Gopher Football Gamedays - University Community Parking Info

For Gopher football fans, find game day specifics and information

On gamedays, drivers should anticipate congestion and delays while travelling to/from and around campus. Carpooling and alternate methods (transit, bike, walk) are highly recommended.

Because of limited road capacity around the stadium, fans should anticipate that streets around campus will be congested for about one hour after the game. Incidents on the roadways or freeways can increase exiting time.

2023 Gopher Football Schedule

Home games are in bold
Thu, Aug 31 v. Nebraska @ TBA (tailgating: 2 pm - 12midnight)

Sat, Sep 9 v. Eastern Michigan @ TBA (tailgating: ? am - ? pm)
Sat, Sep 16 v. North Carolina @ TBA
Sat, Sep 23 v. Northwestern @ TBA

Sat, Sep 30 v. Louisiana-Lafayette @ TBA (tailgating: ? am - ? pm)
Sat, Oct 7 v. Michigan @ TBA (tailgating: ? am - ? pm)  
Sat, Oct 21 v. Iowa @ TBA
Sat, Oct 28 v. Michigan State @ TBA (tailgating: ? am - ? pm)  
Sat, Nov 4 v. Illinois @ TBA (tailgating: ? am - ? pm)  

Sat, Nov 11 v. Purdue @ TBA
Sat, Nov 18 v. Ohio State @ TBA

Sat, Nov 25 v. Wisconsin @ TBA (tailgating: ? am - ? pm)

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Parking on Game Days

U Community Information

Note about Thursday, Aug. 31 Game For Contract AND Public Parking

Contract Parking on Saturday Gamedays

Saturday Class Students

OV & Vendor Contracts

Loading Zone Contracts


Note about Thursday, Aug. 31 Game

Most contract parkers will continue to use their assigned contracts on this weekday game (Thursday, August 31). Necessary relocations will be on a limited basis and an email will be sent to those affected lot contract holders.

For PUBLIC parking needs

  • DAILY public parking will be available on campus until 11 a.m.  After 11 a.m., daily lots will be closed to additional vehicles until they open to football event parking at 2 p.m.
  • HOURLY public parking will be available in the East River Road Garage and 4th Street Ramp until 2 p.m.
  • Faculty, staff, and students who arrive after 2 p.m. and show a valid University ID can pay a discounted public parking rate of $6 in the Oak Street Ramp and East River Road Garage.
  • Staff coming to campus Thursday afternoon and evening for work shifts should allow extra time for travel and parking.
  • Campus bus service will operate on the regular summer schedule, with service ending at 6 p.m.

University Contract Parking Information
Individuals who are not attending the game or are not scheduled for work-related activities are encouraged to avoid campus. Do your part to help us reduce campus congestion.

  • On football Saturdays, most faculty and staff with East Bank parking contracts in ramps and garages are able to park in their regularly assigned parking location.
  • Contract holders who are required to relocate are: 2221 University Ave. Garage; Discovery Lot; Gateway Lot; Gold Lot; Gopher Lot; Minnesota Lot; Ski-U-Mah Lot; and Lots 2/33/55/56/58.
  • On those six Saturdays, those parking facilities around the stadium (listed above) must relocate to East River Road Garage

Access to assigned contract parking and reciprocal parking privileges will be restored ONE HOUR after the start of the game, BUT both will be on a space-available basis.

Most faculty, staff and commuter students with a 24-hour EAST BANK HANGTAG parking contract will be able to use their regular contract location on game days. Three hangtag lots (Discovery Lot, Lot 2 and 56) must re-locate to East River Road Garage.

Those with West Bank and St. Paul contracts will park in their regularly assigned facility.

Students with a residential hall parking contract will be able to park in their assigned facility (regardless of where the parking contract is located).

Parking readers should be operational on football game days. In general, the alternate location becomes effective six hours before game time.

Requests for exceptions must be submitted to and approved by appropriate collegiate dean or vice president. All approved exceptions must be sent to Parking & Transportation Services AT LEAST FIVE BUSINESS DAYS PRIOR to the requested date. PTS will respond to the request based on facility space availability.

Additional information
  • University vehicles may remain in their assigned locations on football game days.
  • The reciprocal parking benefit for University parking contract holders is not available on football Saturdays.

For students who are taking Saturday classes, PTS offers a discounted $6 parking rate in three locations:

  • East River Road Garage - East Bank
  • 19th & 21st Avenue Ramps - West Bank
  • Gortner Avenue Ramp - St. Paul

Students MUST show the parking attendant TWO things to receive the reduced rate:

  • your U Card (University ID) and
  • a copy of your registration into that Saturday class. 
    You can print your registration on your MyU Portal (under "My Courses & Teaching" and " Active" tabs) or from OneStop (under the Quick Link "Registration" on the right column and "Enrollment Summary" for Fall semester).

Game Day Impact on Official Vehicle/Vendor Contracts

Here are some key points for vendor contract holders:

  • Official vehicle/vendor spaces can be used on game days; however the vehicle must have a state license plate (absolutely NO private or personal vehicles allowed on game days).
  • Your contract is NOT valid at meters on game days.
  • If you have a day-of emergency, please contact PTS as soon as possible at 612-626-PARK.

Game Day Impact on Loading Zone Contracts

Here are some key points for loading zone contract holders:

  • Most loading zone spaces are available during game days; however the vehicle must have a state license plate (absolutely NO private or personal vehicles allowed on game days).
  • Spaces near the Huntington Bank Stadium will NOT be available on game days.
  • If you have a day-of emergency, please contact PTS as soon as possible (prior to parking) with the details at 612-626-PARK.