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.