Oct. 3, 2012
University of Minnesota director of athletics Norwood Teague announced today that Gopher Sports will partner with Kansas City-based design firm POPULOUS to develop a master plan for athletic department facilities.
Once completed, the master plan will provide Gopher Sports with a facilities blueprint for the next five to 15 years that helps prioritize the department's facility needs.
"POPULOUS is one of the major players in the athletic facilities design and planning industry and we are pleased to announce this new partnership," said Teague. "Their work on TCF Bank Stadium was outstanding and I look forward to working with them on producing this critical document."
According to Teague, representatives from POPULOUS will begin digging in on the project over the next month, with the final document scheduled to be completed by early spring.
Gopher Sports previously collaborated with POPULOUS on the design and construction of TCF Bank Stadium, which was completed in 2009.
Since inception in 1983, Populous has grown into the world's leading design firm dedicated exclusively to creating environments that draw people and communities together, from stadiums to special events. The firm has completed more than 1,000 projects around the globe with construction value exceeding $29 billion. Populous has worked with 130 universities, 40 convention center clients, 80 professional and civic arena clients, 24 Major League Baseball franchises, 30 NFL franchises, 40 global soccer and rugby teams, 29 equestrian clients and has planned more than 30 major worldwide events.
About University of Minnesota Athletics
An NCAA Division I affiliate and proud member of the Big Ten Conference and the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), the University of Minnesota Department of Athletics is one of the nation's premier intercollegiate sports programs. Located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Gopher Athletics sponsors more than 700 student-athletes competing in 25 sports and is a consistent top-25 finisher in the annual Learfield Directors' Cup standings. Winners of 24 national championships and 178 regular season Big Ten and WCHA championships since beginning intercollegiate competition in 1876, Minnesota Athletics also boasts a proud academic tradition and has produced 101 Academic All-Americans. To learn more about Gopher Athletics, please visit www.gophersports.com.