U.S. Bank Stadium Inline Schedule?

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The Minnesota Distance Running Association (MDRA), which operates the U.S. Bank Stadium running program, has posted their running schedule for the upcoming winter season.  It is MDRA’s understanding that inliners will be in the lower concourse on the same nights; I am still waiting for confirmation from US Bank Stadium authorities.  MDRA is reporting the following nights for its running program:

US Bank Stadium Concourse

5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.

2017 – 2018 Schedule

  • November 14, 15, 21, 27
  • December 6, 11, 12, 20, 21, 27, 28
  • January NO DATES (due to a four hour football game for kneelers . . . in February).
  • February 12, 23

Here is a TripAdvisor review of the U.S. Bank Stadium Inline Skating experience.

I didn’t write it, I don’t knew who did, but I don’t disagree with its observations:

I tried inline skating for first time at the stadium and saw a host of problems. The old metrodome was much better and here’s why.

1. You stand in line outside in the winter waiting to get in.

2. You can’t park in the lot next to the stadium.

3. I got halfway through the very slow line and then was told that a ticket needed to be purchased at the box office on the other side of the stadium. I then lost my spot in line to go stand in another line to buy a ticket. At least I saved $1.25 per ticket service charge you’ll be gouged for if you buy online. So back to the main line which is now twice as long.

4. Once I finally got to the front I was met buy a series of staff who act like dropouts from charm school. They act like they are running a TSA operation at the airport and look irritated that the public is there. You will be yelled at to put your keys and cell phones in a box then step through a metal detector.

5. So I’m finally through the metal detector and the grumpy staff and have lost 30 minutes of skating time because of the delays. The skating starts great except then every 100 feet or so you have to skate across a steel grate that can trip you if you’re not careful and makes a very loud banging sound every time you cross it. Multiply this times about 300 people also crossing multiple steel grates and most of your skating time if filled with metallic crashing and banging noises.

6. By 7 PM most people have cleared out and about fifty people are still skating. A man comes in the door to skate and is sternly told he can’t because the tickets have all been sold, except our grinch-like staff can’t seem to do math because there are far fewer people in the building than what they started with.

7. I’m going to get my money’s worth so I skate right up until 8 PM. The metrodome used to be open until 9 PM. A stern looking man walks out into the middle of the concourse signalling one minute to go and grumpily announces it to each skater remaining. On the way out no one says “Thanks for coming.” They just stare at you blankly.