1. Goldy Gopher

The Gophers critically acclaimed mascot is one of the most famous mascots in college sports. Goldy has been named the UCA National Champion twice, having won in both 2011 and 2013. Goldy’s signature move is the ability to spin his head, which is a sure-fire way to rile up the crowd and inspire the team. Watch for Goldy to put on quite the show when attending a Gophers game.

2. TCF Bank Stadium

Football returned to the University of Minnesota campus in 2009 with the opening of TCF Bank Stadium. The stadium is the second newest in the BCS and is a state of the art facility that offers many amenities. It also boasts the largest home locker rooms in all of football and the ninth largest scoreboard in college football. TCF Bank Stadium is an amazing facility that every big time college fan should make sure to visit.

3. Hail! Minnesota

After every game, the players and coaches gather in the east end zone and sing the school’s alma mater, “Hail! Minnesota.” This tradition is a great way to show off your Minnesota pride as well as a great way to build a sense of community with your fellow fans. Be sure to learn the words to “Hail! Minnesota,” so you can take part in this outstanding tradition.

4. Do the Gopher

Between the third and fourth quarter, everyone rises to their feet to “Do the Gopher.” The Gopher energizes the crowd and gets everyone ready to cheer on the Gophers through the final quarter. If attending a Minnesota football game be ready to “Do the Gopher.”

5. The NFL

TCF Bank isn’t just the home of the Gophers it is also served as the home to NFL’s Minnesota Vikings. While this arrangement may just be temporary TCF Bank has already established a place in NFL history as it was the site of both Brett Favre’s final game as well as where Devin Hester broke the record for most kickoffs returned for touchdowns. When attending a game at TCF Bank Stadium make sure to checkout the exhibit on TCF’s NFL history.

6. Ski-U-Mah

This slogan originating in 1894 is used to cheer on the Gopher football team and can be found in several of the university’s fight songs including the “Minnesota Rouser,” “Go Gopher Victory,” and “Minnesota March.” When attending a Gopher game you’ll be sure to hear this a lot, so don’t be afraid to join in on the cheer.

7. The Axe

Each year the Minnesota Golden Gophers play the Wisconsin Badgers for Paul Bunyan’s Axe. The rivalry began in 1890 when the Gophers crushed the Badgers 63-0 and is the most played rivalry in FBS history. The two schools had played for the Axe every year since 1948 when it replaced the Slab of Bacon, which was stolen by Wisconsin in 1943. The Gophers lead the all-time series 59-57-8 and hope to hold off the Badgers and extend their slim lead this coming season.

8. Floyd of Rosedale

Floyd of Rosedale is awarded to the winner of the annual Minnesota-Iowa football game. The trophy dates back to 1935 when Minnesota Governor Floyd Olson made a bet with Iowa Governor Clyde L. Herring of a prize pig. The Gophers won 13-6, and Herring personally delivered Floyd of Rosedale to Olson. The Gophers lead the all-time series 62-44-2 and will look to extend their lead when these two teams meet this year.

9. Battle Hymn of the Republic

The Battle Hymn of the Republic is a staple of the University of Minnesota pregame band show, which features its famous swinging gate formation. While the band performs everyone in the crowd swings their right hand back and forth to the tune of the song. Get to the game early if you want to take part in this fantastic pregame tradition.

10. Minnesota Rouser

The Rouser is one of the most famous fight songs in college football and a sure fire way to get Gopher fans pumped up and ready to cheer on their team. The song is played several times throughout the game and in particular, is played after every Gopher score with a shortened version being played for field goals. If attending a Gophers game be ready to belt out M-I-N-N-E-S-O-T-A.

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