Due to a community march and rally scheduled to take place on the University of Minnesota campus and outside of TCF Bank Stadium this Sunday prior to the Washington game, the Vikings are strongly encouraging fans to arrive early and to utilize alternate routes to the stadium in order to avoid pre-game traffic and congestion issues.
The community march will begin on Church Street/17th Avenue at 9:30 a.m. and move north to University Avenue. From University Avenue, the march will move east for approximately four blocks before reaching the final rally destination south of TCF Bank Stadium. Fans should particularly take note that the Minneapolis Police plan to close two of the three lanes of University Avenue from approximately 9:30-10:00 a.m. The south lane of University is currently expected to remain open during the march, and at the conclusion of the march, all lanes of University will once again be open for vehicles.
In order to avoid congestion issues, the Vikings are reminding fans of the following two convenient park and ride options:
State Fairgrounds – Lot 108
Approximately 1,500 spaces are available for tailgating on Lot 108 at the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. At a cost of $20, fans can park and tailgate in the lot before University buses pick them up, travel down the University's Transitway and drop fans off directly in front of TCF Bank Stadium for an expected total ride of less than 10 minutes. Fans can purchase season or single-game parking passes for the State Fairgrounds (St. Paul Lot) here.
East Downtown Lots
Fans can also access surface lots north of the old Metrodome/new stadium construction site as a cheap game day parking option. For just $10, fans can enter on the corner of 4th Street and Chicago Avenue, tailgate in the neighborhood in which they are accustomed, hop on the Green Line at the Downtown East location and arrive in front of TCF Bank Stadium minutes later. Fans can purchase passes for these lots here (Please note due to the heavy use of the Green Line, fans should prepare to leave the lots early in order to ensure arrival prior to kickoff).