Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA, since 2002)
The Ridder Arena is an ice hockey stadium in Minneapolis. It is a venue for the women's hockey team from the University of Minnesota, the Golden Gophers and can accommodate about 3400 spectators.
The Ridder Arena was built in 2002, about 20 million U.S. dollars. It is named after Kathleen and Bob Ridder, which long -time patrons of ice hockey at the university were and U.S. $ 500,000 donated to the construction of the arena. The building includes not only the ice hockey stadium and the adjoining Baseline Tennis Center with 22 tennis courts.
The first hockey game in the newly built Arena took place on 19 October 2002 at the 3239 spectators rather than against the St. Cloud State University. Prior to the women's team had played their games in the Mariucci Arena. With the Ridder Arena she was the first women's team in the WCHA, which discharged their games in their own Hockey Stadium. The playing field has the typical for the NHL size and is about 26 meters wide and 61 meters long. The spectator area comprises almost 3400 seats, including a Club Room with 210 seats and nine boxes, each with 14 seats. The Arena is located next to the Mariucci Arena and is connected by an underground tunnel with her.