Frequently Asked Questions

Super Bowl LII

Super Bowl LII will put Minneapolis on a world stage and spotlight all of the city’s outstanding amenities. The City will focus on ensuring a safe, welcoming experience and something that the visitors, residents and businesses in all 13 wards can enjoy. Minneapolis is a world-class city, and we are working hard to execute a world-class event.

Where are the Super Bowl events?

I work downtown. Should I come to work during Super Bowl activities?

  • The City of Minneapolis is planning for businesses and Downtown Minneapolis to be fully functional during the events. Plan your commute during the Super Bowl by referencing the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee’s Know Before You Go website. Contact your employer for your specific report to work instructions.

Are there any changes to city services because of the Super Bowl?

  • We expect to remain up and running, and most services should not be impacted. City services such as trash, recycling and organics collection will be on normal schedules during this time.

What should I expect for weather in Minneapolis?

  • Forecasts will change as we get closer to the Super Bowl. For more information on current weather conditions, visit the National Weather Service Twin Cities' website.
  • Typical Minneapolis winters see average temperatures around 15-25 degrees F., but could see temperatures above or below this. It's advised to dress for the cold to best enjoy Bold North temperatures.
  • With cold temperatures comes the possibility of snow. On average, the Twin Cities sees about 45 inches of snowfall each year. This is a great opportunity to experience the Bold North.

How do I report fake/counterfeit merchandise?

  • Report suspected counterfeit merchandise to the City by calling 311.

My car was towed. Where did it go?

  • If your car was towed by the City of Minneapolis (e.g., street parking, in a City-owned ramp), your vehicle is at the Minneapolis Impound Lot. Search to find your car online. If you were parked on private property or in a private parking lot, check with the parking lot operator.
  • In the event of a snow emergency, vehicles parked illegally are ticketed and/or towed to allow for plowing. Pay attention for if a snow emergency is issued and learn more about the daily parking rules.
  • Get snow emergency information by calling 612-348-SNOW, calling 311 or checking out Facebook and Twitter.

Can I use a drone or unmanned aircraft?

  • Drones and other unmanned aircrafts are prohibited from taking off or landing within a designated special event zone during the following dates unless a permit has been obtained from the City of Minneapolis.
    • Jan. 15-Feb. 5, 2018 (before and during Super Bowl)
    • July 16-24, 2018 (before and during X Games)
    • April 3-10, 2019 (before and during Final Four)
  • All unmanned aircrafts operating in the city must comply with all applicable federal statutes and FAA regulations. Anyone that obtains a permit from the City must have a copy of their approved permit with them when using a drone in the special event zone during these dates.

Will there be increased air traffic over downtown?

  • During the Super Bowl and the 10 days leading up to the game, there may be an increase in public safety and media air traffic, including the use of helicopters, during daytime and evening hours. This air traffic is no reason for alarm.

Where can I tailgate?

  • Check with individual surface parking lot owners and operators to find out if game-day tailgating will be allowed. If tailgating activities are allowed, certain requirements must be followed.

Can I rent out my home to visitors?

  • Every rental dwelling, including single-family rental dwellings and rental units in owner-occupied duplexes,
    and rooming and shared-bath units (unless they are in a licensed lodging house) must have a rental license. Learn more about short-term rental registration.

What should I do if a friend or family member is arrested?

How do I file a report against an irreputable taxi/ride share driver?

I was in a car accident. How do I file a police report?

  • If the vehicle(s) can safely be driven, move to a safe area, exchange insurance information and notify your insurance company. A police report is not necessary for non-injury accidents; however, a State accident form must be completed if the damage to both vehicles is equal to or greater than $1,000. If the vehicle(s) cannot be safely driven, contact 311. If injuries are involved, call 911. State accident report forms are available online.

What is the non-emergency number for the City of Minneapolis?

  • Call the City at 311.
  • In an emergency, call 911.

How can residents enjoy the festivities even if they aren't going to the game?

  • There will be many opportunities for City residents to enjoy the excitement generated by the Super Bowl even if they don’t have a ticket to the game. The 10-day festival will have a range of events in the city and across the region for people to enjoy, including many family-friendly events.
  • The Super Bowl Host Committee is the best source for upcoming events.

What is the City's role?

  • Super Bowl LII has presented the opportunity to work collaboratively with our community to showcase the city and our metro region.
  • The City’s role is vital to ensuring the public safety, infrastructure and communications necessary to execute the Super Bowl, both the game itself and the 10 days of events and festivities leading up to the big game. This includes 311, 911, business licensing, communications, convention center, emergency management, fire, law enforcement, public information, public works traffic control, food safety and inspections.
  • Minneapolis is part of a large coalition with local, state, regional and federal partners working collaboratively to make Super Bowl LII a fun, safe and successful event.
  • Visitors should feel safe while they are here for the Super Bowl. The City plans to have officers on hand throughout the 10 days of events and visible at all Super Bowl events.
  • The City will be principally focused on public safety and communicating to residents, visitors and businesses about traffic impacts, weather information and more during the 10 days of festivities.

How is the City preparing?

  • City leaders are working diligently to coordinate and prepare for an event of this magnitude. They are working with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee, the NFL and their contractors to properly plan to make sure the events are executed flawlessly. The City will also be prepared to respond if things do not go as planned.

Has Minneapolis hosted an event of this scale?

  • Minneapolis hosted Super Bowl XXVI in 1992 at the Metrodome.
  • The Republican National Convention was held in Saint Paul and Minneapolis in 2008.
  • The MLB All-Star Game was held in Minneapolis at Target Field in 2014.
  • The annual Twin Cities Marathon begins in Minneapolis, attracting tens of thousands of runners and spectators.
  • The City will host other high-profile events:
    • Minneapolis hosted the summer X Games July 13-16, 2017 and will again July 19-22, 2018 at U.S. Bank Stadium and The Commons Park.
    • The NCAA Men’s Final Four will be held at U.S. Bank Stadium in 2019.

What security precautions is the City taking?

  • The Super Bowl is expected to bring more than a million people from 130 countries into attendance at events over a 10-day period, including approximately 5,000 members of the media. The City's highest priority is to keep visitors and residents safe during the 10 days of events.
  • Residents and visitors should feel safe while they are here for the Super Bowl. We plan to have officers on hand throughout the 10 days of events and be visible and friendly at all Super Bowl events the City will host.
  • The City of Minneapolis and the Minneapolis Police and Fire departments have strong partnerships with other public safety agencies in the Twin Cities. This allows for a strong coalition of expertise and resources to ensure safety for all those attending.

What is the estimated attendance, and how many hotel rooms does Minneapolis have?

  • Super Bowl LII is expected to draw 125,000 visitors to the Twin Cities region, and 1 million visits are anticipated to attend the game and Super Bowl festivities.
  • Currently there are more than 8,000 total hotel rooms in Minneapolis.

How is the City preparing for the traffic flow and what have they learned from events at U.S. Bank Stadium already?

  • City traffic management officials have experience with other large scale events and are working diligently with partners to make transportation successful.
  • The City of Minneapolis has worked heavily with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee on a traffic management plan. Learn more about this plan and how to get around.
  • The City will use several communication channels to reach out to residents, visitors and businesses to keep everyone in the loop about traffic conditions, detours, etc. during the 10 days of Super Bowl festivities. 


Last updated Jan 16, 2018



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