X Games Ramps Up In Minneapolis

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X-Games 2017 Expects to Draw Thousands to US Bank Stadium This July

Another year, another X Games, a new location. This year’s X Games is in the heart of downtown Minneapolis, MN at the newly constructed U.S. Bank Stadium – a perfect venue to host everything X Games has to offer.

Starting July 13th at 4:00pm, doors open and the games begin. From big air competitions to Harley Davidson flat tracks to Moto X Freestyle and more, this event is going to be LIT.

The 1.6 million square feet ‘Bank’ is expecting upwards of 45,000 people to attend this year’s games. Can’t afford the lower level seats? Don’t sweat it, the stadium offers the highest definitions HD video boards and 1,200 HD video monitors throughout the stadium for viewing.

Feeling discouraged that Summer X Games isn’t entire outside? Well, U.S. Bank Stadium has the largest clear ethylene tetrafluoroethylene roof (in Laymen’s terms that means see-through, glass) roof in the world and the first on a stadium in the nation, allowing connection to the outdoors from a climate-controlled environment. So basically you will feel like you are outside, but not sweating your rear off watching non-stop competitions.

Gate Times

Thursday, July 13 | X Fest open from 4PM-7PM

Friday, July 14 | X Fest & Stadium Gates – 12PM, Music Gates – 9:30PM

Saturday, July 15 | X Fest & Stadium Gates – 10AM, Music Gates – 9:30PM
Sunday, July 16 | X Fest & Stadium Gates – 10AM, Music Gates – 4:30PM

Photo credit: Curbed

The Playlist

X Games has more to offer than jumps, tilts, and turns. Each day offers a music line-up for ongoing entertainment and fun. This year’s music line-up is as follows:

Friday – A Day to Remember
Saturday – Flume
Sunday – Atmosphere

Pre & Post X Games

If you’re coming to Minneapolis for the first time, here are a few tips and tricks (no pun intended) to think about during your visit.

Stay downtown and don’t bother renting a car. Just use Uber or Lyft. There is also a light-rail that goes from the Minneapolis/St. Paul Airport to downtown.

Where To Eat

Minneapolis is known for drool worth eats, so make an effort to get to one of the following joints during your visit: Haute Dish, The Freehouse, Erik The Red Bar (right by the stadium), Bar La Grassa, and Barrio.

Where To Drink

Minneapolis is not only the land of 10,000 lakes, but the land of 10,000 local brews including: The Crooked Pint, Fulton Brewery, Finnegan’s, Day Block Brewing Company, and more.

After dark, there clubs and pubs to stumble to throughout the city including: The Pourhouse, 508 Club, First Avenue, and Seven. Check out other shows at First Avenue – some of the best music artists in the world have performed here.

While Minnesota is assumed to be similar to Antarctica in the Winter, the Summer months are hot and humid. Visitors can expect temps in the 80’s and 90’s with high humidity come July. No need to bring your Winter parka.

If you want to venture outside of downtown, take an Uber to Uptown and nearby Lake Calhoun for time at the beach, stand-up paddle boarding, paddle boating, sailing, canoeing, fabulous food, bars, and fun. Minneapolis is one of the most active cities in the U.S.

Feeling like you might do a 180 or 360? We do! We’re telling you, get a group of friends, and get to X Games Minneapolis and experience all that this great city has to offer. It will be the best decision you made this Summer. We promise. Bikers, beer drinkers, and groupies unite!

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Natalie Stangl

Natalie is an American expat freelance writer and marketer living in Hokkaido, Japan. She is a born and raised Minnesotan with an accent thicker than a pint of Paulaner Beer. She has a serious love for sports, outdoors, and overall health and wellness. While most would shutter at the thought of -27 degree wind-chill, you’ll find her embracing it with a smile on her face. She is an an adaptable, loyal, and fierce woman of “The North”. Aside from her love of sports and outdoors, her partner is an Import professional ice hockey player in Japan and together they have one child, their 7 year old golden retriever, Frenchy.


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