Posted by ESPN.com's Adam Rittenberg
As Minnesota prepares to welcome football back to campus at TCF Bank Stadium this fall, the school is also celebrating its last on-campus venue, Memorial Stadium.
Minnesota's library has launched a comprehensive Web site detailing the history of Memorial Stadium, which served as the Gophers' home from 1924-81. Almost every significant milestone in program history, including six national championships, took place at Memorial Stadium.
The site contains original blueprints for the stadium, early photos of the facility, archived game footage (very cool) and pictures of game programs, the marching band and the non-football activities that took place there. Minnesota's move to the Metrodome is also explained, along with letters both advocating and opposing the decision to leave campus in 1982. Fans can also share stories and videos about the stadium. I enjoyed this one in particular.
All in all, a very cool site, so check it out.
Sticking with Minnesota stadiums, colleague Graham Watson writes today that certain schools, including Minnesota, are choosing to invest in their programs despite the tough economic times. Though much of the money for TCF Bank Stadium was raised before the economy tanked, Watson writes that Minnesota expanded its budget by $40 million even after things turned sour.