While there are many collegiate teams in Minneapolis, world-renowned University of Minnesota rises to the top as a prestigious place to attend for athletics and academics. The "U" is the 4thlargest college in the nation (68,000 students), and supports 25 D-1 men’s and women’s sports. The Golden Gophers consistently produce men's and women's teams that compete for titles every year, and are always hosting national events like the Frozen Four and March Madness. Beautiful facilities like the new TCF Bank Stadium (football), Williams Arena (basketball) and Mariucci Arena(hockey) provide the perfect place to watch one of the best collegiate programs in action. Read on below to see what Gopher sports are underway right now in Minneapolis.
Big 10 football is here, and the Minnesota Golden Gophers are ready to stare down what could be one of the most talented divisions in years. Playing in their 4th year at the spacious and gorgeous TCF Bank Stadium, the Jerry Kill-led Gophers football team looks to make a run at Big 10 glory against divisional foes Iowa, Michigan, Northwestern, Nebraska, Indiana, Penn State, Wisconsin and Michigan State (in that order, no less).
Overflowing with talent and experience, the Minnesota Golden Gopher Volleyball team is about to be unleashed on the Big 10 Conference. The nationally-ranked Gophers are chocked-full of All-Big 10 players and electric hitters everywhere on the court. Watch their run for a national title as they defend their ranking in the Sports Pavilion.
The University of Minnesota women's soccer team, who is celebrating its 20th year anniversary this fall, are poised for a big year with nine starters returning along with the return of fifth-year senior Tamara Strahota. The experience on this year's roster is much needed as the Maroon & Gold prepare for arguably their toughest schedule in program history. The Golden Gophers schedule features 12 home games, which is the most regular-season home games in program history, and seven road tests. Minnesota will face a total of five opponents that reached the NCAA Tournament last season.