Planning a Football Trip to Minnesota? Free guide – where to stay, eat, drink and how to get tickets; to the stadium.
Minnesota United FC are based in the Minneapolis–Saint Paul area and plays in the Western Conference of Major League Soccer. The club began play in 2017 as the league’s 22nd club, and replaced the North American Soccer League franchise of the same name.
Football Trip to Minnesota – How to get to Minnesota & How to get around
Football Trip to Minnesota – Fly to Minnesota
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Directions from the Airport
There are several ways to travel to and from the terminals, and all over the Twin Cities once you’ve arrived.
Light rail transit (LRT) trains stop at both Terminal 1-Lindbergh and Terminal 2-Humphrey and connect travelers to 17 other destinations, including downtown Minneapolis to the north and Mall of America to the south.
The Terminal 1 light rail station is located below the Transit Center, between the Blue and Red ramps. From the Tram Level (one level below bag claim), take the tram to the Transit Center. When you exit the tram, follow the signs to the light rail station.
The Terminal 2 light rail station is located on the north side of the Orange Ramp. From Level 1 near Ticketing take the elevator or escalator up to the Orange Ramp skyway. Follow the signs to the LRT station. Take the escalators or elevators down one level to the station platform.
Taxis from the Airport
Downtown Minneapolis is approximately 12 miles from the airport, with fares averaging $39-$49. The distance to downtown St. Paul is approximately 8 miles and fares average $31-$38. A$6.25 fare will be displayed on the Taxicab meter at the onset of your trip.
Football Trip to Minnesota – Travel By Train
Amtrak in the Midwest offers daily services between Chicago and cities in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Missouri and Wisconsin and connects the trains of the east of the country.
Football Trip to Minnesota – Travel Around Minnesota
Bus fares range from $2.00 to $3.25, depending on time of day. To ride a few blocks in the Downtown Zone, the fare is $.50. “Free Ride” buses will take you along Nicollet Mall.
Visit the Metro Transit website for information on routes, schedule and ticket prices.
Take a look at this comprehensive set of maps to help find your way around Minneapolis. Maps include the metro area, skyways, parking, individual neighborhoods, trails and more.
Light Rail Transit connects the two downtowns of Saint Paul and Minneapolis as well as the Mall of America and Minneapolis/St. Paul International Airport.
The best way to get around Minneapolis-St.Paul is by car and on foot, so take to the streets — the downtown area is especially easy to navigate. The Minneapolis Skyway, a system of enclosed heated walkways, allows visitors to meander the dense areas of town. A car is also a great option — it will allow you to venture into the suburbs and around the lakes, while taxis are useful downtown.
Football Trip to Minnesota – How to Get to the Match
Football Trip to Minnesota – The Stadium
The club currently plays its home games at TCF Bank Stadium, on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis. The club eventually plans to play in Saint Paul at Allianz Field in the Midway neighborhood.
TCF Bank Stadium
CF Bank Stadium is an outdoor stadium located on the campus of the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States. Opened in 2009, it is the home field of the Minnesota Golden Gophers of the Big Ten Conference, and the temporary home of Minnesota United FC of Major League Soccer.
The 50,805-seat “horseshoe” style stadium cost $303.3 million to build and is designed to support future expansion to seat up to 80,000.
The stadium is located on the northeast side of the Minneapolis campus, near the site of the former Memorial Stadium, across from Williams Arena.
On October 23, 2015, team owners announced that Minnesota United would build a stadium on the 35-acre Saint Paul bus barn site. The proposed stadium will seat approximately 19,400, is to be completed in early 2019, and will be privately financed for $200 million. The stadium will open in March 2019, according to an announcement by club CEO Chris Wright.
The plans for the stadium include a ring-shaped stadium, with seating for approximately 19,400 in the first phase and 24,474 in a future expansion
The United States men’s national soccer team’s opening game of the 2019 CONCACAF Gold Cup will be held at Allianz Field in July 2019
Football Trip to Minnesota – Getting to the Stadium
TCF Bank Stadium
Park in one of 2,800 free spaces along the METRO Blue Line at 28th Avenue or Fort Snelling stations and get an All-Day Pass for an easy roundtrip. You’ll transfer to the Green Line at U.S. Bank StadiumStation for a comfortable ride to TCF Bank Stadium(take the train to Stadium Village Station).
The site is accessible by transit, through the immediately-adjacent Snelling Avenue Station served by both the METRO Green Line and the A Line.
Football Trip to Minnesota – Getting Tickets
You can get single game tickets on the club website
Football Trip to Minnesota – Fixtures
When planning your football trip please note that the dates shown represent the weekend that the game is scheduled to take place and games are likely to change through the season and be moved for TV scheduling.
The schedule for kick-off times in America can be found our Planning a Football Trip to America page (COMING SOON)
Football Trip to Minnesota – Where to stay. What to See. Where to Eat. Where to Drink
Football Trip to Minnesota – Where to stay
Bordered to the north by the Mississippi River, downtown Minneapolis is the place to book a Minneapolis hotel if visiting the Minneapolis Institute of Art, the Mill City Museum or Guthrie Theater. The glass-and-steel high-rises at the heart of downtown give way on the west to the Warehouse District, home to the glittering, neon Hennepin Avenue Theatre District. Along the downtown’s southern edge lies idylic Loring Park, perfect for morning jogs and evening strolls, and not far from the Minneapolis Convention Center. Further south lies Uptown, filled with boutique dress shops and vintage jewelery stores. Eat Street is where, not surprisingly, you’ll find everything from paneled British pubs to modest Vietnamese pho restaurants. Enclosed skyways make city walking in Downtown Minneapolis pleasant year-round, but the city is also covered by an extensive bus and light-rail network
Downtown St. Paul
Downriver and east of Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul is known more for its 19th–century architecture and gracious residences than office towers. Located on the broad Mississippi River, hotels in Downtown St. Paul are within an easy walk of Xcel Energy Center, a conference and entertainment venue, and the impressive white dome of the Minnesota State Capitol and the Minnesota History Center. A few blocks farther west is the Summit Avenue neighborhood, lined with stately Victorian mansions and Italianate villas . American authors F. Scott Fitzgerald and Sinclair Lewis once lived here. The Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport and the Bloomington neighborhood lie to the southwest.
Football Trip to Minnesota – What else to see & do
• Forshay Tower – observation deck are now open seven days a week from 12:00pm-9:00pm. Weather permitting, both will be open year-round.
• US Bank Stadium Tour – Your ninety-minute guided adventure through U.S. Bank Stadium will give you behind-the-scenes access to the home of the Minnesota Vikings. All Public Tours will begin at the Ticket Office located at Polaris Gate, near Chicago and 4th Street. Tours will run every hour starting at 10:00 AM with the last tour departing at 4:00 PM every day except Sundays. On Sundays, tours will run every hour starting at 11:00 AM with the last tour departing at 3:00 PM. $19 for adults
• Kobra Mural – Intersection of Hennepin Ave. and S. 5th St., Minneapolis – Certainly Minnesota’s most noticeable Dylan landmark is the towering rainbow-hued mural painted in 2015 by Brazilian artist Eduardo Kobra. Depicting Dylan at three distinct stages of his career, the mural stands five stories tall and spans 160 feet. Head to the intersection of Hennepin and 5th in downtown Minneapolis, and you can’t miss it.
• Paisly Park Tours – In this 70 minute guided tour, you will view the main floor of Paisley Park, including the studios where Prince recorded and produced some of his most famous hits. Walk through Prince’s private NPG Music Club and around the massive soundstage and concert hall where the musician rehearsed and help private events and concerts. $50 and 20 miles out of town
• Endless Bridge – Head inside the cobalt-blue Guthrie Theater and make your way up the escalator to the Endless Bridge, a far-out cantilevered walkway overlooking the Mississippi River. You don’t need a theater ticket, as it’s intended as a public space. The theater’s 9th-floor Amber Box provides another knockout view.
Football Trip to Minnesota – Where to Drink
Near TCF Bank Stadium (great place to watch UOM Golden Gophers games as well)
Stud & Herbs (227 SE Oak St, Minneapolis ) – Longtime collegiate haunt offering burgers & other pub grub, plus happy hour & lots of tap choices.
Surley Brewing Co (520 Malcolm Ave SE, Minneapolis) – Bustling venue with tavern grub & its own microbrews, plus an upstairs eatery with beer pairings.
Near US Bank Stadium
The Corner Bar (1501 S. Washington Ave.Minneapolis) pours hefty drinks and makes bar food to keep fans satisfied. Plenty of games on big screens around the bar, and plenty of room for you and all your friends to watch them (though you might bump elbows with the guy next to you when it comes down to the wire), the Corner is a lively, no holds barred spot for college football.
Erik the Red Bar (601 Chicago Ave) Spitting distance from US Bank Stadium this Nordic Barbecue restaurant fills up rabid sports fans the day of the game. Watch their Facebook page for special events as Vikings season gets rolling.
Town Hall Brewery (1430 S Washington Ave) Cozy, brick-walled brewpub & restaurant with house & guest taps, patio seating & eclectic bar bites. Open till 2am
Downtown’s City (600 Hennepin Ave) Works is a downtown destination with four quad-screen 110 inch displays and twelve 55 inch screens, there’s not a bad view of the game in the house. They have a massive food menu and tons of craft beer options.
Clockwerks Brewing (25 N 4th St, Minneapolis) a downtown Minneapolis brewery focusing on carefully crafted, well balanced, session-style beers in a steampunk setting. 25 N 4th St
Glueks Restaurant (16 N 6th St, Minneapolis) Bustling, old-world beer hall in an 1855 warehouse where German beers go with diverse pub eats, 16 N 6th St,
Crooked Pint Ale House (501 S Washington Ave) Relaxed local pub chain serving craft beers & cocktails, plus burgers, pot pies, tacos & more. Open till 12:00am
Day Block Brewing Company (1105 S Washington Ave) House-brewed beer & unique pizzas made with locally sourced ingredients in an industrial-chic space. Open till 1am
Target Field Area
Jacksons Hole Bar & Grill (1615, 106 N 3rd St) Chill, bi-level outpost with a weathered wood bar & TVs offering bar grub & craft beer on tap. Open 2am
The Freehouse (701 N Washington Ave #101) Buzzy brewpub serving both housemade & other beers plus a menu of gastropub fare in a slick space.
Modist Brewing Co (505 N 3rd St) open till 12.00am
Fulton Brewing Tap Room (1214, 414 N 6th Ave) – House beers are poured in the industrial warehouse setting of this microbrewery with communal seats.
Inbound BrewCo (701 N 5th St) “Open, bright, and airy beer pub with a dog friendly vibe and huge selection.”
Bunkers Music Bar & Grill (761 N Washington Ave) Informal venue offering live roots rock, blues & R&B bands nightly
Minneapolis Arts District
Betty Dangers Country Club – Number 1 on the list for being their own country club for the 99 percent. They have created their own town and have multiple themed rooms. (2501 Marshall St NE)
Bauhaus BrewLabs – 1315 Tyler St NE – Closed Sunday – Great beer, great atmosphere, great place to hangout with friends.
Headflyer Brewing (861 E Hennepin Ave) “Great service, super friendly, dog friendly, people friendly.”
Able Seedhouse and Brewery (1121 Quincy St NE) “Food trucks, ample parking, indoor and outdoor seating, and good beers.”
612 Brew (945 Broadway St NE) “Great atmosphere with great live music and food, excellent beers)
Indeed Brewing Company and Tap room (1121 Quincy St NE) “Great beer, great prices, comfortable place, friendly staff.”
Tattersall Distilling (1620 Central Ave NE #150) Craft spirits distillery with tours & tastings in an industrial-chic cocktail room with live music.
Dangerous Man Brewing Company (1300 NE 2nd St) Small craft brewery & taproom in a former bank featuring various beers, communal tables & events.
Dustys Bar (1319 Marshall St NE) Signature sausage burgers & draft beer draw locals to this old-school haunt with regular live music.
Football Trip to Minnesota – Where to Eat
Matts Bar (3500 Cedar Ave S) Matt’s Bar, a legendary Minneapolis eatery that claims to have invented and perfected the infamous “Jucy Lucy” cheeseburger
Smack Shack (North Washington Avenue) Modern eatery features a wide range of seafood, casual grub & cocktails in an industrial-chic space.
Pizzeria Lola (5557 Xerxes Ave S) – Pizzeria Lola is Ann Kim’s Minneapolis, Minnesota restaurant serving wood-fired pizzas with unique and familiar ingredients. Award Winning
Red Cow North Loop (208 1st Ave N) Great Burgers, Perfect place to meet friends for Sunday football. Good bar apps and great beer selection. Friendly crowd!
Kramarczuk East European Deli (215 E Hennepin Ave) – Kramarczuk’s is a northeast institution. They have great meats and sausages.
Hen House Eatery (114 S 8th St, Minneapolis) located in downtown Minneapolis specializes in homemade style food and drink that is locally grown with gluten-free options.
Al’s Breakfast (413 14th Ave SE) – Classic diner fare for breakfast & lunch draws locals to this narrow nook with an old-school vibe.
May Cuisine (1840 Central Ave NE) Casual, colorful Mexican restaurant & bar offering classic dishes, cocktails & a Sunday buffet.
Football trip to Minnesota – Useful links
North products are also available at Askov Finlayson boutique, 204 First St. N., Minneapolis, 612-206-3925, askovfinlayson.com.
North Made Co – is located in Northeast Minneapolis at Studio #107 in the North Co. building (610 SE 9th Street, Minneapolis, MN 55414)