Know Before You Go: MNUFC2 vs. Tacoma Defiance


MLS NEXT Pro Matchday 24: MNUFC2 vs. Tacoma Defiance | #MINvTAC
Date: Friday, August 25, 2023
Kickoff: 7:00 p.m. CT
Location: National Sports Center
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MNUFC2 returns to Minnesota to face the Tacoma Defiance for the fourth time in team history this Friday. Tacoma has proven to be a top side in the West, finishing second last season and currently sitting in third with 43 points. Both teams are coming to the National Sports Center fresh off of tightly contested road games. Historically, games between the Minnesota and Washington teams have been decided by either a PK shootout or a single goal in regulation. With five games left in the 2023 season and a tight Western Conference, the Twosies will need to focus on getting a result and staying in the top seven if they want to play postseason soccer. Purchase your tickets today at to see the Twosies under the Friday night lights. For those who can't make it out to Blaine, has you covered. For more information on how to navigate the National Sports Center, read the matchday info below.

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.

TailgatingTailgating 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

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.

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 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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