terminal 1 and Terminal 2 stations, which will continue to operate overnight.

Light Rail trains will now run a 20-minute schedule throughout the day.

On 40-foot buses, no more than 10 customers are allowed on board at a time; on 60-foot buses, no more than 15 customers are allowed on board at a time. When a bus reaches the customer threshold, it will display "Next Bus Please" on its overhead sign.

The Northstar Commuter Rail Line will only run two trips to downtown Minneapolis in the morning and two outbound trips to the northwest suburbs in the afternoon. It will not run on weekends

For a specific list of schedule changes visit: https://www.metrotransit.org/reduced-service-march-25

Visit www.metrotransit.org/health for more information. 

Travel

  • CDC recommends you stay home as much as possible and avoid close contact, especially if you are at higher risk of severe illness. If you must travel, follow any state and local travel restrictions currently in place. It is possible that some state and local governments may put in place travel restrictions, stay-at-home or shelter-in-place orders, mandated quarantines upon arrival, or even state border closures while you are traveling. For more information and travel guidance, check with the state or local health department where you are, along your route, and at your planned destination. Just because there are no restrictions at the time you plan to leave does not mean there won’t be restrictions in place when you arrive.
  • Go here for “several things you should consider when deciding whether it is safe for you to travel.”
  • The CDC currently "recommends that travelers avoid all nonessential international travel" as there is widespread, ongoing transmission of COVID-19 worldwide. All international travelers should stay home for 14 days after returning from travel, monitor their health, and practice social distancing.
  • Among MSP Airport’s protocols, they have ramped up cleaning and disinfecting procedures for MSP touchpoints. Its cleaning partner has established a formal COVID-19 response team and microbial remediation plan, and is conducting extra disinfection of public spaces throughout MSP.

Visitor Information

The Meet Minneapolis Visitor Center is closed through June 15, 2020 (this date is subject to change). Visitor Services staff are available during business hours by phone, email and through social media: 

Helpful Resources

To ensure you are reading the most accurate and up-to-date news regarding the Coronavirus, follow the CDC’s updates on cdc.gov or their social channels (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube).

If you have health questions about COVID-19, the Minnesota Department of Health offers a specific COVID-19 hotline: 651-201-3920 (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time).

More local links for essential information: