|Location||350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
|Owner||Duluth Entertainment Convention Center|
|Operator||Duluth Entertainment Convention Center|
|Surface||85' x 200' (Ice)|
|Broke ground||September 2008|
|Opened||December 30, 2010|
|Construction cost||$80 million
($87.9 million in 2016 dollars)
|Architect||Populous (formerly HOK Sport)
|UMD Bulldogs men's hockey (NCHC) (2010–present)
UMD Bulldogs women's hockey (WCHA) (2011–present)
AMSOIL Arena is a multipurpose arena in Duluth, Minnesota, home to the UMD Men's and UMD Women's hockey teams. It opened in 2010, replacing the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena on the waterfront near Duluth's landmark Aerial Lift Bridge.
The facility cost nearly $80 million; about half ($38 million) paid by the State of Minnesota through a 2008 bond bill, another 27% (about $21.6 million) by a voter-approved city food-and-beverage tax increase, 12% (about $9.6 million) by UMD , and the last 11% (about $8.8 million) by the DECC. Construction ran from September 2008 to December 2010, and included a 475-space parking garage with a skywalk connecting it to the arena.
The first event held at the arena was on December 30, 2010. UMD men's hockey team lost 0-5 to North Dakota before a crowd of 6,764, tied for the team's highest home attendance that season.
In their first season in the arena, the UMD men's hockey team won the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship. In 2012, the arena hosted the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament, in which Minnesota beat Wisconsin, 4-2.
Comparison to DECC Arena
|Characteristic||DECC Arena||AMSOIL Arena|
|Concessions||28||35 + 6 portable|
|Club space||0 sq. ft.||2000 sq. ft.|
|Leg room between rows||31"||34" lower, 33" upper|
|Scoreboard||10' x 12'||15' x 20'|
|Ice sheet||85' x 190'||85' x 200'|
AMSOIL Arena is primarily used as a hockey arena home to the University of Minnesota-Duluth's men's and women's hockey teams. The arena hosted the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.
Other hockey events include preseason practices for the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild-open to the public, Minnesota State High School League section 7A and 7AA tournament games, as well as a high-school all-star game.
AMSOIL Arena has held many different types of events, from comedian Jeff Dunham to Cirque du Soleil. The local AAD Shrine holds its annual AAD Shrine Circus fundraiser at the arena each April. The arena also hosts concerts. The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra had the first non-sporting event held at the arena, "Cirque de la Symphonie on Ice", on December 31, 2010, a day after the facility opened. It can also be converted to host dinners and conventions.
|Date||Main Artist||Other Artists||Tour Name||Attendance||Revenue||Notes|
|May 6, 2011||Elton John||Greatest Hits Live Tour||N/A||N/A|
|June 25, 2011||Michael Buble||Naturally 7||Crazy Love Tour||5,368 / 5,368||$414,132|
|December 7, 2011||Avenged Sevenfold||Hollywood Undead
Black Veil Brides
|The Buried Alive Tour||N/A||N/A|
|April 18, 2012||Trans-Siberian Orchestra||Beethoven's Last Night Tour 2012||N/A||N/A|
|March 22, 2013||Jason Aldean||Jake Owen
|2013 Night Train Tour||N/A||N/A|
|February 1, 2014||Justin Moore||Randy Houser
|Off The Beaten Path Tour||N/A||N/A|
|February 15, 2014||TobyMac||Brandon Heath
|Hits Deep Tour||N/A||N/A|
|April 6, 2014||Casting Crowns||Laura Story
For King & Country
|April 11, 2014||Ludacris||Two-9
|March 26, 2015||Little Big Town||Chris Stapleton||The Painkiller Tour||N/A||N/A|||
|April 24, 2015||Juicy J||Brother Ali
DJ Shannon Blowtorch
|December 3, 2015||Chris Young||Eric Paslay
|I'm Comin' Over Tour||N/A||N/A|
|June 1, 2016||James Taylor||N/A||N/A|||
|August 19, 2016||Kiss||Caleb Johnson||Freedom to Rock Tour||5,157 / 5,883||$406,092|
|August 6, 2016||The Beach Boys||The Temptations||Surf & Soul Tour||N/A||N/A||DECC's 50th Anniversary Concert |
|November 6, 2016||Keith Urban||Maren Morris||ripCORD World Tour 2016||N/A||N/A|
|November 26, 2016||Bryan Adams||Get Up Tour||N/A||N/A|
|March 4, 2017||Thomas Rhett||Kelsea Ballerini
|Home Team Tour 2017||N/A||N/A|
|April 29, 2017||Brantley Gilbert||Luke Combs
|The Devil Don't Sleep Tour||TBA||TBA|
|August 3, 2017||Chris Stapleton||Margo Price
|All-American Road Show Tour||TBA||TBA|
AMSOIL Arena hosted the Harlem Globetrotters in 2012, 2014, and 2016, for which Minnesota Lynx's (WNBA) court was brought up from Minneapolis, Minnesota. AMSOIL Arena is scheduled to host the Globetrotters again on April 13, 2017.
In 2013, Stadium Journey rated AMSOIL Arena as the best stadium experience in the United States and Canada. In 2014 and 2015, Stadium Journey rated AMSOIL Arena as the second best stadium experience in the United States and Canada, behind Oriole Park at Camden Yards home to Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles.
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|Home of the
UMD Bulldogs Men's Hockey
|Home of the
UMD Bulldogs Women's Hockey
Erie Insurance Arena
|Host of the NCAA Women's DI Ice Hockey Tournament