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Address: 1925 University Ave SE, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455-2000
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Great basketball arena!

This is an old school basketball arena at its finest. Sight lines in some areas is not the best, the raised floor seems like an accident waiting to happen, but when the score is... read more

Reviewed 24 January 2017
rduinc
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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847 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2017

This is an old school basketball arena at its finest. Sight lines in some areas is not the best, the raised floor seems like an accident waiting to happen, but when the score is close, and the fans noisy, this is an experience like none other.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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9 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

One of the few of America's great old arenas remaining. Steeped in history - you can hear almost 100 years of cheers reverberating out of the wood and old, curved I-beams. The raised platform basketball floor is iconic. With the students in full-throat, not to be missed during basketball season. The Barn - just a great sports atmosphere.

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Thank robert l
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1,669 reviews
545 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 January 2017

This is where the Minnesota university basketball team plays its home games against opponents from other colleges.

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Thank Alzor S
Stillwater, Minnesota, Usa
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25 reviews
9 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 18 October 2016

Love this place but I am an alum. This arena is truly one of a kind! The raised floor often intimidates opponents. A great place to watch basketball!

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New Ulm, Minnesota, United States
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54 reviews
22 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 August 2016

When the Gophers are competitive, the energy in "The Barn" is electric! We were there last season when things weren't going well. The available players made a game of it vs. WI and had the place rocking!

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Thank Connie S
Eden Prairie, Minnesota
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54 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 June 2016

It's an old field house, kinda nostalgic! Except when you're behind a pillar (aka partially obstructed view.) Fun atmosphere.

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Thank Sally C
Coon Rapids, Minnesota
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103 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2016

I was part of the team that installed a sound system that won national recognition because "they" said it couldn't be done. This is an historic venue that has been preserved in a time when many stadiums are being razed. Kudos to the U of M.

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Thank Deborah S
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42 reviews
31 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 March 2016 via mobile

"The Barn" is a very old stadium. Bathrooms are small. Paint peeling on walls all over the building. There are a lot of obstructed viewing seating. This might be a historical building and all, but for viewing a game it's not great. Needs to be refurbished or tore down. Get a newer up to date arena where all fans can... More 

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Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 132 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 February 2016

My kids and I attended a Gopher Women's Basketball game here. It was my first time at The Barn. The concourse is small and crowded. The ceiling is sloped like.. a barn. Such a unique place with the raised floor and the interesting shape. It was so much easier to see plays than on TV. I would love to see... More 

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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106 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

Great place to watch basketball. The floor is raised. This use to be an old aircraft hangar. Years ago when the Gophers were good, the "barn" use to get really loud. Nowadays it is a reasonable loud not ear splitting. The team isn't so good under Pittino so far.

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