Parking & Directions

Northrop is centrally located in the heart of the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Being on a lively campus means that there are a wide variety of easy ways to get to Northrop. Drive and park on campus, take the bus to any of the nearby bus stops, or ride the green line to the East Bank stop only a five-minute walk away.

We advise you to arrive early as parking space fills quickly when there are other on-campus events happening at the same time as Northrop’s. See the Parking and Transportation Services Calendar and a full list of UMN Twin Cities Campus events for any activities that may impact parking.

Getting To Northrop

Ride the Metro Transit Green Line

or take the bus

Drive and park

 in nearby parking garages and ramps

Guarantee a parking spot

with prepaid parking reservations

Park your bike

at bike racks located outside Northrop

Use a rideshare service

or a taxi

Walk and use

the Gopher Way tunnel system

Highly recommended! Prepaid reservations make event parking on campus so much easier. You can make a reservation at the same time you buy tickets to most events happening at Northrop or purchase prepaid parking separately prior to the day of the event. 

Your prepaid parking pass is valid as early as at 4:00 pm the day of the event, unless otherwise noted, and is valid for entry up to 90 minutes after the start of the event. Reservations will be forfeited if you have not arrived by that time.

How to use your prepaid parking pass

  • Prepaid parking is currently available in the Church Street Garage only. Under the direction of Parking and Transportation Services and to help with the flow of traffic in the area, Nolte Garage will open when Church Street Garage sells out. 
  • Prepaid parking is available for all Northrop 2022-23 Dance performances at Northrop, as well as VocalEssence: Welcome Christmas and the 61st Annual Marching Band Indoor Concert performances.
  • Once parking is purchased, you will receive an email at least two business days prior to the event from U of M Tickets and Events ( that includes a QR code. This email can be pulled up on a mobile device (or can be printed at home) to scan as you enter the parking garage.

Below are the most commonly used parking facilities for attending events at Northrop.

Church Street Garage
80 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Fourth Street Parking Ramp
1625 4th St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Washington Avenue Parking Ramp
501 Washington Ave SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

Nolte Center Garage
14 Church St SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455

(Contract Only - unless noted for event parking)