Hotels, cheap flights, etc. Let's hear what you find. I want to go (forget class), but I don't want to break the bank obviously.
Niko Porikos grew up in an NTDP billet home. Cool story.
Are you in Ann Arbor?
If so find some buds and hop in the car.
Stay a ways outside Minny for a cheap hotel or sleep in the car. Or don't sleep at all.
Pack a cooler with a loaf of bread and some peanut butter (and jelly time!) and you're all set!
Hell I might drive from Portland, OR.
I'm so pumped right now!!!
Not only am I the world's foremost physicist, but I also passed Chem 130 my freshman year (I'm a senior now). I was only planning on watching it on TV so if I can be of help I figure I would offer!
Take the Empire Builder....
no such thing as cheap flights. Delta flights (note that both DTW and MSP are Delta hubs) are at least $450.
So weird it's that expensive. I can fly nonstop from Austin to MSP for 350 roundtrip.
You may want to try Sun Country Airlines. they operate out of the smaller gates at both MSP and DTW. My aunts use that a lot to get to DTW.
ROADTRIP!!!!! its my senior year, fuck class, I heard St. Paul is excellent this time of year...
you can go to the largest mall in the US. I know how much hockey guys love malls.
The drive from AA to the twin cities area rads as a hair under 12 hours, but I did it from Toledo, a shade closer, pretty much non stop and it took about 14. It's a pain in the ass drive, seriously.
Advice: do NOT take the turnpike through Chicago. Go AROUND. It doesn't matter when you go, there's a 10 mile stretch that is ALWAYS a parking lot. You'll save yourself at least an hour.
I almost always make the drive in 10 hours or less, going 75-80mph the whole way.
I've found the best route around Chicago is to go I-94 to I-294 to I-290 to I-90. There's more toll stops than taking the Skyway, but you more than make that up in avoided traffic. And if there's enough time to get an IPass, you don't even have to stop at the tolls.
Also, make sure you don't have to stop for gas in Chicago. There's a few good stops just before the Indiana/Illinois border that usually have cheap gas (Ripley St, whatever exit 22B is, and there's a few others). If your car gets good mileage, you can just fill up at the Baker Rd exit on I-94 (which is also usually pretty cheap) and make it past Chicago on that.
If you can't road trip, here's a suggestion: take the Mega Bus to Chicago and fly to Minneapolis from there. Total roundtrip would be about $230 or so.
EDIT: Take that back. Those flights were from MKE, not a Chicago airport.
EDIT II: If you don't want to personally make the drive you could take the Mega Bus all the way to Minneapolis for less than $100.
Megabus = $91 for round trip via Chicago.
Amtrak is another option. Ann Arbor to Minneapolis via Chicago round trip for about $130.
I just took the train for a day to Chicago. Amtrak is awesome. Train from Ann Arbor to Minneapolis leaves at 7 in the morning...A good chunk of a layover in Chicago and gets at MSP at about 10:30.
1. I make the drive from Minneapolis to Port Huron at least once a year. I agree with the poster saying to skip Chicago. It makes sense.
2. Cheaper flights can be found from Grand Rapids or Kzoo to MSP through Midwest Airlines. There will be a stop in Milwaukee, but they are usually pretty competitively priced. Also, not sure if Sun Country Airlines serves Michigan yet, but if you are looking at traveling from another locale, it may be worth checking the Sun Country website out. They are based in MN and have great fares, for sure to FL, where I go visit my folks.
3. There are plenty of affordabe hotel options outside of the downtowns. A good place to look is in Bloomington by the Mall of America.
4. I've taken greyhound before... I would not recommend it.
5. Scalping is legal in MN, so there will be tickets on the street for sale.
Port Huron for the annual Silver Stick hockey Tourney Im guessing?
Ha ha... I am from Port Huron, but played in 4 Silver Sticks, so I am tracking with you. Great tourney, but not quite on par with the Frozen Four.
I live very close to PH now. Did you go to HS here? Which one? What year?
Let's play hockey... clap clap clap clap clap...
I think I am making my east coast travel plans come back to the left coast via MSP. I like this team. Good mix of talented underclassmen and hungry seniors.
I want to go so badly. Anyone want to cover for me for a week and/or pick me up from Bostom?
Trying to exchange sexual services to get to St. Paul.
DB needs to help us poo' college students out.
If you're a smoking hot female undergrad.....uh, I live in Minneapolis. Just sayin.
flights are $350'ish.
I just flew to Sweden, and had to hack my way onto a wireless network at the Stockholm airport to check the score when we landed. Did a fist pump and let out a "WOOT!" in front of many confused Europeans. Also, weirdly enough, Carl Hagelin is not well known in Sweden yet.
I wish I could go to MSP for the game, but hopefully they make it next year (or 2013 since I live in Pittsburgh)!
Drive from my home in Minneapolis and buy a ticket on the street.
It is legal here. I grew up in Plymouth, MI, and I would say that HS and college hockey is much more important to the locals here than in Michigan. I would expect a bigger demand for tix here than last year at Ford Field.
The Excel, by the way is a great place to see a hockey game. Not a bad seat in the house.
Drinking is also a big past time here...helps survive the arctic winter here. Let me know if anyone needs watering hole recommendations.
The Frozen Four last year was a mess, and it was all capped off so fittingly by having 3 completely uncompetitive games.
Having the better team win big in all three games should eliminate most reasonable concerns about the quality of ice at events like this. Slow crappy ice generally negates the speed and skill of the better team, and leads to close, low-scoring games, and that was most definitely not the case.
Is there going to be a bus or anything leaving from Ann Arbor? Definitely want to drive, but if there is already a trip planned that would be way easier.