The idea was simple an additional indoor rink for the Magic City to fit the needs of our growing community. The goal was lofty, raising enough funds to make this one of the top facilities in the state. It was a dream that was started by a passionate group of individuals and today we are ready to drop to the puck in what is now the Pepsi Rink at the Maysa Area.
The original plan changed several times from being a large spectator venue to a practice sheet of ice, the end result is the Maysa Facility being the 3rd largest ice arena in North Dakota behind the Ralph Englestad Arena in Grand Forks and the Scheels Arena in Fargo. Minot will now have the only facility in our region that has three sheets of ice under one roof.
What does this mean for the City of Minot? It will allow us to host larger tournaments for Youth, High School, Junior and College teams. It will also be an asset to the figure skating community as it will be able to hold larger competitions and will be a great setting for skating shows. With one large rink, it will allow all of these things to happen simultaneously while continuing to operate the other existing two sheets of ice.
The larger events will bring more people to town and aid the overall economic impact for Minot, which will increase from $4.5 million currently to an estimated $6 million in annual revenue.
The Maysa 3rd addition will have 1800 seats in a horseshoe formation with a concourse that will go all the way around with stools at the top for an additional 250 spaces. With this format, there won’t be a bad seat in the house. On the main concourse, we will have a very nice upgraded meeting space and multipurpose room to be used for small events and meetings along with a press box, concessions, ticketing booth, state of the art sound system, center hung scoreboard and LED lighting so bright you may need sunglasses to watch a game! The lower level will feature dedicated Varsity level locker rooms with 5 youth rooms and a Trinity Sports Medicine Room which will be the only ice facility besides the Ralph Englestad Arena to have a permanent Sports Medicine room onsite.
The Maysa Arena is truly a community facility. As a community Minot dedicates the highest number of public skating and public hockey sessions than any other city statewide. The addition of the Pepsi Rink at the Maysa Arena gives opportunities to our youth that we have not had in the past. All because a group of passionate individuals had a dream, a goal, and the drive to make a difference in our community. Thank you to our many community partners that made this possible.