PARKING AND TRANSPORTATION
With additional activity at the new Ordway Concert Hall, we want you to know your options for getting to the Ordway and parking downtown. We always recommend allowing extra time for travel and parking to ensure you don’t miss a minute of your concert. There are numerous parking options in downtown Saint Paul including paid lots, ramps and meters, in addition to several public transit routes. You can ride the new Green Line Light Rail to concerts at the Ordway to avoid driving downtown and paying for parking altogether. The nearest Green Line stop is just a few blocks from the Ordway at 5th and Cedar (Central Station).
Parking Ramps and Lots
Click here for a map of ramps and lots in downtown.
Parking Meter Information
Click here for information about meter enforcement in Saint Paul.
Click here to plan your bus or Green Line trip through Metro Transit.
Click here for a detailed seating chart for the new Ordway Concert Hall. If you have questions about the seating configuration in the new Concert Hall or would like to learn more about your specific seats, please call our Ticket Office at 651.291.1144.
GETTING AROUND THE ORDWAY
There have been numerous changes at the Ordway with the construction of the new Concert Hall. Ushers and SPCO staff will be happy to help you find your way around the building at any performance. However, here is some information to help make your first visit to the new Concert Hall go smoothly!
If you need to pick up your tickets from will call, or have immediate questions for the Ticket Office upon arrival, enter through the main central doors under the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts sign. If you already have your tickets, you can enter through the new Concert Hall doors facing Landmark Center on the corner of Washington and Fifth Street. Accessible entry is located through the main central doors under the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts sign. There are both exterior and interior ramps that lead to the Concert Hall lobby and are directly to the right of the main entrance.
Ticket Office and Coat Check
Ticket Office and Coat Check services are in the same location as before, with the addition of a Coat Check in the main floor lobby of the Concert Hall. The Ticket Office is directly in front of the main entrance. If you need to pick up your tickets from will call, or have immediate questions for the Ticket Office upon arrival, enter through the main central doors under the Ordway Center for the Performing Arts sign.
If you have any questions about your tickets before the concert, call our Ticket Office at 651.291.1144 Monday through Friday from 12:00pm-5:00pm or Saturday from 11:00am-3:00pm (September–May). For information about accessibility services, ticket policies and frequently asked questions, visit thespco.org.
Getting to your seats
Seating on the Tier 1 and Tier 2 levels is accessible by the staircase and elevator located in the Concert Hall lobby. The grand staircase in the Music Theater lobby can also be used to access the upper levels of both the Concert Hall and the Music Theater. Click here for a detailed map of the hall to locate your seats.
Restrooms are in the same locations as before (in the lower level to the left of the Ticket Office and on the second floor at the top of the grand staircase). Additional restrooms are also located on the lower level directly underneath the new Concert Hall, accessible by the Concert Hall elevator (press “LL” for lower level) or the Concert Hall lobby stairs. The lower level locations include family and accessible restrooms. Ushers can direct you to the restrooms nearest to your seats.
Bars and concessions
Bars and concessions are in the same locations as before with an additional bar in the Securian Sky Lobby (Tier 2 lobby) of the Concert Hall.
MAKE A NIGHT OF IT!
Nearby dining options
In addition to attending your concert, you can enjoy dinner before the show or post-concert dessert and drinks at one of the many fantastic restaurants within walking distance of the Ordway. Click here and then on the “dining” tab for a list of amenities near the Ordway.
Fanfare pre-concert discussions
Fanfare, the SPCO’s discussion series held before Friday and Saturday concerts, will be held in the Concert Hall.* Seating for the Fanfare presentation is general admission, so feel free to try different seating locations during this time. Don’t worry if another patron is sitting in your assigned concert seat during Fanfare—there will be time between Fanfare and the concert to move into your assigned seats. Ushers will help transition the hall from general admission Fanfare use to assigned concert seating.
Pre-order your drinks for intermission
All bar locations allow patrons to order a drink for intermission any time before the performance begins. Simply pre-order and pre-pay for your drink, and it will be waiting for you with your name on it at intermission! There is no additional charge for this service, though gratuity is always appreciated.
Enjoy your drink in the Concert Hall
Beverages in paper or plastic cups and bottled water are allowed in both the Music Theater and the new Concert Hall. Lids for hot beverages will be required before entering the performance areas. Food items may be enjoyed in the lobby areas but are not allowed inside the halls.
*Please note: there may be select Fanfare discussions that cannot be held in the Concert Hall due to rehearsal schedules. Watch your email for concert reminders notifying you of any changes to your concert’s Fanfare presentation. Ushers will know where your concert’s Fanfare discussion is taking place.