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    New Official Vikings Tailgating Site announced!

    EDIT: Here is the official announcement from Vikings.com:

    As many of you are aware, the availability of surface lots for legalized tailgating in downtown Minneapolis near the Metrodome is dwindling with each respective year. Based upon new construction projects, virtually all large lots located along the Washington Avenue area have recently been eliminated.

    With this challenge, we have been working diligently to create a solution for our fans to continue the great tradition of tailgating before our home games. The resulting solution is our official tailgating area being relocated to Rapid Park approved with the August 14th pre-season game pending final approval for the remainder of the season by the Minneapolis City Council on August 20th. Rapid Park is located behind the Target Center and includes over 1,400 parking spaces (see directions on below).

    This new "tailgating headquarters" will include the following amenities:

    Live bands and entertainment via Clear Channel Entertainment
    Vikings Cheerleaders and Ragnar appearances
    Portable restrooms
    Garbage and Charcoal receptacles
    Security
    Promotional offers from Warehouse District businesses
    Tailgaters will have access to and from Metrodome via:

    Metro Transit "express" shuttle buses
    Light Rail Train at the Warehouse District station two blocks from Rapid Park entrance - $.50 each way
    Metro Transit standard buses via transit station adjacent to Rapid Park - normal charge
    You can purchase a parking space for $15 on a game-by-game basis when you arrive at Rapid Park (based upon availability). If you have any tailgating or parking questions, feel free to contact Rapid Park at 612/332-4735.

    Once again, thank you for your loyalty to the Vikings. We appreciate your understanding with these challenging circumstances and look forward to having you join us at Rapid Park, starting with our first pre-season game on August 14th, for what looks to be a very successful 2004 season!

    Rapid Park
    600 3rd Avenue
    Minneapolis, MN

    DIRECTIONS TO RAPID PARK TAILGATE AND PARKING
    From the West - 394 East
    Take 394 East to Minneapolis and follow the downtown exits. Take the 6th Street exit. Turn left at 2nd Avenue at the 6th Street light. Proceed one block and turn left on 5th Street. Go one block to the stoplight at 3rd Avenue North and turn left. Rapid Park is on the right.

    From the West - 94 East
    Take 94 West to the 4th-7th Street Exits. Follow the signs for 7th Street. At the stop light, turn left and follow 7th Street for 3 stoplights. Turn left on 5th Street North. Turn left on 3rd Avenue North. Rapid Park will be on your right.

    From the East - 94 West
    Take 94 West and follow through the Lowry tunnel. After the tunnel, take Exit 55 (Olson Memorial Highway). After the exit, take a right on 7th Street (the first stoplight). At the second stoplight, follow 5th Street North to the third stoplight and turn right onto 3rd Avenue North. The entrance for Rapid Park will be on your right.

    From the South - 35 W North
    Take 35 W North towards Minneapolis and follow the signs for downtown exits and 94 West. Merge on 94 West and follow through the Lowry tunnel. After the tunnel, take Exit 55 (Olson Memorial Highway). After the exit, take a right on 7th Street (the first stoplight). At the second stoplight, follow 5th Street North to the third stoplight and turn right onto 3rd Avenue North. The entrance for Rapid Park will be on your right.

    From the North - 35 W South
    Take 35 W South. Exit on 94 West and follow through the Lowry tunnel. After the tunnel, take Exit 55 (Olson Memorial Highway). After the exit, take a right on 7th Street (the first stoplight). At the second stoplight, follow 5th Street North to the third stoplight and turn right onto 3rd Avenue North. The entrance for Rapid Park will be on your right.


    What follows is my original post:


    In an article on Viking Update this morning, it was announced that the Rapid Park lots west of the Target Center will be the new official home of Vikings tailgating!

    While being much farther from the Dome than the old Washington Ave. lots, Rapid Park offers the advantage of 1700 parking spaces compared to 1200 in the old lots when they were at full capacity. The Washington Ave. lots are now just a shell of their former selves, with most spaces swallowed up by development around that area.

    Light rail and shuttles will provide transportation between the Rapid Park lots and the Dome. Shuttles are slated to run for the two hours before and after each game.

    The Vikings control the "tailgating permits" since they provide lot cleanup after the games and felt that this area, while remote from the Dome, offered the best option for fans.

    I'm trying to find out just where these lots are to see how far the walk is if we decide to "hoof it" between the lots and the Dome.

    Webby, I ask that you make this (or some other more official press release) sticky so that PurplePriders will have the latest information on where and how to tailgate for the Vikings in 2004 and beyond.
    SKOL VIKINGS!

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    New Official Vikings Tailgating Site announced!

    It is quite a hike, maybe 20 blocks? But with the train its only a few blocks and a ride.

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