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The University of Minnesota Twin Cities has a long history of academic and athletic excellence. The U of M sports teams go by the moniker of the Golden Gophers. The University adopted the Gopher team name early on and deemed it appropriate since Minnesota is known as the Gopher State in the union.

The 'golden' adjective was added to the University of Minnesota's football team name in the 1930's when KSTP-AM radio announcer Halsey Hall coined the term 'Golden Gophers' referring to the team's all-gold pants and jerseys on the field. The golden name stuck and the University amended their formal moniker to the Golden Gophers. The University of Minnesota's colors today include maroon, white and gold.

The University of Minnesota football team is currently a member of the Big Ten Conference in the NCAA. The Golden Gophers play at the TCF Bank Stadium located at 2009 Southeast University Avenue in Minneapolis on the University of Minnesota campus.

Before the University of Minnesota football team moved the Gophers' home games back on campus, the University of Minnesota football team played at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome. The Metrodome is the current home of Mall of America Field and the NFL?s Minnesota Vikings.

The Minnesota Golden Gophers football team is rich with history and success. The football team has won 6 National Championships in 1934, 1935, 1936, 1940, 1941, and 1960, 18 conference titles and can boast more than 50 first-team All-Americans.

Minnesota Gopher football had its first successful season in 1892 when the tough team went undefeated beating the powerhouses and future Big Ten rivals Michigan and Northwestern. That year the team won its first-ever conference title, the Intercollegiate Athletic Association of the Northwest.

Eight seasons later in 1900, the Gophers won their first Big Nine title game under the first year direction of Dr. Henry Williams. Dr. Williams was the University of Minnesota's first full-time salaried coach and for the next 21 years he compiled a 136-33-11 record. The Golden Gophers won eight Big Ten titles under Dr. Williams and he was appropriately honored in 1950 when the University of Minnesota Field House was renamed Williams Arena.

The University of Wisconsin has also long been a rival of the Minnesota Gophers. Since 1907 the two teams have played on an annual basis, the third-longest continuous series in college football. Since 1948, the two teams have played for Paul Bunyan's Axe, a seven-foot traveling trophy that goes to the winner of the tough Border Battle.

In 1960, the Gophers finished 8-2 overall and 6-1 in the conference to earn the University of Minnesota's first trip to the Rose Bowl. The Golden Gophers lost the heartbreaking Rose Bowl game, 17-7, to Washington. However, the Golden Gophers wouldn't have to wait long to get a Rose Bowl win, they defeated UCLA two seasons later 21-3.

With the University of Minnesota Gophers playing back on campus at TCF Bank, the stadium fills quickly and Golden Gopher football tickets can be hard to come by. Purchase your University of Minnesota Golden Gopher football tickets ahead of time and save yourself the worry! Buy Golden Gopher football tickets.

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