Recently they have built a new $zillion dollar stadium for the Minneasota Gophers. The U of M is an urban campus - not a lot of extra space. What was left of surface lots now sits the stadium.

The Strib states: Small business owners near TCF Bank Stadium hoped to charge for parking spots on Gopher game days. But city licensing officials said no Local merchants tried selling parking on game days. Read what happend to them:

"Everyone was excited, but it's turned into a fiasco," said Darrin Mercil, who manages Campus Auto Repair, a family business since 1936. "My dad has sold game-day parking for decades, but now we're running into a big stone wall, and it's not pretty."

The bureaucratic tangle involves two city ordinances. The first requires businesses to obtain a license to sell parking spots. But when several of these smaller, family-run businesses headed over to City Hall to apply, they were told they don't qualify.

That's because a long-term neighborhood plan, approved two years ago by the Minneapolis City Council, established something called a Transit Station Area Pedestrian Oriented Overlay District. The idea was to get cars and parking lots out of the area to make way for more bicycles, walkers and light rail in 2014.

But with 50,000 people swarming in and out of the area to attend games, business owners say their optimism has turned into a lose-lose situation. Take the case of Tech Huy Ung, whose family has owned the popular U Garden Chinese restaurant for nearly 17 years on University Avenue.

At the first game, he braced for an onslaught of customers. None showed up, fearing traffic snarls. So, for the second game Sept. 19, he charged $25 to let customers park and receive a gift certificate for a free meal any time. City licensing inspectors photographed him waving cars into his 60 spaces and issued two warnings....