• TCF Bank Stadium is the first Big Ten Stadium constructed since 1960.
• TCF Bank Stadium was designed as an open-air, horseshoe-shaped bowl with a collegiate look and feel. The stadium is oriented to take advantage of the views of downtown Minneapolis.
• The brick façade and arches resemble that of Minnesota’s previous on-campus football venue, Memorial Stadium, which hosted its final game on Nov. 21, 1981.
• The overall cost to build TCF Bank Stadium is $288.5 million. The University has exceeded its initial fund-raising goal of $86 million.
• Construction began on TCF Bank Stadium on July 11, 2007. It took over 1.3 million work hours to complete the project by July 1, 2009.
• The main high definition video measures approximately 48 feet high by 108 feet wide and boasts Daktronics HD-16 technology.
• The main video board screen is made up of more than four million LED lights that if placed end to end would extend for 47.5 miles.
• At the project’s peak, 750 construction workers were working on TCF Bank Stadium.
• The design of TCF Bank Stadium allows for potential expansion to 80,000 seats.
• There are approximately 25,000 seats with permanent chairbacks. All seats between the goal lines have permanent chairbacks.
• TCF Bank Stadium includes 1,000 handicap accessible and companion seats. Accessible seating is located throughout the stadium, including in the first row of the first level, the last row of the first level and the last row of the second level.
• The height of TCF Bank Stadium is 133 feet from the playing surface to the top of the press box.
• There are 113 restrooms in TCF Bank Stadium.
• TCF Bank Stadium has 10 network TV camera positions and seating for 165 members of the media.
• In excess of 8,800 tons of structural steel was used in the project, with 97 percent recycled steel.
• TCF Bank Stadium contains 24,000 yards of cast-in-place concrete, which is enough concrete to pour a four-inch thick, five-foot wide sidewalk from Minneapolis to Rochester, Minn. (74 miles).
• The masonry includes 525,000 units of concrete block and 760,000 units of full and thin brick.
• There is 72,753 SF or approximately 1.7 acres of glass in TCF Bank Stadium, enough to cover more than 1.25 football fields.
• There are a total of 9,185 Minnesota Block “M”s in TCF Bank Stadium.
• TCF Bank Stadium has 12 elevators, two sets of escalators and 12 flights of stairs.
• There are 2,020,000 feet of cable in TCF Bank Stadium for telecom, broadcast, sound, fire alarm and security systems (382 miles)
• TCF Bank Stadium has 2,210,000 feet of electrical wire/cable for power, the equivalent of 418 miles.
• There is 900,000 square feet of finished space in TCF Bank Stadium.
• TCF Bank Stadium contains 7,500 light fixtures.
• The computer-controlled field lighting system at TCF Bank Stadium is comprised 268 1,500-watt fixtures. The entire field lighting system uses 420 kilowatts per hour when fully illuminated.
• TCF Bank Stadium has 350 LCD televisions.
• The sound system at TCF Bank Stadium includes 799 speakers with an approximate maximum wattage of 329,400 watts.
Golden Gopher Football has returned to campus for the first time since 1981. The construction of the $288.5 million facility brings an important, symbolic center of campus life. The stadium has a capacity of 50,805 and is expandable to 80,000.
With the opening of TCF Bank Stadium on campus in 2009, Minnesota becomes the first Big Ten program in nearly 50 years to have a brand new on-campus stadium. While many of them have undergone significant renovations, Minnesota is the only Big Ten institution with a completely new facility. TCF Bank Stadium is also the first Division I stadium built from scratch since Stanford opened a new stadium in 2006 and Pittsburgh and Connecticut added new off-campus stadiums in 2001. Only two on-campus stadiums will have been built by a BCS Conference school since West Virginia and Syracuse constructed
new fields in 1980. Louisville built Papa John’s Stadium on-campus in 1998 while it was a member of the non-BCS Conference USA.
Gopher Alum and Super Bowl Champion Coach Tony Dungy
"This stadium is unbelievable. Being on campus is special – that’s where it should be. The way it’s been built – all the amenities – I think it’s going to be a place that the players are going to be proud of. They’re going to want to defend that home turf. The students and fans are really going to enjoy it, and it’s going to bring more people back to enjoy campus, which is what Saturday afternoons are all about."
– NFL Legend Tony Dungy
"To see an on campus facility that will give the University of Minnesota a chance to compete not only in the Big Ten but nationally for some of the best athletes, it’s great for the university, it’s great for the program and it’s great for the Twin Cities. I’m glad to see them get it done."
– Former All-Pro wide receiver Cris Carter
"I think it’s great that these guys are going the opportunity to play in an outdoor stadium. It’s great for the college game and it’s great for the fans. It’s a beautiful stadium. Another thing is the locker room. The Green Bay locker room is supposed to be one of the best locker rooms in sports. TCF Bank Stadium’s locker room is phenomenal. It’s a first-class locker room. They knocked Green Bay down to second class."
– NFL wide receiver Greg Jennings, Green Bay Packers
"I know the kids are really going to appreciate this. TCF Bank Stadium is state of the art. I’ve been in NFL locker rooms and nothing I’ve seen compares to this. This is a beautiful facility."
– Former Gopher and NFL star Marion Barber Jr.
Another reason to get excited about outdoor football at TCF Bank Stadium is the tremendous fall weather in Minneapolis. Over the last six years, the average gameday temperature for Minnesota home games has been a comfortable 64.3 degrees.
More On The Weather
The four-year average for the first three Saturdays of November over the last four years is 46.6 degrees. If you want to play in the Super Bowl and go through the playoffs, you will have to play in the cold. The following compares late season average temperatures (December and January) in similar NFL Cities:
• Green Bay: 15.5°
• Chicago: 23.5°
• Cleveland: 27.7°
• Buffalo: 34.3°
• Pittsburgh: 34.9°
• New York: 37.3°