August 06, 2017 08:10 AM
Vikings fans are expressing outrage after the team announced that more than 300 tailgating spots will no longer be available on gameday.
At least 325 tailgating spaces have been lost after a private lot owner began construction on the former Touchdown and Kickoff Lots earlier this summer.
Many fans and season ticket holders took to social media Saturday morning, reacting to the news.
Jessie Timmers, from Oakdale, has had season tickets for seven years and last year, bought a special permit that reserved an advance parking space for tailgating.
"It was nice because you're guaranteed that spot," Timmers said. "Now on a first-come, first-serve basis and with every year losing another spot to tailgate at, it's going to be very difficult to get down there and start tailgating."
Timmers said depending on how this year goes, he might rethink the way he's watching Vikings football.
"I probably won't keep buying season tickets," Timers said. "I'll sell it and I'll watch it at home on TV."
The team attributed the overall loss of tailgating space to development around U.S. Bank Stadium that has taken over surface parking lots, as well as Minneapolis tailgating zoning laws that reduced the space available for that purpose.
The Viking sent this statement, explaining the email sent out to season ticket holders:
U.S. Bank Stadium has helped generate significant economic development in the East Town neighborhood, which is great for Minneapolis and the state. For several years the Vikings have worked to ensure tailgating remains available despite the changing landscape near the stadium, and we will continue to look for ways to accommodate those fans who want to participate in the tradition. Beyond that, it is not appropriate for us to comment on another private lot owner's development.
The designated space for tailgaters is now Lot 53, which is available on a per-game basis and does not accept advance reservations. Tailgaters will be able to use the lot only a first-come, first-serve basis.
Updated: August 06, 2017 08:10 AM
Created: August 05, 2017 08:20 PM
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