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.


Big Ten Recognizes 95 Gophers with Academic Honors

3/21/2018 - General Release

The Gophers earned accolades in eight different sports as the winter Academic All-Big Ten winners were announced Wednesday.

Samedy Selected to USA's Collegiate Team

3/21/2018 - W. Volleyball

Freshman opposite hitter Stephanie Samedy (Clermont, Fla.) has been selected to USA Volleyball’s Collegiate National Team as a part of the China Tour, announced today by USA...

Gophers Head to Nebraska to Open B1G Play

3/21/2018 - Baseball

The Gopher Baseball team will head southwest to face the Big Ten Conference's defending regular season champion, Nebraska, to open league play this weekend in a three-game series in Lincoln.

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