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Hospital hours, parking and traffic: Everything our patients and visitors need to know before the NCAA championship

Visiting one of our Minneapolis hospitals or clinics on or around the NCAA championship from April 6-8? Check out our helpful guide for useful traffic, parking and visitor information.
The NCAA men’s basketball championship will take over U.S. Bank Stadium in Minneapolis from April 6 to April 8.

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.

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 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.

Will parking be affected near clinics and hospitals?

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. 

What about road closures? What roads will be affected?

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.

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 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 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.