The University of Minnesota and 3M announced a new sponsorship on Monday, the latest in a 90-year relationship between two of the state's largest institutions. This 14-year, $11.2 million sponsorship of Gopher Athletics includes the naming rights to Mariucci Arena. Keeping the historic Mariucci name, the Gopher hockey facility will now be known as 3M Arena at Mariucci.
"Today's announcement brings together three names instantly recognizable across Minnesota - Mariucci, Gopher Hockey and 3M—and that's certainly exciting," said Athletics Director Mark Coyle. "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." Read more.
- Carlson family philanthropy now stands at over $68 million in gifts to the University, ranking the family as the U's largest individual contributor.
- Minnesota Masonic Charities accelerates its pledge payments and provides an influx of $25 million for the Masonic Cancer Center to use over the next two years.
- 3M’s $26 million investment in the Driven campaign includes a new $8 million commitment to support scholarships and outreach programs.
- A College of Design alumnus and spouse have committed $3 million to support graduate students studying landscape architecture.