Welcome Back, Gophers!

The Bank (Aug. 22, 2009)
After 28 years, Minnesota finally corrects a mistake — Golden Gopher football is back on campus! And back on campus in style. I never made it to a game at old Memorial Stadium; I was too young to go growing up in Austin, Minn. Even then, I never understood why it was a good idea to move it off campus to a place so antiseptic as the HHH Metrodome. If a grade-schooler could figure it out 28 years ago, what were grown adults thinking? Chances are they were people who didn’t understand sports — and who didn’t want to spend money to keep up Memorial Stadium. Big Mistake.

After years of traveling around the country, TCF Bank Stadium is, for my money, one of the best college football facilities in the country. While it will take years to accumulate the tradition of the Big House in Ann Arbor, Neyland Stadium in Knoxville, or The Swamp in Gainesville, “The Bank” should be the place to be on football Saturdays in Minnesota, selling out and helping the University of Minnesota much like the Xcel Energy Center helped facilitate the early success of the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. The “X” is just the place to be in the winter; The Bank will be the place to in the Fall.

The Bank -- 2007

The Bank -- 2007

The Bank -- 2009

The Bank -- 2009

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