July 31st, 2012 at 4:17 PM ^

I'm not positive, but I think this is the same patio John U Bacon has been mentioning in a few of his tweets/FB posts.

Where is this patio in relation to the campus?


July 31st, 2012 at 4:49 PM ^

I had to look at that pic for several seconds before I realized why it looked so familiar. 

I was there last year for an all day birthday party on the day of the Minnesota game.  It was a blast.  Party, walk across the street to the stadium for the game and then come back to the party.

That block M patio wasn't there last fall, however.  It must have gone up this past spring. 


July 31st, 2012 at 4:53 PM ^

Wonder how much it is to rent for a game weekend.  The FB page says you can get $500 off, so I suspect it ain't cheap.


July 31st, 2012 at 5:26 PM ^

3500 for the whole place on game day. Kinda steep for only a day event. Obviously geared toward a local crowd as booking rooms on top of that fee is pretty expensive. Especially for the amount of people it would take to justfy such a large space. Kickass idea though. Maybe a wedding event on game day?


July 31st, 2012 at 7:28 PM ^

This is a great, great MGoScape. The photo gallery on the page is pretty cool as well if you're interested in watching the transition of this backyard on  Berkley into the MGoPatio too. Liking the page even enters you in a contest to win some bench seats from previous incarnations of the stadium interior. Awesome work. 



July 31st, 2012 at 9:31 PM ^

Holy shit. We're building a new house next year and this is happening. And I think I can actually get it past my wife because our last name happens to start with M.


August 1st, 2012 at 11:26 PM ^

I'm really happy to hear all the kind words about the new space. I can't wait for it to be done. We're in the finishing stages now with just a few weeks to go before football season is on us.

Here are a few things I'll mention (based on the comments above):

-- Yes, it's on Berkley Ave. Second house on the right. Directly across Main Street from where the old press box was situated.

-- Liking the FB page allows you to enter the "Big House Bench Seat Giveaway" but doesn't enter you as soon as you click LIKE (that's against FB rules). You can enter once per day. You should DEFINITELY use the share link to get your friends to enter. Your odds don't go down when more people enter...they actually go up becase you get 5 bonus entries every time a friend follows your SHARE link and enters, too.

- MGoPatio rental rates are based on the only comparable location anywhere near the stadium. The only other place is farther away and not as nice...and it's booked for the whole season already. Our rates are the same as theirs. The $500 discount is a nice savings on top (mainly to get interest rolling since the space wasn't ready to show earlier).

-- Glad to know WolverineHistorian has already partied on location. WH, you're right, the patio was finished after you were here for the 40th b-day party last year. It's even better now than it was!

If anyone has questions, please get in touch. If you're interested in building something similar, let me know. I realy enjoy talking about the details of the project. I can even put you in touch with some of the people I used.

Best regards and GO BLUE!


August 3rd, 2012 at 2:04 PM ^

Thanks again for the good reviews of the project so far. If you're looking top do something similar, get in touch and I'll let you know who I used for parts of the build.

I was just told by the first booking group that I could mention their name so I'm going to start dropping it like a bomb. Sports Illustrated is the first client (post-patio installation) to reserve the space. I'm looking forward to seeing them for the in-state rivalry game and hoping that their question about the NHL Winter Classic lead to a return visit.




October 14th, 2012 at 11:20 PM ^