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NFL Minnesota Vikings at TCF Bank Stadium

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.

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

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Traffic Management | Additional Transportation Options | More General Vikings Info


2014 Home Football Schedule


Parking Passes for Football Fans

Guarantee your parking spot NOW! Avoid circling campus and looking for a spot to park.

By purchasing a season parking pass, you have access to park in the same facility for every game. Season parking passes are sold according to availability.

For those going to a single game, we also offer single game parking passes online. --- AVAILABLE NOW! ---



Campus Map

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


Personalized Travel Maps (to your purchased season parking pass location)

After purchasing your parking, personalized maps and directions will be emailed to you. These maps provide a recommended travel route into and out of campus for each (certain campus roads may be closed to traffic). Note: this information is subject to change with construction.

Note: each map has MULTIPLE pages!

Lot 37

Lot 33

Ski-U-Mah Lot

Lot C55, C58, and C59

Gateway Lot

Maroon Lot

Washington Ave. Ramp

Lot S108 - St. Paul Fairgrounds lot


Day of Game (Single Game) Parking

Single game parking (CASH ONLY) is available on a first-come, first-served basis.  A few of the best choices are:

4th St. Ramp – East Bank, 1625 4th St. SE, Minneapolis – $20 (no tailgating)

Oak St. Ramp – East Bank, 401 Oak St. SE, Minneapolis – $20 (no tailgating)

East River Road Garage – East Bank, 391 East River Parkway, Minneapolis – $10 (no tailgating)

State Fairgrounds Lot S108* – St. Paul campus, 1440 Randall Ave., St. Paul – $20 (tailgating)
*note that due to the Minnesota State Fair, lot S108 is unavailable for August games - a different option for those two pre-season games is to park in the Gortner Avenue Ramp (map) – St. Paul campus, 1395 Gortner Ave, St. Paul – $20 (no tailgating) and take the fan shuttle to the stadium.

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

A state-issued disability permit or license plate is required to use disability parking on campus. Locations are:

Maroon Lot – order online - single game passes only

University Ave. Ramp – day-of-game cash only


RV Parking

RV parking is available at State Fairgrounds Lot S108 in St. Paul ($100 per vehicle). Overnight parking is not available.


FREE Campus Transit Options


On home gamedays, free Gopher Football Shuttles 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 2 a.m.).

The University's Weekend Circulator runs from West Bank to East Bank and operates on its regular schedule (every 30 minutes from 9:30 a.m. until 2 a.m.).

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
Sunday, September 14 New England Patriots 12 pm 7 am 7 pm
Sunday, September 28 Atlanta Falcons 3:25 pm 9:30 am 10:30 pm
Sunday, October 12 Detroit Lions 12 pm 7 am 7 pm
Sunday, November 2 Washington 12 pm 7 am 7 pm
Sunday, November 23 Green Bay Packers 12 pm 7 am 7 pm
Sunday, November 30 Carolina Panthers 12 pm 7 am 7 pm
Sunday, December 7 New York Jets 12 pm 7 am 7 pm
Sunday, December 28 Chicago Bears 12 pm 7 am 7 pm

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

View more tailgating details.


Traffic Management

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


Street Traffic Restriction

For both pre-event and post-event, traffic is restricted as follows:

•      Oak St. between 4th and 5th St. may be closed to accommodate large volumes of pedestrian traffic entering/exiting the stadium.  During Gopher football games, it is closed throughout the duration of the event.

•      4th Street between 23rd and 25th Ave. is only open to authorized vehicles, including University vehicles, team buses and Gateway pass holders (for lot access).

•      Left turns from University Ave. eastbound to Oak St. northbound are only permitted at the discretion of the traffic control officers.

•      Southbound Oak St. closed from University Ave. to Washington Ave. No turns from University Ave. to southbound Oak St.

•      23rd Ave. Closed from University Ave. to 6th St. to assist LRT passenger crossing the street and accommodate LRT and St. Paul Shuttle Bus passenger staging and Shuttle Bus operation. 23rd Ave. opened for Gopher Lot access only.

Additional pre-event traffic restrictions are as follows:

•      Ontario opened to Oak St. Ramp only between Washington Ave. and Delaware St.

•      No left turn from southbound Oak St. to the Oak St. Ramp, (to facilitate northbound inbound traffic)

pre-game traffic restrictions map
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map of post game traffic restrictions
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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.

Public Transportation
For help planning your game day trip by bus, light rail or train, please visit Metro Transit for personalized trip planning or call 612-373-3333.

Metro Transit operates bus service for all games. TCF Bank Stadium can be conveniently accessed on routes 2, 3, 6, or 16. Purchase an Event 6-Hour Pass for $3.50 from the bus driver for an easy round trip travel.

SouthWest Transit is once again providing service to regular season Vikings games.

Buses will pick up Vikings' fans at its three transit hubs along Hwy 212: East Creek in Chaska, SouthWest Village in Chanhassen and SouthWest Station in Eden Prairie. The cost is just $4.50 round trip and exact change or go-to cards are required.

See the SWT website for pickup times and additional information.

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 on Sundays. 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. 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 in the closed right-turn lane on Oak Street at 4th Street. Stopping in any through traffic lanes is prohibited.


Limousines can stop for drop-off and pick- up on Beacon Street between Oak and Ontario Streets. See map.


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



More General Vikings Information

Go to Minnesota Vikings Website

NFL Bag Policy


In the News! In the News! In the News!

A Vikings fan's guide to TCF Bank Stadium

Pioneer Press / August 7, 2014

Starting with Friday night's exhibition opener against the Oakland Raiders, the Vikings are trading indoor games at the now-gone Metrodome for outdoor games at smaller, but so-much-nicer TCF Bank Stadium for the next two seasons. READ MORE

Your guide to getting to Friday's Vikings-Raiders game at U

Star Tribune / August 7, 2014

Just as the Vikings will be auditioning new players during Friday night's preseason opener, the game against the Oakland Raiders will serve as a test run for fans trying to get to the team's new home for the next two seasons, TCF Bank Stadium at the University of Minnesota. READ MORE

Navigating TCF Bank Stadium for Vikes game

KARE 11 / August 4, 2014

In just four days the Gopher's Den that is TCF Bank Stadium will be the Vikings home field, and with that come some lessons in logistics for game goers. READ MORE / WATCH VIDEO






Parking on Game Days

U Community Information

Contract Parking on Game Day

Note about Friday, August 8 Game For Contract AND Public Parking

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 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.

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. 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:

Note about Friday, August 8 Game
Most contract parkers will continue to use their assigned contracts on the weekday game (Friday, August 8). Necessary relocations will be on a limited basis and an email will be sent to those affected lot contract holders.

For PUBLIC parking needs

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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