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NSC construction update for September 21; access road off 105th reopened

09/21/2017, 3:15pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

The access road from 105th Ave NE into the Schwan Super Rink and Welcome Center parking lots has reopened. It is well-graded gravel.

When there is a line backed up exiting the NSC campus onto 105th Ave NE, we encourage cars to turn right. It will speed up the line for all behind you.

Here is the 105th Ave. NE construction update from the City of Blaine:

This week the contractor will be finishing the utility work on the south side.  They will also be grading the sub grade prior to placing the aggregate base.  The private utilities will also complete the removal of the overhead wires and poles.

Next week the contractor is scheduled to complete the fine grading of the aggregate base in preparation of the curb and gutter on the south side.  The concrete curb and gutter is tentatively scheduled for the week of October 2 if the weather continues to cooperate. 

Customers can continue to expect minor delays during construction.

105th Ave NE construction update for Sept. 13

09/13/2017, 3:45pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Here is the September 13 update on 105th Ave NE construction, and how it affects the NSC campus. The technical information is provided by the City of Blaine.

This week the contractor is replacing the storm sewer at the main entrance to the National Sport Center. The access road onto the NSC campus will be reopened Thursday.

Customers needing to access the Schwan Super Rink and other NSC facilities south of 105th will find two access points off Davenport St. -- 1) near the new parking lot south of the Velodrome, and 2) on the north side of the Velodrome through the school construction site.

The contractor will continue to install storm sewer on the south side heading east. Areas of the south side are being graded in preparation of the placement of aggregate base. Private utilities will be removing poles from the north side this week.

Next week’s schedule is to finish the storm sewer on the south side and finish grading the aggregate base in preparation of the concrete curb and gutter.

The City reminds drivers that 105th Ave NE is posted for 30mph for the entire length of the project. The police department has been asked to monitor the corridor as it appears traffic is driving over the posted speed limit. 

NSC construction update for September 8; main access road off 105th to be closed Sept. 11-13

09/08/2017, 4:30pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

Here is the National Sports Center construction update for Friday, September 8.

105th Ave NE Construction:

This week the contractor is installing water main and storm sewer west of Davenport and extending water main through Davenport to the east.  They are also grading the south side in several areas east of Davenport in preparation of placing gravel.  The private utilities will be removing poles this week on the north side of 105th Avenue.

Next week they are scheduled to continue installing storm sewer east of Davenport along with grading the entire south side for placement of gravel.

The contractor has discovered that a culvert under the main campus access road (Super Rink access) needs to be replaced. Replacement is scheduled for Monday-Wednesday, September 11-13. The access road will need to be completely closed during the replacement process. To compensate, a new road along the south edge of the Spring Lake Park School construction site will be opened up. For this three days only, access to the main NSC campus, including the Schwan Super Rink, will be off Davenport St., meaning that for these three days only, all entrance and exit points to the main part of the campus (south of 105th only) will be off Davenport St.

Access to all other parts of the campus, including the Victory Links Golf Course, and fields on the east and north sides of the campus, is unchanged.

Click here for the City of Blaine construction update page, for ongoing information on the 105th Ave NE project.


NSC Sports Hall to get new turf; you can claim your own piece of the old!

09/08/2017, 11:45am CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

The National Sports Center (NSC) is installing new sports turf in the indoor Sports Hall! And you can claim your own piece of the old turf – for free.

Here’s how it will work.

The contractor will start removing the old turf during the week of September 11. Pieces of the old turf will be cut to varying sizes between 15 feet wide by 25 feet long. There will still be rubber infill mixed into the turf. The old turf will be available for pick up outside the Sports Hall September 25-28. The contractor will help you load the turf onto your own truck or trailer, but you will need to provide your own transportation.

Pick-up appointments are required. Please contact Darin Thompson,, 763.792.7306, to schedule your appointment. Be ready to estimate how much turf you would like to pick up.

And now, a bit about the new turf. We couldn’t be more excited to offer our NSC customers the chance to train and play on the same turf as the pros.

With support from Minnesota United FC, we are installing Field Turf Revolution 360, which is a top-of-the-line turf. It’s called a “FIFA Quality” turf, and is used by top clubs like FC Barcelona, Ajax, Arsenal, Liverpool and Paris Saint Germain. In the U.S., Revolution 360 has been installed in CenturyLink Field, home of the Seattle Sounders and Seahawks, and at numerous colleges and universities across the country, including Notre Dame, Ohio State, Washington, Oregon State, Texas Tech and Syracuse. It’s noted for its high-quality playability, safety, natural aesthetics, reduced infill splash, and durability.

The Sports Hall turf should be available for play by the middle of October, and we will use the new turf for our Kick-or-Treat indoor soccer tournament, October 18-23 and for our indoor soccer leagues, which start October 30.

Minnesota United FC will train on the new turf during their winter indoor training schedule.

105th Avenue NE reconstruction update

09/01/2017, 4:30pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

The contractor completed the temporary signal work and shifted traffic to the north side of the road.  The project will continue to maintain one lane of traffic in each direction for the duration of the construction. Traffic in the area should expect minor delays.

This week’s work will include the reclaiming of the pavement on the south side of 105th Avenue from Highway 65 east to Radisson Road.  The concrete curb and gutter will also be removed along the entire south side along with the concrete median from Highway 65 to Davenport St.

The contractor’s proposed work for next week is to install storm sewer, water main,  and begin grading the south side in preparation for aggregate base.

Entrances to the National Sports Center are open at the Schwan Super Rink/Welcome Center entrance, at Victory Links, and off Davenport Street by the new under-construction parking lot adjacent to the NSC Velodrome.

NSC staff has noticed that traffic exiting the campus onto 105th Ave. can usually make a right turn fairly quickly, and this keeps the line moving as well. Left turns are allowed, but they slow the process down for everyone.