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At Stick it to Cancer hockey tournament April 7-9, players are playing for a higher cause

03/15/2017, 5:45pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

As surely as spring comes to the National Sports Center in Blaine, an early April weekend at the Schwan Super Rink will go pink. For the 19th straight year, female hockey teams will take the ice and play for a higher cause.

The annual Stick it to Cancer hockey tournament, set for April 7-9, will draw both youth and adult female teams to play for a championship, but more importantly, to raise funds to fight breast cancer.

“Hockey’s a very competitive sport,” says tournament director Kristina King. “When you play hockey, your goal is to win the championship, to win the game. A tournament like this ties in a greater purpose, and gives people a bigger perspective on life.”

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.

China Champions visit the NSC

11/22/2016, 3:45pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

On November 18, the National Sports Center (NSC) was honored to host the 2016-17 class from the University of Minnesota’s China Champions Program. Led by the U’s School of Kinesiology, in collaboration with Beijing Sport University, the China Champions program is an exchange program in which Chinese athletes live in Minnesota for 10 months attending specially designed courses in the School of Kinesiology, including academic seminars, workshops and English as a Learned Language classes.

October 22-23 weekend showcases the diversity of NSC events

10/24/2016, 2:30pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

The National Sports Center takes pride in the healthy mix of different sports and activities we host. From soccer to hockey, golf to cycling. Mix in community events and business meetings, and the NSC is all about diversity.

While we’re used to moving from sport to sport, it’s rare to have the diverse mix of sports and activities packed into the same weekend, October 22-23. Here is a list of the events featured on at the NSC that weekend:

  • In the NSC Stadium, Minneapolis City SC captured a 2-1 victory over Oakland County FC from Michigan in a second round game of the U.S. Open Cup soccer tournament.
  • At the Schwan Super Rink, the North American Prospects Hockey League Showcase welcomed 44 teams from all over the U.S. is the 15U, 16U and 18U divisions.  
  • Inside the NSC Sports Hall, the annual Kick or Treat soccer tournament hosted 74 teams from U-10 through high school.
  • The Sport Expo Center was turned into a gymnastics venue for the Ghost and Goblins Gymnastics Meet, sponsored by Flyaways Gymnastics.  
  • Back on the outdoor fields, the Boundary Waters Lacrosse Classic hosted 35 teams in the 13-17 age groups.
  • On both Saturday and Sunday, the Velocross cyclocross race welcomed several hundred riders to continuous racing on fields U2, U3 and looping around the Velodrome. Cyclocross is a highly entertaining branch of bicycle racing that combines riding, running, and technical bike handling skills into races that lasts from 30 minutes to an hour.
  • Lacrosse took center stage on Sunday in the NSC Stadium as Marquette University matched up against Fairfield University in a division 1 fall season lacrosse game.
  • Finally, at the ReMax Great Pumpkin Giveaway on Sunday, free pumpkins, live music from the Teddy Bear Band, and inflatables were the big attraction as a projected 10,000 people got an early start on their family Halloween festivities.

Check out the photo gallery of all the diverse fun:

Kick-or-Treat kicks off NSC indoor season, October 19-23

10/04/2016, 2:15pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

The National Sports Center’s (NSC) Kick-or-Treat indoor soccer tournament is the one tournament when your team can attempt to win a championship playing in tutus. Or should you choose, super hero garb. Long braided wigs? Why not?