August 05, 2017 10:38 PM
"If you're going to the game, you march to the game!"
That's the mantra among Minnesota United supporters who are making a pregame march from Surly Brewing's Prospect Park headquarters to TCF Bank Stadium a growing tradition.
Typically, the first fans begin arriving at Surly - located about a mile east and uphill from the stadium - a couple hours before each game's scheduled start time. Food, drink and music in the Surly courtyard pass the time as a small gathering of fans gains momentum.
For their part, Surly passes a portion of the proceeds from each gathering along to a local charity or organization.
The brewery also developed and produces "Rising North Pale Ale", the official beer of Minnesota United, in cans that bear the team's logo and colors.
As the crowd crescendos into a rumbling mass of humanity, the announcement comes to gather and begin the march down the University of Minnesota Transitway toward the Loons stadium.
With a brass band leading the way, the fervent United supporters chant and clap themselves into the proper state-of-mind for a soccer match.
When the crowds are at their largest, the line of marchers can run from those leading the line at the stadium gates all the way back up the hill to where they began.
For more information, check the Surly website.
If you go - free parking is available in lots around Surly. It's also an easy walk to Surly from the Prospect Park light rail station. St. Paul-bound (eastbound) Green Line trains can also bring you back from the Stadium Village station adjacent to the stadium after the game as well.
Charlie Weierke and Chris Long
Updated: August 05, 2017 10:38 PM
Created: August 05, 2017 07:11 PM
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