Legendary Gophers broadcaster to make brief return for opener

Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg

Legendary Minnesota broadcaster Ray Christensen will return to the booth to call a series during the Gophers' first game at the new TCF Bank Stadium this fall.

Christensen, who has called approximately 510 Minnesota football games and 1,309 basketball games during a career that spanned five decades, will call the Gophers' first offensive series of the second half Sept. 12 against Air Force.

"We couldn't be more pleased that Ray reacted so positively to our invitation to be part of our first radio broadcast from TCF Bank Stadium," Greg Gerlach, general manager of Gopher Sports Properties, said in a statement. "Ray is so closely identified with the sound of Gopher football. Having broadcast the last game in Memorial Stadium and the first game in the Metrodome, it only made sense to see if he might be willing to take part in this broadcast milestone as well."

Christensen said in a statement that he was "thrilled to be a part of this historic evening." A member of the Minnesota Broadcast Hall of Fame, he retired from full-time broadcasting in 1993 but continued to call Gophers football and basketball games until 2001.

This is a very cool gesture, and Christensen will add to what figures to be an exciting day for the Minnesota program.