Derek Hillestad
Derek  Hillestad

Director of Operations at TCF Bank Stadium

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Derek Hillestad is the Director of Operations at TCF Bank Stadium with the University of Minnesota and has been in the venue management field for 16 years. Derek joined Minnesota in the fall of 2008 as efforts were underway to bring football back to campus through TCF Bank Stadium, a LEED Silver project (c/o July 2009). Derek ushered in ownership from construction phase and was responsible for developing a staff structure (full-time & part-time), implementing policies, launching a 24/7 security program and developing a green standard with venue operations and engineering. He serves as chief of staff for 3 department heads and a team of 50 students in eight positions within Stadium Operations.

Prior to joining UM Athletics, Derek was in the corporate sector with Spectra as Operations Manager at University of Phoenix Stadium. While in Arizona, Derek was part of the venue opening team (c/o June 2006) and was logistics manager for large-scale events including the Fiesta Bowl, BCS National Championship Game, USA/Mexico Soccer, Super Bowl XLII, Rolling Stones and Kenny Chesney concerts.

Derek has worked in university venues for a total of 14 years, including positions at the University of San Diego and Ball State University. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Sport Management program the University of Minnesota and has worked six Super Bowls.


No. 3 Minnesota Falls to No.1 Nebraska in Five Sets

10/23/2016 - W. Volleyball

Minnesota fell in five sets to No. 1 Nebraska on Sunday afternoon. The Gophers won the first set 26-24, fell in the second and third 25-18, 26-24, tied the match in the fourth 25-22, but ...

Gophers Beat Rutgers 34-32 on Homecoming

10/22/2016 - Football

Emmit Carpenter kicked a 28 yard field goal with six seconds to play as Minnesota beat Rutgers, 34-32, on Homecoming at TCF Bank Stadium.

Gophers Win 2-1 Over Buckeyes

10/22/2016 - W. Ice Hockey

Minnesota earned the road sweep over Ohio State behind goals from Taylor Williamson and Sarah Potomak.

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