Blaine, Minn. (January 20, 2017) – The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC) has finalized a long-term lease agreement with the Metropolitan Airports Commission (MAC) for 49 acres of multi-use sports playing fields east of the National Sports Center (NSC) campus. The 49-acres, sometimes referred to as the Blaine Soccer Complex, is located immediately east of the Schwan Super Rink parking lot. The parcel includes 10 multi-use fields and four softball fields. Two of the fields and the softball complex are lighted. The 49-acre parcel is contiguous to the 400 acres the MASC already leases from the MAC for the Victory Links golf course.
This aerial photo shows the 49-acre parcel of land the MASC is leasing from the MAC. This view is taken from the north side of 105th Ave NE, looking south. It shows the softball fields to the left, Victory Links Clubhouse and playing fields.
The MAC and the MASC had previously agreed to a one-year lease last year. After that lease was finalized, both parties immediately moved toward agreement on a long-term lease, and the 30-year lease is the result.
While the lease agreement is between the MASC and MAC, the fields will be programmed and maintained by the National Sports Center Foundation. The MASC and the MAC also amended the lease of the Victory Links golf course to coincide with the term of the lease for the 49 acre parcel.
Until this year, the property was leased from the MAC by the City of Blaine.
“Our goal is to control the property long-term, to insure the highest and best use of the property, which is to serve the recreational sports needs of the public,” said MASC Executive Director Todd Johnson. “Over time, we plan to upgrade the condition of the fields so they are on a par with the rest of the NSC campus.”
Johnson also pointed out the extending the lease for the Victory Links golf course was an important priority for the MASC.
“Victory Links is a valued public recreational resource, especially for our neighbors in Anoka County,” he said. “With the golf market changing rapidly, we’re proud to be able to assure the public that it’ll be there for golfers to play for years to come.”
User groups will still be welcome to rent fields for training and games. The Blaine Soccer Club has been the primary user of the fields, and the club will continue to be a prime user. As has been done in the past, the fields will also be used for several of the NSC’s larger soccer tournaments, such as Schwan’s USA CUP in July.
To rent fields at the National Sports Center: http://www.nscsports.org/page/show/1583032-indoor-and-outdoor-field-rental.