Downtown Minneapolis has more than 65,000 parking spots, normally enough to accommodate most of the workers who drive to their job. That might not be the case during Super Bowl week, even for those who have contract parking, says Jon Wertjes, director of traffic and parking services for the City of Minneapolis. Private lots and ramps may lease out space for Super Bowl events, meaning fewer number of stalls will be available during the 10-day Super Bowl period starting Jan. 26 to Feb. 4. Super Bowl LII will be played at U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the Minnesota Vikings. "Now's the time to plan your alternatives," Wertjes said at a news conference to unveil "Know Before You Go," the Super Bowl committee's metro area transportation plan. "Ask questions now so you can plan your alternatives to choose a different parking space if they are using yours." Starting in mid-December, fans and others will be able pre-purchase a parking spot for any event in downtown Minneapolis at a … [Read more...] about Where to park downtown during Super Bowl week? Commuters should plan now
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It’s Minnesota so it’s never too early to start talking about the forecast for Super Bowl LII on Feb. 4. Host Committee planners haven’t been prognosticating, but they’d love temperatures of – give or take - 30 degrees (above zero) and snow flurries. On the CBS Sunday morning political talk show, Face the Nation, the weather got linked to the GOP tax bill passed by the Senate early Saturday. U.S. Sen. Angus King, I-Maine, opposed the bill. On the show, he said one of the three things that will result from the bill is “anything good that happens in America in the next year, including good weather at the Super Bowl is going to be attributed to this bill.” King was being sarcastic, but as football fans nervously watch the Minnesota Vikings, Super Bowl planners have an eye to the skies. They call it a "Bold North" event that will embrace winter. They’ve got contingency plans for snowfall up to 36 inches and, in the other direction, … [Read more...] about Super Bowl LII weather gets into the national tax discussion
Plungers find out how cold the water is at a Polar Plunge for Special Olympics in Prior Lake, Saturday, Feb. 15, 2014. (Photo/Ann Heisenfelt) Call it a bit of madness, for a worthy cause. The Polar Plunge, that long-standing winter tradition of jumping into icy cold waters to raise money for charity, will be held Jan. 30 on Nicollet Mall during Super Bowl Live, the 10-day outdoor extravaganza featuring free live music, food trucks, winter sports demonstrations, live network broadcast and other sponsored activities. “Instead of trekking to one of Minnesota’s 10,000 lakes, participants are invited to plunge into an icy pond that we will create on the streets of downtown Minneapolis exclusively for this event,” Dave Dorn, the President and CEO of Special Olympics Minnesota, said in a statement. The day will begin with a flag football game, followed by plunges between 4-7 p.m. — with special appearances by sports figures, media personalities and … [Read more...] about Polar Plunge coming to Super Bowl Live
Today, this will be a shorter version of the Countdown blog than usual because of my duties at the always-preposterous Media Day (now rebranded as Opening Night), the only place where you can be interrupted during an interview by Miss Universe or a guy in a leprechaun suit. I’m supposed to write a live print column out of that event. But I’ll post a few notes about it here before I sit down to write it. The column is going to be about John Elway and how this Bay Area trip is a homecoming of a different sort. Elway, the Broncos’ general manager, has been back to Stanford many times since he left the school but bringing a team to the Super Bowl and having it practice on his old campus has been a special kick for him. Elway isn’t sure he will visit any old haunts — the Alpine Inn, the Oasis among them — but it wuldn’t be a surprise to see him slip in through the back door for a quick beverage sometime this week. You can read … [Read more...] about Super Bowl 50 Countdown-Six Days To Go: The Question John Elway Couldn’t Answer, Police Escort For The Media (!!!) And An Old Front Page
Some people who hoped to attend the Super Bowl in Minneapolis earlier this month instead fell victim to scammers. The fake tickets presented at the game on Feb. 4 were seven times more than those discovered in Houston during last year’s Super Bowl, according to Minneapolis Police Lt. Kim Lund. Officers arrested 19 people over Super Bowl weekend, plus Bloomington police said they arrested four or five people in possession of counterfeit tickets at a hotel and at the Mall of America. Additional fake tickets were found during the arrests, Lund said. People spent $400 to $5,000 on counterfeit Super Bowl tickets and didn’t find out they were fake until they arrived at U.S. Bank Stadium on Feb. 4. “There were no extra tickets — there was no way that we could get somebody into the Super Bowl if they had a counterfeit ticket, period,” said Shawn Neudauer, Department of Homeland Security public affairs officer. “It’s especially … [Read more...] about 154 people went to the Super Bowl, but couldn’t get in. They had counterfeit tickets.