7. Lots of things to see and do before and after the game
The entertainment at the U of M isn’t limited to the game. Get in on all of the action on and near campus. There is plenty of fun to be had, whether you want to explore some art and music, or take in more sports. Just across the street, you can catch Gophers basketball games at Williams Arena, volleyball at Maturi Pavilion, or hockey contests at 3M Arena at Mariucci and Ridder Arena. Arts and cultural offerings abound on and off campus, with some of the biggest events taking place at Northrop Auditorium, a 2,700-seat venue for concerts, dance performances and lectures. Nearby, the Weisman Art Museum is a shimmering multi-angular showpiece that overlooks the Mississippi River. Inside the Frank Gehry-designed building, a permanent collection of more than 25,000 pieces highlights modernist works and ceramics as well ancient Native American pottery and traditional Korean furniture. Back on the streets of Dinkytown, the cultural tour continues with a live show at the art deco Varsity Theater. With its intimate, eclectic vibe, rich history and superb acoustics, the Varsity has become one of the most sought-after music venues in the Midwest.