Due to concurrent events and potential road closures on the following dates, fans are encouraged to plan ahead, arrive early and explore all available transportation options.
Traffic Advisory for Sept. 1
September 1, 2016 will be exciting in Minneapolis, with three large sports events taking place. Because big crowds will be coming Downtown it's a good idea to know your transportation options and plan ahead, whether you plan to drive, take transit, or bike or walk.
Events on Sept. 1
The following streets around U.S. Bank Stadium will be closed for the Vikings game:
All three streets will reopen 30-45 minutes after the Vikings game.
Drivers should also be aware that westbound Washington Avenue, from Portland Avenue to Hennepin Avenue is closed for street reconstruction. Traffic is being detoured onto Third Street South at Portland Avenue.
Getting where you're going
Downtown is an urban setting that provides transportation opportunities to meet everyone's desired experience, whether you want to drive, ride a bus, take a train, or bike or walk. When visiting Downtown, there are five tips people should remember to minimize delays and maximize their enjoyment of all the activities going on.
Taking transit to events
The Northstar commuter rail line offers direct service to Target Field Station from stations in Big Lake, Elk River, Ramsey, Anoka, Coon Rapids and Fridley. For added savings, the Northstar Roundtrip Family Pass offers roundtrip rides for two adults and up to three kids ages 6-17 for $20 or less. Customers can buy round-trip tickets and Northstar Roundtrip Family Passes for games online at metrotransit.org/Northstar. Full train schedules for every game and fare information are available for viewing and printing at metrotransit.org/twins. Additionally, Northstar Link bus service from St. Cloud and Becker is scheduled to connect with trains at Big Lake for every game this season.
The METRO Blue Line runs from Bloomington to downtown Minneapolis. It serves large Park & Ride facilities at Fort Snelling and 28th Avenue stations which have nearly 2,800 free parking spaces.
The METRO Green Line runs from Union Depot in St. Paul, along University Ave, into Minneapolis.
Direct bus service on Twins Express Route 679 from the County Road 73 Park & Ride in Minnetonka with hundreds of free parking spaces will be offered for every Twins home game again in 2015. Buses start taking fans to the ballpark two hours before each game. Return service begins two hours after first pitch (example: 7:10 p.m. game, buses begin returning to the Park & Ride at 9:10) and continues roughly every half hour until an hour after the game ends.
A number of popular and frequent bus routes stop near these three stadiums. Routes 3, 14 southbound and 94 (94 only until 7 p.m. weeknights, no weekend service) serve Ramp B/5th Street Transit Center adjacent to Target Field. Routes 2, 3, 6 and 16 all serve TCF Bank Stadium and the U of M campus. Many other frequent routes travel along Hennepin and Nicollet avenues just blocks away. Online tools and information for instantly planning bus or train trips to Twins games is available at metrotransit.org/twins.
The City of Minneapolis takes a number of steps to manage traffic during big events Downtown. The volume of pedestrians, bikes, and cars Downtown before and after these events means increased traffic, but there are several ways the City works to improve operations and minimize congestion, including:
Help prevent car break-ins
The Minneapolis Police Department encourages you to protect yourself from vehicle break-ins and "Put Your Junk In Your Trunk." Get in the habit of keeping all of your belongings in the trunk of your car, prior to arriving at your destination, and never leave belongings in plain view. Remember to always call 911 if you see suspicious behavior.