The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers men’s hockey team resides in the two decade old Mariucci Arena. The arena bowl provides an unmatched game experience, but the current configuration of administration, training, and locker areas doesn’t allow for efficient interaction between staff and student athletes and makes recruiting tours difficult. Interior finishes and locker spaces are dated and in need of a facelift more in keeping with the status of a five time national champion and perennial league-leading hockey program.
Major renovations will include weights, administration, and team locker spaces. Large portions of the upper level are gutted to allow a more efficient administration suite; the weight room is opened up and turned into one large space with various training zones. The lower level is completely reconfigured to create a linear path from public to private locker spaces, showcasing a Hall of Fame, media room, team lounge and video rooms, coaching lockers, athletic trainer and equipment spaces with improved in-out loading access. Visiting team locker room is moved so ice access stays away from the home team areas. Finally, the main locker spaces take advantage of top-of-the-line finishes, technology, and arrangement to place the players and coaches in close proximity for discussions and interactions. The look and feel of the locker room is focused on maximizing the bold colors and branding of the U of M.