If you thought Downtown Minneapolis this afternoon would be swarming with football fans, traffic (lots of buses!), security, and even small aircraft overhead (towing giant advertising banners), you’d be only half right.

Specifically, the eastern half.

The other side of downtown — west of Hennepin Ave., including the North Loop — was surprisingly empty.

Added bonus:  lots of free(!) parking.

Notwithstanding the notices posted at the downtown Whole Foods (above), no parking tickets were required today; a checkout clerk said that only applied yesterday.

P.S.: Don’t have $3,000 to (barely) see the game?

A ticket to the Players Ball at the Minneapolis Armory (photo, above right) will only set you back $225.

The catch:  the doors don’t open until 11 p.m. tonight — never mind when the show starts.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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