The dream of a civic center and ice arena to serve the communities of Blaine and Spring Lake Park was realized during the spring and summer of 1982, when hundreds of family members of the Blaine and Spring Lake Park Youth Hockey Associations came together, with a common goal, Ice Time! Thousands of volunteered hours were donated to construction, fundraising and politicking resulting in the North Suburban Civic Center open it’s doors for the first time on October 25th, 1982.
Home to the Blaine and Spring Lake Park youth and high school hockey teams, the North Suburban Civic Center also became the site of the first indoor soccer facility in the area. An artificial turf was installed on the rink floor at the end of the hockey season and the area soccer players had a world class facility to practice and play in, to help prepare for the outdoor season. The spring indoor soccer program continues to be a big part of the facility now, with hundreds of kids participating each year.
In November of 1985, we lost a very important member of our Civic Center family. Francis “Fran” Fogerty, Mayor of the City of Blaine and a member of the Board of Directors, passed away unexpectedly. Fran was one of three individuals that received special recognition for their extraordinary contributions towards the development of the facility. On the evening of January 16, 1986, a plaque was installed in the facility that reads;
“Fran gave a total commitment to the buildings construction and it’s excellence. He cared for it when it was done. When he called it the”ICE HOUSE” it was not to diminish the building, but to understate his contribution and to mask his affection and pride. This was so much like him. Because of this, the North Suburban Civic Center shall be named
Fogerty Arena, “The Ice House”.
Since that day, Fogerty Arena has continued to provide the communities of Blaine and Spring Lake Park with one of the State’s finest Civic Center/Ice Arenas. Hosting thousands of youth and high school hockey games, hundreds of Tournaments from Mite Jamborees, to State Championships and even N.C.A.A. events, such as the 2002 W.C.H.A. Women's Final Five. Fogerty Arena and it’s staff continues to provide exceptional facilities for both local and regional users.
In June of 2000, another chapter in our history began with the planning of our second ice sheet. Fogerty Arena “North” was another extraordinary example of the abilities of the Spring Lake Park and Blaine hockey communities to work together to accomplish what many said could not be done. With the continued expansion of youth hockey and the addition of the women’s programs at the youth and high school levels, it became apparent that another rink was needed. With the Fogerty Staff coordinating the effort and sharing the costs with both hockey clubs, the construction of the new rink, along with dedicated locker rooms for all four High School teams and permanent off season equipment storage for the youth associations, began. On November 11, 2001, after 5 months of construction, the North Rink was open for business on time and on budget.
The next chapter in the extraordinary history of the Fogerty Arena may mirror the original project except this time the sport being played on the ice will be curling. In 2006 curling regained its medal status in the Winter Olympic Games and the sport’s growth is exploding in a way reminiscent of how youth hockey expanded in this county after the “Miracle on Ice” gold medal win by the 1980 men’s Olympic hockey team. With demand for curling ice soaring and only one other facility in the twin cities combined with a need to renovate a 30 year old refrigeration system in the original arena a feasibility study provided the guidance we needed. A third facility could be built with dedicated curling ice, a new ice plant for both the curling sheet and the original arena, new amenities for all our patrons including full food and beverage capabilities and be the needed source of revenue we were looking for to help hold down the ever increasing cost of hockey for our kids.
So now more than ever before, the entire staff here at the “The Ice House” would like to invite you to come by and enjoy a game or two, or a match or two and remember “every day is a great day for hockey or curling”. See you at the rink!
Board of Directors
The Fogerty Arena Board of Directors is a nine-member volunteer board that oversees the management and operation of Fogerty Arena. Of those nine directors, four represent Blaine Youth Hockey and two represent Spring Lake Park Youth Hockey, one represents the City of Blaine, one represents Anoka County and one is a Director-at-Large. The City and the County appoint their representatives on an annual basis and all other directors serve 3-year terms.
Name Position Rep. Of Expires Years Served
Paul Conery President BYHA July of 2018 2006-
Larry Rundle Vice President SLPYA July of 2018 2000-
John Bauer Treasure/Secretary BYHA July of 2017 1985-
Tom Berquist BYHA July of 2018 2002-
Tony Palumbo Anoka County Annually 2006-
Rex Nelson Member at Large July of 2016 2013-
Sean Noble SLPYA July of 2017 2017-
Dave Clark City of Blaine Annually 2002-
Chuck McQullian BYHA July of 2017 2017-
If you have any comments, questions or concerns regarding Fogerty Arena and wish to address the Board of Directors you may email for more information or you are welcome to attend the next board meeting. The board meetings are held on the last Monday of each month at 7:00 pm in the Board Room.The current Board of Directors would also like to thank all those who have served on the Arena Board over the years, by honoring them on this page.Past Arena Board Members
George Ballenger 1982-1983
Dick Lang 1982-1983
Margaret Langfeld 1982-1984
Duane Hass 1982-1984
Fran Fogerty 1982-1985
Don Heman 1982-1986
Irv Lust 1982-1986
Joyce Schneider 1982-1986
Joe Quinn 1982-2006
Ron Parrucci 1983-1985& 1989-1999
Junior Sunsdah l1983-1989
Jim Snidarich 1983-1989& 1999-2001
Brian Koche r1984-1989
Charlie Achterkirch 1986-1988
Elwyn Tinklenberg 1986-1996
Leo Geisen 1986-1999
Tom Bloss 1986-2010
Steve Wrolstad 1989-1997
Don Neft 1989-2000
Richard Iacarella 1989-2009
Tom Ryan 1996-2002
Richard Nordlund1 997-2000
David DeMorrett 1999-2002
David Batche 2003-2006
Craig Turner 2010-2013
Sean Nelson 2009-2017
Bob Sikich 2000-2017