Welcome to MN!

Welcome to MN! There are 2500+ Ohio State alumni in the Land of 10,000 Lakes, and many more fans. We look forward to meeting you!

We are excited for the football team to come play Minnesota. They haven’t played here in SEVEN long years!  We want to share information that might be helpful for the game and your visit.

Game Day

We are excited you are visiting Minneapolis for the game! There is a fun tailgating atmosphere around the stadium, but most of the parking there is permit only. We invite you to join our Tailgate Party right across the street from the stadium at McNamara Alumni Center! Walk-ins packages are available.

TCF Bank Stadium opened in 2009 and was the first new Big Ten stadium in 50 years! It was the first LEED certified college football stadium in the country. It’s been called TCF Bank Stadium, or “The Bank,” but earlier this year Columbus-based Huntington Bank purchased our regional TCF Bank and the name will change to Huntington Bank Stadium at the Ohio State game. Capacity is 50,085, roughly half the size of Ohio Stadium.

Click here for Game Day information including parking, bag policies, and stadium maps.

Huntington Bank Stadium via gophersports.com

Things to Do During Your Visit

  • Enjoy our many lakes and rivers!           
    • Paddle our lakes: Wheel Fun Rentals rents kayaks, canoes, and paddle boards at several different locations.
    • Paddle the Mississippi River.
    • Take a cruise on Lake Minnetonka, a 14.5 acre lake 20 minutes west of Minneapolis.
  • The Minnesota State Fair is open for visitors and runs August 26 to September 6.
  • Visit the George Floyd Global Memorial at the site where he was killed. This is a fluid memorial site.
  • Stop by the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden. It’s free, requires no admission ticket, and is open 6 am to 12 midnight daily.
  • Catch a ballgame at MLB’s smallest footprint stadium, which opened in 2010. The Minnesota Twins play the Chicago Cubs at home August 31 and September 1.
  • The Mall of America hosts 520 stores (with no sales tax on clothing  or shoes!), more than 50 restaurants, and attractions such as a theme park, Flyover America, and the brand new M&M World.
  • Prince fans can visit Paisley Park, his recording studio, and First Avenue where the movie Purple Rain was filmed. You can also take a self-guided tour to other notable sites.

Fun Facts About Minnesota

  • The name “Minnesota” comes from Dakota Indian words meaning “sky-tinted waters” or “sky-blue waters.”
  • There are 11,842 lakes that are larger than 10 acres.
  • Minnesota has more shoreline than California, Florida and Hawaii combined.
  • The “Twin Cities” of Minneapolis and St. Paul are 7 miles apart.
  • Minnesota is home to a team in every major professional sports league – Minnesota Vikings (NFL), Minnesota Twins (MLB), Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA), Minnesota Wild (NHL) and Minnesota FC (MLS).
  • Our sports teams don’t take the name of Minneapolis or St. Paul because they represent the entire state – it wouldn’t be “Minnesota Nice” to offend one of our beautiful cities!
  • Minnesota is home to 18 Fortune 500 companies including Best Buy, General Mills, Target, 3M, and Land O’Lakes.