Football tailgaters to get extra yardage

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September 1, 2003 // UPDATED 11:03 am - April 30, 2007
By: Scott Russell
Scott Russell

The Metrodome's bratwurst, beer and barbeque district is getting bigger and moving south under a city tailgating ordinance change proposed by City Councilmember Paul Zerby (2nd Ward).

The City Council's Public Safety and Regulatory Services Committee approved Councilmember Paul Zerby's proposed change Aug. 24 on a voice vote.

The new ordinance allows tailgating -- specifically the consumption of liquor or non-intoxicating malt liquor -- in parking lots from the Mississippi river to South 6th Street, between 4th and 11th avenues. Previously, tailgating was permitted only between the river and Washington Avenue South. Because the original area is undergoing significant redevelopment, Zerby wants to give tailgaters more space.

"There has been so much construction over there -- and is so much construction going on where they have been tailgating -- that it is really getting hard," Zerby said. "They are running out of room to do it."

The full Council won't vote until Sept. 12. That is in time for the Vikings' Sept. 14 home opener against the Chicago Bears but not in time for the University of Minnesota's first two home tilts. Zerby (2nd Ward) said he is investigating the possibility of a short-term fix that would allow Golden Gopher partiers more asphalt choices.

The University of Minnesota officials called Zerby and asked him to help with the change, he said, and he was more than happy to do it.

Parking lot owners who allow tailgating need to provide portable toilets, adequate dumpsters and immediate cleanup.