It’s unusually quiet on what would normally be one of the busiest days of the year, with people outside tailgating in the surrounding parking lots near the U.S Bank Stadium in Downtown Minneapolis.
“In general, I would say Downtown just doesn’t have any traffic anymore, ever since March,” says Cindy Harrison, who owns Sawatdee Thai Restaurant.
Harrison owns Sawatdee Thai Restaurant, right across from the US Bank Stadium. Her family has been in business for more than thirty years, but she says this years’ Vikings season opener is out of the norm.
“Even on the cold days the Vikings fans are out tailgating, and obviously not today,” says Harrison.
The Vikings announced there will be no tailgating during the 2020 season – due to COVID-19. Harrison says it’s another blow for businesses struggling to survive. “We hope people will come. We have some outdoor seating and a really large dining room so social distancing is really easy in our location,” says Harrison.