When university officials brainstormed about what its new stadium should look like, a vision emerged: A mix of past and future, a look evoking a traditional college setting, a homage to its home state. They succeeded on all counts. Updated Mar. 23, 2011
The Gophers return to campus with the opening of their new football stadium.
An interactive graphic previewing the new TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
Former Gophers football players
Fans will come when the place is new. But unless the team can succeed on the field, the building won't be enough to draw crowds down the road.
Though they've yet to see TCF Bank Stadium in person, players and coaches in the Big Ten offered a big thumbs-up to the venue change.
The U expected an annual revenue boost of $2.5 million from TCF Bank Stadium. However, going alcohol-free could trim $1 million from the total.