As Super Bowl approaches, worries grow about downtown Minneapolis parking

On an average weekday, city officials estimate that the Minneapolis downtown area sees 375,000 vehicle trips. With the Super Bowl coming to Minneapolis city officials estimate the will be an extra 1-million plus trips over a ten-day period. It seems like parking availability may be an issue, but local officials say that there is no cause for worry. Organizers are counting on many people using public transportation and ride shares like Uber and Lyft. The city seems to think that the thousands of parking spaces downtown will be enough.

“Still, any time you crowd that many people into a cramped urban area, some motorists are likely to get squeezed out, said Steve Cramer, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council. “I think parking is going to be a premium during that 10-day period,” Cramer said.” The NFL will be taking over eight city owned ramps for Super Bowl Sunday and contract parkers will not be allowed during the event. “Adding to the parking pinch, Hennepin County, which operates the 350-space government center ramp only four blocks from the stadium, will keep it closed, as it normally does on weekends.”

Both the Target Field Station and the Central Library lot will offer $15 flat rates for parking on evenings during Super Bowl Live, the ten-day outdoor festival. “Minneapolis officials said an estimated 65,000 spots will be available to visitors, of which roughly 4,000 are city-owned metered spaces and about 40,000 are in privately owned ramps and lots.”. The NFL has a parking app that will allow visitors to reserve parking spots starting Monday. It will have 1200 available parking spots throughout the downtown area. “Gameday parking can be reserved separately for $100 at ramps near the stadium down to $25 for warehouse district ramps.” “Drivers can pay $2 an hour to park at meters around the Convention Center, which is hosting the NFL’s Super Bowl Experience, and a $25 flat rate near U.S. Bank Stadium.”

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