ty. Groups can organize guided tours
of sites related to Prince—murals,
places he went to school, his child-
Prince filmed the video for 1999
at the Armory, which reopened in
December and held several concerts
during the Super Bowl festivities.
Completed in 1936, the Armory was operated by the Minnesota National Guard until
1980 and hosted games for the Minnesota
Lakers NBA team between 1947 and 1960.
Groups can use its space for up to 8,000
First Avenue & the 7th Entry nightclub,
a frequent Prince haunt, was featured in
the movie Purple Rain and has live music
nearly every night.
Minneapolis flaunts a host of other
cultural off-site options, including The
Orpheum Theatre in the downtown area,
Pantages Theatre and the Walker Art
Center, along with its nearby Minneapolis
Heading outdoors, The Bold North Zip
Line was introduced just for the weeks
surrounding the Super Bowl to traverse the
Mississippi River. Part of the goal was to
showcase the river itself.
“We’re also looking for more ways to
create engagement on the river,” Tennant
said. “So many come and never know the
Mississippi is right here.”
Groups can organize kayaking trips on
the river among other activities. Along its
banks, the Mill City Museum, which traces
how Minneapolis became the flour milling
capital of the world for 50 years, offers a
conference room and courtyard for groups.
Also new on the scene is Finnegans
House, which is home to a brewery and
taproom, and donates 100 percent of its
profits to the community. Its taproom is
open to groups, as is its courtyard.
Punch Bowl Social Minneapolis offers a
variety of unique options including eight
lanes of bowling, ’80s-era arcades, bocce
ball, two private karaoke rooms, ping-pong
and billiards, while Surly Brewing Co. near
the University of Minnesota is known for its
craft brews and offers outdoor space.
Cafes even get in the meetings mix, such
as The Lynhall in the Uptown neighbor-
hood, which can host up to 200 and also
has its own TV studio that is open to groups.
According to Meet Minneapolis, The
Hewing Hotel farm-to-table restaurant
Tullibee is another group hot spot.
New hotels and renovations include The
luMINN Hotel Minneapolis, an Ascend Ho-
tel Collection Member, which debuted last
October with meeting space. The Hilton
Minneapolis recently underwent a major
upgrade as did The Marquette Hotel, Curio
Collection by Hilton. Graduate Minne-
apolis, near the University of Minnesota
campus, debuted in 2017 with 304 rooms.
Nearby in Bloomington, Mall of Ameri-
ca can be easily accessed by light rail and
offers unique meeting spaces in addition to
its over 520 stores.
One of Mall of America’s main group
options is Parkview Meeting + Event Center, with 4,000 square feet of private event
space as well as an outdoor balcony that
overlooks Nickelodeon Universe.
Another outlet is the Executive Center, a
2,834-square-foot facility with four meeting
spaces: Boundary Waters Suite, two adjoining conference rooms (Grand Marais and
North Shore) and the Voyager boardroom.
Minneapolis’ Twin Cities neighbor Saint
Paul shared the limelight during the Super
“During the Super Bowl we were sold
out,” said Jane Lewis, vice president of con-
vention sales for Visit Saint Paul. “We held
Taste of the NFL at the Saint Paul RiverCen-
tre, and hosted an owners’ dinner for 1,500
in the Union Depot.”
Union Depot, a historic train station that
was restored in 2012, can accommodate
groups from 25 to 3,000 people.
The city also hosted the Super Bowl
Opening Night at the Xcel Energy Center,
home of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. The
Center can offer private tours for groups.
The city played host to the Saint Paul
Winter Carnival during the Super
Bowl, which included an Ice Palace in
Aside from the Super Bowl venues,
groups will find a plethora of options
in Saint Paul.
“Saint Paul is known for its unique
venues and historic feel,” Lewis said.
That combination of fresh and historic
led to the bureau’s tagline, Discover Hips-torical Saint Paul.
“It’s hip and history combined,” Lewis
said. “That fits Saint Paul.”
On the historical front, the Palace The-
atre recently renovated and can be used for
small groups, while across the street, the
Science Museum of Minnesota offers views
of the Mississippi River and has five private
meeting spaces for up to 400 people.
Lewis also recommends the Ordway
Center for the Performing Arts for receptions. Its concert hall can host groups.
In Lowertown Saint Paul, the A’BULAE
event center overlooks the city and CHS
Field, home of the indie professional
baseball team, the St. Paul Saints. CHS
Field lets attendees show off their talents
using batting cages and bullpens. Meanwhile, under construction is Allianz Field,
a soccer-specific stadium for Major League
Soccer team Minnesota United FC, slated
to open in 2019.
Treasure Island Center, a practice facility
for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild, is opening
meeting space and will have a brewery and
restaurant, according to Lewis.
Other group options include the Landmark Center, a former court house dating
to 1902, which can host up to 400 people.
The Padelford Riverboat Company offers
its paddle-wheelers for group excursions
on the Mississippi River.
On the hotel front, a 127-room Marriott
Tribute boutique hotel will take over the
Park Square building in Lowertown, with a
completion date set for the end of 2019. m
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