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Mariucci Arena

January 7, 2011 1:49 PM

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Since 1993, Gopher Hockey fans have enjoyed the enthusiasm and the views inside of Mariucci Arena. The premier arena has hosted numerous top NCAA events and the arena’s design ensures that all fans have an excellent view of the action. The arena is a testament to Minnesota’s love of hockey as well as its influence on the sport.

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Coming and Going

Driving

Mariucci Arena is nestled in the U of M’s Stadium Village between the TCF Bank Stadium and the tennis center on 4th Street, just a block north off University Avenue.

Directions:

From the North: Take Interstate 35W Southbound and exit at 4th Street/ University Avenue. Turn left on University Avenue. Follow University until Oak Street and take a left. Drive one block north to 4th Street Southeast. The arena will be on the left.

From the South: Take Interstate 94 Westbound and exit on Huron Boulevard. Make a slight right onto 23rd Avenue Southeast. Then take a left onto 6th Street Southeast. The arena will be on the left.

From the East: Take the University Avenue/4th Street Southeast exit and take a right on University Avenue. Drive to Oak Street, turn left and drive one block north to 4th Street Southeast. The arena will be on the left.

From the West: Take Interstate 35W Northbound and exit at University Avenue/4th Street Southeast. Drive past 4th Street Southeast and take a left on University Avenue. Drive until Oak Street and take a left. Then go one block north to 4th Street Southeast. The arena will be ahead on the left.

Parking

There are many parking lots and ramps around Mariucci Arena so you shouldn’t have too much trouble finding a spot. Parking for Gopher men’s hockey, depending on the lot, can cost $8 – $20. For the best deals, use the parking lot a block north of the arena or the 4th Street Ramp two blocks west. Both cost around $10. There is also metered parking on Washington and Oak Street as well as on University Avenue. And if you are a particularly dedicated fan of Gopher hockey, you could buy a Mariucci Arena parking pass.

Bus

Many Metro Transit bus routes service the U of M East Bank. You can take a Metro Transit bus to the campus and then take the East Bank Circulator or the Campus Connector (both free shuttle buses) to the arena. For help finding a bus, use the Metro Transit Trip Planner.

Tickets

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A single game standing room ticket at Mariucci Arena for the 2010-11 season costs $25. A reserved seat ticket costs $35. For students, standing room home game tickets cost $15.

If you are a huge Gopher hockey fan (or want to be) season tickets are available for $739.50. However, season tickets for the 2010-2011 season are sold out.

You can purchase tickets at Mariucci Arena Box Office or buy them online at GopherSports.com.

Seating

For most fans, standing room seating is all they need. All the action on the ice can be easily seen due to the arena’s open bowl design. Others, however, prefer to watch the game with the best view possible and are willing to pay for it. For them, there is the Gold Club: 205 theater style seats that offer the best views in the arena.

Food and Drink

If you find your stomach grumbling whiline watching the Gophers, Mariucci Arena has a number of concession stands. Mariucci offers Famous Dave’s, Palmero’s Pizza, Dino’s gyros, Kemps Ice Cream, Subway and the Islands.

Fun Facts

The arena is named after John Mariucci, the Golden Gopher coach who is known as the godfather of Minnesota hockey.

Public Seating Capacity: 10,000 seats.

In the entryway and concourse of the arena, a display of sports memorabilia showcases Minnesota’s influence on hockey.

In 2007, Sports Illustrated ranked Mariucci Arena as the “best venue in college hockey.”

In 2001, Mariucci Arena hosted the first NCAA Women’s Frozen Four as well as the World Women’s Hockey Championship.

Prior to Mariucci Arena, Gopher hockey was home to Williams Arena. In 1985 the hockey side of the Williams Arena was renamed Mariucci Arena. Then in 1993, Mariucci Arena broke off of Williams Arena and Gopher hockey hopped across the street into a new building in which it plays today.

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