Blaine, Minn. (June 6, 2018) – The new basketball and volleyball courts at the National Sports Center’s Sport Expo Center in Blaine, Minnesota have been open for play since May 24. But no new facility would be complete without a ceremonial ribbon cutting, and a ceremonial “first shot.” And that will happen at 12 noon on Friday, June 15, courtesy of the Metro North Chamber of Commerce.
Refreshments will be served. The courts will be open for public play after the ribbon-cutting ceremony.
The Metro North Chamber of Commerce is supporting the National Sports Center's ribbon cutting and ceremonial first shot on June 15.
The courts can accommodate basketball (2 courts) or volleyball (3 courts.)
“I am extremely excited for this opening because I have been working on this project for two and a half years,” said George Ellis, the NSC’s staff member charged with developing court sports programming. “We are going to have time for the community to come in and just play for fun. We will have different organizations renting space, but we also will be able to train and develop athletes of all ages on our own.”
“The demand for court time for basketball and volleyball is on a steep growth curve, especially at the youth ages,” said Ellis “At some point in the future, the NSC may develop a larger multi-court facility on our campus, and these new courts are a way to test the waters and assess the demand for court rental time and participation in NSC programs such as leagues and tournaments.”
“We will be focusing on three lines of business to start,” explained Ellis, “community rentals, open gym time, and an adult basketball league, and development programs in the future. We will also be hosting the Star of the North Games adult basketball tournament on June 22-24. Our research shows there is a demand for basketball and volleyball court time year-around, which obviously is attractive for us from a business standpoint.”
The $300,000 project was financed internally by the NSC, with projected revenue from court rental and registration fees projected to cover the debt service.
For more information on the NSC’s new courts: https://www.nscsports.org/bball.
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