[Minneapolis - Stadium Village] Minnesota United FC at TCF Bank Stadium

Today's post is a guest post written by my parents. They are season ticket holders at the Minnesota United Football Club this season and have been checking out the food. :)

Food at Minnesota United Football Club games – Go Loons! – is about the same as you’d find when the Minnesota Golden Gopher football club is playing at TCF Bank Stadium in Minneapolis (http://www.gophersports.com/facilities/tcf-bank-stadium.html). 

Hot dogs, Dominoes Pizza, Subway sandwiches. If you walk all around the stadium you will find a few things more enticing, but not much.

We are season ticket holders to MNUFC. Our seats are near the Plaza on the west end of the field, a great place to see the game and to make it easy to get my favorite soccer game beer – Rising North – from the Surly Brewing Company booth. 

Surly designed this special brew for the rising of the Loons to Major League Soccer last year and it’s a hit with the fans. Lines are usually 20 deep. It is an American Pale Ale, not too hoppy for me, as are most IPAs (http://surlybrewing.com/beer/rising-north/).

I really enjoy tap beer and am willing to pay the $11 for a 16-ounce glass at this booth. Surly sells their beers in cans at all four locations around the stadium but only the booth on the west end plaza has draft beer. You can get their Xtra Citrus Pale Ale on tap here too. 

We had heard that Jax CafĂ©’s booth (next to Surly) served a mean hot dog wrapped in bacon. Mike wanted to try that at a recent game. He liked the added flavor the bacon gave his favorite ballgame food.

I tried the steak sandwich. It was pretty good, actually, with a few onions and a little liquid cheese, but warm, with tender meat and a tasty bun.
Jax is also close to our seats, so once we took our picture of the beer and food, we headed to Section 147 to eat, drink and get ready for the game. 

We allowed an extra 40 minutes before a second MNUFC home game to explore, but didn’t find anything except hand-held food. The paninis looked possible, but it was pretty hot that day and a hot panini didn’t sound very enticing.

I wanted to try authentic Jamaican food at Pimento, but their stand was on the south side of the concourse and I didn’t want to haul the food over to our seats.

I settled for a pulled-port sandwich at the Famous Dave’s, just because I was hungry and needed time to spend in the beer line, but the sandwich was prepackaged and cold. I won’t eat that again. Mike just had another hot dog – easy to eat!

There really is nowhere to stand and enjoy your food at TCF Bank Stadium. You either juggle, sit in someone else’s seats nearby, or eat cold food in your own seat. There are no railing areas like those at Target Field, where the Minnesota Twins play (https://www.mlb.com/twins/ballpark).

We are hoping that eating and drinking both improve next year when the Loons move into their own stadium, Allianz Field, in St. Paul. (Watch their construction live stream at https://www.mnufc.com/stadium/stream). We will let your know.

For this year, we are seriously thinking of joining the pre-game party at Surly Brewing, just a mile away, and march to the game after eating their terrific food and having a cold glass (not plastic cup) of Rising North. (http://surlybrewing.com/mnufc/).

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