Update 11/16: Metro Transit has said rail replacement buses will be free of charge for riders on Super Bowl Sunday, more here.
Between the Green Line, Blue Line and U.S. Bank Stadium, (mostly) Minnesotan taxpayers were on the hook for a cool $2.1 billion and change.
It's a bit of a kick to the groin, therefore, that Minnesotans won't be able to use much of the light rail on the day the Super Bowl is held at U.S. Bank Stadium, unless they have a Super Bowl ticket.
The move was revealed by the Super Bowl Committee during the launch of its "Know Before You Go" campaign, which states that only those holding a "Gameday Pass and an official Super Bowl ticket will be able to ride the light rail on game day, Feb. 4."
If you're lucky(?) enough to be in possession of a Super Bowl ticket (the average cost of which ranges from $2,500-$3,000), then it'll cost you another $30 for the Gameday Pass required to use the light rail that day.
There's an exception to this: the Green Line will still run normally from St. Paul to Stadium Village in Minneapolis, at which point non-Super Bowl ticket holders will have to get off.
What about the Blue Line? Well, users will have to make do with bus replacement services, same goes for anyone wanting to use the Green Line between Stadium Village and Target Field.
And as it says above, any ticket holders using the light rail to get to the Super Bowl will also have to go through a security screening.
Needless to say, Metro Transit users weren't too impressed with the announcement on its social media pages.
"Why not the other way around? Instead of inconveniencing regular riders with slower buses, have all the rich football fans take buses and let us take the train like usual, just w/o stopping at the stadium?" Becky MacDonald wrote.
"Call this what it is: preferential treatment for the elite and a disregard for the residents who pay for this service daily and took a recent fare increase," Sarah Bagwell added.
You can read Metro Transit's explanation below: