Know before you go: transportation and parking during the Super Bowl

The City of Minneapolis is in the midst of extensive planning to ensure public safety and provide our residents and visitors with a world-class event experience around Super Bowl LII. There will be a range of events in the city to enjoy during the 10-day festival Jan. 26-Feb. 4 including Super Bowl LIVE on Nicollet Mall, a free 10-day festival leading up to game day featuring free live concerts, food and other activities for local residents and their families to enjoy.

The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, along with the City, Metro Transit and the Mall of America, announced the “Know Before You Go” initiative that provides travel tips and information for residents and visitors to make travel plans during the 10-day Super Bowl festival. The guide includes recommended routes to downtown Minneapolis, user-friendly maps with information about road closures, public transportation options and instructions on how to purchase convenient parking.

Recommended routes to downtown Minneapolis during Super Bowl LII festivities.

The City’s downtown traffic management plan is a centerpiece of this online guide; it includes details to help illustrate street closures and potential changes to downtown parking, both on-street and off-street. City staff, led by Public Works, put considerable thought and time into the traffic management plan to minimize disruption to access and parking. We’re happy to report that this work resulted in a fairly small footprint of street closures given the size and scale of the Super Bowl LII event, limiting traffic and parking disruptions so residents and visitors can get around easily and enjoy the excitement generated by this singular experience.

Road closures

Various street segments will be closed starting in mid-January. The areas affected will be concentrated around Nicollet Mall, the convention center and U.S. Bank Stadium.

Public transportation

Throughout the 10-day event, Metro Transit will be the best way to reach downtown Minneapolis with expanded schedules on key routes for local commuters and additional schedules for Super Bowl related events. METRO light-rail lines will operate as usual until the day of the Super Bowl LII game, Sunday, Feb. 4. Due to security around the stadium and the proximity of the stadium to service for the light-rail lines, the METRO Blue Line will be replaced with free buses, and Green Line service from Stadium Village to Target Field will be replaced with free buses. Replacement buses will begin at 4 a.m. Feb. 4 and run throughout the day, into the next morning, even as METRO light rail service resumes following crowds thinning out post game.

The Blue (Minneapolis) and Green (Saint Paul) lines both provide access to U.S. Bank Stadium and travel along Fifth Street in downtown Minneapolis. Riders will be able to connect at the Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue Station to routes 10 and 18 for free service to Super Bowl Experience at the Minneapolis Convention Center. Riders may also connect at the Nicollet Mall Station then walk south for access to Super Bowl LIVE along Nicollet Mall. Look for “Free Ride” above the windshield of these buses.

The “Know Before You Go” resource is available to the public at www.mnsuperbowl.com/transportation. The site’s landing page will be updated continuously in the remaining weeks leading up to Super Bowl LII.