Memorial Stadium also known as the "Brick House" was the home of Minnesota Golden Gophers football from 1924 until 1981. Before playing in Memorial Stadium the Gophers had played at Northrop Field, and starting in 1982 the Gophers have played their home games in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome.
During that span the team won six national championships including three consecutive (1934-1936). The championship years were 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941 and 1960. The official capacity of the stadium during the 1970s was listed as 56,652. The stadium seated approximately 66,000 people with additional temporary bleachers, although many of the seats were far away from the field. The stadium-record attendance was 66,284 against Purdue on November 18, 1966.
Memorial stadium also served as the track and field venue for the University of Minnesota teams, and due to a conflict with a Minnesota Twins playoff game at Metropolitan Stadium, the NFL's Minnesota Vikings played a 1969 regular season game against the Green Bay Packers at Memorial Stadium.
Memorial Stadium served as the anchor for Stadium Village, a small commercial area at the Southeast portion of the Twin Cities campus.
Pressured by downtown Minneapolis business interests and athletic boosters, the school elected to move out of the stadium to the Metrodome about two miles away during the spring of 1982. Athletic director Paul Giel cited the advantages of recruiting by playing in a new NFL venue. Also, the attendance was expected to go up with protection from harsh late fall weather.
On May 20, 2006, the Minnesota state legislature passed a bill providing funding for a new stadium on the University campus. The projected completion date for the new stadium will be fall of 2009. The original Memorial Stadium site could not be used, due to the construction of the aquatic and alumni centers, so the new stadium site will be located about 3 blocks from where Memorial Stadium once stood. Once completed, the new stadium will be called TCF Bank Stadium.
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