BLAINE, Minn., (August 21, 2019) - Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer, who has been with the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission for over 28 years, announced he plans to retire from his position in September.
Kruse has worn numerous hats during his tenure. He has been a core member of the team that has worked with local communities across the state to offer a variety of sports programs to Minnesota athletes including educational programs, Star of the North Games, and grant programs like the Mighty Ducks grant program.
During his tenure, the organization has grown in its offerings across the state and at its’ flagship facility, the National Sports Center in Blaine.
Blaine, Minn. (August 20, 2019) – The National Sports Center (NSC) announced that it will begin construction of a seasonal dome that will service the increasing demand for winter indoor sports field space for soccer, lacrosse, ultimate, baseball, softball and golf.
The project was approved by the Blaine City Council on August 5.
The dome will be located in the NSC Stadium, and will measure 110 feet tall by 260 feet wide by 450 long and cover 117,260 square feet. The size of the floor is actually 130 percent the size of an 80 yard x 120 yard soccer field.
It will incorporate part of the Welcome Center building as its entry way.
The dome will go up for the six months, from November 1 through April 30. During the summer months, the stadium will return to its configuration of two outdoor full-size soccer fields.
Blaine, Minn. (August 1, 2019) – A newly released report from the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine reveals that sports events at the NSC over the past year generated more than $89 million in visitor economic impact. The report calculated spending from tourism events held over the period from July 1, 2018 to June 30, 2019.
The report quantified the economic benefits generated by visitors traveling more than 50 miles and staying overnight, and tracked spending in lodging, transportation, food and beverage, retail, recreation, business services, and venue rental.
The National Sports Center uses a calculator developed by Destinations International, a trade organization of visitor bureaus. The Destinations International Event Impact Calculator is one of the most-used and most-recognized economic impact calculators of tourism revenue.