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Minnesota’s stadium: The “Ultimate Homecoming” is coming to Crookston
November 4, 2008

Contact: Drew Swain, University News Service, (612) 625-8962


MINNEAPOLIS/ST.PAUL (10/31/2008) – It’s being built with the sweat and elbow grease of Minnesota workers, stone casts of all the state’s county names ring the perimeter and visitors will be greeted by a memorial tribute to all Minnesota veterans -- TCF Bank Stadium truly is Minnesota’s stadium. The University of Minnesota will be visiting Crookston to bring the program, “The Ultimate Homecoming…Everything You Need to Know About the New TCF Bank Stadium” on Thursday Nov. 6.
 
The event starts at noon at the American Legion, 102 S. Ash St., Crookston.
 
A lot has happened since ground was broken for the TCF Bank Stadium in July 2007. The site was cleared, asphalt removed and approximately 50,000 cubic yards of soil removed. Over 2000 piles were then installed, and the foundation poured by the end of 2007.  In January 2008 construction of the steel structure began. 8,800 tons of steel have been erected and assembled to build the stadium frame. Now nine months later, the horseshoe shaped steel frame is almost complete, floors are being poured and the precast seating bowl is being installed.
 
High on the wall above the arches, the names of each of the state’s 87 counties are being engraved in stones that weigh 6500 lbs each. The signs are fabricated in New Ulm, Minnesota by American Artstone. Sports lighting for the Stadium is being installed, and the main scoreboard will be the second largest in all of college sports.
 
The latest information and a virtual tour can be found here:
http://stadium.gophersports.com/
 
“It is truly amazing to watch this stunning structure grow out of the ground before our eyes,” said Margaret Carlson, University of Minnesota Alumni Association CEO. “It’s a majestic process and, when finished, will complete the campus and be a place for all Minnesotans to gather."
 
To see where the tour has been and where it is planning to go, visit: http://www.alumni.umn.edu/UMAA_08-09_Tour.html
 
The Alumni Association is an independent, 64,000 member organization dedicated to connecting alumni, students and friends in lifelong support of the University of Minnesota and each other.