Stadium Village is a dynamic neighborhood located on the East Bank of the University of Minnesota’s main campus. The neighborhood is centered around the intersection of Oak Street SE and Washington Avenue SE and lies just southeast of Dinkytown.
This largely commercial hub is home to dozens of bars, restaurants and business, all mostly geared toward the student population. The name Stadium Village derives from the old Memorial Stadium, torn down in 1992 and where the McNamara Alumni Center now stands. There are several stadiums in the area today: The Golden Gophers football team plays at the TCF Bank Stadium, Golden Gopher basketball takes place at Williams Arena and the hockey team takes the ice at the Mariucci Arena. Fans can eat and drink at any number of establishments around these stadiums, including Caribou Coffee, Applebee’s, Sally’s Saloon, Ben & Jerry’s and Punch Neapolitan Pizza. A Stadium Village staple is the Stub and Herb’s Drinking and Eating Emporium, which offers cheap drinks and food specials for students as well as a comfortable spot for fans of all ages to recap the games.
Naturally, much of the housing in Stadium Village is student housing. However, in contrast to Dinkytown, Stadium Village offers some luxury student apartments and flats. There are several bus lines and bike lanes that run throughout the neighborhood as well. The expansion of the light rail train has already drastically changed the neighborhood. Central Corridor light rail construction is moving along on schedule and with the addition of a Stadium Village stop, the business district area just west of the campus is expected to grow exponentially.