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About the NSC

About the National Sports Center

The National Sports Center is the world's largest amateur sports facility. The NSC operates over 100 unique programs and events in a variety of sports as well as hosting numerous national and international competitions. These events draw over 4 million visitors each year, making it the most visited sports facility in the state. The NSC is a priceless, innovative, and unique asset to the local community, state, and region.

The NSC has a dual mission:

  • To generate out-of-state economic impact through amateur sports events and programs
    In an independent study by the state Office of Analysis and Evaluation, the NSC creates over $47 million in economic impact from out-of-state visitors every year. This spending generates over $3 million in extra revenue to state and local governments, including over $800,000 to municipal governments.
  • To provide amateur sports opportunities to Minnesota residents
    Even though the NSC produces impressive economic impact from out-of-state visitors through signature tournaments and events, 92 percent of participants and visitors are Minnesota residents. This includes athletes who play in leagues and tournaments and their families, spectators to amateur sports events, golfers at Victory Links, and attendees at numerous expos and private meetings. On an average day there are 12 different programs and events taking place at the NSC, and most serve the local community.

The NSC opened in 1990 and was built by the State of Minnesota as part of a statewide building program to improve Minnesota’s amateur sports facilities in preparation for the state's bid to host the 1996 Summer Olympics.

The campus covers 660-acres of sport and event facilities in Blaine, Minnesota. It includes:

The facility has welcomed over 50 million visitors since its opening in 1990.

Even though most of the land purchases and facility development were made with funds from the State of Minnesota, the facility is operated by a non-profit corporation, the National Sports Center Foundation (NSCF). The NSCF runs the facility on a self-supporting basis - no annual appropriation from the state is provided. The original state capital funding was under $15 million, and currently the state has invested just over $33 million on the NSC campus.

In 1998, the original four rinks of the Schwan Super Rink were funded by a cooperative of eleven local governments partnering with the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission. The local partners included the cities of Arden Hills, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Coon Rapids, Lino Lakes, Mounds View, New Brighton, Shoreview, plus Ramsey and Anoka counties. Total construction cost was $11 million.

Since 2000, the NSCF has financed the majority of new construction projects through private investment. All of the $10 million Schwan Super Rink expansion project (rinks 5-8 plus the Herb Brooks Training Center) and two-thirds of Victory Links Golf Course were financed privately. As of 2016, the total private and non-state public investment on the NSC campus is over $40 million.