Minnesota

The University of Minnesota
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At the University of Minnesota, curiosity and discovery are in our DNA. Located in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, the university's flagship campus provides a thriving urban environment for teaching and learning, world-class research, and outreach and public service. In its collective search for knowledge, the U of M empowers faculty, staff and students and inspires the next generation of innovators. Founded in 1851, the University of Minnesota is one of the state's most important economic and intellectual engines. Ranked among the nation's top public research universities, the U of M with its five campuses is also among the most comprehensive, with half a million living alumni around the world. The Twin Cities campus is one of only four nationally that have agricultural programs as well as an academic health center with a major medical school. The 52,000 students enrolled at the university's Twin Cities campus choose from more than 150 bachelor's degrees, 200 master's degrees and 100 doctoral degrees. And because the world's biggest problems don't have single solutions, the university's best minds collaborate through 50 joint graduate degree programs and 200 interdisciplinary institutes and centers. The University of Minnesota is a land-grant institution, committed to engaging Minnesota and other communities to advance interdisciplinary knowledge; enhance students' academic, civic, career, social and personal development; and apply intellectual and human capital to serve the public good. The Twin Cities campus is also a thriving cultural center, featuring outstanding galleries, museums, concerts, theater productions, and public lectures. It is the nation's only university with all arts disciplines located in a single district. We believe all people are enriched by understanding. That is why Minnesota faculty, staff and students are focused on advancing the search for truth; sharing new knowledge through education for a diverse community; and applying innovation to illuminate Minnesota, the nation and the world.
Ridder Arena
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The first-ever facility built specifically for women's hockey, Ridder Arena is home to the four-time national champion Gopher Women's Hockey Program. Since its opening in 2002, Ridder Arena has been a regular host of WCHA Championships, NCAA Regionals and Frozen Fours. A brand-new center-hung video board was installed during the 2011-12 season.

- Site of the 2010, 2012, 2013 and 2015 NCAA Women's Frozen Fours

- First women's collegiate hockey program to play in a facility dedicated solely to women's ice hockey

- Seating capacity of 3,400, including a club room with 210 seats and nine suites with seating for 14 apiece

- Houses 11 locker rooms, a training room and full weightroom

- Ice sheet size is 200' x 85'

- Built adjacent to 10,000-seat Mariucci Arena and is connected via underground tunnels

- Practice site for several visiting NHL teams, men's college programs and the IIHF Under-18 Worlds pre-tournament camp

- Hosted the Minnesota Girls State Hockey Tournament

- First game on October 19, 2002 drew 3,239 fans

- Set an attendance record of 3,400 with a sold-out crowd on March 24, 2013.

- Hosted eight WCHA conference championships (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2013)