Travel and Entertainment

Ground Transportation and Airport

Located 10 miles from downtown Minneapolis and the University of Minnesota, the Minneapolis Saint Paul International Airport (MSP) is an easy drive to hotels and the aquatic center. Traveling by Light-Rail Transit is a convenient and affordable option for getting around the Twin Cities. The Light-Rail connects the airport, aquatic center, Mall of America, and both downtowns (Minneapolis and St. Paul), and for $25, visitors can purchase a week long pass. Light-rail trains run approximately every 10 minutes and take less than half an hour to travel from the airport to downtown Minneapolis. From downtown, it takes only 10 minutes to get to the University of Minnesota. For those choosing to drive, see below for parking information

RV Options

None available thru the host. Metered parking is available on campus during the day if an RV can find adjacent spots.

Social

Experience Major League Soccer! Come watch Minnesota United FC take on the defending MLS champion Seattle Sounders FC at TCF Bank Stadium, home to the Minnesota Golden Gophers, on Saturday August 5th at 7:00 pm. The stadium is located just two blocks from the Aquatic Center. We’ll meet prior to the game near the Aquatic Center at 5:30 for some light appetizers and then walk over to the stadium as a group. This is a great opportunity to spend some time outdoors and see a Major League Soccer match. Plus, our entire group will be recognized during half-time and put up on the video board, a great plug for USMS! A limited number of social tickets will be available at meet check-in for $30.

Transportation Information

Metro: Riding the light-rail transit (LRT) service is a convenient and inexpensive way to get around the Twin Cities. The METRO Blue Line connects the airport with downtown Minneapolis, and the METRO Green Line connects downtown Minneapolis, the University of Minnesota and downtown St. Paul. Passes purchased during pre-meet registration were mailed by July 19. Single ride fares range from $1.75 to $3.00, depending on time of day. 

Parking

For those choosing to drive, parking will be available in the Washington Avenue parking garage, adjacent to the aquatic center. For those who purchased weekly passes in advance, the parking attendant will have your name on a list for your first entry. Upon check-in at the meet you will receive a parking pass that will allow you in and out parking access for the week. Daily parking passes are also available. Event rates range from $4-$8 per entry, and hourly rates are $3 per hour.

Area Attractions

Looking for activities during your stay? Here are just a few suggestions including Minnesota Twins Baseball, Mississippi Riverboat Cruises, Mall of America, museums, and more. These options are all within walking distance of the Light Rail.

For more information on accommodations and tourist attractions, go to minneapolis.org or visitsaintpaul.com. When making reservations, mention “US Masters Swimming” to get special rates. 

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