We’re big on sports. If there’s a ball or puck involved, we bounce it, shoot it, pass it, throw it, smack it, and slap-shot the daylights out of it. From the peewee leagues to the majors, sports are a year-round staple in Minnesota.
We are one of just a handful of states that have teams in seven major sports leagues:
- Vikings: National Football League
- Twins: Major League Baseball
- Timberwolves: National Basketball Association
- Lynx: Women’s National Basketball Association
- Wild: National Hockey League
- Whitecaps: National Women's Hockey League
- Minnesota United: Major League Soccer
College sports are also popular in Minnesota, with the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers representing the state in the Big Ten Conference and competitive collegiate teams located across our state.
Our sports venues are world class:
- US Bank Stadium, which opened in Minneapolis in 2016, hosted Super Bowl 52 in 2018 and is hosting the Final Four in 2019.
- The new Allianz Stadium will open in St. Paul in 2019 as the home of Minnesota United, our Major League Soccer team.
- Target Field, home of the Minnesota Twins baseball team, opened in Minneapolis 2010 and was ranked that year by ESPN The Magazine as the #1 baseball stadium experience in North America.
- National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn., is the world’s largest amateur sports facility. It’s a 600-acre campus with over 50 grass soccer fields, an eight-sheet ice arena, 18-hole golf course and cycling velodrome.
Beyond stadiums and arenas
- We use the Cathedral of St. Paul as a stunning backdrop for the annual Red Bull Crashed Ice sports event – and use our city streets for the annual Twin Cities Marathon, dubbed “The Most Beautiful Urban Marathon in America.”
- Golf is hugely popular in Minnesota. In fact, the state has more than 400 golf courses. Minneapolis has more golfers per capita than any other city.
- Hazeltine National Golf Club in Chaska, Minn., will become the first U.S. course to host a second Ryder Cup when golf’s biggest event returns in 2028.
- Hockey is also huge – and we hold the annual U.S. Pond Hockey Championships here, giving hockey enthusiasts a chance to experience the sport outdoors, on a lake, during the coldest time of year: “the way Nature intended.”