Minneapolis Skyway System

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Coordinates: 44°58′35″N 93°16′15″W / 44.97639°N 93.27083°W / 44.97639; -93.27083

Minneapolis skyway.
Skyway interior, Minneapolis. Nicollet Mall between 9th and 10th streets
View through window, Minneapolis

The Minneapolis Skyway System is an interlinked collection of enclosed pedestrian footbridges that connects various buildings in Downtown Minneapolis enabling people to walk in a climate-controlled environment. The system forms a network of climate-controlled, pedestrian walkways that link sixty-nine full city blocks over eleven miles (18 km).[1] The skyways are owned by individual buildings in Minneapolis, and as such they do not have uniform opening and closing times.[2] The eight miles of skyway[2] are comparable to the underground cities of Houston, Texas, and the systems of Canadian cold-weather cities Toronto and Montreal.[3] This is similar to the City of Calgary's Plus 15 (+15) Skyway system as well, which runs for 11 miles.

The skyway is a series of passageways which connect the second and third floors of various office towers to hotels, banks, corporate and government offices, restaurants, and retail stores in addition to the Nicollet Mall shopping district, and the Block E Entertainment District. Several Condominium and Apartment complexes are skyway connected as well, allowing some residents to live, work, and shop downtown without having to leave the skyway system.

Minneapolis' first skyway opened in 1962, and there were eight skyways by 1972.[4]

The new $975 million dollar Vikings Stadium will be connected to the Minneapolis skyway via a new $400 million-dollar mixed-use development of office buildings and apartment complexes in Downtown East, Minneapolis[5]

Notable Skyway Connected Buildings[edit]


  1. ^ "Skyways". Meet Minneapolis. Retrieved 2007-03-21.  (Link defect)
  2. ^ a b James, Clara. "Minneapolis Skyway System". About.com. Retrieved 17 August 2013. 
  3. ^ Ralph Blumenthal, It’s Lonesome in This Old Town, Until You Go Underground, The New York Times, August 21, 2007.
  4. ^ Iric Nathanson, "Minneapolis' oldest skyway still in use turns 50", MinnPost, July 3, 2013
  5. ^ Moore, Janet. "Wells Fargo to spend $300M to build 2 towers near Vikings stadium". Minneapolis StarTribune. 

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