State week is here!
If this is your first time thinking about a trip to the state tournament as a participant or spectator – we’re here to help you find your way and avoid those rookie mistakes. Before we look at the matchups later this week, we’re doing a guide for visitors and participants today. Check out our state 2018 page for all the info.
Cash is King: Nothing is cheap in downtown Minneapolis, and nothing will take you further than cash. The only exception to this is parking and hotels where a card is expected. Otherwise, be quick and efficient with cash transactions. State apparel does not take a card at all – so be sure to check out the state apparel guide before you go. Frugal visitors will download the food coupon (we have it on our state page) and get the best food deal all weekend for $7. If you’re going general admission — pre-buy your tickets from the Target Center. The lobby lines last year went viral on twitter. Don’t be stuck in that mess. (link on the state page). Large groups NEED reservations where accepted. Don’t forget it was just Valentines day and those people will be in your hotels and restaurants.
It’s a Marathon, not a Sprint: State is a 2-day festival, not a 3 minute performance. Wear comfortable clothing and shoes. Use they skyways and skip the coats all together. Charge your cell and plan a backup contact method if your phone dies at that right moment. There is minimal wi-fi in the TC, so set your phone to battery save modes to make it all day on cell alone.
Enhance your Experience: Join the pre and post parties on and around 1st Ave – Kierans, Firelake, Hells Kitchen, Pizza Luce, and more will have dance team crowds for brunch and post-meals. Hells Kitchen did a dance-team brunch last year on Saturday that was a hit with the parents. Also, be sure to join us on your phone for the up-to-the-minute commentary during our state coverage. Instant photos, scores, and reviews of performances will be going on all day on our live feed. Tune in Saturday morning for our state podcast to listen to while you make the trek to the center.
Be Smart: If you’re not a downtown veteran, be smart. Know where you parked, put your valuables in your trunk, and think about backup weather/travel plans. If you have health or food needs, or are traveling with children, you might want to plan for those needs in advance. EVERYONE should read the spectators guide provided by the MSHSL and on our state page – the rules are tight on getting in and what you can bring. General admission spectators better get there right away or you’ll be sitting sideways. Saturday by 3pm there isn’t a seat in the lower bowl.
Be a Great Sport: Dance Team is a spectator’s sport. Cheer for your section teams, acknowledge those who have breakthrough performances. Support your team, never cheer against others. If you want to see how it’s done – watch class A finals “warmup” in the stands. The support and fun are what makes us the best sport in the state.
Being an Athlete at State 2018: If you’re new, make sure you’re 100% on board with your team’s plans and traditions. Your team is expecting you to be mature and responsible. This is a contest, not a vacation – so be a good teammate and “coachable” for the best experience for your team. If you are supposed to be somewhere- be there. Never travel alone, stay with your team and be safe. Take care of your body with eating, resting, focusing when you need to. Visualize the event and have a plan for how you are going to make it the best weekend ever. Utilize your veteran dancers to answer your questions and be prepared. Performers should keep in mind the NBA floor is 10′ bigger than an MSHSL gym. Volleyball and center lines are correct, but the key and 3-point arch are not.