CLIENT University of Minnesota
LOCATION Minneapolis, MN
*Banner photo by David Glad
The 3M Arena at Mariucci is a 9,600-seat facility designed for the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey team. The venue provides an ideal teaching and working environment for the players and coaches, as well as serving as a first class spectator facility where the fan experience is key.
The arena features a single bowl seating configuration for greater spectator intimacy; a 240 seat "Gold Room" with superior sight lines for University Alumni, and an open concourse at the top of the seating bowl allowing visual continuity and accessibility.
The facility has been designed in collaboration with Opus Corporation and Opus Architects and Engineers of Minneapolis. The Arena represents the first design-build project undertaken by the University. Utilizing conventional construction techniques within a tighter time frame, the design-build format allowed completion of the project $3 million dollars below originally projected costs.
For over 24 years the arena has functioned as a premier University athletic facility receiving praise from athletes, coaches, and spectators, and sports authorities. In 2007, 14 years after completion, Sports Illustrated ranked it a Top 10 College Sports Venue.
"For hockey, the one bowl design is perfect and Minnesota shows it off best. There is not one bad seat in the house. In never being more than 24 rows from the ice in a building that fills 10,000 fans (including standing room), you are immersed in the action.
Get there to see a game, you will be talking about for weeks and months after your visit. Witnessing a game here is very special."