Party on the Plaza Gets Students Ready for Football

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Hundreds of U of M students came to Coffman Memorial Union Friday afternoon for the first-ever "Party on the Plaza" pep rally event to preview Saturday's Gopher Football home opener against New Hampshire.

Students were treated to free food, giveaways and much more, as well as a short presentation featuring Coach Kill, new athletics director Norwood Teague, U of M president Eric Kaler and the U of M Marching Band.

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The proposed bronze statue of Goldy Gopher set to be built in front of Coffman Union on campus.
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"Other Big Ten schools have a great reputation for having great student sections," said Teague to the assembled students. "We've got to get there... It's so important for the university experience and for college football."

"We need you," Kill told those at the union. "Have a great day today and get ready for tomorrow at 11 o'clock!"

Friday also saw the unveiling of the prototype of a 7-foot tall Goldy Gopher bronze statue set to be built in front of Coffman. Paid for via student donations, the Office of Student Unions and Activities is trying to raise $50,000 to erect the landmark. More details on how you can contribute can be found here and via

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