Seventeen years after the new Mariucci Arena first graced the campus of the University of Minnesota, fans and players alike still are amazed by the breathtaking beauty of a sold-out Mariucci and the atmosphere it provides. In 1993, the old Mariucci Arena, located in front of Williams Arena, took on a whole new face when it relocated just north of its old home. The new Mariucci Arena brings a brand new look to Golden Gopher hockey, not only from the outside, but inside as well. With the best sight lines possible from every seat, no Gopher fan is ever disappointed with the view of the fastest game in town. The Olympic-sized (200 feet by 100 feet) ice sheet lends itself to the free-wheeling style of play of Minnesota's "Pride on Ice." With the capability to have ice year-round, the arena brings a truly state-of-the-art facility to the University of Minnesota Twin Cities campus. Mariucci Arena has been a top site for NCAA Regional action, hosting the West Regional in 2000, 2003 and 2005. The facility will host the 2009 Regional this year as well. The arena also hosted the 2006 NCAA Women's Frozen Four. The 2001-02 season featured the introduction of 18 luxury suites, which increased the capacity of the building from 9,700 to 10,000. It was the third time that seating capacity has been increased, a testament to the support the Golden Gophers receive from the community. Upon entering the building, fans immediately become part of the action as play on the ice can be heard from the George Lyon Lobby. Lyon, a long-time supporter of Golden Gopher hockey, dedicated a generous portion of his estate to Mariucci Arena. The glassed-in entrance features a clear glass elevator, original brick from Memorial Stadium and a display dedicated to the legendary John Mariucci, for whom the building is named. The lobby area and concourse are a virtual shrine to Minnesota hockey, featuring memorabilia that showcases Minnesota's influence on the sport.
Minnesota also has the luxury of a second sheet of ice, next door at Ridder Arena, the home of Golden Gopher women's hockey. Ridder Arena, opened in 2002, features an NHL-sized (200 x 85 feet) rink, giving the men's program a sheet on which to practice for upcoming road games on smaller rinks. Mariucci Arena and Ridder Arena are connected via underground tunnel.
Number of Sheets: 1
Dimensions: 200' x 100'
Seating Capacity: 10,000
Number of Concession Stands: 5
Number of Locker Rooms: 6
Number of Parking Spaces: 1,000's
Surface: Concrete Base
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