untitled 12 Rules Of The Road: The 10 Commandments Of Tailgating In Minnesota

Enjoy Vikings game day by following the commandments of tailgating (Credit, Matthew Blewett)

Plan on tailgating at the Metrodome? There are a few rules that every tailgater should abide by. If you want to make Moses and the Vikings proud, follow the 10 commandments of tailgating in Vikings territory.

Thou shall read the Fan Code of Conduct: Prior to tailgating at the Metrodome, familiarize yourself with the stadium’s policies on expected behavior. It’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of the tailgate. Make sure you’re still being respectful.

Thou shall plan a route: Plan your route ahead to avoid traffic jams. If possible, leave the tailgating setup to your friends and hop the light rail to avoid the parking fees and irritation.

Thou shall select a parking spot in advance: Parking at a Vikings football game can be a hassle, so plan ahead. Many lots offer the purchase of a parking permit in advance (Purple tailgating lots, Downtown East Ramp, etc.). Others, like the Impark lots, are first come, first served. Find the lot that works best for you and get there early enough to claim a spot.

Thou shall stay updated: Sign up with WCCO to get news on the go and receive timely mobile alerts that keep you in the know about any possible delays.

Thou shall keep it local: Ditch the generic dogs and pick up fresh, local meats from popular shops like Clancey’s Meats and Fish, Heartland Farm Direct Market and Hackenmueller Meats.

Thou shall keep it even more local: Minnesota is known for having some of the finest craft brews in the midwest, so support local breweries. Pick up beer from local breweries like Schell’s, Summit, Surly, Brau Brothers, Flat Earth and more to enjoy during the pre-game festivities.

Thou shall bring a grill: What’s a tailgate without a grill? When tailgating in designated Purple tailgating lots, make sure that your grill is always attended to and dispose of ashes properly after use. Failure to do so may result in a fine.

Thou shall behave according to the ethos of sportsmanship: While there’s nothing wrong with a healthy dose of rivalry, be courteous. Be respectful when talking to fans of the opposing team. Purple Pride is intimidating enough.

Thou shall deter boredom: Bring along activities for your crew to participate in to keep tailgate fun like cornhole, frisbee or a football for a simple game of catch or an impromptu game. Remember, the kids won’t have adult libations to quench their thirst so bring along some treats that are a hit with the younger crowd.

Thou shall not leave a mess: Before heading into the game, make sure you clean up after yourself. After all, you should want to leave the impression that Vikings fans are respectful and clean, not inconsiderate slobs. Jared Allen will be leaving enough of a mess on the field with opposing quarterbacks scattered about.

Check out Tailgate Fan to keep the party going at tailgatefan.cbslocal.com.

A Minnesota native that was born and raised Up North, Minneapolis is where Christina Kalinowski currently calls home. Christina appreciates irony, loves bacon, enjoys a hearty libation (drink responsibly, folks), and is an avid proponent of the Swanson Pyramid of Greatness. Her work can be found at <ahref=”http://www.examiner.com/user-cmkalino”>Examiner.com.

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