January 26, 2018 12:36 PM
There are plenty of affordable entertainment options available as the Super Bowl arrives in Minneapolis, even for those not going to the big game on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium.
Perhaps the most visible options can be found on Nicollet Mall - home of Super Bowl LIVE. That's where you'll find the snow-covered Birkebeiner Bridge, where anyone can enjoy a free lineup of daily winter activities.
"There's nothing more magical than snow," said John Munger of the Loppet Foundation, which is in charge of the bridge.
"We've got cross country skiing, skiing where the dog is pulling you. We've got fat tire biking, we've got a demo for skiing and snow tubing. We want to show off what's great about Minnesota."
A few blocks away is another free option - Super Bowl 360.
"Think of it like a pop-up planetarium," said Chris Stackhouse, the NFL's art director.
It's described as five minutes of animation and video from previous Super Bowls designed to make you feel like you're on the field.
"There's reclining seats, so you really get to kick back and be completely taken over by the experience," Stackhouse said.
The Minneapolis Convention Center, meanwhile, is hosting the Super Bowl Experience. Admission is $35 for adults and $25 for kids. The experience offers free autographs, virtual reality, NFL flag clinics and photo opportunities.
"It's not just for the fans that sit in the stadium, but it's for the fans that come to this city to experience something amazing," Stackhouse said.
And those fans are looking forward to a Super Bowl in the Bold North.
"Really excited, it's kind of a new thing," said David Lerdahl of St. Paul.
"How many opportunities do you get to have the Super Bowl in your city," said Maggie Connell of Minneapolis.
Many Minnesotans and visitors have spent months, even years, waiting for this moment. David & Cheryl Pooler from Waco, TX, however, just randomly stumbled upon Super Bowl Live while in Minneapolis for business.
"We walked all the way down this whole corridor and just the ice sculptures got my eye," David said. "Now that I'm learning more about what's here, it's great."
Updated: January 26, 2018 12:36 PM
Created: January 25, 2018 08:14 PM
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