Where do you tailgate when the golf courses are closed?

Submitted by Bosch on September 6th, 2012 at 10:35 PM

My group has a preferred tailgate location on the U of M golf course.  It's a little bit of a hike to the stadium, but there is an abundance of spots where you can back up to trees or fairways and the parking attendents are generally pretty passive.  Unfortunately, it looks like weather might force an alternate location Saturday.

In the past, we've used the Salvation Army lot as our back up.  It's only $20 to park and you can get there as early as you want (plus they let you use their bathrooms), but the atmosphere is rather dull... so I'm looking for some alternate suggestions.




September 6th, 2012 at 10:40 PM ^

Grass Lot across from the golf course. Just south of the retirement home. $20. There's also a church just a little further up that gets either $20 or $30, depnding on the game, I think. Grass lot won't park you in and allows just about any setup you want, tailgate wise.


September 7th, 2012 at 11:15 AM ^

But the Blue Lot capacity will be greatly diminished for (at least) the AFA game.  Last year, the PDC contruction closed off a significant portion of the lot.  This year, in addition to the PDC footprint, the Crisler renovation is taking up an even larger footprint.  See http://www.mgoblue.com/genrel/060109aad.html.  All those spaces will obviously be shifted elsewhere.

BTW...the PiHi grass/yard sucks.


September 7th, 2012 at 7:46 PM ^

Car... $320

RV... $1280

I think you have to have a minimum of 400 or so points to get into the lot.  I knew a guy who just got kicked out after 15 years of being there because he only had 320 points.  DB in the house bitches!


September 7th, 2012 at 10:10 AM ^

Purple lot was like $280 last year for an auto.  Now you have to be someone that contributes thousand of dollars a year or you don't qualify for the purple lot even though it was about half empty last year.   I assume same goes for the blue lot.  I wouldn't park in any lot associated with Uof M any more.  I'll pay a private owner.


September 7th, 2012 at 12:00 PM ^

Yeah it's run by Pioneer but you have to have UofM Victor club points to get a season pass. I've had a pass ever since they have been issuing them but this year they said no.  I have accumulated a lot of points over the years with smaller contributions plus the seat fee for 4 seats.  Still not enough for them.  So screw em.



September 7th, 2012 at 10:44 AM ^

I'm a fan of tailgating on students' lawns north of the athletic complex, between Hoover and Hill somewhere. Atmosphere is buzzing, they don't charge as much as the golf course, and you can hear the band practice if you start early enough.


September 7th, 2012 at 3:04 PM ^

I almost always park in someone's yard on Pauline (off Main, just north of the Stadium). The atmosphere is pretty good, and for $20 you can be a block or so from the stadium. The northwest gate is rarely super busy. I can leave my tailgate spot at 2:55 for a 3:30 game and be in my seat in the SW corner in time for the band's entrance.