Blaine, Minn. (January 30, 2018) – With the Opening Ceremony of the 2018 PyeongChang Olympic Winter Games just over a week away, the media staff at the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine wanted to continue a tradition that we began four years ago before the 2014 Sochi Olympics -- researching connections between the NSC and the U.S. Olympic Team.
With the Schwan Super Rink at the NSC being the busiest hockey facility in Minnesota, it will come as no surprise that we focused our historical sleuthing on hockey. And it should come as no further surprise that we found plenty of connections.
In fact, of the 48 players named to the men’s and women’s USA Olympic rosters, we have confirmed that at least 31 of the players have skated at the Schwan Super Rink over the years.
When the sun rises on Super Bowl Sunday, February 4, in the Twin Cities, Schwan Super Rink ice technician Ryan Hevern will be at MSP Airport, boarding a flight and getting out of town. Hevern’s not trying to avoid the big game; he just has a bigger and better gig – the 2018 Olympic Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea.
Hevern was tapped to work as an ice technician at the two hockey arenas, the Gangneung and Kwandong Hockey Centers. It was an assignment he eagerly accepted as a professional honor, and a reward for years spent learning his craft.
The last two remaining construction projects on the National Sports Center campus -- the 105th Ave NE reconstruction and the NSC Stadium turf installation -- have been suspended for the winter. Here are the details:
105th Ave NE reconstruction
This week the contractor suspended work on the project until next spring. Installation was completed on the water main from Radisson Road to Davenport Street and connected all of the existing properties to the new main. In addition, a small portion of storm sewer on the north side was completed.
The project is well positioned for early construction to begin in the spring. Connexus Energy is also finishing the installation of two temporary lights at the roundabouts.
The City of Blaine is requesting that traffic use caution while traveling through the project site for the winter.
NSC Stadium turf installation
The contractor has concluded work in the Stadium for the season. The turf has been installed on the full two-field footprint, and is currently snow covered:
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