While TCF Bank Stadium is in just its fourth season of existence following a 27-year absence of football on the University of Minnesota campus, a walk through the surrounding parking lots on game day reveals that Golden Gopher fans are veterans when it comes to the sport of tailgating. Gophersports.com is documenting its trek through the lots bringing you the best of the best - our "Golden Tailgaters". Watch the videos below ( or YouTube) for their stories and past features. Special thanks to those Golden Gopher diehards for sharing their stories and their Saturdays with us!
|Gopher Cruiser 2 |
Step inside Brian Bade's Gopher Cruiser 2, a converted Fire & Rescue truck, which is parked at TCF Bank Stadium on game days. The Cruiser features replica trophies such as Floyd of Rosedale and Paul Bunyan's Axe, as well as a plethora of Golden Gopher memorabilia.
|Gopher Fanbulance |
Dave Henry of Faribault has outfitted this retired ambulance into a real life Gopher "Fanbulance"! Coach Kill, President Kaler and many others frequent this lively tailgate wagon that resides in the Maroon Lot outside TCF Bank Stadium! He invites all comers on game day -- make a donation to the Coach Kill Cancer Fund while you're there!
|Go 4 Fun Tailgating Bus |
Bill Crawford of Fairmont takes this "Go 4 Fun Tailgating Bus" to school for every home game and even some away games! Stop by and see the custom graphics of former players, cheerleaders and more!
|Gopher Generational RV |
Phil Theisen of Plymouth keeps this RV in the Gopher family. He's part of a small group that is the third generation to tailgate in this Moroon and Gold vehicle that never plans to park anywhere but TCF Bank Stadium!
Tailgate like you are camping! Matt Clysdale of Roseville uses a camper called the "Rouser" on Saturday's. Propane tanks feed the electric outlets to get them fired up before every Gopher home game!
|Gas Hog Gopher Bus |
Alex Stade of Shakopee brings his friends to the game in this Gopher Bus. Stade likes when he's parked and tailgating, that way the bus can't suck up any more gas!
|St. Paul Tailgate |
Ride along with the dedicated St. Paul Tailgaters! Not only do they tailgate hours before the game, but they also take the 10 minute Campus Connector bus ride to TCF Bank Stadium!
|Lerdal Family Tailgate |
Come say hi to Paul Lerdal in Lot 37 before every Gopher football home game. Lerdal hosts the "Lerdal Family Tailgate" and includes a weekly email to recap the last game and preview the upcoming one!
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