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NSC field expansion project is moving forward

12/05/2014, 10:45am CST
By Barclay Kruse, NSC Chief Communications Officer

The National Sports Center's field expansion project, which was funded by $3.2 million in state bonding funds, is underway on 80 acres between 105th and 109th Avenues NE, just east of existing soccer fields. The fields are being developed on land the NSC already owns.

This construction is the first phase of a project that will eventually add up to 20 new athletic fields for soccer, lacrosse, rugby, ultimate and other field sports

For a campus already designated as the “World’s Largest Soccer Complex” by the Guinness Book of Records, why does the NSC need more fields?

“The new fields will allow us to grow our major soccer tournaments,” said Kara Radeke, the NSC’s Senior Director of Soccer and Field Sports Programs. "Bottom line, we will be able accept more teams, which will generate an immediate boost in economic impact for the State and the Anoka County area.”

Projections are that when the project is fully completed, the new fields will add $6 million in annual out-of-state economic impact to the $45 million the NSC already produces.

Here is a photo gallery of the earth moving activity on December 4:

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Minnesota Untilities and Excavating (MU&E), the construction contractor, is moving sand from the pit location and spreading it on the future field site.

Spreading sand to level the future field site.

The field layout is already taking shape. These views are from 105th Ave. NE.

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