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On gamedays, drivers should anticipate congestion and delays while travelling to/from 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.

Parking Passes | Day of Game (Single Game) Parking | Disability Parking | Free Fan Shuttles | Free Campus Shuttles | Tailgating

Traffic Management | Additional Transportation Options | | Taxis | Charters

2015 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.

Season parking passes are sold to season ticket holders
when they purchase game tickets.

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. Note: Lot S108 is NOT available for Thursday, 9/3 game.

! Our overview map of campus shows all parking options at a glance.
Our exiting map shows how officers direct traffic AFTER the game.

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

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. (NOT available for Thursday, 9/3 Game)

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


FREE Campus Transit Options


On home gamedays, free Gopher Football Shuttles bring patrons from St. Paul to TCF Bank Stadium. (NOT available for Thursday, 9/3 game)


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 starting at 9:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Saturdays).

The University's University Avenue Circulator runs from West Bank to East Bank and operates on its weekend schedule (every 15 minutes starting at 9:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Saturdays).

See a gameday map of these 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.

Date Opponent Game Time Tailgating Starts Tailgating Ends
2015 SEASON        
Thursday, Sept. 3 TCU 8 pm 2 pm midnight
Saturday, Sept. 19 Kent State 11 am 7 am 6 pm
Saturday, Sept. 26 Ohio 2:30 pm 8:30 am 9:30 pm
Saturday, Oct. 17 Nebraska TBA    
Saturday, Oct. 31 Michigan 7 pm 1 pm 11 pm
Saturday, Nov. 21 Illinois TBA    
Saturday, Nov. 28 Wisconsin TBA    


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.


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.

Street Traffic Restriction (Pre-Game)

pre-game traffic restrictions map
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Street Traffic Restriction (Post-Game)

map of post game traffic restrictions
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On Street Parking Restrictions

campus map showing on street parking restrictions on game days'
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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. Visit Metro Transit for personalized trip planning.

Take your local bus route to the METRO Green Line to gain direct access to the game with a drop-off right at Stadium Village Station. TCF Bank Stadium can be conveniently accessed on routes 2, 3, or 6. And don't forget the Northstar Commuter Rail – it serves all but the Oct. 31 Gopher night game. So don’t worry about the usual traffic and parking headaches and save the energy for cheering on the team!

Get advanced bus and train tickets for Gophers games.

You can also purchase an Event 6-Hour Pass for $3.50 from the bus driver for easy round-trip travel.

The Metro Transit Green Line links downtown Minneapolis, downtown St. Paul, the University of Minnesota and many neighborhoods. There is a convenient stop located just outside of TCF Bank Stadium. The Stadium Village Station is located off 23rd Avenue on the south side of the stadium. Light rail trains operate every 10-15 minutes.

Park in one of 2,800 free Park & Ride spaces along the METRO Blue Line and purchase an Event 6-Hour Pass for $3.50 from the ticket machine on the rail station platform for easy round trip travel. Take the METRO Blue Line to the Downtown East Station, get off the train, board the METRO Green Line to the Stadium Village Station and enjoy the game. After the game, show your Event 6-Hour Pass to board the Green Line again.

Biking is a great option for coming to the game.

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.

A second post-game-only taxi loading area will be at the west side of the stadium in the closed right-turn lane on Oak Street at 4th Street. Stopping in any through traffic lanes 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 Charter Bus Parking Map shows charter bus parking locations (note: certain campus roads may be closed to traffic).

The maps below provide a recommended travel route into and out of campus for each charter zone (certain campus roads may be closed to traffic). Note: this information is subject to change. Note: each map has MULTIPLE pages!

Zone 80

Zone 81

Zone 82

Zone 83

Zone 84




Parking on Game Days

U Community Information

Note about Thursday, Sept. 3 Game For Contract AND Public Parking

Contract Parking on Saturday Gamedays

Saturday Class Students

OV & Vendor Contracts

Loading Zone Contracts

Note about Thursday, Sept. 3 Game
Most contract parkers will continue to use their assigned contracts on this weekday game (Thursday, September 3). Necessary relocations will be on a limited basis and an email will be sent to those affected lot contract holders.

For PUBLIC parking needs

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 KEYCARD 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.

Access to assigned contract parking and reciprocal parking privileges will be restored ONE HOUR after the start of the game, BUT both will be on a space-available basis.

Faculty, staff and commuter students with a 24-hour EAST BANK HANGTAG parking contract will be able to use their regular contract location on game days.

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. In general, the alternate location becomes effective six hours before game time.

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:


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