Mariucci Arena renamed 3M Arena at Mariucci

Naming rights are included in 3M’s $11.2 million sponsorship.

The University of Minnesota announced Monday that Mariucci Arena will now be called 3M Arena at Mariucci. The change accompanies the company's $11.2 million sponsorship of Gopher Athletics and the Athletes Village.

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The University of Minnesota announced Monday that Mariucci Arena will now be called 3M Arena at Mariucci. The change accompanies the company’s $11.2 million sponsorship of Gopher Athletics and the Athletes Village.

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Mariucci Arena has been renamed to 3M Arena at Mariucci, the University announced Monday.

3M’s sponsorship gives a 14-year, $11.2 million to the athletics program on top of the name change.

“It’s been well received,” said Athletics Director Mark Coyle at a Monday press conference. “We were very deliberate in who our naming partner was going to be, and 3M represents everything that makes sense for us.”

3M has also helped fund Athletes Village — the school’s new athletics facility still being built. Coyle said Athletes Village is expected to open in January 2018.

The athletics program and 3M have a 90-year relationship.

“[Minnesota] is a key recruiting spot for us,” said 3M Chief Marketing Officer Paul Acito at the press conference. “It’s the kind of well-rounded leadership attributes we look for at 3M.”

The Gophers’ men’s hockey game on Oct. 1 versus Alberta will be the first at the renamed facility.

The Gophers are coming off a season where they finished 23-12-3. Minnesota lost in the Northeast Regional to Notre Dame, ending its season.