Gopher Football at TCF Bank Stadium

For the University community, find game day specifics and information

On gamedays, drivers should anticipate congestion and delays while travelling to/from 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.

2016 Gopher Football Home Schedule

  • Thursday, September 1 @ 8 p.m. vs Oregon State (Lot S108 is NOT available due to Minnesota State Fair)
  • Saturday, September 10 @ 11 a.m. vs Indiana State
  • Saturday, September 24 @ 11 a.m. vs Colorado State
  • Saturday, October 8 @ 11 a.m. vs Iowa
  • Saturday, October 22 @ 11 a.m. vs Rutgers (homecoming)
  • Saturday, November 5 @ TBD vs Purdue
  • Saturday, November 19 @ TBD vs Northwestern
Weekly Traffic Alert

Season Parking Passes for Football Fans

Football season ticket holders can pre-select their parking location and purchase a season parking pass.

Season parking passes are sold to season ticket holders 
when they purchase game tickets.

The personalized maps below show selected parking locations and recommended travel routes into campus for each (certain campus roads may be closed to traffic). Note: this information is subject to change with construction. Note: Lot S108 is NOT available for Thursday, 9/1 game.

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


Note: each map has MULTIPLE pages!

Zone 1


Maroon Lot
Gold Lot
Gopher Lot
Lot 33
Minnesota Lot
Gateway Lot

Zone 2


Ski-U-Mah Lot
Lot 37
Lot C55
Lot C58
Lot C59
University Ave Ramp

Zone 3


4th Street Ramp
Washington Ave. Ramp
Oak Street Ramp

Zone 4


Lot 86
Lot 94

Zone 4


Lot S108

Students Only

Victory Lot (student tailgating)

Other Selected Audience

Discovery Lot (tailgating allowed)

Day of Game (Single Game) Parking

Single game football parking will be available in the following locations:

All single game parking is based on availability. As a parking facility fills, parking attendants may direct you to the nearest available location.

(2016 sales start in August)

Disability Parking

  • Season ticket holders with a state-issued disability permit or plates may purchase a season parking pass in either Maroon Lot or Gold Lot. Contact the Athletics Ticket Office at 612-624-8080.
  • Day-of-game disability parking ($20) is available at the University Avenue Ramp.
  • A drop-off for disability patrons will be located adjacent to the stadium along the north side of University Avenue.
  • Gopher Athletics will be running an Ambassador Shuttle (6-passenger golf carts) from University Avenue Ramp to the stadium for patrons with disabilities or those who cannot walk long distances. Contact the Athletics Office at 612-624-8080.
  • For a University Paratransit van from other parking facilities, call 612-624-8338 for pick-up and drop-off service.

RV Parking

RV parking is available on game day only for $40 in the State Fairgrounds Lot S108 in St. Paul. (NOT available for Thursday, 9/1 Game)

Season ticket holders with RVs will be in the Gateway Lot. Overnight parking is not allowed.

FREE Campus Transit Options


On home gamedays, free Gopher Football Shuttles bring patrons from St. Paul to TCF Bank Stadium. (NOT available for Thursday, 9/1 game)

  • The St. Paul Gopher Football Shuttle stops at two locations:
    • Lot S108 (St. Paul fairgrounds lot)
    • TCF Bank Stadium (East Bank)
  • The St. Paul Gopher Football Shuttle runs every 10 minutes starting 3 hours before the game and increases to 5 minute service as needed. 
  • During the game, these shuttles run every 10 minutes. 

  • After the game, these shuttles run continuously until the crowd is clear. After this time, see the Campus Connector information paragraph below.
  • Dedicated shuttles for those with disabilities or in need of extra assistance are available. The St. Paul disability shuttle, post-game, loads on the west side of 23rd Avenue where the shuttle drops off pre-game.

  • All Gopher Football Shuttles are low-floor, one-level buses and are equipped with wheelchair lifts.


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 starting at 9:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Saturdays).

The University's University Avenue Circulator runs from West Bank to East Bank and operates on its weekend schedule (every 15 minutes starting at 9:30 a.m. until 2 a.m. on Saturdays).

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.

  • On weekends, tailgating may begin up to 6 hours before game time, but no earlier than 7 a.m.
  • On weekdays, tailgating may begin up to 6 hours before game time, but no earlier than 2 p.m.
  • Tailgating must end 4 hours after game time or midnight, whichever comes first.
  • All vehicles must leave the parking lots when they close at midnight.
  • Green space within a parking lot or within 15 feet of a designated surface parking lot may be used for tailgating by the participants assigned to that parking lot.
  • Tailgating is NOT permitted on any other University of Minnesota property, including parking ramps and garages.
Date Opponent Game Time Tailgating Starts Tailgating Ends
2016 SEASON        
Thursday, Sept. 1 Oregon State 8 pm 2 pm midnight
Saturday, Sept. 10 Indiana State 11 am 7 am 6 pm
Saturday, Sept. 24 Colorado State 11 am 7 am 6 pm
Saturday, Oct. 8 Iowa 11 am 7 am 6 pm
Saturday, Oct. 22 Rutgers 11 am 7 am 6 pm
Saturday, Nov. 5 Purdue TBD TBD TBD
Saturday, Nov. 19 Northwestern TBD TBD TBD

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

To view more details on University policy, please view the University's Tailgating Policy.

To view details on City of Minneapolis rules and ordinances, please view the City's Game Day Parking Webpage.

Traffic Management

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

  • PTS has developed a traffic management plan designed to ease congestion and ensure safe, efficient movement through campus on game days.  
  • Officers are stationed at key intersections, parking access points and pedestrian crossings
  • Special event signal timing will be implemented   
    • Pre-game –favors inbound traffic
    • Post-game –favors outbound traffic
  • Local electronic message signs alert drivers of event-related parking information    
  • An on-campus traffic management center monitors Minnesota Department of Transportation (Mn/DOT) and local video feeds
    • Watch for back-ups/incidents
    • Communicate messages to the public via electronic message signs
  • On-street parking is temporarily restricted at select locations to promote efficient traffic flow
  • Some streets immediately adjacent to TCF Bank Stadium are partially or fully closed to accommodate large pedestrian volumes before and after events
  • For parking facilities north of University Avenue, season ticket holders are encouraged to use University Avenue via I-35W or Highway 280
  • For facilities south of University Avenue, season ticket holders are encouraged to use Huron Avenue and Washington Avenue
Street Traffic Restriction (Pre-Game)

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Street Traffic Restriction (Post-Game)


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On Street Parking Restrictions

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Additional Transportation Options 

For those who would rather avoid driving to campus on game days, there are a number of transportation choices.

Bus/Light Rail
Metro Transit offers fast, frequent service to TCF Bank Stadium. Visit Metro Transit for personalized trip planning.

Take your local bus route to the METRO Green Line to gain direct access to the game with a drop-off right at Stadium Village Station. TCF Bank Stadium can be conveniently accessed on routes 2, 3, or 6. And don't forget the Northstar Commuter Rail. So don’t worry about the usual traffic and parking headaches and save the energy for cheering on the team!

Get advanced bus and train tickets for Gophers games.

You can also purchase an Event 6-Hour Pass for $3.50 from the bus driver for easy round-trip travel.

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.

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.

  • Use the bike lanes around campus to get here. A few good choices are:
    • 5th Street SE
    • 4th Street SE
    • Transitway
    • University Avenue
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  • FREE bike parking is located on the south side of the stadium, adjacent to University Avenue SE and throughout campus.

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.

A second 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.

Uber and Limo Drivers

Uber and limousine drivers 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

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