Sunday, January 29, 2012

A peek at the Sanford Center (updated)

I thought I'd bump up this blog post, since I added a few pictures to it. I also wrote a column about the arena, which should appear in Tuesday's edition of The Free Press.

There is plenty of curiosity about what the city of Mankato and Minnesota State will do if and when they remodel the Verizon Wireless Center. For sure, they could take a few cues from what Bemidji's done with the Sanford Center. Here are a few low-quality photos taken Friday and Saturday night:

A video/replay scoreboard hangs over center ice.
A view from the press box, which is also suite level.
The club room/bar overlooks one end of the rink.
The student section is surrounds the glass at one end of the ice.
A view from one of the arena suites.
A concourse wall with interactive video screens.
The in-arena store where you can get BSU gear.
The doors to the Beavers' locker room.
The hallway to the BSU coaches' offices.
The walls are adorned with pictures of NHL players and All-Americans.
BSU's weight room, as seen from outside the arena.
The hall from the bench to the BSU locker room.
Another shot of that hall.
Team photos outside the Beavers locker room.
One of a few walls of fame in the BSU area. NHL guys, All-Americans, etc.
The $8 prime rib sandwich available in the concourse.


T and N Schwartz said...

Nice story on the Sanford Center! Sure glad we are the only Bemidji State! Its confusing trying to follow two "Minnesota State" schools!

Anonymous said...

Yes, a very nice story. Doesn't mention that the city is struggling to keep the place open and the hockey teacm is nearly $300,000 in debt, in part because of the $200,000 rent they pay for the arena . . .