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super bowl visitors have lots of help to navigate the skyways


with the cold weather in minneapolis visitors are venturing into the skyway labyrinth. but they’re not on their own.super bowl volunteers are stationed at intervals all around the skyways to provide directions and, if needed, a map. one common question they’re getting has nothing to do with directions, however.“i think bathrooms have been the biggest question,” amber gehring said. “and, of course, there’s limited public restrooms.”for gehring, giving directions has been easy. she works in minneapolis so she’s used to the skyways. for charles henninge and william johnson, it’s been more of an adjustment.“i learned ‘wait points,’ ” johnson said. those “wait points” are where the next set of volunteers will be. if they know a visitor is looking for the convention center, but don’t know every






scoggins: minnesota nice will be tough to muster this super bowl week


the reminders are everywhere. like our mosquitoes on a warm summer night, you can't escape them.billboards along the daily commute illuminate advertisements. windows on downtown skyways welcome visitors. nicollet mall is awash in ice sculptures, corporate tents and stage lighting.nothing about the super bowl coming to town is subtle. it blares like a megaphone in your ears. let's get this party started!now close your eyes and consider what might have been. too soon?of course it is. frustration over a glorious opportunity squandered requires a certain amount of time and distance to fade.this week could have witnessed the mother of all super bowl celebrations had the vikings not forgotten to pack their a game before departing for philadelphia.no nfl team has played a super bowl in its home s






how to get around minneapolis during super bowl week


with hundreds of thousands of people expected to flow into downtown minneapolis for the feb. 4 super bowl and related concerts and events, getting around is a top concern for anybody who lives or works in the twin cities, or plans to take in festivities throughout the week.the most fool-proof way to avoid a traffic headache between now and super bowl sunday is to stay out of downtown minneapolis and away from u.s. bank stadium. obviously, that won't be possible for many people.to help visitors navigate the city, the super bowl host committee has drawn up an elaborate, 17-page plan to help locals and guests get around. while there's lots of good information in there, we thought it might be useful to provide a more concise guide for successfully getting around downtown minneapolis and the su






thanks but no thanks : 10,000 super bowl volunteers selected from 30,000 applica


the chosen ones for the 2018 super bowl crew 52 received notice thursday.the minnesota super bowl host committee chose more than 10,000 volunteers from the 30,000 who applied online beginning in august. of those, roughly 15,000 prospective volunteers showed up for in-person interviews at the headquarters in city center on nicollet mall.officially, 10,280 volunteers have been accepted, the committee said in a release, before clarifying later that a group of applicants who sent videos or interviewed late may soon be accepted.the committee anticipates having 12,000 volunteers accepted with the goal of deploying 10,000 of them during the 10-day event. volunteers are asked to work at least three shifts.the volunteers are needed for mostly hospitality functions starting in late january and culmi






'a million' super bowl visitors estimate includes many minnesotans


super bowl planners have touted that “more than a million visitors” will be in town for the big game in less than two weeks. but most of them aren’t who you think.the actual horde expected to descend on the twin cities from outside the state is closer to 125,000, according to estimates from pennsylvania-based rockport analytics, which is working with the super bowl host committee. the “million” figure is meant to gauge attendees of super bowl-related events, many of whom will be minnesotans.“that million figure really references a million people that are going to be in the twin cities spending resources, enjoying super bowl activities, and reflects the energy that we’re going to see in the twin cities during the 10 days,” said michael howard, a spokesman for the host committee.the game its






a million super bowl 'visitors' estimate counts many minnesotans


super bowl planners have touted that "more than a million visitors" will be in town for the big game in less than two weeks. but most of them aren't who you think.the actual horde expected to descend on the twin cities from outside the state is closer to 125,000, according to estimates from pennsylvania-based rockport analytics, which is working with the super bowl host committee. the "million" figure is meant to gauge attendees of super bowl-related events, many of whom will be minnesotans."that million figure really references a million people that are going to be in the twin cities spending resources, enjoying super bowl activities, and reflects the energy that we're going to see in the twin cities during the 10 days," said michael howard, a spokesman for the host committee.the game its






improvements slated for st. paul skyways, but there's 'a long way to go'


the head of st. paul's skyway committee kicked off the last meeting of 2017 with some harsh realities."the skyway was in deplorable shape," andy flamm said, reading a letter from a friend who recently visited st. paul. "the signage was minimal and confusing. most sections were in disrepair with missing or stained and corroded floor tiles." the letter went on to describe ripped up carpeting, damaged wall coverings and "urine on the floors."one month ago, the st. paul city council approved new skyway rules aimed at combating many of those issues. the regulations followed growing complaints from business owners and residents over the past couple years about skyway safety and cleanliness. at the skyway governance advisory committee meeting friday, flamm, the chairman, acknowledged that "we've






25 reasons why you should eat in the minneapolis skyway


out-of-towners can be forgiven if they stroll along the frigid and empty sidewalks of a prosperous-looking downtown minneapolis and wonder where all the people have gone. two words: look up.they’re in the skyway system, that bewildering maze of climate-controlled, second-story bridges and corridors that connect 80 city blocks. it’s not just people, either. the skyways are also the place to encounter a seemingly endless stream of quick-service restaurants, many of them $10-and-under spots that cater to the weekday lunch crowd.some are mom-and-pop shops, others are national chains. there are beloved minneapolis classics, and hot newcomers. a recent (and happy) circumstance is the growing number of creativity-driven food trucks that have matriculated to brick-and-mortar spots on the skyways.






welcome to minnesota! here's a windchill advisory for your visit


super bowl visitors — and regular minnesotans — are getting a taste of the "bold north" as bitterly cold air settles in right through sunday's game.with temperatures in the single digits below zero — and windchills even lower — expected to last through the weekend, the super bowl host committee is keeping a watch on conditions and said it will issue weather-related announcements about closings or postponements via traditional and social media, and on the super bowl website.until then, it's business as usual as the full slate of outdoor concerts and festivities on nicollet mall are still on as scheduled."we have been planning for the cold from the beginning," said host committee spokesman michael howard. he said there was no threshold at which events would be canceled.opportunities to warm






minnesota super bowl volunteer center to open on nicollet mall


the minnesota super bowl host committee is opening a signature space in the heart of downtown where thousands of volunteers will pass through for the 10-day event next january and february.the volunteer headquarters will be at 7th st. and nicollet mall in space occupied by the now shuttered sports authority store. it will open aug. 12.during the lead-up to the super bowl, nicollet mall — and the volunteer center — will be a bubbling hub of nonstop activity. throughout the events, volunteers will come and go, lounge, chat and receive training in the building. super bowl organizers have talked about a “wow factor” that will inspire volunteers, welcome and impress them.some 20,000 people already have applied to volunteer before during and after the game. about 10,000 volunteers are needed to






super bowl: vikings would be right at home on the road


if minnesota advances to the super bowl, the vikings would be the first to play on their field in the big game. they'd also officially be the visitors.        






minnesota super bowl volunteer center to open on nicollet mall


the minnesota super bowl host committee is opening a signature space in the heart of downtown where thousands of volunteers will pass through for the 10-day event next january and february.the volunteer headquarters will be at 7th st. and nicollet mall in space occupied by the now shuttered sports authority store. it will open aug. 12.during the lead-up to the super bowl, nicollet mall — and the volunteer center — will be a bubbling hub of nonstop activity. throughout the events, volunteers will come and go, lounge, chat and receive training in the building. super bowl organizers have talked about a "wow factor" that will inspire volunteers, welcome and impress them.some 20,000 people already have applied to volunteer before during and after the game. about 10,000 volunteers are needed to






minnesota super bowl volunteer center to open on nicollet mall


the minnesota super bowl host committee is opening a signature space in the heart of downtown where thousands of volunteers will pass through for the 10-day event next january and february.the volunteer headquarters will be at 7th street and nicollet mall in space occupied by the now-shuttered sports authority store. it will open aug. 12.during the lead-up to the super bowl, nicollet mall — and the volunteer center — will be a bubbling hub of nonstop activity. throughout the events, volunteers will come and go, lounge, chat and receive training in the building. super bowl organizers have talked about a "wow factor" that will inspire, welcome and impress volunteers.some 20,000 people already have applied to volunteer before, during and after the game. about 10,000 volunteers are needed to p






it's kickoff time for twin cities super bowl lii preparations


it’s all getting real.from the nfl officials in town to the street banners to the big rigs bearing “birkie” bridge parts, the signs of super bowl lii are spreading.after three years of behind-the-scenes brainstorming, meetings, visits and trips by the minnesota super bowl host committee, the energy shifts from sunday’s last regular season game at u.s. bank stadium to rolling out the big show feb. 4.“it’s full-on execution; pencils down,” host committee vice president andrea mokros said. “credentials are being printed. guest lists are being finalized.”anyone visiting downtown minneapolis, downtown st. paul or the mall of america in bloomington will notice the changes as the metro area gears up to host 1 million visitors bringing almost $340 million to the regional economy, according to an a






it's kickoff time for twin cities super bowl lii preparations


it’s all getting real.from the nfl officials in town to the street banners to the big rigs bearing “birkie” bridge parts, the signs of super bowl lii are spreading.after three years of behind-the-scenes brainstorming, meetings, visits and trips by the minnesota super bowl host committee, the energy shifts from sunday’s last regular season game at u.s. bank stadium to rolling out the big show feb. 4.“it’s full-on execution; pencils down,” host committee vice president andrea mokros said. “credentials are being printed. guest lists are being finalized.”anyone visiting downtown minneapolis, downtown st. paul or the mall of america in bloomington will notice the changes as the metro area gears up to host 1 million visitors bringing almost $340 million to the regional economy, according to an a






minnesota super bowl volunteer center opens saturday on nicollet mall


the minnesota super bowl host committee is opening a signature space in the heart of downtown on saturday where thousands of volunteers will pass through for the 10-day event next january and february.the volunteer headquarters will be at 7th st. and nicollet mall in space occupied by the now shuttered sports authority store.during the lead-up to the super bowl, nicollet mall — and the volunteer center — will be a bubbling hub of nonstop activity. throughout the events, volunteers will come and go, lounge, chat and receive training in the building. super bowl organizers have talked about a “wow factor” that will inspire volunteers, welcome and impress them.some 20,000 people already have applied to volunteer before during and after the game. about 10,000 volunteers are needed to put on the






welcome to minnesota! here's a windchill advisory for your visit.


super bowl visitors are getting a real taste of the “bold north” as bitterly cold air moved in overnight and will stay right through sunday’s big game at u.s. bank stadium.with temperatures in the single digits below zero and windchills even lower expected to last through the weekend, the super bowl host committee is keeping a watch on conditions and said it will issue weather-related announcements about closings or postponements via traditional and social media, and on the super bowl website.until then, it’s business as usual as the full slate of outdoor concerts and festivities on nicollet mall are still on as scheduled. the word for fans from the cold-weather cities of boston and philadelphia, who likely packed winter coats, and locals taking in the sights is to dress warm.“we have been






welcome to minnesota! here's a windchill advisory for your visit


super bowl visitors are getting a real taste of the “bold north” as bitterly cold air moved in overnight and will stay right through sunday’s big game at u.s. bank stadium.with temperatures in the single digits below zero and windchills even lower expected to last through the weekend, the super bowl host committee is keeping a watch on conditions and said it will issue weather-related announcements about closings or postponements via traditional and social media, and on the super bowl website.until then, it’s business as usual as the full slate of outdoor concerts and festivities on nicollet mall are still on as scheduled. the word for fans from the cold-weather cities of boston and philadelphia, who likely packed winter coats, and locals taking in the sights is to dress warm.“we have been






welcome to minnesota! here's a windchill advisory for your visit.


super bowl visitors are getting a real taste of the "bold north" as bitterly cold air moved in overnight and will stay right through sunday's big game at u.s. bank stadium.with temperatures in the single digits below zero and windchills even lower expected to last through the weekend, the super bowl host committee is keeping a watch on conditions and said it will issue weather-related announcements about closings or postponements via traditional and social media, and on the super bowl website.until then, it's business as usual as the full slate of outdoor concerts and festivities on nicollet mall are still on as scheduled. the word for fans from the cold-weather cities of boston and philadelphia, who likely packed winter coats, and locals taking in the sights is to dress warm."we have been






where to park downtown during super bowl week? commuters should plan now


downtown minneapolis has more than 65,000 parking spots, normally enough to accommodate most of the workers who drive to their job.that might not be the case during super bowl week, even for those who have contract parking, says jon wertjes, director of traffic and parking services for the city of minneapolis.private lots and ramps may lease out space for super bowl events, meaning fewer number of stalls will be available during the 10-day super bowl period starting jan. 26 to feb. 4.  super bowl lii will be played at u.s. bank stadium, home of the minnesota vikings."now's the time to plan your alternatives," wertjes said at a news conference to unveil "know before you go," the super bowl committee's metro area transportation plan. "ask questions now so you can plan your alternatives to ch






super bowl vignettes - startribune.com


sting booked for nfl tailgate partythe wilfs and other team owners won't be the only bigshots who get to see sting sing in minneapolis this weekend. nfl representatives announced the former police frontman as one of the performers for sunday's official tailgate party before super bowl lii, another high-buck shindig also featuring sting's new duet partner shaggy as well as rocker-turned-twanger darius rucker.taking place inside the minneapolis convention center instead of a typical tailgating parking lot, the noontime party is included in many vip packages for super bowl ticket holders; individual tickets are available on ticketmaster.com starting around $1,700. part of the party will be shown during the super bowl pregame telecast.the nfl is promising/threatening sting and shaggy will deli






'activations'? super bowl events buzzword is all about marketing


first, they turned lessons into learnings. then, talking became surfacing. now, activities are activations.the super bowl each year is accompanied by 10 days of sophisticated event marketing and promotions. but marketers don’t call it that.to them, that zip line over the mississippi, the stuff happening on nicollet mall and even the volunteers helping out in the skyways are not activities or booths or people — but activations.“it’s a marketing term. it’s my life,” says jill madison, brand experience manager for minneapolis-based sleep number. “i work in experiential marketing, so everything i work on is consumer-facing activations.”the minnesota super bowl lii host committee has an executive in charge of activations. rolling out its mobile app earlier this week, the committee bragged that






loppet lineup: schedule is up, registration open to try snow sports


fat biking, skijoring, snow tubing and giant skiing are among the free offerings for visitors to the american birkebeiner international bridge at super bowl live beginning friday and running through super bowl sunday, feb. 4.the loppet foundation released a schedule of outdoor winter activities that will take place on nicollet mall on and near the 198-foot bridge over 9th street.“the city of lakes loppet festival has grown to become a winter staple in minneapolis, and we’re thrilled to give super bowl fans a sampling of how we do things in the bold north through this partnership,” said john munger, executive director of the loppet foundation.some loppet events are purely for spectators. others are participatory. to get in on the learning, visitors must register.super bowl live is a free fo






super bowl execs swarm twin cities for most 'complex' event


the weather, the tight urban setting and the compact footprint of u.s. bank stadium make the 2018 super bowl the most complicated event in nfl history, the league's senior vice president for events peter o'reilly said tuesday.o'reilly was among a contingent from the nfl and its partners in downtown minneapolis for a week of meetings about the 10 days of events that begin in late january and culminate in the game on the night of sunday, feb. 4.it will be the nfl's 52nd super bowl, but only the sixth to be played in a cold weather city."this is as complex a super bowl as we've ever had to plan and lay out," he said. "we've got lots of opportunities to do things differently."while the minnesota super bowl host committee oversees logistics for more than 100 venues during the week, the super bo






u.s. bank prepares for super bowl marketing stage in minneapolis


u.s. bancorp's name will be everywhere during the week of the super bowl even without a high-priced commercial during the game.fans will see it when they ride the light rail in minneapolis, when they shop for official nfl gear and, of course, on the biggest billboard of them all, u.s. bank stadium, where the game is being played.like many local minnesota organizations, u.s. bank will take advantage of the super bowl being played in its hometown to connect with the 1 million people who are expected to visit the twin cities and the millions more who tune in to watch the game feb. 4."we anticipate we are going to get more awareness and attention than we ever have before," said beth mcdonnell, u.s. bank's senior vice president and chief marketing officer.u.s. bank, the nation's fifth largest b






breaking down the super bowl host cities


super bowl host citiesminneapolis last played host to a super bowl after the 1991 season. the vikings finished 8-8 that year and left the winter weather behind for the washington redskins and buffalo bills to deal with in super bowl xxvi. the game returns for super bowl lii after 26 years, making minneapolis the second northern city to host the event multiple times.south florida 10new orleans 10los angeles 7tampa bay 4san diego 3arizona 3houston 3 *atlanta 2detroit 2indianapolis 1jacksonville 1minneapolis 1new york/n.j. 1arlington, texas 1stanford 1san francisco 1* 2016-2017 season super bowlupcoming host cities:2018: super bowl lii, minneapolis2019: super bowl liii, atlanta2020: super bowl liv, miami2021: super bowl lv, inglewood, calif.






breaking down the super bowl host cities


super bowl host citiesminneapolis last played host to a super bowl after the 1991 season. the vikings finished 8-8 that year and left the winter weather behind for the washington redskins and buffalo bills to deal with in super bowl xxvi. the game returns for super bowl lii after 26 years, making minneapolis the second northern city to host the event multiple times.south florida 10new orleans 10los angeles 7tampa 4san diego 3arizona 3houston 3 *atlanta 2detroit 2indianapolis 1jacksonville 1minneapolis 1new york/n.j. 1arlington, texas 1stanford, calif. 1san francisco 1* 2016-17 season super bowlupcoming host cities:2018: super bowl lii, minneapolis2019: super bowl liii, atlanta2020: super bowl liv, miami2021: super bowl lv, inglewood, calif.






zipline reopens for reservations on wednesday; no more walk-ups


if you hesitated on purchasing a zipline ride during super bowl week, all is not lost.at 10 a.m. on wednesday, super bowl organizers will reopen the reservation pre-sale portal. walk-up riding will no longer be an option. to fly on one of the four lines across the mississippi river during super bowl live, a pre-paid $30 reservation is needed.super bowl planners decided the reservation system would help visitors plan and avoid long lines in unpredictable weather conditions.an estimated 10,000 thrill-seekers will have a once-in-a-liftime chance to fly above the mighty mississippi and apparently people aren't concerned about the weather. more than 4,000 riders purchased tickets in 72 hours during the first round of sales last month.the zipline will run from the evening of jan. 26, which is th






faith and football combine at unusual super bowl event


a quick hike from the live music, ski hill and celebrity super bowl parties, football and faith found common ground sunday.nearly a thousand faithful celebrated at an official super bowl event that put the spotlight on one of minnesota’s less glitzy claims to fame — its national leadership in multifaith cooperation.while minnesota’s christians, muslims and jews have been forging alliances for years, the influx of a zillion downtown visitors prompted faith leaders to tap the super bowl spirit to remind the world that people of different faiths can unite — though not always when choosing their super bowl favorites.they approached the super bowl host committee with the idea. soon they were filming a goofy football team video featuring ministers, rabbis, imams and a catholic bishop, and planni






faith and football combine at unusual super bowl event


a quick hike from the live music, ski hill and celebrity super bowl parties, football and faith found common ground sunday.nearly a thousand faithful celebrated at an official super bowl event that put the spotlight on one of minnesota’s less glitzy claims to fame — its national leadership in multifaith cooperation.while minnesota’s christians, muslims and jews have been forging alliances for years, the influx of a zillion downtown visitors prompted faith leaders to tap the super bowl spirit to remind the world that people of different faiths can unite — though not always when choosing their super bowl favorites.they approached the super bowl host committee with the idea. soon they were filming a goofy football team video featuring ministers, rabbis, imams and a catholic bishop, and planni






faith and football combine at unusual super bowl event


a quick hike from the live music, ski jump and celebrity super bowl parties, football and faith found a common ground sunday.nearly a thousand faithful celebrated at an official super bowl event that put the spotlight on one of minnesota's less glitzy claims to fame — its national leadership in multifaith cooperation.while minnesota's christians, muslims and jews have been forging alliances for years, the influx of a zillion downtown visitors prompted faith leaders to tap super bowl spirit to remind the world that people of different faiths can unite — though not always when choosing their super bowl favorites.they approached the super bowl host committee with the idea. soon they were filming a goofy football team video featuring minsters, rabbis, imams and a catholic bishop, and planning






we asked how twin cities can gussy up for super bowl: you didn't disappoint


what could we do to make minneapolis (and st. paul) better for the super bowl?we asked for suggestions (saying you needn’t bother with those pesky things like money or practicality) and you did not disappoint. here are some of the responses we received via e-mail.there’s only three weeks and change to get this done. let’s get moving!with all of our nordic heritage, it would be great to build something along the lines of the semi-permanent medieval village used for the minnesota renaissance festival, but nordic-themed. think of it — an entire nordic village with shops selling lefse and other nordic cuisine. maybe a viking weapons-maker a little down the way, hammering out massive swords and axes near a warm fire. in the center could be our massive ice castle.jasonnice ride will install its






super bowl lii: the 'super' extends well beyond the game in minnesota


in just over two months the eyes of the world will focus on minnesota as we host one of the most-watched sporting events in the world, the super bowl. we are confident in our state’s ability to welcome the world to the bold north and create a memorable, world-class event.minnesota’s opportunity to host super bowl lii is about so much more than a football game. this is an unprecedented opportunity for the bold north to shine, and all of minnesota is benefiting from the exposure, the investment in a statewide legacy and the positive economic impact — along with memories for a lifetime.super bowl events are not just for gamegoers. they are for residents and visitors alike. we are hosting a 10-day festival, including our free and open-to-the-public super bowl live presented by verizon. for 10






super bowl execs swarm twin cities for most 'complex' event in league history


the weather, the tight urban setting and the compact footprint of u.s. bank stadium make the upcoming 2018 super bowl the most complicated event in nfl history, the league’s senior vice president for events peter o’reilly said tuesday.o’reilly was among a contingent from the nfl and its partners in downtown minneapolis for a week of wall-to-wall meetings about the 10 days of events that begin in late january and culminate in the game on the night of sunday, feb. 4.the minnesota super bowl will be the nfl’s 52nd, but only the sixth to be played in a cold weather city. “this is as complex a super bowl as we’ve ever had to plan and lay out,” he said. “we’ve got lots of opportunities to do things differently.”while the minnesota super bowl host committee oversees logistics for more than 100 ve






super bowl li houston - fmp download


download download super bowl li houston - fmp is the ultimate companion app for super bowl li in houston. download the app prior to attending super bowl li events or sign up onsite. nfl fan mobile pass: users will receive a qr code after registering allowing them to check into events. fans can use their nfl fan mobile pass to check in to activities, collect badges, photos and videos. by collecting badges, fans will have a chance to win prizes. map & schedule: fans can explore an interactive map or look through the schedule to find out everything that is happening. attractions & events: details about nfl experience driven by genesis, super bowl live, super bowl opening night fueled by gatorade and super bowl li. location-based alerts: fans can stay up-to-date with real-time alerts of activi






super bowl 52 planners want you


super bowl 52 planners need more of you to volunteer.planners are looking for enthusiastic, friendly, outgoing types who can direct visitors to light-rail stops, the nearest lake, mall of america or walleye sandwich.the magic number is 10,000 volunteers to put on the event. planners say they quickly surpassed that mark, but they're still recruiting and will make another public push when the minnesota vikings head to training camp.leading the public effort is retired viking chad greenway. he's recorded a series of "bold school tips" for volunteers. "this is not the job for armchair quarterbacks. we need go-getters," greenway tells would-be members of "crew 52." see below:https://vimeo.com/dontblinkmpls/review/221799954/c681b84782super bowl host committee spokeswoman andrea mokros said the p






nasa goes to super bowl 2017 (p os)


nasa and other spaceflight companies threw a spaced-out, football-themed festival called super bowl live in houston, texas during the nine days leading up to the super bowl li football game.






roseville armory controversy: council aims for homes on site


a dispute in roseville over whether to try and save the city’s former national guard armory is nearing an end.against the wishes of those who wanted to preserve the armory for use as a community center, the city council last week signaled its preference to redevelop the site for low-density housing instead.city officials consulted neighbors, getting what they considered a solid response: 87 comments, online or on paper. among those comments, 69 people said they preferred single-family detached homes on the site, while the community center option drew 44 positive responses, community development chief kari collins told the council.but 29 people declared that no institutional use was suitable — a hint of polarization.many in the area wanted the armory preserved partly because “some of our ol