Top 8 Reasons Why Minneapolis Should Be Your Next Sporting Event Destination

In Minneapolis, we’ve never had that “one thing” that makes us a great sports city. Is it our compact, walkable downtown? Is it our 9,000 downtown hotel rooms within a mile of four state of the art venues? Is it our proven hosting history or our hundreds of uniquely Minneapolis restaurants, bars and breweries? We decided to stop trying to find the "one thing" and instead we’ve narrowed it down to the “Top 8 Reasons Why Minneapolis Should Be Your Next Sporting Event Destination.”


MINNEAPOLIS IS A PROVEN HOST CITY

From the Super Bowl to the Final Four, Minneapolis has successfully hosted events of all sizes in our world class venues. Major events from the NCAA Women’s Final Four to the Winter Classic trust us to safely host their event in the near future.

Pictured Above: NCAA DI Women's Volleyball Championships 2018, SBLII Live on Nicollet, Summer X Games Minneapolis 2018, NCAA Men's Final Four Fan Fest 2019


WORLD CLASS VENUES IN THE MIDDLE OF THE ACTION

With three new or newly remodeled professional sport venues downtown including U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Center and Target Field along with the Minneapolis Convention Center within 1.3 miles in downtown Minneapolis, athletes and fans won’t need to look far for things to do.

Pictured Above: U.S. Bank Stadium, Target Field, Minneapolis Convention Center, Target Center


DELTA AIR LINES HUB, COMPACT CITY - EASY TO EXPLORE

MSP Airport is a Delta Air Lines hub, located within a 3-hour flight from almost everywhere in the U.S. and the Light rail connects attendees straight to our compact, walkable downtown with dozens of entertainment options. Our enclosed Skyways — connect buildings within 80 blocks — keep people comfortable and dry, year-round.

Pictured Above: Skyway System, Metro Blue Line at Hennepin Ave, MSP International Airport, Stone Arch Bridge


30,000 METRO WIDE ROOMS - ALL BRANDS, ALL BUDGETS

Minneapolis has all the hotel brands to fit all budgets. Plus, with more than 9,000 rooms downtown, many conveniently connected via skyway to our world class venues - you’re always right in the middle of the action.

Pictured Above: W Minneapolis - The Foshay, Renaissance Minneapolis Hotel, Canopy by Hilton, Rand Tower Hotel


GREAT BARS, BREWERIES & BITES

Bring your appetite to explore Minneapolis’ unique restaurants and top craft beverage scene. From our famous Jucy Lucy to global flavors and breweries to creative cocktails, everyone will find something to love right by all our world class venues.

Pictured Above: Black Sheep Pizza, First Draft, Matt's Bar Jucy Lucy, Hewing Hotel Rooftop


FUN FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY

Spend the day exploring Nickelodeon Universe and countless other attractions at the Mall of America. Play mini golf at the Sculpture Garden or grab some take out and head to Minnehaha Falls. Cheer on one of six professional sports teams in our state-of-the-art venues. This is family fun defined the Minneapolis way.

Pictured Above: Mall of America, Minneapolis Sculpture Garden, Minnehaha Falls, TCF Bank Stadium


CITY BY NATURE: TOP PARKS, 22 LAKES & THE MIGHTY MISSISSIPPI

A concrete jungle we are not. In the city with a top ranked park system in the nation, our Chain of Lakes, the mighty Mississippi River, two waterfalls, and more than 200 miles of biking and hiking trails just steps from the urban action, we can guarantee you’ll have endless options to enjoy a day of outdoor adventure regardless of the season.

Pictured Above: Nice Ride Bike Rental, Bde Maka Ska, Boom Island, Gold Medal Park


A COMMUNITY LEADING THE PATH FORWARD

As the catalyst city for a nationwide movement in 2020, Meet Minneapolis stands in solidarity with our leaders from all backgrounds in recognizing the need to transform our city from the inside out—to ensure Minneapolis is both a safe and equitable place for everyone to live, work and visit.

Pictured Above: Nicollet, Sammy's Avenue Eatery, Nicollet Farmer's Market, X Games Mural by Reggie LeFlore