The Minnesota Golden Gophers are the college sports team for the University of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers boast large fan bases for men's basketball, men's hockey and Gopher football. Women's hockey and basketball also have many fans and the Gopher women teams often enjoy more success than the Gopher men's teams. Golden Gophers tickets are a hot sell!
The University of Minnesota adopted their colors when Augusta Smith, a University English instructor, chose the annual graduation colors in 1880. Smith chose maroon and gold because students and faculty liked it. Years passed and the maroon and gold eventually became the school's colors with no formal action passed. The Gopher mascot came about from a political cartoon published in 1857. The cartoon depicted nine Gophers with the heads of local politicians pulling a locomotive. The University decided they would pick up the nickname. The "Golden" part of the nickname didn't come about until the 1930s, when radio announcer Halsey Hall referenced the Gophers all-gold football attire.
The Gopher men's and Gopher women's ice hockey teams have been extremely competitive over the last decade, with the women's team winning three National Championships and the men's team winning two. The Gopher men play their hockey games at Mariucci Arena while the women play at Ridder Arena. Notable Gopher mens hockey players include Herb Brooks, Neal Broten, Jordan Leopold and Thomas Vanek. Notable women's players include Natalie Darwitz and Krissy Wendell.
Minnesota Golden Gophers football fell on hard time last season but the future looks bright with new head coach Tim Brewster's commitment to recruiting. In their history, the Golden Gophers have won six National Championships but none since 1960. More recently, the Golden Gophers football team has won the 2002 Music City Bowl, the 2003 Sun Bowl and the 2004 Music City Bowl. The Gophers moved into the new TCF Bank Stadium in the fall of 2009. Don't wait to get Gopher football tickets in this exciting new stadium. Some notable Gopher football alumni include Marion Barber III and Laurence Maroney. Both superb running backs have a good chance of winning a Super Bowl ring with their respective teams, the Dallas Cowboys and the New England Patriots. Golden Gophers Tickets sell fast!
University of Minnesota Gopher athletics are a hot ticket in the Minneapolis market. There are more Gopher fans than seats in the local arenas so buy you Golden Gopher Tickets early and plan to see a great Gopher game!