With all of the new plans for development surrounding the new Vikings stadium, Vikings fans could be losing something major in return: Tailgating.
According to those who led the grass roots effort to save the stadium, the five-block area surrounding the Star Tribune was precisely where the brotherhood that grew 30,000 strong was formed. Those who fought so hard at the Capitol fear they could be losing the one thing that brought them all together in the first place.
The Vikings wrapped up a study on what they think the numbers of tailgaters are and the number of people who drive to games. The study hasn't been released, but that study could be the key to identifying next steps in the process of finding our new home for tailgating. Tailgating will come as a premium around the new stadium and will not exist next season the way it exists today. Some say the best urban stadium tailgating situation is Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Just south of Soldier Field one mile are three large open parking lots where fans can park, tailgate and take free shuttles up to the game and back again after.
Cory Merrifield from SavetheVikes.org talks with Jeff Passolt about the potential future for the franchise's traditions.