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About the NSC

About the National Sports Center

The National Sports Center is the world's largest amateur sports facility. The NSC operates over 100 unique programs and events in a variety of sports as well as hosting numerous national and international competitions. These events draw over 4 million visitors each year, making it the most visited sports facility in the state. The NSC is a priceless, innovative, and unique asset to the local community, state, and region.

The NSC has a dual mission:

  • To provide amateur sports opportunities to Minnesota residents
    Even though the NSC produces impressive economic impact from out-of-state visitors through signature tournaments and events, 92 percent of participants and visitors are Minnesota residents. This includes athletes who play in leagues and tournaments and their families, spectators to amateur sports events, golfers at Victory Links, and attendees at numerous expos and private meetings. On an average day there are 12 different programs and events taking place at the NSC, and most serve the local community.
  • To generate out-of-state economic impact through amateur sports events and programs
    In an independent study by the state Office of Analysis and Evaluation, the NSC creates over $47 million in economic impact from out-of-state visitors every year. This spending generates over $3 million in extra revenue to state and local governments, including over $800,000 to municipal governments.

The campus covers 660-acres of sport and event facilities in Blaine, Minnesota. It includes:

The NSC facility is operated by the National Sports Center Foundation, a 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Although the campus was originally purchased and developed with funds from the State of Minnesota, it operates as an independent organization and receives no annual appropriations from the state.

The video below chronicles the history of the National Sports Center with interviews from some of those who made it happen.