Hotel, Venue and Travel

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McNamara Alumni Center
FreshForward 2019 takes place in the award-winning McNamara Alumni Center at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, MN.

McNamara Alumni Center
200 SE Oak Street
Minneapolis, MN 55455
Main Phone: 612-624-9831


Graduate Minneapolis is more than just a place to lay your head. Tee off in their Topgolf Swing Suite, grab a cocktail at The Beacon, their laid-back restaurant and bar, and get your heart rate up in their first floor gym, equipped with Peloton bikes.

Graduate Minneapolis Hotel
615 Washington Avenue, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Main Phone: 612-379-8888
Graduate Minneapolis Hotel

Hotel Accommodations 

The “FreshForward 2019 Meeting" Room Block is SOLD OUT!*

Graduate Minneapolis Hotel
615 Washington Avenue, SE
Minneapolis, MN 55414
Main Phone: 612-379-8888

Check-in: 4:00 p.m.
Check-out: 12:00 p.m.

Rates: $179 Rate plus tax (Single/Double occupancy):

Invited Retailers
Two nights of hotel accommodation at the Graduate Minneapolis hotel will be covered by your supplier partners. You will be able to select your arrival and departure date and room type during the registration process. 
Supplier Partners (Sponsors Only) 

Cancellation Policy:  All hotel changes, substitutions, and/or cancellations must be made directly with the hotel. Individuals will not be charged a cancellation fee if hotel receives notice of cancellation 24 hours prior to arrival. Please review the complete reservation policy at time of making online reservation.

To make a reservation online, please click here. Just as a reminder, the cut-off date for guests to reserve at the special group rate is Monday, July 29, 2019. We encourage you to make your reservations early, as the hotel may sell out before this date. 

If you prefer to call, contact 612-379-8888. Be sure to identify yourself as an attendee of the “FreshForward 2019 Meeting" to receive the special conference rate.

Reservations made after the cut-off date will be accepted on a space-available basis and higher rates may apply. 

Unauthorized Hotel Solicitations:
Hotel reservations should be made by calling the hotel directly or using the official hotel link provided in your confirmation e-mail. FMI does not use a third-party company to make hotel reservations or sell rooms on its behalf for this event. If a third-party contacts you offering housing options, they are not endorsed by or affiliated with the event and entering into financial agreements with such companies may have costly consequences.

*Please Note: FMI reserves the right to review the conference room block and remove those individuals who have not registered for the conference. One (1) hotel reservation per registered delegate will be accommodated. The hotel reservation should be made under the corresponding registered delegate’s name to avoid confusion. Hotel reservations are accepted on a first-come, first served basis, including requests for specific room types.

The “FreshForward 2019 Meeting" Room Block is SOLD OUT!

Additional Area Hotels
FMI does not have guaranteed rates at these properties. Feel free to book with one these hotels or others of your choice and check back with the Graduate Minneapolis as rooms may become available due to cancellations at a higher rate.

DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Minneapolis - University Area (10 minute walk to McNamara Alumni Center)
511 Huron Blvd. SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-504-3000
View Rates Online Here

Hampton Inn & Suites Minneapolis University Area (13 minute walk to McNamara Alumni Center)
2812 University Avenue SE, Minneapolis, MN 55414
Phone: 612-259-8797
View Rates Online Here

Courtyard Minneapolis Downtown (10 minute drive to McNamara Alumni Center)
1500 Washington Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN 55454
Phone: 612-333-4646
View Rates Online Here

For more information on logistics or accommodations, please contact:
Colleen Bailey
Manager, Meeting Services

Traveling to FreshForward

The Graduate hotel does not provide shuttle service to/from local airports.
Minneapolis-Saint Paul International Airport
Distance from Hotel: 16 miles
Drive Time: 30 minutes

Cab / Uber
Located via ground transportation. Average rate $35-$45 each way.

$2.50 on peak, $2.00 non-peak. Take Blue Line (located in MSP Airport) to the Vikings Stadium. Get off and transfer to the Green Line (heading East). Take to East Bank Campus Stop. The Graduate hotel is located kiddie corner from the stop.

Hotel Parking
Self Parking: $20 per vehicle, per night
Valet: $27 per vehicle, per night