The University of Minnesota announced that they will give free tours of the new athlete’s village facilities to the public on Saturday May 19th. You can now get your own chance to view the new Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s and women’s basketball practice facilities and locker room areas, the new football indoor practice facility and training/locker rooms, and the tutoring and academic portions of the facility. We got a tour a few months ago and gave our opinions here.
“Welcome to Athletes Village” is a completely free event that will offer fans the chance to visit many spaces throughout the three new structures added to the department’s existing Bierman and Gibson-Nagurski facilities at the corner of 15th St. SE and 5th Ave. SE in Dinkytown. Gopher Athletics staff will be positioned throughout the facilities to answer questions as fans go on self-guided tours.
Fans will be able to visit select spaces inside the Land O’Lakes Inc. Center for Excellence, Charlie and Kathy Cunningham Basketball Performance Center, David and Janis Larson Football Performance Center and the new indoor practice facility. These spaces include: the Lindahl Academic Center, the nutrition center and the leadership center; basketball practice court, film room, locker room and lounge; football Hall of Fame, Gameday Experience, weight room, team meeting rooms, locker room and lounge, and; the new indoor field.
However, there is a slight catch if you want to join the public tour. From the Gophersports.com release once again:
Fans planning to attend the event will need to register online. For all fans with a Gopher Score, registration opens tomorrow (Tues., Apr. 24) at 9 a.m. Registration for remaining spots will be open to the general public on Thurs., Apr. 26 at 9 a.m. Individuals are limited to reserving six spots for the event and are asked to select an arrival time from one of seven different 30-minute windows, the first starting at 11 a.m. and the last at 2 p.m. Each window will be limited to approximately 285 people.
So go check out the new facilities if you haven’t had the chance yet. You won’t regret it.