Kansas City firm chosen to design Gophers' new stadium

  • Article by: MIKE KAZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: June 8, 2006 - 10:38 AM

The University of Minnesota today announced that it has selected HOK Sport of Kansas City to design the Gophers' new on-campus football stadium that was approved by the Legislature last month.

"We believe HOK is an ideal firm tohelp create a facility that renews our big 10 football traditions and meshes with the campus and our neighborhoods," University President Robert Bruininks said in a statement released this morning.

HOK Sport has designed several high profile sports facilities across the country, including Major League Baseball's Jacobs Field in Cleveland and Camden Yards in Baltimore and the new Arizona Cardinals pro football stadium in Phoenix.

The company has also worked with football programs at the collegiate level, including Penn State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, the University of Florida, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Alabama.

Construction of the Gophers facility, which will be called TCF Bank Stadium, will begin this summer; the stadium is scheduled to open in 2009. The university's football team has been playing at the Metrodome since 1982.

Today's announcement was made at the university's board of regents meeting on campus.

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