Today the Minneapolis City Council approved a reconfigured tailgating zone, giving the Vikings the green light to finalize game day plans with private lot owners near U.S. Bank Stadium.
The vote brings to conclusion a years-long effort between the Vikings, the City and various neighborhood groups to ensure that tailgating continues at the Vikings new home amidst a shifting landscape. Since the stadium design was unveiled in 2013, over $1 billion in development has been announced, commenced or completed near U.S. Bank Stadium, leading to a complete transformation of East Town and the loss of several surface parking lots. However, by reconfiguring the zone, the Vikings have captured nearly 200 additional spaces that are now eligible for tailgating at the discretion of lot owners.
"Today's action solidifies the new tailgate zone and allows us to move forward in our discussions with individual lot owners," said Vikings Executive Vice President of Stadium Development and Public Affairs Lester Bagley. "Similar to our previous arrangement with the Star Tribune lots near the Metrodome, our goal is to secure roughly 700 Vikings-branded tailgate spaces that will be offered to fans on a seasonal basis. We are now one step closer to providing this traditional tailgating experience for our fans for the 2016 season"
Availability for the remainder of the approximately 1,000 total eligible surface parking spaces will be dictated by the private lot owners themselves.
With today's vote, the Vikings now anticipate finalizing and communicating the 2016 tailgating plan within the next several weeks.