For the first time since TCF Bank Stadium was built, fans will be able to enjoy an ice cold brew when the Gophers kick off their first home game of the season on Saturday -- but if fans think they can just walk up and buy a beer, they should think again.
After three seasons in their new stadium, fans will finally be able to buy beer -- Miller, Grain Belt and Summit -- at the Bank, but those frosty favorites could be a bit of a hike away. In fact, there will only be one spot inside the stadium that will be serving up suds -- and the U plans to card anyone who looks to be under 30.
Beer and wine will be sold out of a special section on the West Plaza just outside Gate A, which will be cordoned off and only accessible from inside the stadium. Fans will be limited to two drinks per person per visit, but they will be able to take their booze back to their seats.
The bar will open one hour before kick-off and end at half-time. Though that's seen as a short window for some, others see it as a stepping stone.
"It might create a little bit of a gaggle, but I think it's a step in the right direction -- that eventually, more alcohol will be sold overall throughout the stadium," said junior Luke Yehlen.
Students who spoke with FOX 9 News say they hope the addition of alcohol sales will draw in more fans and bring the tailgating atmosphere to life, though some say the sale strategy could be a little too much hassle for them.
"If you're in the student section, it's probably not going to be worth it because you're not going to get your spot back," Travis Vanderbosch said.
The school also plans to add a dozen more uniformed police officers, bringing the total to roughly 110 at home games.