Minnesota’s 3M Arena at Mariucci to undergo upcoming renovation projects


per USCHO:

The University of Minnesota Board of Regents recently approved a renovation project for 3M Arena at Mariucci with over 11,000 square feet of team space impacted, including a state-of-the-art weight room, a remodeled office suite and the introduction of a new ‘M’ Club alumni room.

The school has partnered with Mortenson Construction and JLG Architects for the upcoming project, which will be funded entirely through private donations.

“This is an exciting time for our program, and we are really looking forward to the opportunities these new team areas will provide for current, future and former Gophers,” said Minnesota hockey coach Bob Motzko in a statement. “Between this project and the new locker room area beneath it, there’s no question there is going to be a wow factor when you walk into the rink. You can’t help but feel a buzz and want to be part of this program. We can’t express enough appreciation for everyone who has supported this project and worked tirelessly to see it become a reality later this year.”

The weight room will renovate 6,700 square feet of strength training area on the first floor of 3M Arena at Mariucci, allowing Minnesota student-athletes to maximize their potential through training, weight training and skill development. Included in the project will be the introduction of a new shooting area to be utilized by both hockey programs.

Adjoined to the weight room will be a 4,560 square-foot space that features the new ‘M” Club alumni room as well as the office suite. The area will also serve as a multi-purpose space for the Gopher hockey program and the department of athletics including recruiting and alumni events.


Go Gophers!!


What are the pros and cons of a smaller rink? I like the big rink now.

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I'm not really a puck head,, but I've heard a few variations on the following. All NCAA tourney games are played on a regular size rink and it takes some adjustment for the team to play on that after practicing and playing on the big ice. Also, Motzgo likes a physical grinding, wear them down style (not sure if that is true), and the big rink lends itself to more free skating and kids being "cute". Finally, the current trend is going towards regular (NHL) style rinks. Seems no one is going with Olympic style anymore. May be some combination of above.

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