Sports Minneapolis

Playing in Minneapolis means you’re always in the middle of the action.

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Venues (and all the fun) located right in the heart of the city.

With three professional sport venues and the Minneapolis Convention Center within 1.3 miles in downtown Minneapolis, athletes and fans won’t need to look for things to do with hundreds of uniquely Minneapolis restaurants, bars and breweries to keep the fan experience going before and after the game.

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New or newly renovated world-class professional sporting venues.

  • In 2017, Target Center (home to the Minnesota Lynx and Minnesota Timberwolves) underwent a $145M renovation
  • In 2016, U.S. Bank Stadium (home of the MN Vikings) opened
  • In 2010, Target Field (home of the MN Twins) opened

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We know Mega Events!

  • 2014 MLB All-Star Game
  • 2016 PGA Ryder Cup
  • 2017 USA Volleyball Girls’ Junior National Championships
  • 2018 Super Bowl LII
  • 2017-2020 ESPN X Games
  • 2018 WNBA All-Star Game
  • 2018 NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship
  • 2019 NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four

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Major professional teams? We’ve got six!

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Major collegiate feel – how about them Gophers!

The University of Minnesota is located right in the heart of Minneapolis and has six cutting edge athletics facilities - impressing fans and athletes all year long.

  • TCF Bank Stadium
  • Williams Arena
  • 3M at Mariucci
  • Ridder Arena
  • Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center
  • Baseline Center

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Award winning amateur sports complexes

We have the Minneapolis Convention Center downtown Minneapolis, and the world’s largest amateur sports and meeting facility just outside the city – the Blaine National Sports Center.

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A community that delivers and welcomes!

  • Our passion for sports unites us all—in fact we’re the #1 city in the nation for volunteering.
  • For the 2018 Super Bowl LII, over 30,000 people signed up to fill 10,000 volunteer shifts.
  • Minneapolis is an engaged community that takes great pride in welcoming visitors!

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Perfectly located in the middle of everywhere

  • No more than a 3-hour flight away from anywhere in the country
  • Over 160 direct flights (including 27 international)
  • MSP serves 19 airlines

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9,000 hotel rooms downtown

The best rooms you’ll barely stay in. Hip and historic. All suites. Family friendly. World class restaurants. Cool cocktail bars. Right in the middle of the action. Right by everywhere you’ll want to be.

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Light Rail connects every major sports venue – and downtown from the airport.

  • Light-rail transit (LRT) connects downtown Minneapolis with the airport in 30 minutes
  • $2.50 rush hour fee
  • Trains runs about every 10 minutes

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72 degrees all year long

Yep, it’s true, thanks to our skyway system - a 9.5 mile enclosed system of second level walkways connecting 80 city blocks downtown.

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There’s a reason Prince chose to stay here – our music, arts and food scene rocks