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Frequently Asked Questions


When was the National Sports Center built and who built it?

The original complex opened in 1990. The facility was built by the State of Minnesota, but is operated by a non-profit corporation, the National Sports Center Foundation (NSCF). The NSCF operates the facility on a self-supporting basis. State funds were used to build the facility, but no operating subsidy is provided. The original state investment was $20.3 million.

How many people visit the NSC?

Since opening its doors, the NSC has hosted approximately 28 million visitors. In 2011, over 4 million people visited, making it Minnesota's most visited sports facility.

What kind of economic impact does the NSC have?

In an independent study of the NSC by the State of Minnesota Office of Analysis and Evaluation, the NSC produces over $35 million of out-of-state economic impact annually, $2.3 million of taxes to the state annually, and $800,000 of annual local taxes, and contributes nearly 500 jobs to the economy.

Were all these facilites here when the campus opened?

No, the NSC has evolved and grown since its opening. The original complex had less than forty soccer fields, the velodrome, residence hall, stadium and sports hall. By 1994, the NSC had developed over 50 fields by purchasing land north of 105th Avenue. The Schwan Super Rink opened in October of 1998, the National Youth Golf Center opened in phases between 2000-2004 and the Schwan Center opened in April 2005.

Did the State of Minnesota also build the Schwan Super Rink, National Youth Golf Center and Schwan Center?

The Schwan Super Rink was funded by a cooperative of eight local governmental partners along with the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC). The partners include the cities of Arden Hills, Blaine, Centennial, Coon Rapids, Mounds View, New Brighton, Shoreview, as well as Ramsey and Anoka Counties. Total construction cost was $11 million.

The National Youth Golf Center had $3.1 million of the $10 million cost paid for by the state. The other $6 million was raised through private cash and in-kind sponsorship.

The new Schwan Center was built by the state as part of the bonding bill in 2003.

Are we allowed to bring dogs to the athletic fields at the NSC?

We ask that dogs not be brought the NSC athletic fields for any events or programs. The only exceptions would be for medical purposes ie. seeing dogs.

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