Today we are celebrating the hard work, dedication and success of the community champions who came together to realize the mission and vision of the Metro Sports Foundation. Their work secured the local bank financing to open the doors of Scheels Arena and complete Phase I, a state of the art hockey and sporting facility.
The facility’s main sheet of ice introduces our community to Junior Hockey’s highest level of play; the United States Hockey League (USHL) and the Fargo Force. It also hosts local high school practices and games as well as local youth hockey practices and games. In addition, Scheels Arena accommodates a variety of other events, including major youth and high school hockey tournaments, open skating, men’s and women’s league games as well as other sporting events throughout the year.
Most importantly, it provides the youth of our region access to a first-class facility.
However, the goal is only half complete. Success for us is to complete additional sheets of ice for our youth. The capital campaign for Phase II, the Scheels Arena Tournament Facility has begun and its completion requires your help. Construction of the facility will begin when we reach our goal in private support.
With your support, these additional sheets of ice will be utilized by the Fargo area youth hockey teams as well as the Fargo area high school varsity boys’ and girls’ hockey teams for practices and games. It will eliminate 6 a.m. and 11 p.m. practices for our kids and will host up to 19 youth hockey tournaments a year with the probability of additional state volleyball and Eastern Dakota Conference basketball tournaments.
The revenues from these activities will provide for future programming needs and subsidize costs to participate leading to greater accessibility for all of Fargo’s youth. We will also have the potential to support projects such as the much needed renovations to the Coliseum and other Park District facilities.
There are many residual benefits for the community within this notable hockey project that have not yet been mentioned. The completion of the Tournament Facility and its four sheets of ice would help do the following: