A TIMELINE FOR TCF BANK STADIUM
The drumbeat starts. Gophers football coach Glen Mason, fresh off an 8-4 season, and interim men's AD Tom Moe begin lobbying for a new on-campus stadium, as well as a contract extension for Mason.
The interim is removed from Moe's title, and he insists a new stadium is needed for the Gophers to compete with Big Ten rivals. The Vikings show interest in teaming with the university in building a facility used by both teams.
Moe says that because the Legislature likely will fund only one new football stadium, the Gophers and Vikings again are discussing building a stadium to share. The AD says his preference is that the stadium be on campus.
An 18-member legislative stadium task force recommends building two stadiums: one for the Twins, one shared by the Gophers and Vikings.
The Vikings reject a 32-acre stadium site proposed by university officials as too small and congested. The pro team says it will pursue its own stadium site.
U of M President Robert Bruininks says the university should explore building its own stadium.
The university gains a lead donor for the stadium when it reached a $35 million naming rights deal with TCF Financial Corp.
After the stadium bill stalled in 2005, the Legislature approves a new on-campus football stadium. Estimated cost is $248 million.
University officials hold a ceremonial groundbreaking at the stadium site near S.E. 4th and Oak streets. One of the speakers is football coach Mason.
Mason, one of the first to lobby for a new stadium, is fired as Gophers coach after a 44-41 overtime loss to Texas Tech in the Insight Bowl.
Regents approve a $39.8 million increase in the price of the new stadium, bringing the cost to $288.5 million. ... Tim Brewster is named football coach.
Gophers break ground on TCF Bank Stadium.
First steel rises from the ground at stadium site.
University season-ticket holders receive news that there will be a priority seating system for the new stadium, which will result in fans paying additional money for the best seats.
First brick is laid at the stadium site.
Scoreboards and lighting installed. Exterior work completed.
Playing surface installed.
University takes occupancy of TCF Bank Stadium.
SEPT. 12 2009
First game at TCF Bank Stadium.