he Minnesota Twins open their home season at Target Field in Minneapolis on April 7, and this summer they will host one of baseball’s premier events, the 2014 All Star Game. The mid-summer classic will bring national media attention and hundreds of thousands of visitors to Minneapolis. Downtown Minneapolis bars and restaurants already have their calendars marked.
Minnesota Vikings fans will celebrate anything, from a big win to a new coach. On Saturday, purple-clad faithful will gather at Hubert’s across the street from the Metrodome, as its iconic white roof is deflated. The event, coined “Dome-O Arigato,” which in Japanese means “thanks a lot,” will run from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Looking to cheer on the Minnesota Lynx Thursday night but don’t have a spot to watch the game? Head to Hubert’s in downtown Minneapolis. The Lynx travel to Atlanta Thursday for Game 3 of the WNBA Finals and have a 2-0 lead over the Dream in the series.
Like the Vikings themselves, Hubert’s Sports Bar across the street from Mall of America Field has a loyal fan base of their own. “We have people who have been coming in for years,” manager Jody Anderly said. “They have their favorite table, their favorite server, and they’re not going to vary their routine at all.”
Minnesota sports fans are likely tired of the old saying “we’ll get ‘em next year.”
It wasn’t just the sun that had people smiling in downtown Minneapolis Friday afternoon — baseball was back in Twins territory.