Mariucci Arena is the home hockey arena to the Minnesota Golden Gophers Men's Ice Hockey Team. The arena is located on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Mariucci Arena was named after John Mariucci, the legendary Gopher Hockey coach who is regarded as the "godfather of Minnesota hockey" and the arena opened in 1993. From 1950 to 1993, the Minnesota Gopher hockey team played in the hockey arena section of the Williams Arena. That arena was renamed Mariucci Arena in 1985. People now refer to that rink as the "old" Mariucci Arena.
The Mariucci Arena ice is 100 feet by 200 feet (Olympic size). The Minnesota Golden gophers Women's Ice Hockey team played at Mariucci from 1997 to 2002, when they moved to a smaller arena on campus known as Ridder Arena. Mariucci Arena seats 9,600 fans in the main bowl plus club room and suite seating. The total Mariucci arena capacity is at around 10,000 fans. From 1993 to 1996, Mariucci Arena seated 9,305; 1996 to 2001 seated 9,700; 2001 to present day, it now seats 10,000.
Mariucci Arena Minneapolis has played host to prominent regional, national, and international competitions, including the 2005 West Regional of the NCAA's Men's Ice Hockey, and the 2006 Frozen Four in Women's Ice Hockey, and the 2006 World Short Track Speed skating event. Mariucci Arena has hosted the Inaugural Women's Frozen Four on March 23 and March 25, 2001. Minnesota State High School League State Hockey Tournament holds its consolation bracket at Mariucci Arena.
November 6, 2004, 10,587 fans watched the Minnesota Golden Gophers complete the sweep of the arch-rival Wisconsin Badgers, the largest crowd to watch any game at the Mariucci Arena. The Gopher Hockey team is a national powerhouse causing the Gopher tickets to be a hot ticket in the Twin Cities. If you are interested in getting Mariucci Arena tickets, do not hesitate because they will go fast! Buy your Mariucci Arena Tickets today!