Posts Tagged ‘TCF Bank Stadium


goldy ain’t too proud to beg!

Seantrel Henderson (second from left) along with his dad, Sean (furthest left), get a personal appeal from Goldy Gopher at the Minnesota – South Dakota State football game last Saturday at TCF Bank Stadium. The Gophers won, 16-13, but were repeated visits throughout the season by Seantrel, the Cretin-Derham Hall star offensive lineman who’s’s No. 1 high school football prospect in the country, enough to sway him to go to Minnesota?

Getting noticed by people is something Seantrel has had to adjust to. In a recent interview with me, Seantrel admitted his amazement at how technology played a part in being recognized by the fans on his recruiting trip to Ohio State in September: “It’s funny how technology works because everybody already knew who I am and who the other recruits were. So everybody was just screaming everybody’s name… screaming my name saying, ‘Come to Ohio State’… things like that. I didn’t know that everybody knew me like that. That kind of hit me a little bit.”

Seantrel has a few more visits left. This weekend he’s scheduled to take an unofficial trip to Iowa City to see the Iowa – Minnesota contest. Official visits include trips to USC on Dec. 5 and Florida Dec. 12. Good time to enjoy nice weather, Seantrel. Oklahoma was on his in his final five (Florida, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Oklahoma and USC) plus one (Minnesota), but trip date has been set yet.


Video on the TCF Bank Stadium Experience

This is a short multimedia piece I did on the experience at the University of Minnesota’s new football stadium, TCF Bank Stadium, aka, The Bank. I combined audio (which supplies the narrative) with video and still pictures.


Gophers Locker Room Reception

Reception 1
Thanks to Gophers Coach Brewster for allowing the sports marketing folks at the University of Minnesota to turn his team’s locker room into a bar/reception area Monday evening. Coach Brew was even kind enough to stop by to speak with corporate season ticket holders who came to see the new stadium — and his team’s spacious locker room at The Bank.

The Gophers locker room was quite impressive. I think it’s probably the size of a small ice hockey rink. (I’m not kidding.) And the photography that adorns the walls is superb. Actually, the University of Minnesota has always had good sports photography as long as I can remember. If you can’t get inside the Gopher’s locker room, check out the photos in the lobby at the Radisson University on the University’s East Bank or the Applebee’s inside and you’ll see what I mean.

Reception 2

Combined with Williams Arena, Mariucci Arena, the University Acquatic Center and the new TCF Bank Stadium, the University of Minnesota probably has some of the best sports facilities in the country. Of course, the sporting public expects you to win. That’s all!
Reception 3


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