Note: Quote echoing a sentiment similar to this… "Land O'Lakes felt it was important to invest in and support the leaders of tomorrow. We have seen Golden Gopher Athletics continue to build out robust, inclusive programming for years that directly impacts and serves the broader Twin Cities community. We are excited to partner with such exceptional young men and women, and look forward to arming them with the resources and experiences necessary to take on the challenges of tomorrow".
— Mark Coyle, Director of Athletics
The facilities where Gopher student-athletes spent the vast majority of their time studying and practicing for the past 30 years were badly outdated and overcrowded. To continue providing a first-class collegiate experience for every Gopher, we needed to modernize these facilities.
With your help, our Nothing Short of Greatness campaign is doing exactly that. This overdue effort to revitalize our everyday development facilities starts with the Athletes Village, a transformational project that has created new academic, leadership and nutrition centers for all Gopher student-athletes. It has also added space for football and men's and women's basketball, which has helped us upgrade facilities for many of our Olympic programs as well.
First significant expansion of the facilities that serve all Gopher student-athletes in more than 40 years.
First centralized nutrition center for student-athletes (open to all University students and staff for breakfast and lunch), a convenient place to eat three meals a day.
First teaching kitchen so staff nutritionists and outside guests can teach students how to cook inexpensive, nutritious and varied meals on their own.
First dedicated basketball practice facilities for both our women's and men's basketball programs. Practice facilities have been a basic standard for basketball programs throughout the country for many years - Minnesota now has one of the best.
First leadership center, providing a home on the top floor of the Land O'Lakes Inc. Center for Excellence for our celebrated student-athlete development programming, which had previously been housed in just a few offices.
First addition of indoor field space in more than 30 years, growth that will alleviate scheduling congestion that previously had our indoor facility booked for more than 16 hours per day during peak seasons.
First fundraising campaign in Gopher Athletics' history to exceed $100 million.
3M Arena at Mariucci
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No program in the State of Hockey is more steeped in tradition than Gopher Hockey, a tradition defined by national championship banners, Olympic medals and names etched on the Stanley Cup.
"Pride on Ice" has created amazing memories in 3M Arena at Mariucci for nearly a quarter-century, but we now need to revitalize areas away from the cheers and applause of game day to provide our student-athletes with the tools they need to train and develop the championship edge that has been a hallmark of the program for nearly a century. Men's hockey at the University of Minnesota is a proud tradition worth investment; a winning tradition to uphold for future generations.
Phase I was completed when we opened a newly renovated home team locker room for our student-athletes, a project completely funded through generous supporter contributions.
Phase II will completely overhaul the existing weight room in the building, along with adding skills development equipment such as shooting stations that have become the standard at collegiate hockey rinks throughout Minnesota and the country. These facilities are crucial to not only remain competitive in recruiting the best prospective student-athletes to Minnesota, but also to developing those student-athletes to their highest potential while they compete for the Gophers.
Phase III will be the future modernization of the arena's ice sheet, which will likely be reduced in size from its current Olympic size, and the addition of an M Club Room within the arena for student-athlete alumni from all sports to enjoy the same amenities at Gopher Men's Hockey games that they enjoy at Gopher Football games at Huntington Bank Stadium.