TCF Bank Stadium
TCF Bank Stadium is located in Minneapolis, Minnesota and is home to the Minnesota Golden Gophers at the University or Minnesota. It first opened in 2009 and cost $288.5 million. It has a stadium capacity of 50,805 people but it can be expandable to 80,000 people. It was also home to the Minnesota Vikings for the 2014 and 2015 seasons while their new stadium was being built.
Backstory and Context
When the stadium opened it was the newest stadium in the Big Ten since 1960. The stadium was first proposed in 2000 but the state did not approve it until 2006. The Golden Gophers played their first game there on September 12, 2009 where they beat Air Force 20-13. The field is still currently being used by the Golden Gophers.
The stadium has 37 suites, 57 large boxes, 250 indoor club seats. It took 1.3 million on-site work hours to complete the stadium. There are over 4 million LED lights in the scoreboard which is one of the biggest scoreboards in college sports. It also has 7,500 light fixtures and over 350 LED TVs.
TCF Bank Stadium was the temporary home of the Minnesota Vikings for the 2014 and 2015 NFL seasons. They played here while their new stadium was being built. They moved here from the Metrodome after the 2013 season. The Vikings had an 11-5 record at TCF Bank Stadium in the two seasons they played here.
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