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“Great Times in a Grand Old Building.”
Review of Williams Arena

Williams Arena
Ranked #62 of 212 things to do in Minneapolis
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Bloomington, Minnesota
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51 reviews
12 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Great Times in a Grand Old Building.”
Reviewed June 6, 2014

Great Times in a Grand Old Building. I been to more then half the Big Ten Basketball Arenas. Nothing compares to rock en old lady, the barn. It is a great place for watching college basketball. It has a special magic, even when its empty.

Visited February 2014
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Chevy Chase, Maryland
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“One of the classic American basketball arenas”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

I haven't visited in years but had the pleasure of doing so in 1988 and 1989. I'm a Big Ten basketball fan and so see the arena regularly on TV to this day. It doesn't seemed to have changed much over the years. Walk down the ramp into the arena and you find yourself not much above eye level with the raised floor, unusual among U.S. arenas. The Golden Gophers have hosted some fine talent over the years and this place has ample history.

The building is split into two parts. The west end used to house the men's hockey team until the 90's. It has been remodeled into a gym for the volleyball, gymnastics and wrestling teams. Well worth the detour to see as it is among the dozen most historic college basketball arenas.

Visited March 2014
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Chisholm, Minnesota
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“Love it”
Reviewed March 21, 2014

Check out this historical place. The arena just reeks history. Played there in the 70's and have been a fan of this place ever since. Parking can be an issue if you don't like to walk a long way

Visited March 2014
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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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70 reviews
37 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“The Barn”
Reviewed March 5, 2014

Tubby Smith bad-mouthed this facility; Richard Pitino loves it. It is a great venue for watching college basketball. Had season tickets for years. Gave them up. Might invest in them again.

Visited December 2013
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“Rock the Barn”
Reviewed February 25, 2014 via mobile

While this place sits next to the new football stadium and the newer hockey areana, Williams arena provides a great venue for college basketball with a nostalgic feel. With the raised floor and a raucous student section this is a wonderful place to go watch a game.

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