As part of an experimental twist on tailgating before Vikings games at the dome, the city of Minneapolis and the Vikings have signed off on a new pre-game celebration: "railgating." The idea is to attract more people downtown on Sundays by allowing food and beverage trucks along the Hiawatha light rail line from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. "Railgating" is part of a larger plan to gernerate more traffic before the new Vikings stadium opens in 2016. More details should be announced Wednesday.
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City Pages takes a look at that question, delving into a 2003 study by the city of Minneapolis. City planners, already foreseeing a day when the Twins and Vikings wouldn't be there, say the Dome's demise would open up a huge opportunity for new housing and business as well as a downtown park.
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Is 'railgating' the new tailgating on Vikings' game day?
Mayor R.T. Rybak is experimenting with another form of tailgating before Vikings' home games called "railgating," a party along the Hiawatha light rail line between Park and 5th Avenues. The city wants to allow about two dozen food trucks and a beer stand to create a more vibrant game-day experience in anticipation of the new stadium in 2016. The city will test-run "railgating" Sept. 23.
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