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New Arena at MAYSA In the Works

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The Magic City could be home to another full-sized arena in the near future.

MAYSA - the Minot Area Youth Skating Association - is working on plans for a third sheet of ice at its current arena location.

Gary Brode reports on the efforts to expand the MAYSA Arena complex.

Due to a lack of rink space, availability at the MAYSA Arena is skating on thin ice.

So what better way to improve the situation then by adding some extra ice.

A third ice rink to its complex will soon be added to the arena and it couldn't come at a better time.

(Jarrod Olson, Chairman, MAYSA Expansion) "We have definitely seen an increase in youth hockey numbers, youth figure skating numbers, at the MAYSA arena during the prime hockey and ice skating seasons, there's very few prime-time hours available any day of the week."

Between youth hockey and figure skating programs, the complex hosts 900-950 kids.

Not too mention Junior A hockey, college, high schools teams and club hockey programs from not only Minot but other cities in the western part of the state call the arena home.

With the arena being a public facility, Chuck Emery says he see would like to see the public get to enjoy the ice too.

(Chuck Emery, Manager, MAYSA Arena) "We do birthday parties and last winter, it was okay I can squeeze your birthday party in at 2:30 to 3:30 on Sunday but if you can't do it then, then I can do it three weeks later. So our private ice use is really taking at hit.

(Gary Brode, gbrode@kxnet.com) "The addition of the new rink will be directly east of the MAYSA Arena. Construction is expected to begin this coming May. The goal is to have the entire project complete by September or October of 2015. During this time, some sacrifices will need to be made to accommodate the arena's future growth."

(Chuck Emery, Manager, MAYSA Arena) "We have had roller derby in town for three or four years now, I unfortunately had to tell them that they don't have a home next summer. Mixed Martial Arts fights, did two of those this year, we won't be doing those next year. The wedding receptions will be done, all the roller skating will be done, all that stuff will be on hold next summer so we can start the construction."

Estimated cost of the addition is around $7 million, more than half of the money will come from the Minot Park District and the Facilities Committee, the remaining amount will come through fundraising.

With plans in place, MAYSA officials can now skate forward, adding to the arena.

In Minot, Gary Brode, KX News.

A pancake fundraiser benefiting the new arena is tomorrow at the MAYSA Arena from 7 A-M to 2 P-M.

To donate, visit Minot-Hockey dot com.

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