Wednesday, June 2, 2010

New TCF Bank Stadium

Target Field isn't the only new stadium to the Twin Cities. The Minnesota Golden Gophers just completed their first football season back on campus in another open-air stadium. Minnesota played their last game in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome against Iowa to conclude the 2008 season. The Hawkeyes won that game 55-0.

The Gophers did a nice job of blending the nature of Minnesota with their history. Surrounding the stadium are all the counties of the state etched into the side and a small stream and waterfall is located outside the north end zone plaza area.
The Gophers haven't been on-campus since the 1981 season and TCF Bank is very much part of the Minnesota campus. Located only a few blocks from the heart of campus, it is also across the street from many local restaurants and bars.
The north end zone plaza is very open to those walking by. The stadium's capacity is just over 50,000.

Not only is TCF Bank Stadium close to campus, but it is also across the street from two of the Gophers other athletic facilities. Home to the hoops team, Williams Arena sits just to the north while...

...Hockey's Mariucci's Arena is also on the north side, across the street from Williams Arena.

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