National Sports Center
The likelihood that Minnesota will lose its only race track for bicyclists is one step closer to reality. The Velodrome at the National Sports Center in Blaine opened 25 years ago, and currently needs some costly repairs.
Minnesota cyclists are trying to save an aging track that’s in need of repair. The National Sports Center Velodrome has hosted several national championships, along with the 1992 Olympic trials. But the years have taken their toll on the outdoor track. When it first opened, engineers estimated it would last about 20 years in Minnesota’s harsh climate. That was 25 years ago.
The days of Minnesota’s only bicycle racing velodrome may be numbered. With a mounting list of necessary repairs at the National Sports Center’s velodrome in Blaine, board members are weighing whether to put in hundreds of thousands of dollars or close it up.
The National Sports Center in Blaine is going to be a zoo this Saturday — but in a really good way. The 2014 Midwest Family Pet Expo features events like wiener dog races (and wannabe wiener dog races, which should stoke anyone’s curiosity), a pet costume contest and demos about dog bite prevention and companion birds.
This week, youth soccer players from 17 countries, and all over the nation, take to the fields at the National Sports Center in Blaine as part of the Schwan’s USA Cup – the largest soccer tournament in the western hemisphere. Though the heat has been oppressive, there are still nearly 25,000 people in attendance.
One of the biggest youth soccer tournaments in the world got underway in Blaine over the wekend as seven teams from Minnesota took home titles from the Schwan’s USA Cup Weekend Tournament. Over the course of the event, which runs until July 20, more than 1,000 teams from 17 states and 17 countries will compete at the Schwan’s USA Cup on as many as 48 fields at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
The 31st Minnesota Deer Classic opens Friday and at its new home at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
If you’re looking for a hockey fix with the NHL being locked out, the National Sports Center in Blaine might be a good spot the next several days.
Maintaining an exercise regimen year-round is an important consideration for many, yet doing so during the winter months can be a challenge. If exercising out in the brutal cold isn’t for you, check out the best indoor tracks Minnesota has to offer running enthusiasts.
The Schwan’s USA Cup youth soccer tournament suspended play for three hours due to the steamy heat Sunday afternoon.
It has just as many highs and lows as a football or baseball game, but in the United States, the fan base for soccer is somewhat smaller. Now, a run at the Women’s World Cup title is making a difference.
Some major pedal power is in the Twin Cities this weekend at the National Sports Center in Blaine.
Athletes are having a difficult time playing sports in this extreme heat.
They were supposed to have TwinsFest at the Metrodome, but because of the roof collapse the Twins had to downsize a bit and move everything to the National Sports Center in Blaine.
The Twins were forced, for the first time in 23 years, to limit the number of tickets they sold for this year’s TwinsFest after the Metrodome’s roof collapse necessitated the search for a new venue.