Plan ahead for a busy few days Downtown and know your transportation options
The next few days will be busy Downtown, with several large events, including concurrent events Saturday, April 13 and Monday, April 15 at Target Field, Target Center, and Mall of America Field at the H.H.H. Metrodome. 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 Saturday, April 13
- Harlem Globetrotters at Target Center – 1 p.m. – doors open at noon
- Twins vs. Mets at Target Field – 3:10 p.m. – gates open at 1 p.m.
- Timberwolves vs. Suns at Target Center – 7 p.m. – doors open at 6 p.m.
- Supercross at the H.H.H. Metrodome – 7 p.m. main event
Events on Sunday, April 14
- Twins vs. Mets at Target Field – 1:10 p.m. – gates open at 11 a.m.
- Chris Tomlin at Target Center – 7 p.m. – doors open at 6 p.m.
Events on Monday, April 15
- Timberwolves vs. Jazz at Target Center – 7 p.m. – doors open at 6 p.m.
- Twins vs. Angels at Target Field – 7:10 p.m. – gates open at 5:30 p.m.
The City, Metro Transit, and many partners are again teaming up to make sure getting to and from events goes as smoothly as it can. 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.
New this year – The Interchange is coming!
Visitors to Target Field and Target Center this summer will notice some changes on the 5th Street side of the ballpark, where Hennepin County is constructing the Interchange. Scheduled to open in 2014, the Interchange will serve as a central, multi-modal transportation hub and community gathering space in downtown Minneapolis. For the 2013 Twins season, construction means there will be some minor changes to the way riders will board light rail trains after games, and Metro Transit staff will be on hand to assist customers. The project partners would like to thank folks for their patience while this major improvement is under way.
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.
- Plan ahead – Visit TwinsBaseball.com/transportation 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.
- 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. There are also a number of parking ramps and surface lots near the Metrodome. If you’re parking on the street when coming Downtown, make sure to check the signs to be sure of the time limit and hours of enforcement for your parking space.
- Use transit – Target Field, Target Center, and the Metrodome are extremely transit –friendly. All three are on the METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha) and many bus lines. Target Field and Target Center are located at the junction of Northstar commuter rail, the METRO Blue Line, and a number of bus lines, at the future site of The Interchange.
- 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.
- Come early/Stay late – The Warehouse District is ready to welcome fans for another summer of baseball, basketball, 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 offers direct service to Target Field 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 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. Additionally, Northstar Link bus service from St. Cloud and Becker is scheduled to connect with trains at Big Lake for every game this season.
NEW: Metro Transit has added special service on Northstar for the Monster Energy AMA Supercross / FIM World Championship at the Metrodome on Saturday, April 13.
The main event begins at 7 p.m. Regularly-scheduled Northstar trains arrive at Target Field Station in downtown Minneapolis at 11:12 a.m., 2:12 p.m. and 6:02 p.m. on Saturdays. An extra trip has been scheduled to depart Target Field Station one hour after the event concludes.
Connecting Northstar Link bus service between St. Cloud and Big Lake Station will not be available after the April 13 Supercross event.
The METRO Blue Line (Hiawatha)runs from Bloomington, past Target Center, and directly to Target Field’s gates. It serves large Park & Ride facilities at Fort Snelling and 28th Avenue stations which have nearly 2,800 free parking spaces. NEW for the 2013 season – trains serving Twins games will have more cars to give fans a more comfortable ride. The addition of brand-new light-rail cars will provide more capacity and faster boarding after games.
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 2013. 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 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 instantly planning bus or train trips to Twins games is available at metrotransit.org/twins.
Published Apr. 11, 2013