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The Cathedrals
DICK FRIEDMAN
August 21, 2012
The stadiums of the Big Ten—the most worshipped spots on campus—blend tradition, smart details and a homey atmosphere to keep fans making their pilgrimages, time and again
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August 21, 2012

The Cathedrals

The stadiums of the Big Ten—the most worshipped spots on campus—blend tradition, smart details and a homey atmosphere to keep fans making their pilgrimages, time and again

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INDELIBLE MOMENT On Nov. 13, 1999, with a 31-yard run, future Heisman winner Ron Dayne broke the NCAA's alltime rushing record (a mark he still holds, with 6,397 yards) as the Badgers secured the conference title with a 41--3 victory over Iowa. They went on to become the first Big Ten team to win back-to-back Rose Bowls.

COLLEGE KNOWLEDGE During the Civil War, the site on which the stadium is built was known as Camp Randall and was used to train more than 70,000 Union troops.

MINNESOTA GOLDEN GOPHERS

TCF BANK STADIUM

CAPACITY 50,805

FIRST GAME Sept. 12, 2009 Minnesota 20, Air Force 13

FIRST-GAME ATTENDANCE 50,805

SIGNATURE FEATURE The scoreboard video screen, made up of more than 4 million LED lights

PATRON SAINT Bronko Nagurski, the only player on any team ever to be named All-America at two positions (fullback and defensive tackle in 1929)

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