Stadium planners look to minimize road work

A University official said a Gophers-only facility would move fewer streets than a Gophers-Vikings stadium.

Branden Peterson

Last year, the thought of more than 60,000 football fans exiting an on-campus stadium for Gophers or Vikings games had design consultants considering several road reconfigurations near the stadium site to alleviate potential traffic nightmares through Stadium Village and Dinkytown.

Now that the University has plans to build its own field, changing streets around the facility would not likely be as drastic, Richard Pfutzenreuter, the University’s chief financial officer, said Monday.

“There was a lot more road movement with that project,” Pfutzenreuter said.

The proposed stadium site is on the northeast side of the East Bank campus, now mostly occupied by the Huron Boulevard parking lots.

While possible road changes around the site are being explored, Pfutzenreuter said he did not know which roads would be impacted.

“Whether it’s this road or that road, I just simply do not know,” he said.

University-hired consultants will complete a pre-design study on a Gophers-only stadium by mid-November.

Four consulting companies will analyze facility planning, necessary infrastructure changes, pollution cleanup costs and how the stadium could improve the community.

The University already proposed demolishing three old buildings along University Avenue Southeast, which could open property for the stadium. The buildings are across Fourth Street Southeast from the Huron Boulevard parking lots.