University of Minnesota selects HOK Sport to design new TCF Bank Stadium
Contacts: David Ruth, University News Service, (612) 624-1690
MINNEAPOLIS / ST. PAUL (06/08/2006) —University of Minnesota officials announced today that HOK Sport of Kansas City, Mo., will design the new TCF Bank Stadium. The announcement was made during the Board of Regents monthly meeting at the McNamara Alumni Center on the university's Twin Cities campus.
In addition to designing some of the most highly-touted sports facilities in the nation, including Jacobs Field in Cleveland, Camden Yards in Baltimore and the new Arizona Cardinals stadium in Phoenix, HOK Sport is well established in collegiate football facility design, as well. The firm has worked with football programs at Penn State, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech, the University of Florida, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Alabama.
"We believe HOK is an ideal firm to help create a facility that renews our Big Ten football traditions and meshes with the campus and our neighborhoods," University of Minnesota President Robert Bruininks said. "We're excited to have them on board to help build the first new stadium in our conference in nearly 50 years."
"Opportunities don't come along very often to design a new football stadium on a major American college campus," said Scott Radecic, HOK Sport senior principal. "We are honored and genuinely excited to participate in the design of a new fan experience for the Big Ten Conference and the proud Golden Gophers program."
Construction of TCF Bank Stadium will begin this summer, with the goal of opening in 2009. Gopher football will be returning to campus after playing in the Metrodome since 1982.