A fan’s guide to football Saturdays on campusBy Cynthia ScottIllustrations by Michael KleinGetting to Campus
Game day will bring more than 50,000 people to campus. The University, in partnership with the city of Minneapolis, will implement a traffic control system on the East Bank intended to minimize delay on every home game day. Additionally, the U will operate a system of changeable message signs on key roadways leading to TCF Bank Stadium.
Parking will be limited (see information below) and fans are encouraged to use Metro Transit to get to campus. For information on bus and train times and route options, visit www.metrotransit.org. Parking
All parking on East Bank lots is reserved for football season ticket holders who have pre-selected a parking spot and purchased a season parking pass. Fans coming to campus for a single game or to enjoy pregame festivities must use pay lots on the West Bank, the St. Paul campus, and the Minnesota State Fairgrounds. Free shuttle buses will run from these locations to the stadium. Fans will be allowed to park six hours before kickoff or at 7 a.m., whichever is later. For detailed information on the locations of campus parking lots, visit www.TCFBankStadium.com.
Tailgate at one
of 26 designated lots on the East Bank, West Bank, and St. Paul campus.
Tailgating is allowed six hours before game time or 7 a.m., whichever
is later, and must end four hours after the end of the game or by
midnight, whichever is earlier. The U has established strict rules and
regulations regarding acceptable tailgating items and activities. For
example, drinking alcoholic beverages is allowed, but kegs and other
large quantity and common-–source containers are not. Gas grills with a
propane cylinder no bigger than 20 pounds and portable outdoor
furniture are acceptable, but charcoal grills, couches, and other large
furniture are not. For a list of tailgating lots and other rules go to
All seats are sold out for the 2009 season except premium indoor and outdoor club seats and single-game suites. All student season tickets are also sold out except for 2,000 that were held back for students who will be entering this fall. Fans who wish to attend a game and do not currently have a ticket may be able to purchase one depending on how many tickets are left after the opponent’s fans have made their purchases. These tickets, if any, will go on sale at 8 a.m. the Monday prior to the game. Watch www.gophersports.com
for announcements on the availability of these single-game tickets, or call the Gopher ticket office at 612-624-8080 or 1-800-UGOPHER the Monday prior to the game you wish to attend. For information on purchasing indoor and outdoor club seats, contact the Golden Gopher Fund at 612-626-4653 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Admission
Each person must have a ticket to enter the stadium, except for children under age 2 who will be held on an adult’s lap.Stadium Eats
In addition to standard stadium fare—hot dogs, soda pop, popcorn, and candy—concessions at TCF Bank Stadium will include Subway sandwiches and Dairy Queen Dilly Bars and Buster Bars. Catered food selections will be offered in premium seating.Come to Campus Early!
Discover what campus has to offer on game day:
Campus Club in Coffman Union is open to the public on game day, opening
two hours prior to kickoff. Advance reservations are encouraged. For
more information visit www.umn.edu/cclub/football.htm or call
612-626-7788. . . . The U bookstore in Coffman Union is open from 10
a.m. to 4 p.m. Members of the Alumni Association receive a 10 percent
discount on most bookstore merchandise. . . . The Bell Museum is
open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Alumni Association members receive a 25
percent discount on membership, and admission is free with membership. . . . The
Weisman Art Museum is open from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is free.
Alumni Association members receive a 10 percent discount at the museum
gift shop.Pregame Festivities
A Game Day Party begins three hours before game time at the McNamara Alumni Center. Admission is free; food and alcoholic and nonalcoholic beverages will be for sale. . . . The traditional Gopher Victory Walk begins two hours prior to kickoff. Cheer on the players and coaches as they walk to TCF Bank Stadium. . . . Don’t have a ticket to the game? Come to campus anyway and watch it on the big screen at McNamara Alumni Center or Coffman Union. Game Broadcasts
The Big Ten Network will televise the September 12 inaugural game against the Air Force Academy. Game time is 6 p.m. Games throughout the season will be broadcast on WCCO Radio AM 830. For information on television broadcasts and Internet radio access during the season, go to www.gophersports.com.
Honoring Gopher Greats on the First Game Day
Six Gopher greats will be the honorary captains and coach for the inaugural game on September 12. Former players Bobby Bell, Bud Grant (B.A. ’50), and Bob McNamara (B.A. ’53) will join legendary coach Murray Warmath at TCF Bank Stadium on opening day. The late Sandy Stephens and Billy Bye (B.A. ’50) will be honored posthumously. Stephens, who died in 2000, will be represented by his brother Ray. Bye, 81, died in a boating accident in June 2009.Items Prohibited from the Stadium
Animals (except for certified service animals, which must be leashed or harnessed)
Bags larger than 12 x 18 inches
Cameras with professional, detachable long lenses
Food and beverages not purchased at the stadium
Seat cushions with chair backs (these may be leased from the U for bleacher seats; seat cushions without
backs are allowed, as are blankets)
Signs larger than 36 x 36 inches
The Minnesota Marching Band will perform its traditional pregame pep rally outside the stadium roughly an hour prior to kickoff. The pregame show on the field begins 20 minutes prior to game time. New this year: Small ensembles from the marching band will visit various tailgating lots before the games. Brush up on the lyrics.Minnesota RouserBy Floyd Hutsell
Minnesota, Hats off to thee,
To thy colors, true we shall ever be.
Firm and strong, united are we.
Rah, rah, rah, for Ski
Rah, rah, rah, rah,
Rah for the U of M.
Yay, Gophers!Hail! MinnesotaBy Truman Rickard
Minnesota, hail to thee!
Hail to thee, our college dear!
Thy light shall ever be
A beacon bright and clear.
Thy sons and daughters true
Will proclaim thee near and far.
They will guard thy fame, and adore thy name;
Thou shalt be their Northern Star!