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Goldy Gopher statue to be unveiled Monday, Sept. 23 at noon

Six-foot tall, bronze statue of U of M mascot debuts outside Coffman Memorial Union

September 20, 2013

What: Goldy Gopher statue unveiling
When:  Monday, September 23, 2013, noon – 2 p.m. (live performance by Green River Ordinance at 12:30 p.m.)
Where:  Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis

To further foster school pride and spirit, the University of Minnesota department of Student Unions & Activities will kick off the U’s 2013 Homecoming celebration by unveiling a six-foot tall, bronzed statue of Goldy Gopher. The ceremony will take place on Monday, Sept. 23 at noon, on the east side of Coffman Memorial Union, 300 Washington Ave. S.E., Minneapolis.

University President Eric Kaler will speak at the ceremony. The unveiling is open to the public from noon to 2 p.m., with a live performance by American Rock band Green River Ordinance at 12:30 p.m.

The Goldy statue was designed and sculpted by artist Nicholas Legeros, a U of M alumnus with a master’s in Fine Arts. He has sculpted several statues around the Twin Cities metro area.

The Goldy statue is constructed out of bronze and maroon granite and will be placed outside of Coffman Memorial Union, on the building’s east side.

Statue fundraising was student-driven and included contributions from many alumni, donors, students, staff, faculty and campus visitors. All donations were completely voluntary, while the Office of Student Affairs and Dean of Students agreed to match all funds up to $50,000. The total cost for materials and sculptor compensation was approximately $95,000. 

The idea for the statue first originated June 30, 2011 and was approved by the Board of Governors on March 22, 2012. The Board of Governors and SUA’s Visual Arts Committee then determined the artist and location of the statue.

Replicas of the Goldy statue, created and signed by Legeros, will be available for purchase from the University of Minnesota Bookstores following the unveiling ceremony. For more information on the replicas, please visit the University of Minnesota Bookstore at Coffman Memorial Union or online at

Since 1914, the University of Minnesota Twin Cities, has celebrated Homecoming, a week dedicated to honoring the spirit of the maroon and gold. This celebration brings the campus community together with events such as a campus-wide scavenger hunt, cheer and lip sync competitions, sports competitions, community service events, pep rallies, Parade and the football game vs. Iowa.

For more information about the Goldy statue, please visit To view the Homecoming schedule, visit

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