Plan ahead for a 5 p.m. Twins playoff game start Thursday, Oct. 7

If you work Downtown or plan to come to the Twins playoff game Thursday, Oct. 7, plan ahead to make your trip Downtown a smooth one. A game start time of 5 p.m. means there will be crossover between game-goer traffic and rush hour, so it’s a good day to consider carpooling, taking transit, or biking. Downtown is ready to welcome folks to join the fun—there is plenty of available parking and traffic has moved relatively well during big event days since the opening of Target Field.

When attending any event Downtown, it’s a good idea for folks to plan ahead and explore their transportation options. The City of Minneapolis, Metro Transit, the Minnesota Twins, Target Center and many other partners are working together to keep traffic and pedestrians moving as smoothly as possible, and to spread the word to people who are coming Downtown on especially busy days so they can plan ahead for the increased activity.

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, Target Field, or the Metrodome, there are five tips people should remember to minimize delays and maximize their enjoyment of all the activities happening Downtown.

  1. Plan ahead Visit Vikings.com to learn more about all your transportation choices.
  2. Know your parking options – There is parking availability throughout Downtown. If you prefer convenient access to Target Field, the adjacent A,B,C, and Hawthorne ramps have plenty of capacity.
  3. Consider transit – Both Target Field and the Metrodome are extremely transit -friendly facilities.  Because of high anticipated demand, fans using transit should start their trips early, if possible.
  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 – 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 avoid transportation delays. The Warehouse District looks forward to welcoming fans before and after Target Field and Target Center events.

Ramp parking

The ABC and Hawthorne Ramps adjacent to Target Field and Target Center are great parking options, and have been emptying quickly after events, thanks to some new improvements at the ramps. There are also many other parking lots and ramps throughout Downtown within a short walk.

Taking transit

Northstar commuter rail will serve Thursdays game with a southbound train leaving Big Lake at 2:30 p.m. and arriving downtown at 3:21 p.m. A northbound Northstar train will leave Target Field Station 30 minutes after the last out. Station-by-station schedules are available at metrotransit.org/twins. Northstar roundtrip family passes are available from ticket machines at Northstar’s suburban stations. Prices for a family of five – two adults and three kids ages 6 through 17 – range from $8 roundtrip at Fridley Station to $17 roundtrip at Big Lake Station.

Hiawatha light-rail continues to be a popular option for game and event-goers. This Twins Express bus service has also been a success among fans in the west metro, averaging 680 riders per game. Route 679 leaves the park-and-ride ramp at County Road 73 and I-394 beginning two hours before each game with return service for one hour after the last out.

Managing traffic

The City of Minneapolis takes a number of steps to manage traffic on event days. 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:

Making event days a great experience

Many City departments, the Minnesota Twins, Minnesota Ballpark Authority, Target Center, the Minnesota Vikings, the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, the Minnesota Department of Transportation, Hennepin County, Metro Transit, ABC Ramps, the Warehouse District Business Association, the Hennepin Theatre District, the Minneapolis Convention Center, the Guthrie Theater, and others are all taking steps to make event days in Downtown success. To help fans plan ahead and make the most of their experience Downtown, these partners have collaborated to create DestinationTargetField.com on the Minnesota Twins website. The site helps folks explore all their options for getting to Downtown events, whether it’s by car, on a bus or train, or by biking or walking.

Published Oct. 6, 2010