3M Buys Naming Rights to Mariucci Arena
CHN Staff Report
The University of Minnesota and 3M announced a new 14-year, $11.2 million sponsorship of Gopher Athletics on Monday. The deal includes the naming rights to Mariucci Arena. The historic arena will now be officially known as 3M Arena at Mariucci.
“This sponsorship will have a broad impact across our athletics department by supporting construction of our new Athletes Village," Minnesota athletic director Mark Coyle said. "By partnering with us, 3M is investing in every current and future Gopher student-athlete, the future leaders of our state. 3M will be a big reason why each of those young men and women have a first-class experience at Minnesota that prepares them for the rest of their lives.”
John Mariucci was a legendary player and coach. The family expressed its support for the change.
"Our father and grandfather was a life-long Minnesotan, and would have been thrilled to see 3M showing so much support for the University and for men's hockey,” said John Mariucci Jr., speaking on behalf of the Mariucci family. “To have 3M, one of Minnesota's most respected and well-known brands, be a part of the rich history of Gopher hockey and the Mariucci legacy is exciting. We are happy that 3M and the U felt it was important to continue honoring our father and grandfather's legacy and kept the Mariucci name tied to the arena."
The Gopher men’s hockey team will play its first games at the newly-named aena Oct. 1, an exhibition against Alberta, and then Oct. 13-14 to open the Big Ten season against Penn State.