The Women’s Professional Soccer League has expanded so rapidly in the area that Minnesota and its border communities now have their own conference. This summer, to celebrate that growth, we’re going to take a road trip to every single home field to do pre and post game interviews, live tweets, and a full game recap. With the season still weeks away, we’re releasing a framework for each road trip with two key assumptions built in:
When are we going?
Pick a day using our handy google sheet with all WPSL games for the Minnesota + Fargo squads.
How are we getting there?
As someone who grew up playing soccer in super rural northern Minnesota, nothing would send be down memory lane like driving several hours for a soccer game. But why not mix it up? According to Google Maps, driving would take 3.5 hours while taking the train (5 hours) and bus (5.5 hours) would take a little longer. But as someone with an Amtrak Guest Rewards credit card, I can tell you that a nice train ride can be tons of fun. You can bring some food and drink. Watch a movie. Read a book. Look at the rural countryside. It’s majestic. Plus, if you’re driving by yourself and dividing the cost of gas by 1 rather than 4, you don’t really save that much by driving.
Still, we’re skipping the train this time in favor of Minnesota-based bus company Jefferson Lines. They have everything. Power outlets. Restrooms. Air conditioning. Reclinable seats. You’re basically traveling like a real life lower league professional soccer player. Plus, it drops you off right downtown in Fargo.
How are we getting around once we’re there?
Did you know that Fargo has a bikeshare program called Great Bikes? Did you know that it only costs $4/hour and would therefore be cheaper than taking a cab or getting a Lyft or Uber? Did you also know that it technically has a twitter account and that twitter account last posted about a Politico article about Russian officials? What a time to be alive.
We’re using Great Bikes because of the paragraph above but also because they have a rack of bikes stationed right by the Jefferson Lines bus stop downtown. We’ll pick one up, use it to get around before and after the game, and return it.
Where are we hanging out for pre-game?
Visit Fargo Moorhead tells me I should go to Junkyard Brewing. It has beers from all over Minnesota and the region. And it’s Moorhead’s only brewery?!
Where are we hanging out for post-game?
After we’ve watched an entertaining game of soccer, we’ll bike back to the west side of the river to see more of downtown before staying over at one of the many available AirBnb’s in the area and catching our bus home the next day.
We’ll need our rest after playing Mario Kart with the Fargo Moorhead West Fargo Chamber of Commerce.
Supporters giving $10/month and up
Chad Flynn & Mary Lahammer
Salvo Soccer Club
Jim & Kristen Gray