The loudest cheers of the weekend may be outside of Target Field Saturday evening where Metro Transit will throw a party to celebrate being names the Transit System of the Year by the American Public Transportation Association.
Streets around the Xcel Energy Center in downtown St. Paul will see extra traffic as more than 18,000 students from across Minnesota who have devoted time to volunteer work and community service projects over the past school year will flock to the arena.
By far the biggest traffic-generating event of the weekend will be the Vikings' regular-season home opener Sunday against their arch rival, the Green Bay Packers. Kickoff for the prime time game is at 7:30 p.m. at U.S. Bank Stadium in downtown Minneapolis.
Rental cars will soon be available at St. Paul's Union Depot. Hertz will open an outlet next to the Amtrak ticketing and baggage area by Nov. 1, the Ramsey County Regional Railroad Authority announced Tuesday.