A Closer Look at Athletes Village, the U of M's $166 Million Sports Complex

July 11, 2018 06:53 PM

Athletes Village is a $166 million student-athlete complex on the University of Minnesota campus.

Construction began in December 2015, and the complex opened for student-athletes in January of this year. It features upgraded practice facilities for a variety of men's and women's teams, along with facilities for student-athletes to focus on academics, nutrition and performance.

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The project will be funded entirely through private donations and athletics revenue, according to the University. So far, $123 million of the $166 million goal has been raised.

TCF Bank, namesake for the Gophers' football stadium, invested $8 million in the project.

The university's former track and field practice facility was displaced because of Athletes Village. A new outdoor track and field stadium is planned, and will be part of the university's $190-million goal for all athletic upgrades.

The plans for the Athletes Village led to a federal civil rights investigation into gender discrimination allegations because many of the athletes forced to relocate were women.

More information on Athletes Village can be found on the U's Nothing Short of Greatness website.

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