TCF Bank Stadium

A timeline for TCF Bank Stadium

  • Updated: March 23, 2011 - 4:26 PM

A TIMELINE FOR TCF BANK STADIUM

December 1999

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.

NOVEMBER 2000

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.

DECEMBER 2001

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.

JANUARY 2002

An 18-member legislative stadium task force recommends building two stadiums: one for the Twins, one shared by the Gophers and Vikings.

NOVEMBER 2002

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.

DECEMBER 2002

U of M President Robert Bruininks says the university should explore building its own stadium.

MARCH 2005

The university gains a lead donor for the stadium when it reached a $35 million naming rights deal with TCF Financial Corp.

MAY 2006

After the stadium bill stalled in 2005, the Legislature approves a new on-campus football stadium. Estimated cost is $248 million.

SEPTEMBER 2006

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.

DECEMBER 2006

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.

JANUARY 2007

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.

JUNE 2007

Gophers break ground on TCF Bank Stadium.

JANUARY 2008

First steel rises from the ground at stadium site.

FEBRUARY 2008

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.

APRIL 2008

First brick is laid at the stadium site.

FALL 2008

Scoreboards and lighting installed. Exterior work completed.

MAY/JUNE 2009

Playing surface installed.

JULY 2009

University takes occupancy of TCF Bank Stadium.

SEPT. 12 2009

First game at TCF Bank Stadium.

DENNIS BRACKIN

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(20) Kansas State 14
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Old Dominion 9/20/14 11:00 AM
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(11) Michigan State
Iowa 9/20/14 11:00 AM
Pittsburgh
Bowling Green 9/20/14 11:00 AM
(19) Wisconsin
Maryland 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Syracuse
Tulane 9/20/14 11:30 AM
Duke
Hawaii 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Colorado
Marshall 9/20/14 1:00 PM
Akron
North Carolina 9/20/14 2:30 PM
East Carolina
Army 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Wake Forest
Virginia 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(21) BYU
(6) Texas A&M 9/20/14 2:30 PM
SMU
Rutgers 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Navy
Central Mich 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Kansas
Utah 9/20/14 2:30 PM
Michigan
Florida 9/20/14 2:30 PM
(3) Alabama
Louisville 9/20/14 2:30 PM
FIU
Fla Atlantic 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Wyoming
Indiana 9/20/14 3:00 PM
(18) Missouri
San Jose St 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Minnesota
Texas State 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Illinois
Massachusetts 9/20/14 3:00 PM
Penn State
Georgia State 9/20/14 5:00 PM
Washington
Appalachian St 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Southern Miss
Miss State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
(8) LSU
Northern Ill 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas
Middle Tennessee 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Memphis
Utah State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Arkansas State
Miami-Ohio 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Cincinnati
Idaho 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Ohio U
Ball State 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Toledo
(14) So Carolina 9/20/14 6:30 PM
Vanderbilt
(4) Oklahoma 9/20/14 6:30 PM
West Virginia
Ga Southern 9/20/14 6:30 PM
South Alabama
UNLV 9/20/14 7:00 PM
Houston
(22) Clemson 9/20/14 7:00 PM
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Miami-Florida 9/20/14 7:00 PM
(24) Nebraska
New Mexico 9/20/14 7:00 PM
New Mexico St
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Arizona
Louisiana 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Boise State
(2) Oregon 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Washington St
San Diego St 9/20/14 9:30 PM
Oregon State
Texas Tech 9/25/14 6:30 PM
(25) Oklahoma State
Appalachian St 9/25/14 6:30 PM
Ga Southern
(12) UCLA 9/25/14 9:00 PM
(15) Arizona State
Colorado 9:00 PM
Real Salt Lake
Toronto 9:00 PM
Brt Columbia
Edmonton 9/20/14 6:00 PM
Hamilton
Calgary 9/21/14 12:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 9/21/14 3:00 PM
Saskatchewan
Montreal 9/26/14 6:00 PM
Ottawa
Saskatchewan 9/26/14 9:00 PM
Edmonton
Hamilton 9/27/14 5:30 PM
Winnipeg
Brt Columbia 9/27/14 8:30 PM
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