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Schwan-NSC Super Rink

The Schwan Super Rink at the National Sports Center is a 300,000-square-foot ice rink facility that features eight sheets of ice and is the largest ice arena complex in the WORLD!  It is located on the National Sports Center campus at 1700 105th Ave. NE in Blaine, MN.  The title sponsor of the Super Rink is the Schwan Food Company corporation based in Marshall, Minnesota.

The Super Rink was constructed in two stages in 1998 with a total cost of $21 million, with funding of just $1 million from State of Minnesota grants. The remainder of the funding comes from the partner organizations. Revenue from ice rentals covers the annual construction bond obligation. The Super Rink was a combined project of the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC), The Herb Brooks Foundation, National Sports Center, Bethel University, and eleven local hockey organizations, which are Arden Hills, Blaine, Centerville, Circle Pines, Forest Lake Coon Rapids, Centennial, Lino Lakes, Mounds View, New Brighton, and Shoreview. Ramsey County, Anoka County also helped in funding.  The Super Rink since its construction has not received any additional funding; it is completely self-sufficient through private ice rentals and in-house programs, with an overall annual attendance of more than 2-Million spectators. The original facility, constructed by Shingobee Builders, opened in 1998 and included four Olympic-regulation-sized ice sheets (98 × 200 ft) aptly named, colored and painted to match the corresponding school/program(s), with banners within each rink for retired jerseys, championships, etc.

Rink #1 - Coon Rapids Arena
Rink #2 - Blaine Arena
Rink #3 - Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission/Centennial Arena
Rink #4 - Ramsey County Arena

The Super Rink was expanded in 2006 connected via a small walk-way; the expansion included the Herb Brooks Training Center, a figure skating training room, concession area, 32 locker rooms and four NHL regulation-sized ice sheets (85 × 200 ft) named:

Rink #5 - Bethel University Arena
Rink #6 - Herb Brooks Foundation/U.S. Womens National Hockey Team Arena
Rink #7 - Blaine Youth Hockey Arena
Rink #8 - Centennial Youth Hockey Arena


Herb Brooks Training Center

The Herb Brooks Training Center (HBTC) is a state of the art hockey training center that was part of the Super Rink expansion that occurred in 2006. The HBTC was created to improve the game of hockey through proper player development via off-ice and on-ice skills training protocols. The facility has many off-ice hockey specific training stations, including a skating treadmill. The HBTC is run and operated by the Flexx Hockey Institute of Training (FHIT). FHIT offers memberships to the HBTC and year-round training programs. The Super Rink hosts a number of ice sport events year round, including: ice hockey, speed skating, figure skating, broomball, recreational ice skating, and off-ice training at the Herb Brooks Training Center.

The Super Rink is home to various youth, high school, and adult ice hockey teams and is also home to U.S. Women’s National Hockey Team, Bethel University Royals men's and women's ice hockey teams competing at the NCAA Division III level in the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC).

The Super Rink hosts a number of events throughout the year including:

  • Schwan Cup Hockey Tournament
  • Stick-It to Cancer Women and Girls Tournament
  • The Rush 3 on 3 Festival
  • Walleye Chop Adult Tournament
  • All-American Girls and Women Hockey Tournament
  • The Cup Adult Tournament
  • USA International Hockey Tournament
  • Ironman Adult Tournament
  • Minnesota Wild Adult Hockey League
  • Wal-Mart Hockey Cup 3 on 3 Tournament
  • Super Rink Spectacular
  • Wal-Mart Hockey Cup High School Festival
  • AARP Senior Hockey Championship
  • 2010 ACHA Women's Ice Hockey Championship Tournament
  • World Figure Skating Championships
  • North American Hockey League Showcase Tournament
  • US National Sport Track Speedskating Championship
  • 2001 Women’s World Hockey Championship
  • Minnesota Sports Federation's Indoor State Brooomball Championships
  • USA & Global Broomball Championships
  • Home of the U.S. Women's National Team

In 2008, USA Hockey, the national governing body for hockey in the U.S., named the Schwan Super Rink as the home of the Women's National Team. The team trained in residence at the facility for two years leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Olympic Winter Games. That team was coached by Mark Johnson, who played on the 1980 "Miracle on Ice" gold medal team from the 1980 Lake Placid Olympics. The U.S. team won the silver medal in Vancouver, losing to archrival Canada 2-0 in the gold medal game. Since the Olympic Games, Team USA has returned to their training home at the Super Rink at least twice a year for training and team selection camps, with the most recent camp being held in August 2011. The Super Rink offers many Ice Hockey programs. With a full experienced and professional staff they program and work year-round on leagues, tournaments and development programs. Offering programs for all levels and ages of hockey players, both male and female.

The Super Rink is host for the Schwan Super Rink Skating School and the Northern Blades National Sports Center Figure Skating Club. Figure skaters are able to utilize a 6,200-square-foot dance & fitness center, this dry land training facility was built during the expansion of the Schwan Super Rink in 2006.

The Hat Trick Café is located on the upper level of the Schwan Super Rink overlooking rinks 1-4, an ideal destination for guests to watch ice events in a comfortable 70 degree atmosphere. The concession stand has an extensive menu, including everything from ice cream and candy to pizza and hamburgers. There is also a second concession stand, The Hat Trick Express serves rinks 5-8 located in the rink 5 & 6 lobby, providing a more basic menu.  The Hat Trick Café also makes itself available to cater corporate events, skating parties, and birthdays.

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Super Rink Entrance - Lobby