Thursday, April 20, 2006

New Digs for the Golden Gophers?

What does $248 million buy these days? For the University of Minnesota, it's a new 50,000-seat campus stadium. The Golden Gophers have called the Metrodome, located off-campus in downtown Minneapolis, their home since 1983. Moving to the Metrodome seemed like a good idea at the time because Memorial Stadium, which opened in 1924, was showing its age, and less than 40% of the students lived on campus. Today, about 65% of the more than 50,000 students live on campus. Minnesota's goal is have the proposed facility — already named TCF Bank Stadium — open for the 2009 season. Some hurdles remain and this is an ambitious goal for the university, especially when you factor in that the Vikings and Twins also want new stadiums. We want to thank reader Kevin for sending us links (here, here and here) to renditions of the proposed TCF Bank Stadium (some registration).

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