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Latest News from the NSC

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.

2017 NAHL Showcase returns to National Sports Center Sept. 20-24

09/14/2017, 2:45pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer

The annual event is one of the largest tournaments hosted at the Schwan Super Rink

Blaine, Minn. (September 14, 2017) -- The North American Hockey League (NAHL) Showcase Tournament, in its 15th year as one of hockey's most prestigious and well-attended events of the entire season, will be held September 20-24, at the Schwan Super Rink on the campus of the National Sports Center in Blaine, Minn. All 23 NAHL teams will play four regular-season games at the Showcase, which attracts over 9,000 people in overall attendance.

The NAHL Showcase moved to the Super Rink in 2004, and it has become one of the largest tournaments that the Schwan Super Rink hosts annually. It is also a major driver of additional revenue to local businesses, especially restaurants.

For scouting purposes, the event is a yearly gathering for every collegiate program and NHL team as they get their first look at some of the best and brightest hockey talent North America has to offer.  Last season over 350 NHL, collegiate, and junior scouts attended the event.

The Schwan Super Rink is the largest ice arena of its kind in the world. The state-of-the-art facility, a $21 million project totaling over 300,000 square feet, features eight sheets of ice under one roof. With all its varied amenities and services, the Schwan Super Rink is absolutely unique in the world of ice sport facilities and an ideal venue for large tournaments like the NAHL Showcase.

Here are the teams playing in the NAHL Showcase:

Central Division
Aberdeen Wings, S.D.
Austin Bruins, Minn.
Bismarck Bobcats, N.D.
Brookings Blizzard, S.D.
Minnesota Wilderness, Cloquet, Minn.
Minot Minotauros, N.D.

East Division
Johnstown Tomahawks, Pa.
New Jersey Titans, Middletown, N.J.
Northeast Generals, Attleboro, Mass.
Philadelphia Rebels, Pa.
Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights, Pa.

Midwest Division
Coulee Region Chill, LaCrosse, Wis.
Fairbanks Ice Dogs, Alaska
Janesville Jets, Wis.
Kenai River Brown Bears, Soldatna, Alaska
Minnesota Magicians, Richfield, Minn.
Springfield Jr. Blues, Ill.

South Division
Amarillo Bulls, Tex.
Corpus Christi IceRays, Tex.
Lone Star Brahmas, North Richland Hills, Tex.
Odessa Jackalopes, Tex.
Shreveport Mudbugs, La.
Topeka RoadRunners, Kan.

For more details on the 2016 NAHL Showcase Tournament, including ticket, hotel, rental car, scouting and schedule information, visit

Click here for the game schedule for the NAHL Showcase. All games will be held at the Schwan Super Rink.

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.