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NSC outdoor grass fields closed Sunday, May 19

05/19/2019, 8:30am CDT
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

Due to heavy rainfall this weekend, all natural grass fields are closed on Sunday, May 19, 2019.  The artificial turf fields in the stadium will remain open.

Road paving project begins on the NSC north campus

05/17/2019, 1:15pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

Slowly but surely potholes are disappearing from the National Sports Center.

Contractors are currently working to grade an access road north and south across the NSC, connecting 105th and 109th Avenues NE. The grading is in preparation for the laying of asphalt on this road. At the south end, the road connects to a roundabout on 105th Ave. NE. The north end is a right-in, right-out access point on 109th. The road provides access to parking lots F and G on the north side of the NSC campus. These lots are the main parking sites for the N and P field blocks, as well as other fields on the NSC north campus.

15th annual Walleye Chop adult hockey tournament crowned 15 champions

05/17/2019, 12:15pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

Hockey, socializing and tailgating give this annual tournament its unique vibe

Blaine, Minn. (May 14, 2019) – The 15th annual Walleye Chop adult hockey tournament wrapped up three days of play on Sunday, May 12 by crowning 15 new champions at the Schwan Super Rink on the National Sports Center campus in Blaine.

This year, a full tournament of teams – 124 – competed in 15 different divisions for men and women. Teams represented seven different states and Canadian provinces: Illinois, Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota, Texas, Wisconsin and Ontario. Skill levels ran the gamut, from divisions for players with minimal experience, up to the Men’s and Women’s A Division, featuring multiple past collegiate players.

Walleye Chop coming up -- "The Stanley Cup of Adult Hockey"

05/09/2019, 2:45pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

124 teams representing seven states and provinces will be playing at the Schwan Super Rink

Blaine, Minn. (May 9, 2019) – When it comes to the Walleye Chop adult hockey tournament, the staff at the Schwan Super Rink doesn’t back away from a little playful boasting.

“We’re the biggest adult hockey tournament in Minnesota,” says Pete Carlson, Operations and Program Director at the Schwan Super Rink. “So why not claim that we’re the ‘Stanley Cup of Adult Hockey?’”

It's Flashback Friday! We're using the NSC time machine to go back 17 years

05/03/2019, 4:30pm CDT
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

It's Flashback Friday! Today, let's play a game. Climb into the National Sports Center's solar-powered time machine and go back to 2002 -- 17 years ago. That's when the photo was taken. How many differences can you find, then to now, both on the NSC campus and on the land within the photo that's adjacent to our campus? Our staff has come up with 30 differences. How many can you find? To play the game, go to the NSC's Facebook page, and submit your guesses in the comment section under the photo.

We will randomly pick one correct guesser to win a National Sports Center prize pack of cool stuff!

Ready? Go!