The Vikings have been having some congestion issues with fans getting into games at TCF Bank Stadium this season. To help the process, they’ve worked with the University of Minnesota and CSC Services to make some changes.
Here is what the team sent to its season-ticket holders recently to try and help with the situation:
“In our effort to continually improve the game day experience for fans, the Minnesota Vikings have met multiple times with the University of Minnesota and CSC Security to address the significant congestion issues many Vikings fans have faced entering TCF Bank Stadium this season. As a result of those discussions, the parties have made the following logistical changes to the entry process, beginning with this Sunday’s game against the Rams:
— Total entry lanes have increased from 76 to 109 (33 new lanes).
— Steele County and Murray County gates on the stadium’s north side are now open for fans.
— Express lanes have been added at all gates for fans who do not bring bags.
— All West Plaza lanes have been repurposed as express entry for fans who do not bring bags.
The team is also reminding fans of the steps they can take to make the experience the best possible:
— Arrive early. Gates open two hours prior to kickoff (10:00 a.m. this Sunday).
— If possible, do not bring any type of bag to the stadium. Fans who need a bag must adhere to the NFL Bag Policy that has been enforced in all NFL stadiums since 2013 and requires that all bags (outside of small clutch bags approximately the size of your hand) be clear plastic, vinyl or PVC and no larger than 12”x6”x12.” Fans who do not bring bags can now enter the stadium through express lanes located at all gates.
— Remove items from pockets when approaching the gates to shorten security wanding process.
— Fans unloading from the Green Line light rail should move around TCF Bank Stadium and enter the gate depicted on their tickets rather than only utilizing Gate D on the stadium’s east side.
— Fans are encouraged to enter the gate depicted on their tickets; however, all gates are open to all fans. If congestion occurs at your gate, CSC Security representatives will alert you to other gates that are experiencing smaller lines and quicker entry.
We believe the combination of these changes and your help on game day will alleviate congestion and considerably streamline fan entry into TCF Bank Stadium. We will continue to monitor the ingress/egress situation and evaluate further changes moving forward.