The Crew 52 volunteers gathered to receive their official uniforms to take on Super Bowl LII.
MINNEAPOLIS —With 83 days until Super Bowl LII, the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee (MNSBHC) and community stakeholders announced the "Know Before You Go" Initiative on Monday. The coordinated effort provides travel tips and a wealth of information for Super Bowl visitors and Minnesotans who live and work in the Twin Cities to make travel plans during the 10-day Super Bowl festival, from Jan. 26 through Feb. 4, 2018.
Super Bowl planners expect more than one million people to visit Minnesota for game-related activities during the 10-day festival. Know Before You Go includes a dedicated website (mnsuperbowl.com/transportation) with recommended routes to downtown Minneapolis, user-friendly maps with information about road closures, information about increased transit options, directions on how to secure convenient parking, and more.
"We have been preparing for several years to invite the world to Minnesota for a safe and successful Super Bowl," said Kyle Chank, VP of Operations and Logistics, MNSBHC. "The events and activities are still a few months away, but we want to begin providing information now, so people have the tools they need to make Super Bowl plans. Our goal is to minimize the impact and maximize the fun – for our Super Bowl visitors, and for all Minnesotans who live, work and play in the Twin Cities."
Know Before You Go features information about the range of transportation options and increased service information that will be offered during the 10-day festival, including expanded Light Rail service connecting the Mall of America to downtown Minneapolis.
"Metro Transit and our team of 3,500 staff members are excited to host the national and international fans that will fill our communities for the 10 days of Super Bowl festivities," said Metro Transit General Manager Brian Lamb. "Helping people travel safely and efficiently from place to place is what we do best. As we have done on so many occasions, we stand ready to give fans a worry-free lift to Super Bowl events, while continuing our service to local riders traveling to work, school and other destinations important to their daily lives."
While there will be Super Bowl events across the Twin Cities, downtown Minneapolis will be a major hub of Super Bowl activity, including the game itself at U.S. Bank Stadium. Know Before You Go includes maps outlining the most efficient and convenient routes to downtown Minneapolis for the game, as well as information about limited road closures associated with Super Bowl events and activities. Know Before You Go also includes parking information so visitors can plan ahead and even purchase convenient parking through a Pre-Paid Parking App.
"The City has worked closely with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, NFL and other partners to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for everyone in our city," said Jon Wertjes, director of traffic and parking services for the City of Minneapolis. "This collaboration has created a traffic plan for Super Bowl festivities that minimizes disruptions to traffic and parking as much as possible."
Information will be added and updated at mnsuperbowl.com/transportation* *as the game approaches.