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Rochester City Council to Consider Mayo Civic Center Name Change

photo by Kim David
photo by Kim David

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – A recommendation to change the name of the Mayo Civic Center has been sent to the Rochester City Council and is scheduled to be on the agenda for next Monday’s regular City Council meeting.

The Mayo Civic Center Commission voted earlier in the year to recommend changing the name of the expanded facility to the Rochester Minnesota Convention and Events Center. The recommendations sent to the City Council also calls for paying tribute to the contributions and the continuing legacy of the Mayo Brothers by naming some interior venues in their honor and creating a Mayo Community Gallery of historical artifacts and museum-quality displays

“Changing our name is a decision that’s been reached only after a huge amount of research, user testing, discussion, and thoughtful deliberation,” said Marv Mitchell, Chair of the Mayo Civic Center Commission. “It’s
important to all of us to preserve the legacy of the Mayo Civic Center founders, through whose vision and generosity the Mayo Civic Center was established almost 80 years ago.”

The Mayo Civic Center first opened in 1939 as the Mayo Civic Auditorium and was a gift to the city by Dr. Charles H. Mayo and the Mayo Clinic.

Mayo Civic CenterThe name change recommendation will be presented to the City Council by representatives of the Mayo Civic Center Commission and the Rochester Convention and the Visitors Bureau.

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