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Williams Arena, Minneapolis

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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  • Many, many, many trips to the Barn for University basketball. Great venue that needs to be taken at face value. It is not pretty, seating is sketchy, the food is awful but, the experience is awesome. ...  more »
  • I's old. It's antiquated. It kind of smells funny. The seating isn't optimal, and many of the sightlines aren't that great. It is one of the most awesome places in the country to see college basketbal...  more »
  • 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 »
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