Know Before You Go: MNUFC2 vs. Chicago Fire II

MLS NEXT Pro Matchday 7: MNUFC2 vs. Chicago Fire II | #MINvCHI
Date: Sunday, May 7, 2023
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: National Sports Center
Broadcast Stream: Apple TV - MLS Season Pass

Patrick Weah heading the ball

Game Central

After six straight road games to start the season, the Twosies have finally returned to Minnesota for their 2023 home opener against Chicago Fire II at the National Sports Center. MNUFC2 started their season on a hot streak with three road wins, but then fell in two close competitions against North Texas SC and Whitecaps FC 2. However, the Twosies have since course corrected and were able to secure a draw against the top team in the Western Conference on the road last weekend. For their next match, MNUFC2 will face Chicago Fire II. The two teams have only met once, when they ended regulation in a 0-0 draw, but the Twosies walked away with the extra point after a thrilling 7:6 penalty shootout win. Currently, Chicago sits in ninth place in the Eastern Conference. Purchase your tickets today at to see which side comes out on top and for the chance to participate in our newly implemented activations and activities. For those who can't make it out to Blaine, the Apple TV MLS Season Pass has you covered. For more information on how to navigate the National Sports Center, read the matchday info below.

New Activations and Activities

Tailgating is back at NSC! While we recommend Lot F for any pre-match fellowship, there is no designated area to stick to. We simply ask that fans who plan to take advantage of this opportunity abide by the following restrictions:

  • No glass
  • No charcoal
  • No feeding any wildlife
  • Trash and recycling must be properly disposed of
  • Alcohol must remain in Lots F and G

Autograph Alley
MNUFC2 players will be signing autographs on their way back to the locker room after the match. Fans that want to score some signatures should meet behind sections 3 and 4 of the seating bowl, where they will be guided down to the autograph area by event staff. Fans of all ages are invited to participate.

Postgame PKs
Once the players have cleared the field after Autograph Alley, fans between the ages of 3 and 15 will have the chance to take a PK on the very same turf that the team plays on. After signing a waiver, participants gathered behind sections 3 and 4 of the seating bowl will be guided down to the field by event staff.

Matchday Info

Free parking at the National Sports Center will be available in Lots F and G and will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Fans should plan to enter the NSC Stadium via the North Gate. There will only be one entry gate available on game day, opening 1 hour prior to kickoff.

Security Screening and Bag Policy
Standard MNUFC screening procedures will be in place for MNUFC2 games at the National Sports Center. Each guest will be subject to walk through a magnetometer, and guests with bags will be asked to open their bags for a brief search. The clear-bag policy will not be enforced at the National Sports Center Stadium. All bags that are 12” x 6” x 12” or smaller will be allowed into the stadium. Guests with diaper bags or medical bags will have their bags checked and then tagged, but will not have size restrictions. There will not be a bag check service available for games played at the National Sports Center. Any guests with non-admissible bags will be asked to return their bags to their car.

Food & Beverage
Grab-and-go concession items will be available for purchase inside the stadium, including chips and peanuts. There will also be beer, soda and water available to pair with your snacks.

Cashless Purchasing
For the safety of those attending matches, all ticket and in-stadium purchases will be conducted in a touchless manner.

Molik Jesse Khan in a recent MNUFC2 match

Matchday Policies

Get the most out of your matchday by learning the dos and the do nots of MNUFC2 games at the National Sports Center.

Social Media

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