Major League Venues and Amenities
State-of-the-art facilities across Minnesota regularly host state, regional, national and international sports competitions. The National Sports Center in Blaine, just north of Minneapolis, is the world's largest amateur sports complex, with facilities for soccer, hockey, cycling, golf and much more. Target Field, the new Minnesota Twins stadium, was rated as the top sports stadium in the country by ESPN Magazine, with the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul grabbing third place.
Other notable venues include the new AMSOIL Arena in Duluth, the National Volleyball Center in Rochester, the Pineview Park BMX racetrack in St. Cloud, and Caswell Park in North Mankato, a premier softball complex. The Guidant John Rose Minnesota Oval in Roseville, north of St. Paul, is the largest outdoor refrigerated facility in the world. Several communities across the state have Miracle League baseball fields, specially designed for youth with disabilities.
Dedicated Athletes and Sports Fans
Minnesota produces many Olympic athletes, and residents live an active lifestyle embracing recreational sports. The Twin Cities area was rated #1 in the 2011 list of America's fittest cities by the American College of Sports Medicine. This emphasis on active recreation and sports is reflected in the sports facilities and dedicated fans in cities across the state.
Minnesota's Sports Teams
Sports fans in Minnesota have a lot to cheer about. Minnesota fields professional teams in all the major sports. Fans enjoy basketball with the Timberwolves and the Lynx, Vikings football, Wild hockey, Twins baseball, and Swarm lacrosse. The Northwoods League showcases fun outdoor baseball in seven towns across the state, while The Saints have an enthusiastic baseball following in St. Paul. The University of Minnesota teams in the Twin Cities and Duluth draw devoted crowds.