The University of Minnesota athletic department announced today new season ticket pricing for men's basketball and men's hockey. Starting with the 2019-20 seasons, season tickets for basketball will start at $340 and hockey will start at $500. Basketball season ticket prices are the lowest they have been since the 1995-96 season, while hockey prices are the lowest they have been since the 1999-00 season. Fans can view seating maps for the 2019-20 seasons here.
"I think it's important to listen, collect information and then make the best decisions for our programs," said Athletics Director Mark Coyle. "That's what our staff did. They took feedback, studied the data and were able to find solutions. Our goal is to make Gopher athletics accessible to as many fans as possible, and I believe we have done that. We live in a vibrant community and state where entertainment options are endless. We have to be extremely competitive and creative with the options we offer, while still making sure that we provide every opportunity for our student athletes. We will continue to explore additional options for all our sports in the future."
Seventeen sections at Williams Arena will be available to fans for $340, which reflects a $190 price decrease from last season. The number of home games can vary each year, but over the last four seasons, the Gophers have averaged 17 games at The Barn, which would translate to an average ticket price of $20 for those seasons. Minnesota's complete schedule will be announced in a few months, but the Gophers will play the following Big Ten opponents at home next season: Indiana, Iowa, Maryland, Michigan, Michigan State, Nebraska, Northwestern, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin.
Minnesota has also reduced six additional sections at Williams that directly overlook the court from $640 to $490 for the upcoming season. It was also announced that there would be no increases for any basketball season tickets for the general public.
Season tickets for five of the 24 sections at 3M Arena at Mariucci will now start at $500, which is $100 less than the $600 price for the 2018-19 season and $200 less than the $700 price for the 2017-18 season. Minnesota traditionally plays 20 home games a year, which means that the average ticket price for season ticket holders in these sections would be $25. Minnesota will play Michigan, Michigan State, Minnesota Duluth, Niagara, North Dakota, Notre Dame, Ohio State, Penn State and Wisconsin at home next season. The Gophers will also welcome in-start rivals St. Cloud State, Minnesota State and Bemidji State for the Mariucci Classic and will play two of those three schools.
Minnesota also reduced four additional sections at 3M Arena at Mariucci from $800 to $700 and like basketball, there will not be any increases in hockey season tickets for the general public.
Being a season ticket holder for basketball and hockey will be the most affordable way to watch the Gophers play every game live during the upcoming season. In addition to paying the lowest price per game, season-ticket holders also receive access to great Gopher Loyalty Program benefits (discounts on merchandise, concessions, complimentary tickets to select sports and access to exclusive behind-the-scenes events), discounts on single-game tickets, monthly payment plan options and Gopher Score pre-sale access for on-sales, postseason tickets and more.
Renewals for basketball and hockey season tickets will begin soon. Fans interested in securing season tickets for 2019-20 can do so by submitting their interest here.