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Statement from the National Sports Center Foundation on the status of the NSC Velodrome

12/19/2014, 11:45am CST
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

Blaine, Minn. (December 18, 2014) -- Opened in 1990, the National Sports Center (NSC) Velodrome is one of the facilities that dates back to the original NSC campus. Designed by the world-famous velodrome design firm, Schurmann Architects of Berlin, Germany, the 250-meter wood track has hosted the 1992 Olympic Cycling Trials, several U.S. National Championships, international Grand Prix meets and still hosts a weekly race series, development classes and training sessions.

Check out these aerial views of the NSC's new field construction

12/10/2014, 3:00pm CST
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

As a followup to the NSC blog from last week about the NSC's field construction project, we were over at the site yesterday with T.J. Tronson of North Metro Television. T.J. was shooting video and still photos from the station's drone. Check out these awesome images of the project, and look for an upcoming segment on NSCtv with video footage from the air and also from inside the cab of the earth movers!

Watch the latest NSCtv episode

12/09/2014, 1:30pm CST
By Admin

The latest episode of NSCtv takes you behind the scenes of the Hard Water Ice Fishing Expo and we found some very chatty girls at the All American Girls' Hockey tournament.

Watch now.

These guidelines will help you know what's recyclable

12/09/2014, 11:00am CST
By Hannah Van Eendenburg, MN GreenCorps Waste Prevention and Recycling

Many people are deterred from recycling because it can be confusing.

Waste Management, North America’s largest residential recycling company, has created a great online education tool, with three simple rules that are easy to remember when asking yourself if an item is recyclable. The website states: "Recycle all my empty bottles, cans, and paper; keep food and liquids out of my recycling; and keep loose plastic bags out of my recycling." These are three simple rules that help keep the recycle stream going as clean and smoothly as possible. If everyone follows those three rules, the sorting machines would run smoothly and recycling can be fun and easy!  

Centennial Youth Hockey Association takes over the Schwan Super Rink this weekend with their girls-only Super Chill Tournament.

Learn more here.

NSC field expansion project is moving forward

12/05/2014, 10:45am CST
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

The National Sports Center's field expansion project, which was funded by $3.2 million in state bonding funds, is underway on 80 acres between 105th and 109th Avenues NE, just east of existing soccer fields. The fields are being developed on land the NSC already owns.

This construction is the first phase of a project that will eventually add up to 20 new athletic fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate and other field sports

For a campus already designated as the “World’s Largest Soccer Complex” by the Guinness Book of Records, why does the NSC need more fields?

“The new fields will allow us to grow our major soccer tournaments,” said Kara Radeke, the NSC’s Senior Director of Soccer and Field Sports Programs. "Bottom line, we will be able accept more teams, which will generate an immediate boost in economic impact for the State and the Anoka County area.”

Projections are that when the project is fully completed, the new fields will add $6 million in annual out-of-state economic impact to the $45 million the NSC already produces.

Here is a photo gallery of the earth moving activity on December 4:

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