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Williams Arena, Minneapolis

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Williams Arena, located on the Twin Cities campus of the University of Minnesota is the home of the University of Minnesota Golden Gophers men's and women's basketball teams. It also housed the men's hockey team until 1993, when it moved into its own building, Mariucci Arena. The building is known affectionately as "The Barn", and its student section is known as "The Barnyard".Williams Arena is located on the southwest corner of the intersection of University Avenue and 19th Ave. SE in Minneapolis on the U of M's East Bank campus. It is in a neighborhood called Stadium Village, named for the old Memorial Stadium that stood there until its demolition in 1992. The arena is adjacent to TCF Bank Stadium, Mariucci Arena, and Ridder Arena, where the football and hockey teams respectively play.HistoryInitially known as the Minnesota Field House, Williams Arena was constructed in the 1920s and opened in 1928. The original construction of Williams Arena cost $650,000. The arena was remodeled in 1950, and renamed Williams Arena after Dr. Henry L. Williams, the football coach from 1900 to 1921.
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  • This venue might not have been the ideal WNBA choice but for fans it didn't matter. It's a old school classic court with a raised for and not a bad seat in the house!  more »
  • Williams Arena is known to the locals as The Barn. Do not know the history of that but if you say "I'm going to the barn " everyone knows where you are headed. From the outside it maybe does look like...  more »
  • Gopher basketball venue. I used to have season tickets ten rows behind the Gophers' bench. Great sight lines. Food is marginally edible, and the restrooms, although improved, could use some updating. ...  more »

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