The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers sports fields are located on the University of Minnesota campus in Minneapolis. The U of M fields NCAA Division-I varsity men's and women's basketball, cross-country, gymnastics, golf, ice hockey, swimming, tennis, and track and field teams. Even the cheerleaders, dance team and the U of M's marching band are also parts of the University's athletic department. Since 2002, Joel Maturi has been the Athletic Director in charge of all of the Minnesota Golden Gophers Teams.
In both men's and women's ice hockey, Minnesota Golden Gophers belong to the Western Collegiate Hockey Association. In all the other sports, Minnesota Golden Gophers belong to the Big Ten Conference. The facilities that the teams use are located on the East Bank of the University's campus in Stadium Village. Williams Arena is used for the men's and women's basketball as Mariucci Arena is used for Men's Gopher Hockey, Ridder Arena for Women's Hockey and TCF Bank Stadium for Golden Gopher Football.
In 1880, the U of M was preparing for spring graduation and President Folwell began a tradition of common school colors at the U. Over the past 29 years, there were different graduation colors used at every ceremony, but this year was going to be the start of having school colors. President Folwell asked an English instructor, Mrs. Augusta Smith, to select appropriate colors to use for the graduation ribbons and other occasions. She decided on gold and maroon, which made an approving impression on the faculty and students in 1880. As the years continued on, gold and maroon have stayed as the U of M's school colors. The school songs for the U include: Minnesota Rouser, Minnesota March, Go Gopher Victory, Our Minnesota, Minnesota Fight, Hail! Minnesota, and the Battle Hymn of the Republic. The U of M's mascot, Goldy Gopher, is mascot to all 23 varsity teams.
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