Atmosphere

Minnesota offers a great tailgate atmosphere that provides plenty beer, grilled sausages, and tailgate games. The tailgate atmosphere at Minnesota is laid back and friendly as everyone is very welcoming, particularly to fellow Gophers fans. When tailgating in Minnesota make sure to dress for the weather. It can be quite warm in early September, but once it hits October, you’ll want to make sure to dress warmly as it tends to get rather cold.

The Jerry Killwagon is one of the can’t miss tailgate locations, so if you get a chance check it out. This bus is equipped with grills and adorn with pictures of Jerry and his coaching staff. There is also a DJ set up in front of the bus and the band even stops by before the game. If you want to get the most out of your Gopher tailgate, check out the Jerry Killwagon.

If the bar scene is more your thing, then Dinkytown and Stadium Village have you covered. Typically the alumni and older fans tend to congregate in Stadium Village where as the students pregame in Dinkytown and at apartments near campus. Regardless of where you tailgate before a Gophers football game, you’ll surely have a magnificent time.

Traditions

Gophers Victory Walk

Gophers fans lineup at the Tribal Nations Plaza two before the game to watch the players walk into the stadium. The atmosphere surrounding this tradition is electric, so make sure to be a part of it during your trip to Minnesota.

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Tribal Nations Plaza Concert

Immediately following the Gopher Victory Walk the band plays their pregame concert, which consists of many Gopher favorites as well as pieces that will be played in that week’s halftime show. If you want to get a sneak peak of the Gophers band before the game then the Tribal Nations Plaza Concert is a can’t miss.

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McNamara Alumni Center

Check out the McNamara Alumni Center Pregame Party before heading into TCF Bank Stadium. Admission is free for everyone and there are a variety of booths and tents to see here.

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Where to tailgate

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