TCF Bank Stadium was built on the University of Minnesota Campus as the new home for the Golden Gophers football team. It’s already the 4th stadium on campus, however the only one able to hold as many as 50,000 people on a regular basis.
Initially it was supposed to be built as a joint venture with NFL’s Minnesota Vikings but the two entities couldn’t agree on a mutual concept. For that reason the stadium was built largely with the university and state funding.
The stadium has a distinctive horseshoe shape with nearly rectangular stands and oval outer form. The open west end faces the campus and welcomes fans, while also giving an overview of the Minneapolis downtown. The main south side is partly covered, though very modestly indeed.
The building was designed with potential expansion in mind, exactly where you’d imagine it: the open west end. Once enclosed, this might add up to 30,000 people, depending on layout and with potential additions in other sections as well.
Tenant: Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA)