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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — You might want to bring a few extra bucks to the Vikings game next weekend, when a new concept in tailgating is rolled out in Minneapolis.

It’s called railgating, and it will be part of the game day experience.

Railgating happens in other cities, including New York City and others on the east coast before football games.

“I would love to try it,” said Deanna Harken, a Vikings fan. “Take the old stress off us, we don’t need to bring our food and grills. We can just walk over and get some food.”

A two-block stretch of 5th Street just west of the Metrodome is going to be lined with food trucks. There will be 20 in all and a beer stand where you can buy Minneapolis-made beer.

Railgating should especially rally fans that take the train, but it’s really open to anyone at the game in an urban environment. It’s certainly non-traditional tailgating territory.

“Try to give people who come down, a taste of Minneapolis, a taste of the game-day experience,” said Cory Merrifield, who’s a passionate fan and made himself known during the stadium push. “I think it’s one of those things when it starts next week, next Sunday, that it’s going to start to evolve in time, and you’re going to potentially see more variety.”

Mayor RT Rybak’s spokesperson says the city intends to start railgating next Sunday, though all the details for the event haven’t been worked out yet.

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