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South Shore Site Selected For 2019 Hockey Day Minnesota

August 15, 2019


DENNIS WEIMANN.>>DENNIS: THE CITY OF BEMIDJI LEARNED LAST WEEK THAT IT WILL HOST HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA NEXT YEAR. NOW THAT THE PLANNING FOR THE BIG EVENT IS OFFICIALLY UNDERWAY, OUR JOSH PETERSON SHOWS US THE SITE AND SHARES SOME OF THE EARLY DETAILS.>>A YEAR FROM NOW BEMIDJI WILL HAVE A CHANCE TO SHOW THE REST OF THE REGION WHAT LIVING IN THE TRUE NORTH IS ALL ABOUT. THIS SNOW COVERED FIELD WILL TRANSFORM INTO THE SITE FOR NEXT YEAR’S HOCKEY DAY MINNESOTA. LAST NIGHT THE BEMIDJI CITY COUNCIL HEARD FROM ORGANIZERS ON WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE TO PULL OFF A SUCCESSFUL EVENT.>>YOU HAVE TO SHOW NOT ONLY THE FINANCIAL WHEREWITHAL BUT ALSO A STRONG YOUTH ORGANIZATION, A STRONG COMMUNITY SPIRIT FOR THE EVENT, AND ESSENTIALLY THE PEOPLE THAT CAN COME TOGETHER AND PULL IT OFF.>>IN LESS THAN A YEAR FROM NOW, THIS SITE RIGHT HERE ON LAKE BEMIDJI SOUTH SHORE WILL HOST THOUSANDS OF HOCKEY ENTHUSIASTS WHO WILL TAKE IN OUTDOOR HOCKEY AND WEEKEND ENTERTAINMENT. CURRENTLY THE TWO PLOTS OF LAND ARE UP FOR SALE, AND HOCKEY DAY ORGANIZERS ARE LOOKING TO THE CITY FOR AN AGREEMENT.>>IF WE DO GET AN OFFER, WE PUT IT IN THE PURCHASE AGREEMENT AND WON’T BE ABLE TO START UNTIL THEN.>>THE SITE WILL REQUIRE SOME GRADING AND UTILITY WORK, BUT ITS LOCATION IS EXPECTED TO PROVIDE A GREAT VANTAGE POINT TO SHOWCASE THE LAKE AND MANY AMENITIES DURING THE 14-HOUR DAYLONG HOCKEY BROADCAST.>>WE’RE DOING THE BEST WE CAN TO TOP EVEN WHAT ST. CLOUD DID, AND WHAT THEY DID WAS PHENOMENAL.>>WITH GAMES SCHEDULED TO BE HELD BOTH INSIDE AND OUTSIDE THE SANFORD EVENT CENTER, BEMIDJI’S HOCKEY DAY COMMITTEE NOW SAYS THE REAL WORK BEGINS TO GET BEMIDJI READY FOR THE REGIONAL STAGE. IN BEMIDJI, JOSH PETERSON, LAKELAND NEWS.>>DENNIS: THE OFFICIAL DATE FOR BEMIDJI’S HOCKEY DAY WILL BE ANNOUNCED IN JUNE. THAT’S WHEN THE NHL WILL FINALIZE NEXT YEAR’S SCHEDULE, AND IT’S ALL DEPENDENT ON WHEN THE WILD ARE HOME. IT SHOULD BE A BIG EVENT FOR BEMIDJI. I KNOW GRAND RAPIDS HOSTED IT

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