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.
Other notable venues include the 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 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.
Target Field, the Minnesota Twins outdoor stadium, will host the 2014 MLB All-Star Game this July. Currently under development, the $975 million Minnesota Vikings stadium is set to open in time for the 2016 NFL season and is a candidate to host the 2018 Super Bowl. In St. Paul, the Lowertown Ballpark will be home to the St. Paul Saints starting in 2015.
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 2014 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.
Among Minnesota's most notable athletes: Bronko Nagurski (Pro Football Hall of Famer), Kevin McHale (NBA All-Star), Herb Brooks ("Miracle on Ice" Olympic hockey coach), Joe Mauer (Minnesota Twins MVP), Paul Molitor (MLB Hall of Famer), Lindsey Vonn (Olympic gold medal skier), Lindsay Whalen (WNBA player) and Mallory Weggemann (Paralympic gold medal swimmer).
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 Lynx, Vikings football, Wild hockey, Twins baseball, Swarm lacrosse and United FC soccer. 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.