Soccer is often one of the first team sports you play as a child. As you get older, most kids move on to sports of their role models on TV. But that is all going to change because Minnesota is now home to its first professional soccer team. MN United FC.
My experience with professional sporting events goes as far as Baseball. What I knew about the sport was limited to YouTube clips online. My biggest concern was it going to be an appropriate setting to take kids to? I needed to test it out with my husband. We attended our first game this last week against Colorado Rapids. It was amazing.
All About MN United FC
The first thing I noticed was just how dedicated the fans were. MN United FC main group of supporters are the Dark Clouds. This group is amazing! Their enthusiasm can be a little intimidating. The Dark Clouds follow a strict code of conduct that includes responsible drinking and having a good time. Any unsportsmanlike conduct is strictly forbidden amongst the group. The from the moment you arrive you will hear their chants. Their love of the game is infectious and can be felt across the whole stadium. Off-site, they run a Silver Linings volunteering group with the mission to help promote the sport of Soccer. For more information about the organization check out The Dark Clouds.
Minnesota United Game Day
Your kids will love it. There is nonstop action. Before the game, hanging out on the plaza you’ll find the team Mascot, a Loon named PK, playing games with the kids. During the game, the ball is in constant motion. The agility of the players was spectacular. They were heading the balls, twisting and jumping to make some amazing maneuvers. The players move and contort their bodies in ways I never thought possible. Balls were making it out of the field and promptly returned by the fans. Win or lose, you will have a great time.
What to bring to a Soccer Game?
Like with any sporting event, you are not required to wear official team merchandise. But it makes the game a little more fun if you do! If you only get one thing, get a scarf. They are equivalent to a baseball cap in baseball. Everyone has one and they go with everything! Plus it will keep you warm all season long. You can purchase them at the games or online. Insider tip, the scarfs are about $5 cheaper online, but you have to pay shipping and handling. If you are planning on buying more than one, it may save you a little money to order them. Or if you hang on just a little longer, there is an opportunity for a FREE one at the end of the article.
MN United FC follows the Clear Bag policy that the U of M has. You are allowed 1 clear bag no larger than 12” x 6” x 12”, or a 1-gallon freezer bag. You may also carry a small clutch or purse no larger than 6.5” x 4.5”. If you forgot about this rule, you can check your bag across the street at Williams arena for a small fee.
How to get to TCF Bank Stadium?
There are parking lots located all around the stadium. They are pricey. I paid $20 for a spot. The nice thing is they are really close. If you are short on time, it’s the way to go.
Green Line drops off right in front of the stadium. For those coming from the south, you can transfer between trains at the US Bank Stadium. The cost to ride is $3.50 for adults and $1.50 for kids. The rate is good for all day. For more details check out, MetroTransit.org.
If you are in the city already, one of the best ways to get to the stadium is by bike. They have ample bike racks around TCF Stadium. We saw numerous people taking advantage of this include people with small kids. They also have Nice Ride bike rentals. For those unfamiliar with the program, it allows riders to rent bikes per hour and drop off the bike at any return stations. Biking is by far the most cost effect method of transportation.
Tickets & Discounts
MN United Tickets
Ok, so now the part I’m sure all of you are waiting for, how to buy tickets. TCF Bank Stadium has multiple levels of seating and is priced for families. Tickets start at $22. There is no bad seat either. For younger kids, I recommend seats in section 113-119. These seats will give them plenty of opportunities to squirm. You can get closer to the action if you like. I’ve partnered up with Minnesota United FC to get some additional discounts on tickets.
Through collaboration with Minnesota United FC, you can get tickets at a discounted price through their www.mnufc.com/promo. Just enter the code CARRIE2017, to get a special discounted rate. It’s only available for a limited time so get them soon. If you have any additional questions about tickets or group events, give Carrie Schmid a call at 763-432-3447.