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