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 Kansas City game, the Vikings are encouraging fans to arrive early and to consider utilizing 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 10:00-10:30 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
The University of Minnesota and the Minnesota Vikings are once again utilizing the Minnesota State Fairgrounds (Lot 108 – 1440 Randall Avenue, St. Paul, MN 55108) as a parking/tailgating option for Vikings fans during the 2015 regular season. Unavailable during the preseason, approximately 1,500 tailgating spaces can now be accessed throughout the regular season. A convenient option to avoid game day traffic issues, fans can purchase single-game passes ($20) for the lot adjacent to the University's St. Paul campus. Beginning three hours prior to kickoff, free University shuttles will run every 15 minutes (increasing to 5-10 minutes, as needed), transporting fans down the University's Transitway before dropping them off directly in front of TCF Bank Stadium. Total travel time is less than 10 minutes.
East Downtown Lots
Another parking option for Vikings fans that is in close proximity to TCF Bank Stadium are surface lots just north of the U.S. Bank Stadium site. Fans can park at the lots at the corner of 4th Street and Chicago Street for $15 and take the Green Line at the Downtown East location directly to the stadium.