While there are many collegiate teams in Minneapolis, world-renowned University of Minnesota rises to the top as a prestigious place to attend for athletics and academics. The "U" is the 4thlargest college in the nation (68,000 students), and supports 25 D-1 men’s and women’s sports. "The Gophers consistently produce men's and women's teams that compete for titles every year, and are always hosting national events like the Frozen Four and March Madness. Beautiful facilities like the new TCF Bank Stadium (football), Williams Arena (basketball) and Mariucci Arena(hockey) provide the perfect place to watch one of the best collegiate programs in action. Read on below to see what Gopher sports are underway right now in Minneapolis.
2013 NCAA Women’s Frozen Four
The annual NCAA Women's Ice Hockey Championship tournaments determine the top women's ice hockey teams in NCAA Division I and Division III. This tournament is a single elimination competition of eight teams (seven for Division III) that has determined the women's collegiate national champion since 2000-01, when the NCAA began sponsoring the sport. This year, the Final Four is held in Minneapolis at Ridder Arena from March 22-24. The Gophers are 39-0-0 this year, and have a 40+ game win streak.
The Big Ten Men’s Gymnastics Championship pits the seven Big Ten gymnastics schools against each other for two full days of non-stop competition. This year, the championship will be held April 5-6 at the University of Minnesota.
Five-time winners of the Big Ten Conference since 2000, the Minnesota Gophers Men’s Baseball team is ready for another season of baseball in 2013. The Gophers play their games at newly renovated Siebert Field on the University of Minnesota campus, and the Gophers look to bring back the core of their strong 2012 team. Past alumni of the team include: Dave Winfield, Paul Molitor, Terry Steinbach, Glen Perkins and Cole De Vries.