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addition to the big guys, club and college
teams provide even more entertainment
options. Here’s a look at some of
the teams you’ll find in action in the
Minneapolis-St. Paul area.
All eyes are on the Minnesota Vikings
this year, whose downtown Minneapolis
stadium makes its debut for the 2016
NFL season. With seating for more than
65,000 fans, the stadium has seven levels,
a transparent roof, and is connected
via skyway to the rest of downtown.
Excitement on game days is always
high, especially when the perennial rival
Green Bay Packers are in town.
Come spring, it’s time to play ball—
baseball, that is. The beloved Minnesota
Twins play outdoors at Target Field,
regularly named one of the top 10
MLB stadiums in the country. Take in
the views of the Minneapolis skyline
and sample some of the unique fare,
including local cra; beers, walleye and
chips, and a bloody mary that in past
years has been adorned with a slider or
a slice of pizza. The regular season runs
into early fall.
Also in downtown Minneapolis
is Target Center, home to the state’s
two professional basketball teams:
the Minnesota Timberwolves, from
October to April, and Minnesota Lynx,
who play May through September.
Both teams have loyal fan bases and
serve up a family-friendly atmosphere.
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On the turf, grass or ice, Minnesota has every major
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The Lynx are the reigning WNBA
champions, and also won in 2013
and 2011. Across the river in St. Paul,
the Minnesota Wild take to the ice
at Xcel Energy Center. Considering
Minnesota’s moniker as “The State of
Hockey,” it’s safe to say that Wild games
make for popular outings. The regular
season runs from October to April; the
team has made it to the Stanley Cup
playoffs the past three years.
Like the Vikings, the St. Paul Saints
are the proud owners of a new home turf.
CHS Field opened last year in St. Paul’s
hip Lowertown neighborhood, bringing
a taste of the majors to this minor league
baseball franchise. Tickets start at $5,
and game days are all about fun: Look for
fireworks shows, between-inning antics
and a cast of entertaining characters.
Now’s the time to become a superfan
of the Minnesota United FC soccer team.
In line to become a Major League Soccer
franchise, the team has already a;racted
a dedicated following at the National
Sports Center in Blaine, where they play
in the North American Soccer League.
Most home games kick o; on Saturday
evenings, April through October.
Part of the Big 10 Conference, the
Minnesota Gophers compete in football,
basketball, hockey, wrestling and many
other NCAA sports. Catch home games
on the University of Minnesota campus,
accessible via the light rail that runs
between Minneapolis and St. Paul.
Other teams to watch include the
St. Croix Baseball Club, who plays in
vintage uniforms using 1860s rules, and
the Minnesota RollerGirls roller derby
team at Roy Wilkins Auditorium in
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