Multi-platinum, Grammy Award-winning recording artist Beyonce will draw a crowd of more than 40,000 to the University of Minnesota Monday, and that will put extra pressure on the traffic grid just as the afternoon commute gets underway.
The singer takes the stage at TCF Bank Stadium at 8 p.m.
The good news is that a majority of students have left campus, so the crush might not be as severe as when large events are held on campus during the school year. The U has hosted enough of these types of events and is more than ready for the influx of traffic. Still, concertgoers should prepare for backups on streets leading to campus. Be on the look out for traffic control agents and electronic signs that will convey information about traffic conditions and parking.
If you are not going to the show, the U asks you to stay away from campus. And if you are, think about using Metro Transit's Green Line which does stop right outside TCF Bank Stadium or arrive by bus. Routes 2, 3 and 6 also serve campus.
Here are a few things to know about Beyonce Formation Tour:
Doors to the stadium will open at 5:30 p.m. Parking areas will open at 3 p.m. The going rate is $20 to $25 at the Oak Street, Fourth Street, University Avenue and Washington Avenue ramps, and the Minnesota and Gateway surface lots, all within walking distance to the stadium. It's only $10 to use the East River Road Garage, but with that comes a much longer walk. Here is a link to the U's parking information.
As special consideration for this event, the U has set up a designated pick-up and drop-off zone.
Before the concert, drivers can drop-off concert attendees along Oak Street between 4th and 5th Streets. Riders should exit vehicles at the curb. If vehicles are parked at meters, riders may get out in the lane next to the parked cars. The lane closest to the double-yellow center lane should always remain in motion (no stopping).
After the concert, drivers can return to the same area to wait for pick-up. Please follow the direction of official University staff members organizing the area.
Keep in mind that 15th Avenue is down to one lane at the intersection of 8th Street SE. MnDOT has construction on Hwy. 280 between I-35W and Broadway Street and on Hwy. 36 at Lexington Avenue.