The University of Minnesota’s new 50,000-seat TCF Bank Stadium is the first LEED Certified football stadium in the country. LEED Silver status was awarded to the stadium for its demonstration of sustainability in its design. SRF worked with the University and their architect, HOK Sport, to design and construct the site’s infrastructure, including streets, parking lots, and streetscape elements. Unique elements of our work include the following:
SRF also completed the technical analysis for the EIS including air quality analysis, noise analysis, and traffic analysis. We completed extensive traffic analysis as part of the EIS for the new football stadium, which required reconfiguring existing parking lots and roadways and realigning planned future roadways and LRT alignments. SRF analyzed traffic and transit operations and parking facilities on the Minneapolis Campus and Saint Paul Campus/State Fairgrounds – we analyzed over 50 intersections for 18 scenarios with varying roadway configurations and time frames.
SRF evaluated each scenario for the year after opening and long-range forecast year. The findings were used by the University to develop a stadium operations plan. In addition, SRF performed analysis for transit, pedestrians and bicycles and identified potential management strategies. We also completed a parking supply/demand analysis to identify adequate parking capacity for the proposed stadium. We collected intersection traffic data and made observations during a football game. Based on this information, we provided recommendations to improve event traffic flow during departure of these types of events.
Opened for the 2009 football season, the University has demonstrated that a stadium can positively impact a site and its neighbors.
CLIENT: University of Minnesota