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MAYSA Expansion Plans

MAYSA Expansion Plans

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 It's a project that was delayed due to the 2011 Flood--expanding Minot's MAYSA Arena.

Now, plans for the project have picked up and funding is being secured.

In fact, the 2nd installment of 3-million dollars in city sales tax was approved today by the Community Development Committee.

The item will be moved to the City Council's agenda for approval.

If passed, a 2nd 1-million dollar disbursement in city sales tax proceeds paired with funding from other sources will help the project move ahead.

Kelli Volk takes us to the rinks for an update on the facility's expansion plans.

(Chuck Emery, MAYSA Arena Manager) "It's a busy, busy place."

A busy place that needs more space.

(Chuck Emery, MAYSA Arena Manager) "During the summertime, right now, we're booked. We have people on the ice from six in the morning to ten at night, Monday to Friday. And during the winter, that's what it is on all three rinks in town."

That's why work is buzzing at the MAYSA Arena to meet the demand of the ice schedule.

The work includes the addition of a mezzanine.

(Chuck Emery, MAYSA Arena Manager) "The framework is fully up. The decking is on. They took out the windows and decking behind me today and that's where the doorway will be."

The mezzanine will connect the 2nd rink to a much larger project--a third ice rink on the east side of the facility.

(Chuck Emery, MAYSA Arena Manager) "The rink is being designed to be the rink where we will be doing our games at for the high school, the college, and the Minotauros. And then with the third rink, the third surface, area, we'll be an area to have soccer, baseball practices, we have a girls roller derby team in town." 

It will be a multi-use facility--capable of seating up to 1,900 people with additional room for standing.

(Chuck Emery, MAYSA Arena Manager) "The sight lines will be better than what we have here. I don't know that the square footage will be much better than what we have right now, but the layout will be better for viewing."

Emery expects the project to cost between 9 and 10 million dollars.

About 75% of that has been netted through fundraising and financial commitments from the City of Minot and the Minot Park District.

The hope is to break ground on the new rink at the start of 2015--benefiting the community is the goal.

(Chuck Emery, MAYSA Arena Manager) "Last year, we brought in approximately 3.7 million dollars into the community. That's through our tournaments--people coming in to town and spending money." 

Building a third rink build the potential to make a larger contribution to the city.

In Minot, Kelli Volk, KX News.Separate from the Mezzanine and Rink project, is a parking lot project underway that will add 90 to 100 spots to relieve parking congestion. 
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