“We were able to show how well we
could put on a major event,” said Meet
Minneapolis CEO Melvin Tennant. “Min-
neapolis is now under a multibillion-dollar
expansion program, much of which has
already been completed.”
Downtown shopping and entertainment
strip Nicollet Mall, now known as Nicollet,
underwent a $50 million transformation,
including more trees and outdoor art.
Nicollet was also host to Super Bowl
Live!, and can be used as a venue by groups
for large events. Restaurants along the mall
have spaces for smaller gatherings, while
night spots like Dakota Jazz Club & Restaurant can also be used by groups.
As part of the city’s expansion program,
Target Center, home of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves, recently took the wraps
off a $150 million transformation and can
offer groups space in its theater and private
Home of this year’s Super Bowl, U.S.
Bank Stadium, which also hosted the X
Games last year, featues a variety of group
venues, including the Delta Sky360 Club
for up to 600 for receptions.
Also used during the Super Bowl, Or-
chestra Hall, which opened in 1974 as the
home of the Minnesota Orchestra, hosted
a concert for sponsors. The venue offers
seven indoor and private outdoor spaces
ideal for performances and events.
During Super Bowl week, ESPN broadcast from the IDS Center Crystal Court inside the IDS Center, the city’s tallest structure. Groups can use various spaces in the
building, which is also iconic as a filming
location for the ’70s sitcom The Mary Tyler
Moore Show, which was based in Minnea-oplis. Fans of the show can find the famed
Mary Tyler Moore Statue on Nicollet.
Meet Minneapolis can help organize
themed events based on everything from
The Mary Tyler Moore Show to another
Minneapolis icon, Prince.
One of the latest additions to the group
roster is Prince’s Paisley Park, located 20
minutes from downtown. Tours include the
studio where Prince recorded his music as
well as the stage where he performed live
and hosted parties.
Paisley Park can accommodate up to
500 guests for a seated affair and 900 for a
standing room party.
“We’re very excited there is so much in-
terest in the legacy of Prince,” Tennant said.
“He was part of the fabric of the communi-
Reflective of the end-game excitement of this year’s Super Bowl LII was the preparation and execution of the big game’s hosts: Minneapolis, Saint Paul, Bloomington and surrounds.
The 10-day fete highlighted some of the region’s
most intriguing off-site venues, scenery, breweries,
restaurants and more.
Limelight PALACE THEATRE, SAINT PAUL
Super Bowl hosts Minneapolis
and Saint Paul team up for a
full plate of unique venues
BY MARLENE GOLDMAN
KAYAKING THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, MINNEAPOLIS
SUPER BOWL OPENING NIGHT
AT XCEL ENERGY CENTER, SAINT PAUL
MILL CITY MUSEUM, MINNEAPOLIS