Happy 10 years, TCF Bank Stadium!

From the Archivist: Occasional posts related to University history

By Erin George

TCF Bank Stadium. Image courtesy of University Relations Photo Library (photo taken July 10, 2009).
TCF Bank Stadium. Image courtesy of University Relations Photo Library (photo taken July 10, 2009).

The wishes of many Gopher football fans came true Saturday, September 12, 2009 as the opening of TCF Bank Stadium brought football back to campus. The weather was pretty much perfect, and the stadium was a sea of maroon and gold. The Gophers defeated the Air Force Falcons (20 to 13), and the University of Minnesota Archives and Special Collections logo appeared on approximately 5,100 square feet of high-definition video display.

University Libraries Archives & Special Collections on the scoreboard! Photo courtesy of Brenda Oare.
University Libraries Archives & Special Collections on the scoreboard! Photo courtesy of Brenda Oare.

The large-scale recognition came courtesy of University Archives’ work to provide visuals from our collections for a series of “Golden Moments” videos to be shown during home football games. The jumbotron shout-out was also a nod to the just-launched digital exhibit Brickhouse: Memorial Stadium, 1924-1992.

Home page for the digital exhibit Brickhouse: Memorial Stadium, 1924-1992 online at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu.
Home page for the digital exhibit Brickhouse: Memorial Stadium, 1924-1992 online at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu.

With the Stadium’s demolition in 1992, memories of its revered place on campus were fading, for some.

As the exhibit explains, “In 2008, while watching enthusiasm grow as TCF Bank Stadium came to life, an inspired group of University Libraries staff explored how the rich archival resources (of University Archives) and the digital technology expertise of the Libraries could be channeled to capture and share the history of Memorial Stadium.”

The Brickhouse site launched in August 2009, an opportune moment to honor Memorial Stadium’s history as TCF Bank Stadium was set to open. And to capitalize on that moment, Libraries staff showcased the Memorial Stadium site at the University’s State Fair building, at the Celebrate U! and Ultimate Homecoming events, and at an open house for a companion exhibit at Elmer L. Andersen Library.

Brickhouse exhibit bookmarks (Interested in having a set of four? Contact University Archives and we’ll be glad to mail you a set.)
Brickhouse exhibit bookmarks (Interested in having a set of four? Contact University Archives and we’ll be glad to mail you a set.)

Fans, students, alumni, and community members have gotten to know TCF Bank Stadium over the last 10 years, and those same groups have regularly visited the Brickhouse site, spending time becoming acquainted (or re-acquainted) with the story of Memorial Stadium. The football games, the Marching Band performances, the scientific experiments, the track meets, and the commencement ceremonies made the Brickhouse an essential piece of University history.

Memorial Stadium under construction, 1924, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/202
Memorial Stadium under construction, 1924, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/202.
Full transcript of Albert McClure Welles’s address at the laying of the cornerstone on June 17, 1924, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/286.
Full transcript of Albert McClure Welles’s address at the laying of the cornerstone on June 17, 1924, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/286.
Women’s Track Field Day at Memorial Stadium depicted in the 1927 Gopher Yearbook, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/483
Women’s Track Field Day at Memorial Stadium depicted in the 1927 Gopher Yearbook, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/483.
Memorial Stadium postcard, 1928, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/163
Memorial Stadium postcard, 1928, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/163.
Cellophane Stratosphere Balloon Experiment by Dr. Jean Piccard, June 24, 1936, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/344
Cellophane Stratosphere Balloon Experiment by Dr. Jean Piccard, June 24, 1936, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/344.
Aerial View of Memorial Stadium and surrounding buildings, 1937, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/200
Aerial View of Memorial Stadium and surrounding buildings, 1937, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/200.
1941 Heisman Trophy winner and Golden Gopher All-American Bruce Smith, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/135
1941 Heisman Trophy winner and Golden Gopher All-American Bruce Smith, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/135.
University Commencement Ceremony in Memorial Stadium, 1954, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/413
University Commencement Ceremony in Memorial Stadium, 1954, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/413.
Golden Gophers celebrating a victory against Iowa (and hoisting the Floyd of Rosedale trophy), available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/92.
Golden Gophers celebrating a victory against Iowa at home in 1962 (and hoisting the Floyd of Rosedale trophy), available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/92.
High School Band Day with University Marching Band in block “M” formation, 1975, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/46 (And who is that at the 50-yard line enjoying the performance?)
High School Band Day with University Marching Band in block “M” formation, 1975, available at http://brickhouse.lib.umn.edu/items/show/46 (And who is that at the 50-yard line enjoying the performance?).

 

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Erin George is the University Archives Research Services Archivist. To learn more about the University of Minnesota Archives, please visit www.lib.umn.edu/uarchives.

 

 

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