Games Done Quick event attendance is open to the general public. You don't need to be a speedrunner, and you don't need to volunteer! You do need to register to attend! See below for all the information you need.
NOTE: There is now an overflow hotel offering rooms nearby. More information on the hotel and how to book a room there is available at the bottom of this guide.
When you sign in with the registration desk at the event, you will receive a badge. In order to pick up a badge, you must have a valid government issued photo ID (passport, drivers license, state ID, etc). If you do not have one, make sure to get one immediately, as IDs can take weeks or more to obtain. The badge is valid for the entire event, including setup days. REMEMBER: You must pay for your registration before the deadline or cap is reached, or you cannot attend! Your profile will inform you of your status.
This event will be taking place at the Minneapolis Marriott City Center, located in Minneapolis, MN. The group rate is available by using the "Book Discount Room" option on the right.
The hotel will be offering a 15% discount off their regular menu items (excluding alcohol), and will be donating an additional 5% to the charity. In order to receive this discount, you will need to show the restaurant staff your badge. The discount is only valid during the main marathon dates.
Drivers, be aware that although 24 hour parking is allowed in this garage, it is a city-managed garage, and you may need to move your car occassionally to avoid towing.
Parking at the hotel is not free. We will have a limited number of comped parking passes that will be distributed on a first-come, first-serve basis during check-in at the event.
This hotel does not have a free shuttle service. We will be providing a free shuttle bus to bring attendees to and from the airport on the weekends (Saturday & Sunday), but attendees will be responsible for travel otherwise. Exact shuttle bus times will be posted after registration has closed. We will also include this information in the attendee email packet sent in the last two weeks before the event.
The event starts at 12PM local time on July 2, and ends early morning July 9 (typically 12AM-3AM). There is a setup/unpack day prior and a teardown/packing on the last day. However, various event services, restraunt deals, and materials may not be available outside the main event.
The overflow hotel for SGDQ2017 is The Hotel Minneapolis, Autograph Collection, located in downtown Minneapolis, MN (map). It is only about 5 blocks (a 10 minute walk) from the event hotel. Like most buildings in downtown, you can walk the city skyway to and from the event hotel if there are poor weather conditions. More information on the hotel can be found on their website. Booking instructions are below.
The rate is $120 USD per night, for single bed or double bed rooms. The rate includes free wifi in this hotel. You cannot use your badge at The Hotel Minneapolis' restaurant for a discount, but it will be valid at Minneapolis Marriott City Center's restaurant. Rooms are available from July 1st to July 10th. The deadline for booking a room at this hotel (assuming rooms are not sold out) is June 2nd, 2017.
Cancellations can be made at any time up to 24 hours prior to your first night of your reservation, with no fee. The hotel accepts credit and debit cards, but plan ahead, as the hotel will place a $75/night incidental hold on funds on debit cards until check out. Credit cards will only see an authorization, and not a hold.
Note that the hotel only has a valet parking lot ($40/24 hours), so we strongly recommend using nearby lots instead.
You can book online here, or you can book via phone by calling the hotel
(Monday — Friday at 9AM CDT — 5PM CDT) at 612-340-2000. If calling, make sure to mention you are booking for the "Summer Games Done Quick 2017" group rate.