AMSOIL Arena facts for kids
|Location||350 Harbor Drive
Duluth, Minnesota 55802
|Owner||Duluth Entertainment Convention Center|
|Operator||Duluth Entertainment Convention Center|
|Surface||85' x 200' (Ice)|
|Broke ground||September 2008|
|Opened||December 30, 2010|
|Construction cost||$80 million
($80 million in 2018 dollars2018)
|Architect||Populous (formerly HOK Sport)
|UMD Bulldogs men's hockey (NCHC) (2010–present)
UMD Bulldogs women's hockey (WCHA) (2011–present)
AMSOIL Arena is a multipurpose arena in Duluth, Minnesota, home to the UMD Men's and UMD Women's hockey teams. It opened in 2010, replacing the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center Arena on the waterfront near Duluth's landmark Aerial Lift Bridge.
The facility cost nearly $80 million; about half ($38 million) paid by the State of Minnesota through a 2008 bond bill, another 27% (about $21.6 million) by a voter-approved city food-and-beverage tax increase, 12% (about $9.6 million) by UMD, and the last 11% (about $8.8 million) by the DECC. Construction ran from September 2008 to December 2010, and included a 475-space parking garage with a skywalk connecting it to the arena.
The first event held at the arena was on December 30, 2010. UMD men's hockey team lost 0–5 to North Dakota before a crowd of 6,764, tied for the team's highest home attendance that season.
In their first season in the arena, the UMD men's hockey team won the NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship. In 2012, the arena hosted the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament, in which Minnesota beat Wisconsin, 4–2.
The arena's attendance record was set on June 20, 2018 during a President Donald Trump rally, which drew 8,372 people. The attendance record for a sporting event was set on January 25, 2020, when UMD men's hockey team lost to their rival, North Dakota, 2–3 in front of 7,711 fans.
Comparison to DECC Arena
|Characteristic||DECC Arena||AMSOIL Arena|
|Concessions||28||35 + 6 portable|
|Club space||0 sq. ft.||2000 sq. ft.|
|Leg room between rows||31"||34" lower, 33" upper|
|Scoreboard||10' x 12'||15' x 20'|
|Ice sheet||85' x 190'||85' x 200'|
AMSOIL Arena is primarily used as a hockey arena home to the University of Minnesota-Duluth's men's and women's hockey teams. The arena hosted the 2012 NCAA Division I Women's Ice Hockey Tournament.
AMSOIL Arena hosted the 2017 Ice Breaker Tournament, held October 6-7th 2017. Four teams participated in the tournament. Michigan Tech defeated Union College 6-3 and University of Minnesota Duluth defeated University of Minnesota 4–3 in overtime in the tournament's first round. In the final round, University of Minnesota Duluth fell to tournament champion Michigan Tech 4–3, while in the consolation game the University of Minnesota beat Union College 2–0.
Other hockey events include preseason practices for the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild-open to the public, Minnesota State High School League section 7A and 7AA tournament games, as well as a high-school all-star game.
AMSOIL Arena has held many different types of events, from comedians Jeff Dunham and Jim Gaffigan to Cirque du Soleil. The local AAD Shrine holds its annual AAD Shrine Circus fundraiser at the arena each April. The arena also hosts concerts. The Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra had the first non-sporting event held at the arena, "Cirque de la Symphonie on Ice", on December 31, 2010, a day after the facility opened. It can also be converted to host dinners and conventions. On June 20, 2018 President Donald Trump held a rally in the arena that saw a record breaking attendance of 8,372.
|Date||Main Artist||Other Artists||Tour Name||Attendance||Revenue||Notes|
|May 6, 2011||Elton John||Greatest Hits Live Tour||N/A||N/A|
|June 25, 2011||Michael Buble||Naturally 7||Crazy Love Tour||5,368 / 5,368||$414,132|
|December 7, 2011||Avenged Sevenfold||Hollywood Undead
Black Veil Brides
|The Buried Alive Tour||N/A||N/A|
|April 18, 2012||Trans-Siberian Orchestra||Beethoven's Last Night Tour 2012||N/A||N/A|
|March 22, 2013||Jason Aldean||Jake Owen
|2013 Night Train Tour||N/A||N/A|
|February 1, 2014||Justin Moore||Randy Houser
|Off The Beaten Path Tour||N/A||N/A|
|February 15, 2014||TobyMac||Brandon Heath
|Hits Deep Tour||N/A||N/A|
|April 6, 2014||Casting Crowns||Laura Story
For King & Country
|April 11, 2014||Ludacris||Two-9
|March 26, 2015||Little Big Town||Chris Stapleton||The Painkiller Tour||N/A||N/A|
|April 24, 2015||Juicy J||Brother Ali
DJ Shannon Blowtorch
|December 3, 2015||Chris Young||Eric Paslay
|I'm Comin' Over Tour||N/A||N/A|
|June 1, 2016||James Taylor||N/A||N/A|
|August 19, 2016||Kiss||Caleb Johnson||Freedom to Rock Tour||5,157 / 5,883||$406,092|
|August 6, 2016||The Beach Boys||The Temptations||Surf & Soul Tour||N/A||N/A||DECC's 50th Anniversary Concert|
|November 6, 2016||Keith Urban||Maren Morris||ripCORD World Tour 2016||N/A||N/A|
|November 26, 2016||Bryan Adams||Get Up Tour||N/A||N/A|
|March 4, 2017||Thomas Rhett||Kelsea Ballerini
|Home Team Tour 2017||N/A||N/A|
|April 29, 2017||Brantley Gilbert||Luke Combs
|The Devil Don't Sleep Tour||N/A||N/A|
|August 3, 2017||Chris Stapleton||Margo Price
|All-American Road Show Tour||N/A||N/A|
|March 13, 2018||Styx||REO Speedwagon
|March 16, 2018||Little Big Town||Kacey Musgraves
|The Breakers Tour||N/A||N/A|
|November 7, 2018||Alabama||Whiskey Trail||The Hits Tour 2018||N/A||N/A||Rescheduled from September 30, 2018|
|December 15, 2018||Old Dominion||High Valley||Happy Endings World Tour||N/A||N/A|
|March 7, 2019||Dierks Bentley||Jon Pardi
Hot Country Knights
|Burning Man Tour||N/A||N/A|
|April 11, 2019||Luke Combs||LANCO
|Beer Never Broke My Heart Tour||N/A||N/A|
|May 9, 2019||Kelsea Ballerini||Brett Young
|The Miss Me More Tour||N/A||N/A|
|October 19, 2019||Chris Young||Eli Young Band
|Raised on Country Tour||N/A||N/A|
In 2013, Stadium Journey rated AMSOIL Arena as the best stadium experience in the United States and Canada. In 2014 and 2015, Stadium Journey rated AMSOIL Arena as the second best stadium experience in the United States and Canada, behind Oriole Park at Camden Yards home to Major League Baseball's Baltimore Orioles.
AMSOIL Arena was ranked the best college hockey arena by Stadium Journey in 2014 and 2015.
The Wall Street Journal named AMSOIL Arena one of its 10 "Golden Zamboni" winners for its uniqueness among the nation's college hockey venues.
|Home of the
UMD Bulldogs Men's Hockey
|Home of the
UMD Bulldogs Women's Hockey
Erie Insurance Arena
|Host of the NCAA Women's DI Ice Hockey Tournament
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