The Mankato Civic Center has been renamed Mayo Clinic Health System Event Center, the result of a five-year partnership with the City of Mankato. The agreement is effective January 1.
The civic center is used for Division I hockey, concerts, expos, conventions and corporate events. In addition to facility-naming rights, the agreement creates new opportunities for health and wellness events, healthy menu options within the arena, and other community health tools, such as implementing an indoor walking program–the Mayo Clinic Mile.
“Communities thrive through collaboration,” says James Hebl, M.D., regional vice president of Mayo Clinic Health System. “We are excited to partner with the city of Mankato in a new and exciting way, promoting health and wellness initiatives that will improve the quality of life for our community members.”
The partnership’s focus on health, wellness and quality of life also is in line with Mankato’s Strategic Plan. Before finalizing the $120,000 annual sponsorship investment with Mayo Clinic Health System, the city had discussions with potential partners in a variety of other industry sectors.
“This process has taken many months of discussion, research and negotiation to get to this point,” says City Manager Patrick Hentges. “We think it positions our community positively and provides ample return on public investment.”
“Mayo Clinic Health System is committed to investing in the community in numerous ways and helping to ensure it remains a healthy and vibrant place to live,” Dr. Hebl says. “We are grateful that the city has invited us to collaborate with them in a way that allows us to become the community’s premier health and wellness partner.”