Tailgating: Twin Cities

Responsible Officer
Mark Coyle
Athletics Director
Michael Berthelsen
Vice President, University Services
Mark Coyle
Athletics Director
Laurie McLaughlin
Interim Associate Vice President Auxiliary Services
Primary Contact
Travis Cameron
Ross Allanson
Director, Parking and Transportation Services
Last Revised
Effective Date

Policy Statement

The University promotes community-building activities for its faculty, staff, students, and visitors, and recognizes that tailgating has the potential to enhance the TCF Bank Stadium event experience within a safe, responsible, and controlled environment.

Tailgating is permitted only on Gopher football game days in designated areas, during specified hours, and under the conditions specified in the Tailgating Rules. Tailgating is not permitted for events at any venue on the Twin Cities campus other than TCF Bank Stadium.


Individuals who violate this policy, the Tailgating Rules, or applicable policies, rules, or law may be assessed fines; lose their season tickets, parking, or tailgating privileges; be removed from campus; and, for students, be subjected to disciplinary action under Board of Regents Policy: Student Conduct Code.


This policy supports the Gopher football experience.  The vice president for University Services may approve tailgating at non-Gopher football events held in TCF Bank Stadium at their discretion.

In rare instances, the vice president for University Services in consultation with the director of Intercollegiate Athletics may grant exceptions to the Tailgating Rules within the scope of the law.

This policy applies to the Twin Cities campus only, and only to those events held in TCF Bank Stadium.

Reason for Policy

To provide the framework for responsible tailgating on Gopher football game days or approved TCF Bank Stadium event days that enhances the event experience, promotes a safe campus environment, and preserves the beauty of the campus.




Frequently Asked Questions


Subject Contact Phone Email
Primary Contact(s) Travis Cameron
Ross Allanson
[email protected]
[email protected]


Pre- and post-game festivities outdoors in designated tailgating locations which may include some or all of the following: eating food, drinking beverages (alcoholic or nonalcoholic), grilling, or a canopy.


Director, Intercollegiate Athletics
  • Jointly administer the policy, including maintaining Tailgating Rules and communicating policy and rules for responsible tailgating to participants.
University of Minnesota Parking and Transportation
  • Open and close designated tailgating areas on football game days.
University of Minnesota Police Department
  • Enforce applicable laws and Tailgating Rules on football game days.
Vice President for University Services
  • Jointly administer the policy, including maintaining Tailgating Rules and communicating policy and rules for responsible tailgating to participants.
  • Determine, in consultation with appropriate University administrators and Intercollegiate Athletics, the University-authorized locations and hours for tailgating on Gopher football game days.
  • Determine exceptions for TCF Bank Stadium events that are permitted to tailgate.


February 2018 - Comprehensive Review, Minor Revision. The main change is to clarify that the policy applies specifically to events at TCF Bank Stadium, and not at other stadiums or arenas. It also specifies that the policy applies to Gopher football games, not necessarily to other football games that may take place at TCF Bank Stadium.
January 2014 -  Comprehensive Review, Major Revision. 1. Expands the applicability of the policy to other major stadium events on the Twin Cities campus, such as concerts. 2. Revises the list of lots in which tailgating is allowed, and addresses hours for tailgating on weekdays and for the RV tailgating lot. 3.Prohibits pets on tailgating lots and includes a new reference to the Board of Regents policy on weapons.
January 2009

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