An artist rendering of the on-campus Gopher stadium.
Legislature considers support for Gopher stadium
by Ann Freeman
From eNews, April 29, 2004
As the legislature turns its attention toward stadium requests from the Twins and the Vikings, the University's own request for state support is receiving increased attention. The University is asking the legislature to pass a bill this session to support an on-campus Gopher stadium, which would enhance the University's ability to raise private funds and begin work on the project. On Monday, April 26, the House Taxes Committee responded favorably to the University's stadium proposal. University president Bob Bruininks, vice president Richard Pfutzenreuter, football coach Glen Mason, athletics director Joel Maturi, and Minnesota Student Association president Eric Dyer gave brief presentations about the project's value and its responsible financing plan. "Athletics complements the University's academic mission and priorities," says Maturi. "Bringing Gopher football home is an incredible opportunity to reenergize campus life, strengthen intercollegiate athletics, and bring pride to the state. We need a partnership with the state to make this goal a reality."
Now's a good time as any to demonstrate your support for bringing a Gopher stadium back to campus. Sign a petition at www.umn.edu/stadium or contact your legislator to encourage the state to make a commitment to the University this session.
"The legislature has an important role to play in resolving our stadium issue and time is of the essence," says University president Bob Bruininks. "We're proposing to fund-raise a substantial share of the cost and we cannot raise private money without state commitment--we don't need the funding this year, but we do need the commitment."
To locate your legislator, visit the U's district finder.