ing added scoreboards, new gathering spaces with eclectic aesthetics and unique experience, all-inclusive space; and functional improve- ments and safety enhancements. “There is literally something new – something major – every year,”

Horsman said. “I am really proud of the sustainability successes that -   than 70 percent, thanks to full composting in our food and beverage  allows us to save up to two million gallons of water very year. We have a lot to be proud of.”

Heavy On Performing Arts Tennant calls the city’s performing arts and theater scene robust and vibrant. These are not CVB exaggerations. “One of the overarching statements we make about our theater scene is that per capita we have the second largest number of theaters outside of New York,” he said. “I mean, we have a grandson who lives with us, and I was disappointed when he was ill one weekend because we were going to see Paw Patrol Live at the State Theatre. I was prob- ably more disappointed than him!” The State, Orpheum, and Pantages theatres are part of the Henne-

pin Theatre Trust that was established in 2000 to assume responsibility for, and guarantee the future of, those venues that line Hennepin Ave- nue in downtown Minneapolis. All three owe their history to the days of vaudeville and have been repurposed for performing arts today. “Our theater district is interspersed throughout with restaurants and other entertainment,” Tennant said. “It’s a great, vibrant place to really enjoy yourself. Those great public facilities bring in hundreds of thousands of people every year to downtown Minneapolis.” The historical nature of the venues is not lost on Tennant.

“There are a lot of cities that I enjoy going to, but you go there

and everything is so shiny and new,” he said. “We have a lot of our neighborhoods, particularly the downtown area, where you can see the new. We also see a lot of emphasis placed on repurposing historical structures and in the theater perspective we’ve done that. We did it with those three theaters and one of our major museums, the Mill City 

Looking Back, Looking Ahead The Xcel Energy Center, in neighboring St. Paul, serves as home to the NHL Minnesota Wild and hosted the Super Bowl Opening Night on January 29 to begin more than 30 game-related community events that took place in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area and ran up to Super Bowl Sunday. 

coaches from the two teams have with media upon arrival in Minne- sota. For the second straight year, members of both teams interacted   - per Bowl Opening Night also featured special appearances and auto- graphs by Minnesota Vikings legends, cheerleaders, and team mascots, as well as fan photo opportunities. The game has now come and gone, but not the activity on the 2018 calendar. For the second consecutive summer, Minneapolis hosts the Summer X Games, while U.S. Bank Stadium welcomes the 2019 NCAA Final Four to the stadium. Several major conventions and events are also on the calendar. “In short, we have a compact urban experience and I think that is

very appealing to event planners and visitors,” Tennant said. “Every city that hosts a major event tailors it to its own amenities. For us, what makes us special is that compact urban experience. Do I sound like a CVB guy or what?” FM



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