Plan ahead for Friday night events at Target Center and Target Field

The evening of Friday, May 25 will be busy in downtown Minneapolis, as concurrent events take place at Target Center and Target Field. Because Friday nights are busy in Downtown even without major events, it’s important that folks plan ahead and explore their transportation options.

Events on May 25:

The City of Minneapolis, Target Center, the Minnesota Twins, and other partners are working together to mitigate traffic congestion as much as possible and to spread the word to folks who are coming Downtown the evening of May 25 so they can plan ahead. As usual, Downtown Improvement District Ambassadors will be out on the streets in their bright green shirts, and they’re a great resource for people who have questions while they’re out and about Downtown.

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.

  1. Plan ahead – Visit DestinationTargetField.com or Targetcenter.com to learn more about all your transportation choices. Visit the Downtown Improvement District’s events calendar at www.MinneapolisDID.com to see what events are going on any day.
  2. Know your parking options – There is parking availability throughout Downtown. If you prefer convenient access to Target Field and Target Center, the adjacent A,B,C, and Hawthorne ramps have plenty of capacity, and the ramps empty smoothly after games, without long waits.
  3. Consider transit – Target Field and Target Center are extremely transit -friendly facilities, located at The Interchange, the junction of Northstar commuter rail, the Hiawatha light rail, and many bus lines.
  4. Bicycles are another great way to the games – Bicyclists are reminded to use headlights and taillights after dark and, if possible, to wear light or reflective clothing.
  5. Come early/Stay late – The Warehouse District is ready to welcome fans for another summer of baseball, shows, and excitement. Take part in activities, shopping, dining, and other entertainment before and after games and concerts. Enjoy the extra time to experience all Downtown has to offer, and beat the traffic.

Taking transit to events

The Northstar commuter rail line will provide service to all games at Target Field in the 2012 Twins season. 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. New this season: customers can buy round-trip tickets and Northstar Roundtrip Family Passes for Twins 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.

The Hiawatha light-rail line runs from Bloomington, past Target Center, and directly to Target Field’s gates serves Park & Ride facilities at Fort Snelling and 28th Avenue stations, and is a very popular choice for fans and event-goers. Due to construction work near Target Field Station, light rail operations at the station will be slightly different this year, but little impact is expected for fans. Several highly visible Metro Transit staff will be available at the station to offer assistance for all games.

Express bus service on Route 679 from the County Road 73 Park & Ride in Minnetonka will be offered for every Twins home game again in 2012. A number of popular and frequent bus routes stop near Target Field. From the east, Routes 3, 16, 50 and 94 serve Ramp B/5th Street Transit Center adjacent to Target Field and Target Center. Many other frequent routes travel along Hennepin and Nicollet avenues just blocks away.

Online tools and information for planning bus or train trips to Twins games is available at metrotransit.org/twins.

SouthWest Transit joins the team by offering rides to and from Twins games in 2012. Jump aboard the Twins Express Monday through Friday during the Twins season from Chaska, Chanhassen and Eden Prairie. For more information, visit http://www.swtransit.org/Twins_Express2.html.

Published May. 23, 2012