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Gophers move into renovated Mariucci Arena locker room

The Gophers men’s hockey program has another reason to be excited about showing up to Mariucci Arena this season. The players and coaches moved into their renovated locker room last weekend to mark the completion of the first phase of a $5 million update.

“Welcome to the new home of Gopher Hockey! It’s officially Gophers move-in day,” a post on the team’s Instagram account said. The photo showcased the flashy locker room anchored by a large “M” hanging from the ceiling.

The construction lasted nearly six months and began with the players enjoying the demolition process (see below).

The renovation includes new locker rooms, training rooms, a film room, players lounge, weight room and shooting station. It is privately funded by alumni and boosters.

“Mariucci was built in ’93. There have been a lot of facilities built and upgraded since that time. We need to do our upgrades, too,” Lucia said after the renovations were approved last fall. He helped lead the fundraising campaign and eventually expects the rink size to be updated to NHL standards.

M.A. Mortenson is leading the project, along with the university's $166 million athletes village.
 

 

Welcome to the new home of Gopher Hockey! It's officially #Gophers move-in day.

A photo posted by Minnesota Golden Gopher Hockey (@gophermhockey) on

 

Thanks to 37 & 26 for helping out on the #Gophers renovation project yesterday.

A video posted by Minnesota Golden Gopher Hockey (@gophermhockey) on

Michael Phelps using gold medals as ball markers? Ryder Cup kicks off with fun, lighthearted mood

The Ryder Cup kicked off Tuesday at Hazeltine National Golf Club with a lighthearted and fun atmosphere. 

The first official practice day included the celebrity golf competition, team pictures and team-building activities with jokes and laughter the common theme. 

Michael Phelps, the 23-time Olympic gold medalist swimmer participating in the celebrity event, was asked what he was using for ball markers and responded “Gold medals.”

Actor Bill Murray excited the crowd by dedicating his first shot to Minnesota. After it hooked right, he said “It looks like it's more for Wisconsin.” The crowd erupted in laughter. 

U.S. vice captain Tiger Woods tried to sneak into the players-only team photo. 

Team Europe was entertained by famous European magician Dynamo, who used Rory McIlroy as his assistant. 

Check out the fun below:

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