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Minneapolis Hopes to Add Tailgating Experience To Vikings Games This Season

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As Vikings fans await construction to begin on a new stadium, the city of Minneapolis doesn’t want to wait to create a tailgating experience for Vikings fans.  They hope to create such an experience beginning with the September 23rd game against the San Francisco 49ers.

Startribune.com is reporting that the city of Minneapolis tentatively plans to allow 22 food trucks and one beer stand to set up shop along a two-block stretch of 5th Street along the Hiawatha Light Rail line between Park and 5th avenues, an area very close to the dome.  The plan is to have vendors set up 5 hours before opening kickoff and continue to serve until 1 hour after kickoff.

The idea is part of an experiment by Mayor R.T. Rybak and other city officials to try and create a more vibrant, downtown game-day experience in anticipation of the opening of a new Vikings Stadium in 2016.

Sounds to me like a fantastic idea as tailgating has been something sorely missing from a Minnesota Viking game experience.  Next up is a meeting with Minnesota Viking officials to review the plan and make any adjustments agreed upon.

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