Metro Transit Plan for Super Bowl Riders Put To the Test

February 04, 2018 10:52 PM

Some of the Super Bowl success Sunday was riding on people simply being able to get to and from U.S. Bank Stadium.     

Fans could get screened and ride in via light rail from two locations: Mall of America and Stadium Village at the University of Minnesota. Only Super Bowl ticketholders were allowed to ride from those stations on Sunday. 


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The Stadium Village stop is on the Green Line. And it was there that protestors made a statement: "Super Bowl 52 is a massive indicator of the problem," one demonstrator said as he was taken away in handcuffs. "We are here to let you know that you can't play with black lives."

About 100 anti-racist, anti-corporate protestors took to the tracks for an hour and a half. Some blocked trains, others chained themselves to each other or fencing. Authorities eventually moved in, arrested 17 people and boarded them onto warm buses bound for jail.  

Metro Transit spokesman Howie Padilla said the agency expected and planned for this kind of disruption. Ticketholders bound for the game were put on replacement buses to the Stadium.

Perhaps the biggest transportation challenge of Sunday came after the game, when fans emptied out of the Stadium at different times for different reasons. Some stayed longer to celebrate their team's win, while others "want to stay downtown and hang out after the game," Padilla said.

RELATED: Super Bowl Impacts Public Transportation

Metro Transit had a goal to clear out the crowd in 90 minutes after the game, which meant putting 1,200 fans on trains every four minutes.  Each train holds 600 people.  Officials said light rail would return to a normal schedule at 3 a.m. Monday.


Beth McDonough

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