Bank Merger Leads to Renaming of Gophers’ Stadium | Athletic Business

Bank Merger Leads to Renaming of Gophers’ Stadium

The Minnesota Board of Regents on Tuesday approved the renaming of the university’s football stadium from TCF Bank Stadium to Huntington Bank Stadium.

Huntington completed its merger with TCF in June 2021, creating a new Midwest bank that ranks in the top 25 nationally and top 10 regionally.

According to a post on the school’s website, Huntington will continue to have a significant presence in Minnesota through a large operations center and 80 branches within the Twin Cities metro area.

Minnesota's first game in the renamed Huntington Bank Stadium will be on Thursday, Sept. 2 against Ohio State. The game will kick off at 7 p.m. and will be broadcast nationally on FOX.

"We are excited to partner with Huntington Bank and are excited to play in Huntington Bank Stadium this season and beyond," said Director of Athletics Mark Coyle. "Huntington is committed to serving its communities by providing exceptional services and delivering a superior customer experience. This partnership will allow Gopher Athletics to continue to strive for greatness and focus on the success of our student-athletes. We look forward to Huntington's growing presence in the Twin Cities and across the region and are thrilled to open the 2021 football season in Huntington Bank Stadium."

The board also approved updates to related agreements to reflect the new name, as well as ensuring continued legal compliance and value to the university community.

The original naming rights agreement between the University and TCF Bank anticipated the potential of these types of changes, which became necessary when TCF Bank was acquired by Huntington Bank earlier this year.

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