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 is 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 was built in 2012 with dedicated curling ice and space for a restaurant along with a new ice plant for both the curling sheet and the original arena. On January 2, 2013 the Four Seasons Curling Club at Fogerty Arena opened it's door, becoming the first year round curling facility in North America.
In the short time that the Four Seasons Curling Club has been around, it has positioned its self into being a major player in the curling world. With having a membership base of 650 curlers, it makes the Four Seasons Curling Club on of the larger clubs in the county. The Four Seasons Curling Club has brought a component of education by introducing curling to thousands of people participating in our Learn to Curl programs or through a corporate or group outing each year. In the fall of 2013 Four Seasons Curling Club broadened their foot print even further by becoming the official training site for the United States Curling Association. With this agreement with the U.S.C.A., it has allowed the high performance curlers train here year round with hopes of getting back to the medal podium at the Olympics. Later in the winter of 2013 Four Seasons Curling Club had the opportunity to be spot lighted by hosting the inaugural TV series called "Curling Night in America" which airs on NBC Sports each winter. The Four Seasons Curling Club didn't rest very long before becoming the Unites State Olympic Training Center for Curling in the summer of 2015. Obtaining this designation has allowed Fogerty Arena and the Four Seasons Curling Club create partnerships that continue to enhance the overall facility for all of our patrons, for example the state of the art equipment we have in the John Bauer Dry Land Training Center, which was donated by Tourque Fitness, Octane Fitness and by Wagmon Raceway. The pinnacle of the achievements Fogerty Arena and the Four Seasons Curling Club is the hosting of the 2017 United States Olympic Trials for Mixed Doubles in curling.
The most recent chapter in the continuing story of Fogerty Arena happened on June 1, 2016, when the Fogerty Arena took over the restaurant operations over by opening Sticks & Stones Restaurant. Sticks & Stones is one of only a few restaurants set up under a non profit organization. Since opening Sticks & Stones it has allowed Fogerty Arena to diversify and broaden the serves that can be provided to our patrons when hosting a tournament, a curling bonsiel or a corporate event or party at Fogerty Arena.
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 while enjoying a good burger and nice cold beer where we strive to provide "Community - Affordable - Athletics".
See you at the rink!