Both public and private events are held at The Commons. Events may be hosted by the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board (MPRB), the park operator Green Minneapolis, the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, the Vikings or other entities. All gatherings of more than 50 people require a Use & Event Permit, and in some cases a Use & Event Fee is also required. Contact email@example.com or visit the Host an Event page for more information.
A Use & Event Permit is required to use The Commons as an event venue, gatherings of more than 50 people or to conduct commercial activity of any kind. Examples of events include company picnics, lawn game tournaments, birthday parties and corporate gatherings, all of which may be held at The Commons. Additional permits may be required for catering, food sales, beer and wine distribution or sales, amplified sound, grilling, installing a tent, etc. affiliated with your event. In most cases a Use & Event Fee is required to host an event at The Commons. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the Host an Event page for more information.
On a typical day, licensed food trucks can park in metered parking spots surrounding the park. Food trucks do not need a permit from The Commons to do this.
During large events, including Vikings games, stadium events with attendance over 30,000, or events that use the stadium’s front plaza, a U.S. Bank Stadium Boundary Extension is in effect. Food trucks cannot park between Portland and Park Avenues, or on Portland or Park Avenues, without written permission from U.S. Bank Stadium management.
Food trucks may only operate within park grounds with a written permit from The Commons. A Use & Event Fee and/or an Event Food Sponsor Permit through the City of Minneapolis may be required.
A Use & Event Permit from The Commons is required for all commercial activity, including, but not limited to, distributing promotional materials, sampling, posting or displaying advertisements, performing and requesting money, and shooting film or photos for commercial purposes.
The Commons is not a designated Vikings tailgate location and outside alcohol is not permitted in the park unless at a specifically designated “BYO” event. Vikings games are not designated “BYO” events. The Vikings have specific parking lots designated for tailgating. Information on locations and space availability can be found here.
Youth and family-oriented activities take place at The Commons on Vikings game days. Festivities typically begin 3-hours before kickoff, and end when the game starts.