3M, Gophers Announce 14-Year Sponsorship Deal

July 10, 2017 09:42 PM

The University of Minnesota's Mariucci Arena is getting a name tweak as a result of a new 14-year sponsorship deal the school announced Monday morning.

Twin Cities-based 3M has agreed to a $11.2 million sponsorship of the university's athletic department, which includes the naming rights to the arena. 

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The Mariucci name, honoring Minnesota hockey legend John Mariucci, will remain a part of that title. The facility will now be known as 3M Arena at Mariucci, the school said in a release. 


Local naming rights deals

U.S. Bank Stadium - 25-year deal ($220 million); Expires 2036

Target Field – 25-year deal (terms undisclosed); Expires 2035

Target Center – 25-year deal (terms undisclosed); Extended in 2015

TCF Bank Stadium - 25-year deal ($35 million); Expires 2034

Minnesota-Duluth's AMSOIL Arena - 20-year-deal ($6 million)

Bemideji State's Sanford Center - 10-year deal ($2 million)

Minnesota State-Mankato - 20-year-deal ($2.1 million)


“Today’s announcement brings together three names instantly recognizable across Minnesota – Mariucci, Gopher Hockey and 3M – and that’s certainly exciting,” athletic director Mark Coyle said in a statement. “This sponsorship will have a broad impact across our athletics department by supporting construction of our new Athletes Village. 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.”

The Gophers men's hockey team will play its first game at the newly-named arena when it plays host to the University of Alberta in an exhibition game scheduled for Oct. 1. The team opens the Big Ten season there against Penn State Oct. 13-14.

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