Planning a visit to one of our hospitals or clinics on or around the NCAA men’s basketball championship in April?
Don’t worry: Our highly recognized facilities will remain open and are fully prepared to accommodate and assist our patients and families during the three-day basketball event from Saturday, April 6, through Monday, April 8.
The city of Minneapolis expects roughly one hundred thousand visitors during the event, which takes place at U.S. Bank Stadium. In addition, live music events will be held at the Minneapolis Armory during this time. We expect that the championship and related activities will bring plenty of extra traffic and busyness to the neighborhoods near University of Minnesota Medical Center, University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and the University of Minnesota Clinics and Surgery Center.
To help our patients and families, we’ve compiled a list of frequently asked questions for those who may need to travel to our Minneapolis-based hospitals and clinics during the championship week.
Yes. While transportation and parking may be affected near some clinics, our facilities will maintain their regular operating hours leading up to and during the day of the game. Though the NCAA’s championship games will be held Saturday, April 6 through Monday April 8, some activities are scheduled in advance of the games. Most events will be held in downtown Minneapolis, but higher traffic volumes may be experienced throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. Review the tournament event schedule here.
At this time, we do not plan to close any parking ramps or lots near our clinics or hospitals. However, available street parking during the event may be limited due to higher traffic volumes.
Because of tournament-related activities, some streets around U.S. Bank Stadium will be closed at least one week prior to the games. Other nearby streets may have lane restrictions. Please allow for extra travel and parking time and check the city of Minneapolis street closures map before your visit.
Online care is an excellent option for many patients. You can receive a virtual diagnosis and treatment 24/7 for many common care needs, including colds, sore throat and flu, pink eye, bladder infections, sleep problems and many more. Visit oncare.org to get started.
Our pediatric specialists are also available to see patients at a handful of convenient locations across the Twin Cities suburban area, including University of Minnesota Health Maple Grove Clinics, our Specialty Clinic for Children - Burnsville located on the Fairview Ridges Hospital campus, and the Pediatric Specialty Clinic - Woodbury.
Our adult and pediatric Emergency Departments are located on the East and West Banks of the University of Minnesota Medical Center campus—in close proximity to U.S. Bank Stadium. They are staffed and available 24/7.
If you need immediate sports or orthopaedic care for a sprain, broken bone or pain in muscles, tendons or joints, the University of Minnesota Health Sports & Orthopaedics Walk-In Clinic in the Clinics and Surgery Center is open 7 days a week, 7 a.m.-7 p.m. No appointment needed.
Because of widespread flu activity, we currently have visitor restrictions in place at our hospitals, including the medical center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. You can read more about those restrictions here.
However, it is unknown if restrictions will be in affect during the dates of the NCAA championship. You can find the latest influenza information on the MDH’s website.