Every major sports league is represented in Minnesota—and they all call the Twin Cities home.
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The MLB All-Star Game in 2014. The Ryder Cup this fall. The X Games in 2017 and 2018. Super Bowl LII in 2018. The NCAA Men’s Final Four in 2019. For any other major metropolitan area, this might seem an impossible feat to pull off, but not so for the Twin Cities. These heavy hitters know that Minneapolis-St. Paul can’t be beat—with its sports scene from youth to collegiate and pro, there’s a team for every sport and fan for every venue.
Minnesota is a force to be reckoned with when it comes to sports. As one of the only Midwestern states with all major sports represented, we take serious pride in our beloved home teams.
Basketball fans, watch our two-time championship winning Lynx or our Timberwolves shoot nothing but net. If you prefer skates to sneakers, learn firsthand from the Wild why Minnesota is known as the “State of Hockey.”
Lately, however, it’s more than our winning teams that have Minnesota sports fans bragging—it’s the arenas that house them. Throw on a cap and enjoy some gourmet franks at Target Field, and watch one of your favorite Minnesota Twins knock it out of the park. Can’t get enough baseball? CHS Field, new home of the St. Paul Saints, has you covered. The biggest news that’s kept Minnesota football fans on the edge of their seats is the new U.S. Bank Stadium, a multimillion-dollar project that opened summer 2016. Not only will this stadium be home to the Vikings, it will host the the 2017 and 2018 X Games, the Super Bowl in 2018 and the NCAA men’s basketball Final Four in 2019.
With digs new and old, the Twin Cities will take your sporting experience to the next level.
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