SPORTS

The Sporting Life in Minneapolis

A city built by and for sports lovers.

All the teams. All the stadiums. All right here.

The crack of the bat. The roar of the purple-painted crowd. The howl-worthy dunks. Catch the sports action without ever leaving downtown. Twins. Vikings. Timberwolves. Lynx. Whether you're cheering for home or away, you'll love that our impressive stadiums are right here and within walking distance of each other - and all the action of the city.

Every year around September, a weird phenomenon happens in Minneapolis. People are transformed, mimicking the change of leaves with the coming of the fall season.

But instead of brown and red, we turn purple and gold.

The Minnesota Vikings are a National Football League team that plays their games in Minneapolis, and starting in 2016, they'll play in the brand new U.S. Bank Stadium, a bold new venue in Downtown Minneapolis.

The Vikings play 16 games each year in the always-tough NFC North division, matching up against the Chicago Bears, Detroit Lions and Green Bay Packers. The team has been in the NFL for more than 50 years, and has played in four Super Bowls in that time span.

When you visit Minneapolis, make sure you block off Sunday on your calendar. You won't want to miss out on Vikings football.

"The #1 Baseball Stadium Experience in North America." -ESPN, 2010

Now, when the extremely-intelligent folks at ESPN say your stadium is the best one on an entire continent, we tend to stop and pay attention. And, coincidentally enough, a very talented baseball team just so happens to play IN that beautiful stadium.

The Minnesota Twins are a Major League Baseball team that plays their games in Minneapolis at the aforementioned Target Field. If youĂ­re here between April and September then you too can take part in the best baseball experience in North America.

The Twins play 162 games each year (81 at home), with a majority of those pitting them against the rest of the AL Central Division, which comprises the Chicago White Sox, Cleveland Indians, Detroit Tigers and Kansas City Royals.

So what makes the experience so impressive? How about outdoor baseball in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, spectacular views no matter where you sit, delicious food (Bacon Sloppy Joe, Walleye Skewer and Porkchop on a Stick, to name a few) and a consistently-great ball team all in one place. If you want baseball at its finest, make sure your visit to Minneapolis includes a Twins game.

It's no secret that a Minnesota winter gets a tad bit chilly. So, because we're huge sports enthusiasts here in Minneapolis (one of the only cities with five pro sports teams) we need to move our fanatic sports passion indoors.

Enter the Timberwolves.

The Minnesota Timberwolves (or Wolves, as those who are anti-syllables like to say) are a National Basketball Association team that plays their games in downtown Minneapolis at Target Center. The Wolves play from November all the way to April, which comprises 82 games in that stretch (with 41 of those played in Target Center).

Emphatic dunks. No-look passes that feel like optical illusions. The howl of the crowd after a deep three-pointer. If you're looking for an electric atmosphere filled with abnormally tall and athletic men throwing an orange sphere into a designated cylinder, than you won't find anything else like this on your visit to Minneapolis.

COLLEGE NIGHT:

College Night presented by U.S. Bank is back! Every Monday and Wednesday night home game in the 2016-17 season college students are able to purchase an upper level game ticket for $10 with a valid college I.D. on game day or enter a valid .edu email address for online purchases.

 

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