“I can’t listen to that M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A chant one. more. time.”

That’s our Matt, born and raised a staunch UND Fighting Sioux fan. Groomed to despise the Gopher hockey team. So even though his Sioux football squad does not play the Gophers, it was torture to listen to the U of M chant while at a Gopher football game on a perfect autumn afternoon. And, the Gophers scored early and often, so Matty’s ears were blazing.

TCF Bank Stadium, aka “The Bank” and “The Gopher Hole” is a beautiful venue, shimmied in on the West Bank near Williams Arena and Mariucci Arena. Gorgeous views of the River, vibrant Stadium Village and other U of M landmarks. It’s on the former Memorial Stadium site, so there’s a nice rich sense of history. It’s a horseshoe design, and can accommodate future expansion (when the maroon and gold starts winning more, more often to justify it…).

Smile, Sioux fan.

Ironically (or not), the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux agreed to donate $10 million to the stadium, the U matched parts of that and created an endowment for scholarships to go to Native American and low-income U of M students. A respectful plaza commemorates the “history, presence and cultural contributions of all 11 tribes in Minnesota.” Interesting. Our state’s history with Native Americans is complicated and definitely not proud. All Minnesota counties are represented on the stadium exterior, including ours:

Our seats were comfy, especially when we added some Sioux padding.

It was a great game on a day perfectly designed for football.

QB MarQueis Gray romped.

It was a great way to spend part of a Saturday. On our way out of the stadium, we spotted Mariucci Arena. “How long until hockey season?” Matt asked. Not long, buddy. And hopefully we won’t hear that annoying chant much at all this winter.

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