2019 Gopher Football Pre-Game Parties

The McNamara Alumni Center, located across from the stadium, is open 2 hours prior to all home Gopher football games (Doors open at 11:00 for the Minnesota-Wisconsin game). Enjoy food, beverages (full bar), televised games in all rooms and mingling with Gopher fans. Food and beverages are available to purchase from D’Amico Catering. Pre-game parties are FREE and open to everyone!

New this year will be special themes for each tailgate led by the University of Minnesota Alumni Association as well as featured alumni beer available at the bar. Each theme is explained below.

The Alumni Association is also providing alumni and members access to discounted tickets to all home Gopher Football games. UMAA members receive an additional discount on tickets for Homecoming on October 5. To learn more and purchase, visit UMNalumni.org/gophers.

2019 Home Football Pre-Game Party Schedule:
Theme: Ski-U-Mania

Ring in Homecoming at the premier pre-game party for alumni and fans hosted by UMAA! Enjoy entertainment, food & drink, watch games on the big screens and stay for the coronation of the Homecoming Royalty before heading to the football game! See Ski-U-Mania page for more details.

Featured Alumni Beer: Minneapolis Cider Co.


Theme: Ag & Food Day

The agriculture and food industries are important economic engines to Minnesota’s economy and that is reflected within the Twin Cities metro culture and the University’s metropolitan campus. Celebrate Ag and Food Day will put the spotlight on these industries. Stop by the UMAA booth in McNamara to sample some tasty delights from CFANS.

Theme: Alumni Brewery Takeover

On this day, we will highlight U of M alumni-owned Microbreweries in Minnesota. These breweries include Fulton, Bad Weather, Tin Whiskers, Minneapolis Cider Co., and Bauhaus. Stop by to learn more about some of these breweries as well as sample some beer.

Theme: Advocacy

Learn from UMAA about the easy ways to help advocate for the U of M. The University of Minnesota and its alumni are making a big impact locally, nationally and internationally so we want you to stay in the know and provide you some tips to strengthen the U of M.

Featured Alumni Beer: Tin Whiskers

Sat, Nov. 30 Wisconsin 2:30 pm
Theme: Rivalry Weekend

DOORS OPEN AT 11:00 AM....As we prepare to defend The AXE, come by McNamara to get pumped up. There will be food & beverages and special activities to highlight the rivalry with Wisconsin. Plus, members have the opportunity to be a part of a VIP experience for this party. For more information, visit the Alumni Association website.

Featured Alumni Beer: Bad Weather

We also have rooms available to rent for private pre-game parties.

Please call Sales Manager Sari Brouwer at 612-625-4584 to inquire about availability.

  ATM on site

  • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • Pepperoni Pizza
  • Cheese Pizza
  • All Beef Hot Dog
  • Full bar
  • Non Alcoholic Beverages
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