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November 8-9, 2017Minneapolis Convention Center Minneapolis, MN

Travel and General Information

Venue Information

MINNEAPOLIS CONVENTION CENTER

1301 Second Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55403

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DATES & HOURS:

Expo:
Wednesday, November 8: 10:00am to 5:00pm
Thursday, November 9: 10:00am to 4:00pm

Conference:
Wednesday - Thursday, November 8-9: 8:00am to 4:00pm

Hotels

Hotel details will be posted here as the event approaches, please check back periodically.

*IMPORTANT* Please be advised there are 3rd party companies soliciting exhibitors promoting low hotel rates during the show. DO NOT provide these companies with any personal or credit card information. They are NOT affiliated with the event, nor with UBM, and there is no guarantee your reservation will be made.  onPeak is the official designated housing bureau for the show, and the only authorized vendor to contact you directly regarding hotel reservations. If you are contacted by any other company claiming to represent the show or UBM, please notify us immediately at tsoperations@ubm.com.

Parking

Over 2200 parking spots are next to the Minneapolis Convention Center with an additional 3000 connected by Skyways to the convention center.

Download downtown Minneapolis parking map (PDF)

Attendee Parking
Parking is available on Third Avenue directly east of the Minneapolis Convention Center.

  • 1 Hour $4.00
  • 1 to 3 Hours $7.00
  • 3 to 6 Hours $9.00
  • 6 to 12 Hours $10.00
  • 12 to 24 Hours $12.50
  • 24 Hours $15.00

Early Bird 6:00-8:00am $7.50

Exhibitor Parking
Exhibitor parking directly behind halls B, C, D & E in the marshaling yard is available for sale. These spaces are available through the MCC Exhibitor Services offices on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no reserved parking; please see the Exhibitor Services office early upon your arrival at the MCC since space is limited.

Download convention center map with freeway access (PDF)
Download convention center parking map (PDF)
Download media truck parking map (PDF)

Guaranteed Parking
Meet Minneapolis has partnered with Parking Panda, the nationwide leader in online parking reservations, to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking near their destination. View real-time availability and pricing at many locations within easy walking distance to many attractions around Minneapolis. Once purchased, parking is 100% guaranteed even if the location otherwise fills up. Simply present your purchase confirmation at the selected location, and this serves as your payment with no additional payments or fees ever. Parking availability is very limited, so it is strongly recommended that you purchase your parking in advance. Use this Exclusive Partner Code for 15% off your first reservation: MEETMINNY15

Click here to purchase parking or select a location from the interactive map.

Directions

The Minneapolis Convention Center is conveniently located just off two major interstate highways, 35W and 94, in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. The uncommon domed exhibition halls make a distinctive landmark to look for when you arrive in town.

From the West (I-94)
Take the 4th Street exit from I-94 and proceed to 2nd Avenue South. (Do NOT turn right onto 2nd Avenue North.) Turn right on 2nd Avenue South and go 8 blocks to Convention Center.

From the West (I-394)
Take Downtown exit (12th Street): follow 12th Street South to 2nd Avenue South and turn right. The Convention Center is on your left.

From the East (I-94)
Take the 11th Street exit: follow 11th Street South until you reach 2nd Avenue South, turn left onto 2nd Avenue South and cross 12th Street South. The Convention Center is on your left. The Underground Plaza Parking Ramp is on your right.

From the South (I-35W)
Follow downtown exit signs to the 11th Street exit and follow 11th Street to 2nd Avenue South. Turn left on 2nd Avenue South and go 1 block to Convention Center.

From the North (I-35W)
Take I-35W to Hwy 280. Follow Hwy 280 to I-94 west. Follow I-94 to the 11th Street exit (NOT 11th Avenue exit). Follow 11th Street to 2nd Avenue South. Turn left on 2nd Avenue South and go 1 block to the Convention Center.

From the Airport Main Terminal
Take Hwy. 55 exit from the airport. Follow Hwy. 55 west to Minneapolis. This will become Hwy. 62 west. Follow Hwy. 62 to I-35W north to Minneapolis downtown exits. Then take the 11th Street exit. Follow 11th Street South to 2nd Avenue South. Turn left on 2nd Avenue South and go 1 block to the Convention Center.

Entrances/Exits to Underground Plaza Parking Ramp
Enter either on 2nd Avenue South, or on 12th Street South. The Plaza Ramp has handicap parking – elevators and a skyway connect the Ramp to the Convention Center, allowing easy access for wheelchairs.

Public Entrances
There are four main public entrance rotundas located on 2nd Avenue S. & Grant Street, labeled "Ballroom Entrance," "Plaza 1," "Plaza 2" and "Plaza 3." Designated handicap-accessible entrances (power assisted doors) are adjacent to Plaza 3 (entrance closest to Wesley Church), and the 12th Street Entrance.

Transportation

Hop on the bus
Metro Transit operates one of the largest public transportation systems in the country. Riding public transportation is a convenient and inexpensive way to get around. Fares range from $1.75 to $3.00, depending on time of day. If you're already downtown and need to hop a ride a few blocks, the fare is $.50 in the Downtown Zone. Look for buses marked “Free Ride” and pay no fare when boarding along Nicollet Mall or the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Take a "Free Ride" on the Bus
Free bus rides are available on Nicollet Mall in downtown Minneapolis and to and from the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC). This gives you an easy way to go from one end of town to the other – for free! The free service on selected routes between Grant Street and Washington Avenue is offered on buses marked "Free Ride." Other buses on Nicollet – and all within the Downtown Zone – charge 50¢. Free-ride buses leave every 10 minutes on weekdays and every 15 to 30 minutes on weekends. Buses on Nicollet stop every other block between 5th and 13th Streets.

Hail a cab
Cab services are available anywhere in the metro area. Catch a taxi at the Minneapolis Convention Center and any hotel, or call ahead for service.

Catch the train
Zoom around town on the Blue or Green line! Light-rail transit (LRT) connects downtown Minneapolis with the airport, Mall of America, Saint Paul and 43 other stations.

Amtrak
Union Depot is once again the train station of the Twin Cities and a part of the Amtrak national train system. Visit amtrak.com for current information about routes and schedules, and start planning the one-of-a-kind journey only rail travel provides. Amtrak Ticket Office Hours: 6:30 am to 11:30 pm. Self service kiosks are available 24 hours.

Bike
Nice Ride is a non-profit bike sharing system, and anyone can become a member. Simply take a bike when you need one, and return it to any station in the system when you arrive at your destination. It's fast, easy and affordable.

Walk
Experience the history, culture and energy of Minneapolis by traveling on foot. Built around several lakes and the Mississippi River, Minneapolis's urban cityscape surrounds a lush green park system providing the ideal landscape for walking. Skyway Walking Map >>>

Maps
Take a look at our comprehensive set of maps to help find your way around Minneapolis. Maps include the metro area, skyways, parking, individual neighborhoods, trails and more. Click here to find the right map for your visit.