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U of M TCF Bank Stadium unveils first county signs

Three-ton tributes recognize support of all Minnesota citizens

Media Note: To obtain an image of the county signs contact Ryan Mathre at mathre@umn.edu

Contacts: Ryan Mathre, University News Service, (612) 625-0552

May 27, 2008

To recognize that the future home of the Golden Gophers is a statewide facility and to pay tribute to the support of all Minnesota citizens, the names of each of the 87 state counties will be cast in stone around the perimeter of TCF Bank Stadium’s first level. To mark the installation of the first of these signs, a media event will be held at 2 p.m. Thursday, May 29 at the stadium site, 2009 University Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

Media check-in will be at the 23rd Ave. S.E. gate between 6th Street and University Avenue, from 1:30-2:00 p.m. U of M athletics director Joel Maturi and other university and stadium officials will be available to answer questions after the county sign unveiling.

Each county’s name will be engraved in a piece of cast stone that is 16' by 5'4" and weighs 6500 lbs. The signs will be placed within the Memorial Wall, which forms the exterior wall of the stadium building.

The May 29th event will include the installation of the Pope, Ramsey, Red Lake, Redwood and Renville county signs. Up to ten signs will be placed each month during the next ten months until all signs are installed by March of 2009.

New Ulm-based American Artstone is producing the county signs. More than 85 percent of the construction projects for the stadium have been awarded to Minnesota-based firms. Minneapolis-based M.A. Mortenson Company is the project’s general contractor.

In addition to the unveiling of the first county signs, an announcement will be made regarding the statewide tour in which the university will visit all 87 counties in Minnesota over the next 15 months. The first statewide tour event will include appearances by Coach Tim Brewster, Goldy, the U of M marching band and cheerleaders and will be held from 2:00-3:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 3, at the Highland Park Dairy Queen, 1959 Ford Pkwy., Saint Paul.

Stadium Construction Update
Erection of the steel stadium structure has been underway for several months and masonry work on the exterior of the building has begun. The Stadium will be fully enclosed by fall 2008 when interior finishing will begin. The TCF Bank Stadium is slated for completion in July 2009 and will open for the first Gopher football game of the season on September 12, 2009.

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