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 69 full city blocks over 11 miles (18 km) of Downtown Minneapolis, enabling people to walk in climate-controlled comfort year-round.[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 city of Houston, Texas, the systems of Canadian cold-weather cities Toronto and Montreal.[3] and the City of Calgary's 11-mile Plus 15 (+15) Skyway system.

The skyway connects the second and third floors of various office towers, hotels, banks, corporate and government offices, restaurants, and retail stores to the Nicollet Mall shopping district, the Block E Entertainment District, and the sports facilities at Target Center and Target Field. Several Condominium and Apartment complexes are skyway connected as well, allowing 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 billion-dollar U.S. Bank 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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