People have already found the flaws of having a Gophers Thursday night game in MN. We all knew it would not be easy to just interrupt the great MN get together, but I see nothing but potential. I propose a new tradition and reintroduce the public to the University of Minnesota. I see a Golden Gopher Kickoff Party. Personally this would be the only day I would go to the fair. Turn it into the biggest kickoff party in college football. We have the food, the beer, transportation, and the people to turn Golden Gopher Kickoff Party into a tradition that would do more for the University of Minnesota than just fill the stadium.
Start with running the shuttle buses from the stadium to the fairgrounds where the express buses drop people off. This could do quite a bit to alleviate traffic on game day. The metro express buses are already running every half hour or more from all over the metro area and the last pick up time from the state fair is 11:30. You might have to get an agreement to have the last one pick up one hour after the end of the game in case of overtime, but for a regular 6pm start there is no reason people cannot get back to the buses before the last pickup.
The university and state fair board should take full advantage of the day. Have the marching band patrolling the fairgrounds all afternoon playing the Minnesota Rouser. Use the shuttles to bring the freshman over for a day at the fair before the big season opener. Bring all the different sports teams, clubs, and other student groups from the U to the fair including the football team. Have the entire state give them a send off to the stadium for a successful year. Work with @hipstergopher and the MN historical society to show the great history of The U in athletics and otherwise. Do promotions to get people who are at the fair to come to the game, there is no reason for an empty seat in the stadium with that many people just a couple miles away. I can’t imagine the fair is overly busy on a Thursday, create a package for fair tickets, bus fare, and game tickets to bring people in. Make it about the entire day, not just the fair or the game.
So #HailTeague get on this! I expect this in place next year so we can have a giant party at the great MN get together kicking off gopher football 2014.