|Location||1901 4th St. SE
Minneapolis, MN 55455
|Owner||University of Minnesota|
|Operator||University of Minnesota|
|Surface||200' x 85'|
|Construction cost||$20 million|
Ankeny Kell Architects
|Minnesota Golden Gophers Women's Hockey (NCAA) (2002-present)|
Ridder Arena is the ice rink of the women's hockey team at the University of Minnesota. The Golden Gophers were the only collegiate women's hockey team to have an arena built for them, until the University of Wisconsin opened the LaBahn Arena in 2012. The arena was opened in 2002.
The arena seats about 3,400 people; included in that total are the occupants of about 200 club seats and nine sky boxes. Ridder Arena features NHL sized ice at 85 ft x 200 ft. It is next door to Mariucci Arena and an underground access tunnel connects them, which allows them to share ice grooming equipment. The arrangement also allows the two Gopher hockey teams easy access to both NHL and Olympic ice, depending on their weekly opponent. The building also holds the Baseline Tennis Center indoor tennis courts.
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