It was success at first spike for the University of Minnesota’s Golden Gophers volleyball team — which launched in 1972 and has appeared in the NCAA tournament 24 times in the last 30 years, including every year since 2015. Under the stewardship of Big Ten Coach of the Year and AVCA Coach of the Year Hugh McCutcheon, the 2019-2020 season kicked off with a win in an upgraded home worthy of this All-American program. Built in 1928, the 2019 transformation of Maturi Pavilion enhances the performance of the student-athletes brings a unique volleyball experience not found anywhere in the Big Ten.
On the lower level, players now have direct access from the competition court to strength training, athletic medicine, a nutrition station, and hydrotherapy pools. The team room, locker room, theater/view room, media room, coaches offices, and player lounge are state-of-the-art, and a Room of Dreams helps host recruits. In addition, a game day locker room is provided for wrestling and gymnastics teams that also hold events in the Sports Pavilion. On the upper level, a club room adds 48 premium seats for fans. And, for the first time ever, Maturi Pavilion is now air-conditioned.