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Posted 19 November 2017 - 03:19 AM

Minneapolis, MN Star-Tribune, 11/15/17:
 

Super Bowl will limit light-rail use to ticket holders on game day


 
 
If you’re headed to worship, work or play on Super Bowl Sunday, don’t count on taking a light-rail train to get there.
 
Blue Line trains between Mall of America and downtown Minneapolis will be restricted to those with tickets to the game at U.S. Bank Stadium and a $30 light-rail “game-day pass.”
 
Green Line trains will run normally between Union Depot in St. Paul and Stadium Village in Minneapolis. West of Stadium Village, trains will carry only ticket holders to the stadium, and beyond.

 

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Posted 19 November 2017 - 03:22 AM

Twin Cities Pioneer Press, St. Paul, MN, 11/15/17:
 

General public won’t be allowed to ride parts of light rail system on Super Bowl Sunday

 
 
 
Light-rail service along the Metro Transit Blue Line and a section of the Green Line will serve only Super Bowl LII ticket holders on Feb. 4.
 
The Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee launched its “Know Before You Go” campaign on Monday, which included gameday changes to light-rail transit.

 
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Posted 19 November 2017 - 03:26 AM

Minneapolis, MN Star-Tribune, 11/16/17:

 


 

Met Council member questions exclusive LRT use by Super Bowl ticket holders

 

A member of the Metropolitan Council expressed concern Thursday regarding a decision to restrict light rail service on Super Bowl Sunday to just game ticket holders with a special Metro Transit pass.

 

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Posted 22 November 2017 - 02:42 AM

Minneapolis, MN Star-Tribune, 11/21/17:

 


 

U.S. Bank Stadium rail stop won't be an option in 48 hours before Super Bowl

 

 

Light-rail transit riders in downtown Minneapolis will face an interruption in the 48 hours before Super Bowl LII next February.

 

Beginning late Feb. 2, a Friday, trains won’t stop at the U.S. Bank Stadium plaza because of tightening security for the Super Bowl on Sunday.

 

 

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Posted 23 November 2017 - 11:47 AM

When an event is declared a "National Special Security Event" by the DHS, as every Super Bowl is, then the security zone extends well outside the venue.  That is not a problem with sports venues located outside urban centers since the zone is usually just parking lots.  However, with a downtown venue like U.S Bank Stadium in Minneapolis, the secure zone includes parts of the actual city, and in this case, parts of the light rail system.  The secure area will be fenced, and light rail passengers will have to go through the screening process somewhere along the line prior to the train entering the secure area. One aspect of that screening is proving you have a reason to enter the zone, such as a ticket to the event, or you're an employee of a company involved with the event, or (worse yet), you actually live inside the zone.   

 

The conventional wisdom is that the Super Bowl is hugely lucrative for the host city, enough so that it offsets the cost and inconvenience of the security effort.  I wonder if that remains true for locations where security requires walling off a part of center city.  






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