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On gamedays, drivers should anticipate congestion and delays while travelling to and around campus. Carpooling and alternate methods (transit, bike, walk) are highly recommended.

Because of limited road capacity around the stadium, fans should anticipate that streets around campus will be congested for about one hour after the game. Incidents on the roadways or freeways can increase exiting time.

Season Parking Passes | Day of Game (Single Game) Parking | Disability Parking | Free Fan Shuttles | Tailgating | Taxis | Charters

Traffic Management | Additional Transportation Options |

2013 Home Football Schedule

2014 Gopher Football Home Schedule


Season Parking Passes for Football Fans
Football season ticket holders can pre-select their parking location and purchase a season parking pass.

The personalized maps below show selected parking locations and recommended travel routes into campus for each (certain campus roads may be closed to traffic). Note: this information is subject to change with construction.

! Our overview map of campus shows all parking options at a glance.

Note: each map has MULTIPLE pages!

Zone 1


Maroon Lot
Gold Lot
Gopher Lot
Lot 33
Minnesota Lot
Gateway Lot

Zone 2


Ski-U-Mah Lot
Lot 37
Lot C55
Lot C58
Lot C59
University Ave Ramp

Zone 3


4th Street Ramp
Washington Ave. Ramp
Oak Street Ramp

Zone 4



Lot 86
Lot 94


Lot S108

NEW FOR 2013! Students Only

Victory Lot (student tailgating)


Day of Game (Single Game) Parking

Single game football parking will be available in the following locations:

All single game parking is based on availability. As a parking facility fills, parking attendants may direct you to the nearest available location.

Disability Parking

RV Parking
RV parking is available on game day only for $40 in the State Fairgrounds Lot S108 in St. Paul.

Season ticket holders with RVs will be in the Gateway Lot. Overnight parking is not allowed.


FREE Fan Shuttles
On home gamedays, free Gopher Football Shuttles will bring patrons from St. Paul to TCF Bank Stadium.

The University's Campus Connector runs from West Bank to East Bank to St. Paul and operates on its regular weekend schedule (every 20 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until midnight). See a gameday map of the routes and stops.


The University of Minnesota permits tailgating on football game days in designated surface parking lots, during specified hours and under other general conditions.

These policies are intended to enhance the football game day experience, promote a safe campus environment and preserve the beauty of our campus.

To view more details, please view the University's Tailgating Policy and the TCF Bank Stadium Tailgating page.


Traffic Management

PTS and other University departments have partnered with local and state transportation officials to create a comprehensive parking and traffic plan for Gopher football fans to provide the best campus travel experience possible.

    Pre-game - these traffic restrictions are in effect:
  • 23rd Avenue between University Avenue and 6th Street is one-way northbound.
  • Oak Street is closed from 4th to 5th Streets.
  • During periods of high pedestrian activity, traffic control officers may restrict left and right turns from University Avenue eastbound to Oak Street.
pre-game traffic restrictions map

post-game traffic restrictions map

On Street Parking Restrictions

In addition to regularly marked parking restrictions, parking at the following on-street locations will be prohibited on game days. Vehicles will be tagged and towed. These locations will be signed as “No Parking” at least 24 hours in advance of all game days. 


Additional Transportation Options
For those who would rather avoid driving to campus on game days, there are a number of transportation choices.

Bus/Light Rail
Metro Transit offers fast, frequent service to TCF Bank Stadium on several bus routes. Or take the train to Downtown East-Metrodome Station where you can catch a #16 bus for a short ride to the stadium. Visit Metro Transit for personalized trip planning.

Biking is a great option for coming to the game.

bike parking map

Motorcycles are treated the same as cars. Motorcyclists can park in any cash lot for single game football parking by paying the public event rate or they can purchase a regular football season parking pass with their season tickets.



Taxi Pick-up and Drop-off

A taxi stand is located along University Avenue on the south side of the stadium (see map). Taxis will stop in the east end of the pullout bay heading westbound on University Ave. U-turns can be made at the University Avenue/Huron Boulevard traffic signal. A second post-game-only taxi loading area will be at the west side of the stadium at the corner of Oak and 4th Street. Stopping at the through-lanes of Oak Street is prohibited.


Charter Buses

All charter operations are required to use the City of Minneapolis Charter Bus parking system. Buses will be assigned to designated zones near TCF Bank Stadium and will need to display a printable permit.

Click here to purchase your parking.

The personalized maps below show the two charter bus parking locations and recommended travel routes into campus for each (certain campus roads may be closed to traffic).

Charter Bus Parking Map

Back-Up (Overflow) Charter Bus Parking Map




Parking on Game Days

U Community Information

Contract Parking on Game Day
Saturday Class Students
OV & Vendor Contracts
Loading Zone Contracts


University Contract Parking Information
Individuals who are not attending the game or are not scheduled for work-related activities are encouraged to avoid campus. Do your part to help us reduce campus congestion.

Faculty, staff and commuter students with a 24-hour EAST BANK parking contract will be able to use their contract on game days, but not in their regular contract locations. On game days, contract holders will be required to park in the East River Road Garage.

Those with West Bank and St. Paul contracts will park in their regularly assigned facility.

Students with a residential hall parking contract will be able to park in their assigned facility (regardless of where the parking contract is located).

Automatic keycard readers should be operational on football game days. Hangtag contract holders will need to show their hangtag to the parking attendant to gain entrance. In general, the alternate location becomes effective at midnight on Friday for Saturday games.

Requests for exceptions must be submitted to and approved by appropriate collegiate dean or vice president. All approved exceptions must be sent to Parking and Transportation Services AT LEAST FIVE BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR to the requested date. PTS will respond to the request based on facility space availability.

Additional information:

For students who are taking Saturday classes, PTS offers a discounted $6 parking rate in three locations:

Students MUST show the parking attendant TWO things to receive the reduced rate:

Game Day Impact on Official Vehicle/Vendor Contracts

Here are some key points for vendor contract holders:

Game Day Impact on Loading Zone Contracts

Here are some key points for loading zone contract holders: