It’s that time of year again! The Schwan’s USA Cup Soccer Tournament kicked off with the weekend tournament which ended Sunday, and final check-ins for the weeklong tournament wrapping up today. The tournament’s opening ceremonies are tomorrow evening at 6:00 p.m. in the stadium at the National Sports Center in Blaine, MN. This is truly a one of a kind event that you have to experience at some point, even if you aren’t a fan of soccer. To celebrate this event I wanted to bring you a little trivia about the National Sports Center because it is such a unique facility with so many rare and distinct amenities.
The National Sports Center (NSC) is a 600-acre multi-sport complex located in Blaine, Minnesota, United States
- It includes a soccer stadium,
- over 50 full-sized soccer fields,
- a golf course,
- a velodrome,
- a meeting and convention facility,
- and an eight-sheet ice rink, the Schwan Super Rink, which is the largest ice facility of its type in the world.
The National Sports Center opened in 1990 and costs $14.7 million for construction.
The facility welcomes over 3.8 million visitors annually, making it the most-visited sports facility in the state of Minnesota.
The Schwan’s USA CUP is the largest soccer tournament in the Western Hemisphere with over 1,000 teams and participants from 22 countries.
The NSC is operated by the National Sports Center Foundation, a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation. Even though the facility is a State of Minnesota facility, and operations are overseen by the MASC, the NSC receives no operating subsidy from the State, and it is a self-supporting operation.
Mia Hamm scored her 150th international goal at the NSC in a 3–0 victory over Australia in 2004.
You can find us at the Schwan’s USA Cup all week long handing out free ice cream and answering any questions you have about Schwan’s service. There’s tons of activities for the kids and plenty of soccer all day long. Stop by and see us this week for great freebies and coupons.