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Inside Minnesota Duluth’s AMSOIL Arena

Here are some things to know about AMSOIL Arena, where Merrimack will play UMD this weekend …

Merrimack travels to Minnesota Duluth this weekend for a pair of games at AMSOIL Arena. It will be Merrimack’s first trip to the building.

AMSOIL Arena was opened in 2010 at a cost of $80 million, however, the university only had to pay about $9.6 million. The rest of the construction cost was covered through a bond bill by the State of Minnesota ($38 million), a voter-approved food-and-beverage tax increase ($21.6 million) and the Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center ($8.8 million).

The building seats 6,726 for hockey. The naming rights were purchased by AMSOIL, and they reportedly paid $6 million to own the naming rights for 20 years.

The first event at the building was a UMD hockey game on Dec. 30, 2010; the Bulldogs fell to North Dakota, 5-0.

Other events at the arena have included Elton John (2011), Ludacris (2014) and KISS (2016). Last season, Duluth went 11-4-4.

Mike McMahon is in his 12th year covering Merrimack College for The Eagle Tribune and is the founder and managing editor of The Mack Report. Mike also serves on staff as a senior writer at College Hockey News. Follow him on Twitter @MikeMcMahonCHN

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