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.
- The U is renaming two health-focused centers to honor Earl E. Bakken's support of the University and his field-shaping legacy.
- A gift from the Tawani Foundation supports the Program in Human Sexuality and serves as an incentive for additional gifts.
- A $25 million gift from the Robina Foundation will fund the Law School's newly named James H. Binger Center for New Americans.
- A $10 million gift from an anonymous donor will establish the World Class Native American Research Center of Excellence.