Friday, September 18, 2009
Minnesota announces game-day changes
By ESPN.com staff
Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
There were quite a few glitches at the grand opening of TCF Bank Stadium last week, and Minnesota plans to address them for Saturday's game against No. 8 Cal (ESPN, noon ET).
The school announced several improvements Friday designed to address entry gates, concessions and shuttle service to the stadium.
- Gates now will open two hours before kickoff rather than 90 minutes. Two additional gates will be open on the East side of the stadium, and more staff will be present at the gates. Fans with special needs or not carrying bags can now go through a new express lane.
- After numerous complaints about concessions, Minnesota will add five portable concession stands to the top of the upper bowl of the stadium. Five more portable stands will be available on the main concourse along with two in the west plaza of the stadium.
- More buses will be used for shuttle service to St. Paul and all buses will have multiple doors for entry and exit. Fans with special needs now will be able to use a disability-only shuttle to St. Paul and the West Bank campus.