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Tailgating a “No No”

You won’t see any grills at Loons matches this season.

MLS: Real Salt Lake vs Minnesota United FC Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Yes, that’s right. The long Minnesota soccer tradition of tailgating before soccer matches will take at least a one year hiatus. This move, while upsetting, shouldn’t come as much of a surprise. While the University of Minnesota does have a large sprawling campus it’s tailgating lot (for anyone who doesn’t buy an expensive season long parking pass) is actually at the State Fairgrounds in St. Paul. Single game parking for Minnesota United FC is being limited to the East River Road Garage (a long hike across campus down the hill from the University clinic) and the Church Street Garage (near Northrop Auditorium).

The reasons? Tim Busse, the communications director for the U of M explained it was allowed for Vikings game, but not for Loons matches. "During Viking games, we didn't allow any other campus events. The Vikings filled the stadium and campus parking facilities and we concentrated all of our resources and efforts on managing the football game. We also knew when they would be playing and could generally plan on a consistent start time," he said.

And that makes sense. The smaller crowds for United matches, the long period of time the season crosses, and the inconsistency of start times. Not to mention, the other campus events will be taking place the most in spring and fall.

The good thing is if you prefer to take public transport (recommended), the closest LRT stop is directly across the street from Gate D.