Prepare for traffic, parking challenges ahead of several Thursday events

- Pack your patience if you’re traveling around the Twin Cities Thursday. Along with the Minnesota State Fair, there are several sporting events happening in Minneapolis and St. Paul.

  • Vikings host their final preseason game against the L.A. Rams at U.S. Bank Stadium at 7 p.m.
  • Twins host the Chicago White Sox at Target Field at 7:10 p.m.
  • St. Paul Saints have a home game at CHS field at 7:05 p.m.
  • Gophers football team opens their season by hosting Oregon State at TCF Bank Stadium at 8 p.m.
  • U of M Minneapolis campus park and ride to the State Fair will be unavailable on Thursday

The following is a rough estimate of expected turnout at each event:

  • 120,000 people at State Fair
  • 7,500 people at St. Paul Saints game
  • 61,000 people at Vikings preseason game
  • 25,000 people at Minnesota Twins game
  • 45,000 people at Minnesota Gophers football opener
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