If you’ve had the opportunity to enjoy Red Bull Crashed Ice in Saint Paul, then you’re among the 120,000 people to enjoy the event each year. For the sixth year, Red Bull Crashed Ice will be returning to . Combine high speed skaters, extremely difficult obstacles and a high energy environment and that’s what you can expect at a Red Bull Crashed Ice event. Local hero, Cameron Naasz, a native of Minnesota, clinched the title here in 2016. With so many people attending, it can be difficult to determine the best places to park, how to get the best views and if it’s a child friendly event. Below are some tips at making the experience one to remember.
BEST SEAT IN THE HOUSE
You may be wondering, with so many people, how does one get a great spot to view all the action? One secret that not everyone knows is that it is actually very easy to get right next to the action by attending the time trials during the day. This year (2017), they will be held from 11:30AM-1PM. For the full schedule, click here. The downfall of going during the day is that you will miss out on a lot of the entertainment value but it is an excellent time to take your kids if they want to see the athletes up close. You also may have access to some of the athletes going in between the start and finish lines. During the actual events, you will not be able to view the entire course from one spot but large screen TVs are available to watch an entire race.
PARKING & ADDITIONAL INFO
This is a STANDING ONLY event. You are not permitted to bring lawn chairs or umbrellas. The Red Bull Crashed Ice is FREE.
There is no available public parking onsite at Red Bull Crashed Ice. Parking is available at other establishments surrounding the Cathedral.
• Free parking available at the State Capitol parking lots J and H
• Saint Paul College @ $20 (Concordia Ave entrance only)
• Minnesota History Center @ $20
• Sears @ $20
You’ll also find that there are many shuttles available. For a full list of businesses with shuttles available, click here.
Crashed Ice Village on W 7th Street is the ultimate after party on February 4th. The village is open to the public starting at 2pm and the festivities will go until 1am. The two block outdoor party will feature a DJ, athlete activations, food and more. You can purchase beers on the street and many vendors will give out free items. You can also see trick skaters performing.
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To find out what other winter activities you can enjoy in the Twin Cities, click here.