January 11, 2018 10:19 PM
Super Bowl LII is just 23 days away.
And along with all the fun the big game will bring to the Twin Cities, some headaches will come too.
Those living in the heart of Minneapolis will likely deal with most of them.
Some roads in downtown Minneapolis are already closed, and even more road closures are expected as early as Monday. On top of that, those working and living downtown will be sharing new bus routes, detours and parking garages with the 150,000 expected tourists who will flood into the city at the end of the month.
“The question is parking,” longtime downtown resident Sally Lindsley said.
She remembers when Minneapolis last hosted the Super Bowl in January of 1992.
“Well it was a lot smaller,” she said when asked how much the city has changed.
That’s why she joined more than 100 downtown residents and workers Thursday night to hear from the Super Bowl Host Committee, and learn just how much their day-to-day lives will be impacted.
Unfortunately, the answers aren’t that easy, and depend on day-to-day demand.
Half of the city’s current contract parking will remain, while the other half of those drivers will be given alternative places to park.
Bus routes are moving back to Hennepin Avenue, just like during the Nicollet Mall construction.
An Uber station is taking shape at the St. Thomas campus in Minneapolis to help riders dodge surge prices. And access to freeways will remain open at all times.
City leaders urge those living and working downtown to allow as much time as possible if they still plan on trying to drive.
“A little apprehensive, but on the other hand, what the heck," Lindsley said. "Bring it on, you know?”
Since it's hard to tell how much parking will be disrupted on any given day, leaders are encouraging people to check in with the Know Before You Go website.
The host committee will also launch an app in the coming weeks designed to help drivers and transit riders navigate downtown transportation.
Skyways will be open from 6 a.m. to midnight during the 10-day stretch leading up to the big game.
Updated: January 11, 2018 10:19 PM
Created: January 11, 2018 08:37 PM
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