Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Williams Arena History

The Minnesota Golden Gophers men's basketball team wears the school colors of maroon and gold and play their games out of Williams Arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. When the Big Ten was established in 1905, the Minnesota Gophers already had a basketball program and won the first two conference titles. The Gophers men's basketball team were very successful in their early years. Gopher Basketball tickets sell quickly!

In modern times, the Gophers moved from the Kenwood Armory in downtown Minneapolis to the University of Minnesota Field House, later Williams Arena, in 1928. Williams Arena was named after Henry L. Williams, the former Minnesota Golden Gophers football coach in 1950. The arena originally could only sell 9,500 Minnesota Gophers men's basketball tickets, but in 1950, it was remodeled and expanded, making way for a capacity of 18,025. Williams Arena is known as one of the only arenas to have a raised court, in which players must climb stairs to an elevated playing surface.

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