MINNEAPOLIS — U.S. Bank Stadium has its first game-day master plan.
Officials with the Vikings, SMG and Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority on Wednesday announced details of a transportation management plan for football games and other events at U.S. Bank Stadium.
SMG General Manager Patrick Talty said the multimodal transportation plan involved about 11 months of planning and consideration. Talty said officials evaluated demographics, parking, pick-up and drop-off locations, bicycle routes and community involvement with the goal of giving fans the best transportation experiences possible.
Visitors will have the option of using personal cars, taxis or other automobile ride services like Uber and Lyft, shuttle and charter buses, the Light Rail, bicycles or their own feet to arrive at the stadium.
Officials gathered information based on the zip codes of Vikings Season Ticket members and developed four color coded zones around the stadium. The zones have enough depth to be able to offer a range in pricing, which will be determined by lot and ramp owners.
Attendees will be able to type the location they are coming from to receive guidance on the best freeways to use to reach their desired zone efficiently, as well as a list of parking options in the desired zone, Talty said.
"Within a 20-minute walk zone of the area, there are 32,000 spaces available for parking," Talty said. "In each of those zones, looking at the percentage breakdown of how people approach the stadium, the highways, and how they'll approach the downtown, we have excess parking in all those zones."
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There will be a designated area for taxis, and a separate pick-up/drop-off location for Uber and Lyft, as well as an ADA location for guests with disabilities and locations for buses. The prime location of the Light Rail is expected to help manage vehicle traffic, and all bicycle lanes around the stadium will be open on game days. Talty said there are 188 complimentary bike racks on the property.
Additionally on Wednesday, the Vikings announced the locations of more than 600 Vikings-branded spots for tailgating. The team negotiated with owners of adjacent lots inside the City of Minneapolis' approved tailgating zone.
Two lots — gold and purple — are located north of 4th Street and east of Chicago Avenue. Three others — the touchdown, kickoff and quarterback lots — are another block north of the purple and gold lots.
Vikings Executive Vice President of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley said the designation of the tailgating zone was the product of "four years of work and energy" to plan with the City of Minneapolis and neighborhood associations.
"Tailgating is an important tradition that the Vikings have honored since 1961," Bagley said. "It started at the old Metropolitan Stadium where our fans were in the parking lot before the games. They came early, they stayed late and began this tradition that has continued.
"Over the past four years since the [stadium legislation] bill passed in May 2012, we began to work with city leadership, with the neighborhoods and the community to build consensus on where we can have this tailgating activity," added Bagley, pointing out that more than $1 billion in new construction developments near the stadium have reduced some surface lots in the area.
Tailgating Lots Around U.S. Bank Stadium
Parking Zones Around U.S. Bank Stadium
*Pick Up / Drop Off Spots Around U.S. Bank Stadium