Bill allowing beer to be sold at TCF Bank stadium signed into law

Gov. Mark Dayton signed the measure Friday to let the University move forward with a plan to offer Gopher football fans alcoholic beverages this fall. U of M officials have supported the agreement.
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Gov. Mark Dayton signed the measure Friday to let the University move forward with a plan to offer Gopher football fans alcoholic beverages this fall. U of M officials have supported the agreement.

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Gopher fans get first taste of alcohol at TCF Bank Stadium

The University of Minnesota uncorked a two-year trial of beer and wine sales at TCF Bank Stadium during the Gophers football game against the University of New Hampshire. Although sales totals won't be available until mid-week, there are indicators that sales were a success.

Bill allowing beer sales at U of M stadium goes to governor

Lawmakers overwhelmingly approved a measure permitting beer sales at TCF Bank Stadium. Supporters expect the university will create a beer garden at the open end of the football stadium. The bill requires that at least one Minnesota-brewed beer be available. A spokeswoman says Governor Dayton plans to sign the measure.

Eric Kaler: TCF Bank stadium could host Vikings

The University of Minnesota President says the on-campus football field would be "quite adequate" if the Vikings decide to move forward with the Metordome site. MPR reports the Gophers would need to add seats and heat the field, but it's unclear how much those improvements would cost. Alcohol licensing would also have to be negotiated, among other issues.

U of M board to vote on beer, wine sales at TCF Bank Stadium

The University of Minnesota's Board of Regents is expected to vote this week on a resolution to allow "beer or beer and wine sales" in the premium-seating section of TCF Bank Stadium and in a single "beer garden" during Gopher home football games. The vote is expected to wrap up years of debate about whether and where alcohol ought to be sold.

Vikings, Gophers clash over colas at TCF Stadium

The decades-long rivalry between two soda giants still has plenty of fizz and it's unclear what will happen when the Minnesota Vikings play at the University of Minnesota during construction of the team's new stadium. That's because the Vikings and the NFL both have an agreement with Pepsi, while Coke has an exclusive deal with the U of M. The Star Tribune breaks down the contracts...