The World’s Largest Continuous Skyway ~ Minneapolis (USA)
Having been living in Minneapolis (Minnesota, USA) for almost three years, I learn how important the skyway in Minneapolis in keeping the pedestrians warm from the harsh winter. Skyway in Minneapolis is climate control pedestrian footbridges that connect various buildings and parking lots. Inside the skyway is comfortably warm during the winter and keep you dry during the rainy days.
It is the world’s largest continuous system and spans 11 miles (18 km) connecting 80 blocks in downtown Minneapolis (source). Yep, it is a long one too, thus it’s no wonder that sometimes we can get lost in the labyrinth of the skyway system. At least I did. To be honest, some signs are confusing and complex. It’s better to look at its printed map or the interactive map created by SkyMyWay (website links are available at the end of this post).
The skyway system in Minneapolis also connects two major sports stadiums in Minneapolis; Target Field (Baseball) and U.S. Bank Stadium (Football); hundreds of restaurants and coffee shops in the downtown. Impressive, isn’t it?
The first skyway in Minneapolis was built in 1962. It was aimed to ease movement of people who worked in the downtown’s offices, but it has been expanded for residents and visitors as well since more hotels, apartments, and condos are connected to the skyway system.
The skyway opens as according to the connected buildings’ opening hours. However, all skyways follow similar hours:
M-F 6:30 a.m. – 10 p.m.
Sat 9:30 a.m. – 8 p.m.
Sun Noon – 6 p.m.
During the Super Bowl LII and its pre-celebration week(Jan 26 to Feb 4), the opening hours of the Skyway is extended from 6 am to midnight.
More information about the Skyway in Minneapolis, please visit:
Skyway Map during the Superbowl LII
Interactive Skyway Map with information of places of interest