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Published February 7, 2013
LET'S GET THIS PARTY STARTED: In Minneapolis, Richard Meryhew notes city officials are “making plans for Season 2 of the great ‘railgating’ experience.” The experiment, pitched by Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak as “an alternative to more traditional tailgating at Vikings home games, was launched in September to encourage fans to get off the couch” and head downtown to “party along a three-block stretch of 5th Street leading to the Metrodome.” Rybak said that the goal is “to ‘add more sizzle’ to pre-game festivities around the Metrodome in anticipation of the opening of a new Vikings stadium on the site in 2016.” Roughly 30 mobile vendors “had licenses to do business in the city when railgating started,” and that number “doubled” by season's end. Minneapolis Licenses & Consumer Services Department District Supervisor Linda Roberts attributes "the interest and positive energy around railgating" for the spike in licenses. Minneapolis Development Chief Chuck Lutz said that city officials will “tweak the concept next season with an aim toward working more with Warehouse District restaurants to ensure they are part of the experience” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 2/7).