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Guide for University of Minnesota Health patients and visitors during the NFL’s “Big Game”

Visiting one of our Minneapolis hospitals or clinics on or around the NFL’s championship game on Feb. 4? We’re here to help! Check out our FAQ for useful traffic, parking and visitor information.
The National Football League will host its championship game on Feb. 4 at U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis.
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Planning a visit to one of our hospitals or clinics on or around the NFL’s “Big Game” on Feb. 4?

Don’t worry: Our highly recognized facilities will remain open and are fully prepared to accommodate and assist our patients and families during the 10-day football festival from Friday, Jan. 26 through Sunday, Feb. 4.

The city of Minneapolis expects about one million during the event. In addition, several football-related activities will be held at various locations on the University of Minnesota campus, which will draw extra traffic to the neighborhood surrounding University of Minnesota Medical Center , University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital and University of Minnesota Health Clinics and Surgery Center. As a result, our patients and visitors may at times experience road closures, extra traffic and parking limitations.

To help, 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.

Will University of Minnesota Health hospitals and clinics in the area remain open leading up to the game?

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 NFL’s championship game will be held on Sunday, Feb. 4, there is a 10-day festival preceding the match. The festival begins on Friday, Jan. 26. Most football-related events will be held in downtown Minneapolis, but higher traffic volumes may be experienced throughout Minneapolis and St. Paul. Review the event schedule here.

Will parking be affected near clinics and hospitals?

At times, yes. On Sunday, Feb. 4, the Oak Street parking ramp at 401 SE Oak St. will be closed. Patients visiting the Clinics and Surgery Center that day will still be able to use valet parking or park at the surface lot located directly across Ontario Street SE from the Clinics and Surgery Center.

What about road closures? What roads will be affected?

Due to game-related activities, the city of Minneapolis expects to close the streets immediately surrounding U.S. Bank Stadium, from Jan. 2 to Feb. 11. These closures will primarily affect patients traveling to the University of Minnesota Physicians Center for Sexual Health from the east. Other downtown facilities include the University of Minnesota Health Nurse Practitioners Clinic and University of Minnesota Physicians Mill City Clinic. Please allow for extra travel and parking time and check the city of Minneapolis street closures map before your visit.

Other road closures will affect the University of Minnesota campus. On Saturday, Feb. 3, portions of SE Harvard Street north of Washington Avenue SE will be closed. On Sunday, Feb. 4, portions of University Avenue between 17th Avenue SE and 25th Avenue SE will be closed for shuttle and public transit staging.

Several bus routes and the Metro Transit Green Line connect our medical facilities to the rest of the metro area. For more information about bus and light rail transportation during the festivities, visit Metro Transit’s website.

Feb. 3 Campus Road Closures Map (Click for a larger version)

Feb. 4 Campus Road Closures Map (Click for a larger version)

How will events held on the University of Minnesota campus affect patients?

Some football-related events will occur on or near the University of Minnesota—primarily on the East Bank campus. These events include the NFL Honors event at Northrop Auditorium on Saturday, Feb. 3. Due to these activities, patients and visitors should expect increased traffic delays and limited parking. Valet parking will continue to be available at the Clinics and Surgery Center and University of Minnesota Medical Center.

On Sunday, Feb. 4, there will be limited parking in the various ramps located near University of Minnesota East Bank campus. We respectfully request that patients visiting the Clinics and Surgery Center that day visit the arrival plaza outside the building for valet or self-parking options.

The West Bank campus—which includes University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital, The Birthplace, and other services—will likely see fewer street closures and less congestion during the festivities. Our pregnant patients will continue to be able to use valet parking for free, and can use the Green Ramp off 25th Avenue S. for convenient access.

Is there any way I can avoid the crowds?

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.

What about emergency or walk-in care?

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.

What else should I know about visiting M Health hospitals or clinics?

Because of widespread flu activity, we have currently restricted our visitor policies at our hospitals, including the medical center and University of Minnesota Masonic Children’s Hospital. You can read more about those restrictions here.

The University of Minnesota Police Department will also provide extra campus-wide security during events leading up to the Big Game.

Check back often at mhealth.org, on Facebook, or on Twitter for updates and new information. 

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