General Information

Play will take place at the Minneapolis Convention Center, 1301 2nd Ave South, Minneapolis, MN  55403.

Below are photos from past Northern Lights Qualifiers showing the general layout of courts:


Prohibited Items

The list of prohibited items can be found here.

Travel & Transportation


The Minneapolis-St. Paul (MSP) airport is a major national and international airport located approximately 20 minutes/14 miles southwest of the Minneapolis Convention Center.

For teams who must fly to our event, we ask that your return trip not be scheduled before 7:00 pm on Sunday.  Final matches of the day may not begin until as late as 3:00 pm.  Championship matches generally begin at 1:00 pm or 2:00 pm.

Due to the high level of competition and the closeness in ability of teams playing on day 3, the play day can last until 4:30 pm – 5:00 pm (1-2 hours behind) for some courts by the end of the day.

Teams with flights 6:00 pm or earlier may risk forfeiting matches.

Teams are also still responsible for their officiating assignments before leaving.

Light Rail

Minneapolis is equipped with two Light Rail Service lines.  One is located between Minneapolis and St. Paul while the other runs between the Mall of America (Airport) to Minneapolis (Target Field).  The closest Light Rail station to the Minneapolis Convention Center approximately 7-8 blocks away at 35 South Fifth Street near the Nicollet Mall.

More information about the Light Rail can be found here.


Conveniently located near the intersection of two interstates (35W and 94), getting into and out of the Minneapolis Convention Center area is quite easy and convenient.

Note:  In 2019-2020, there are some construction projects in the area.  Stay up-to-date with the construction here.

Parking is abundant in the area around the Minneapolis Convention Center.  Parking and directions to the Minneapolis Convention Center can be found here.

Map of Area