I was thinking the other day about the rinks in the Twin Cities, and where I would hope for a new one to be located.
I know Breck in Golden Valley and St. Thomas in Mendota Heights are both comparatively new, but where would be the best location for the next new rink?
Obviously, everyone’s first answer is: “Two blocks from my house.” But pragmatically, which community doesn’t have a rink, but could really use one?
I live in the far western burbs, but I really think the area that could use more ice is Roseville. I love, love, love the Oval — great facility, the staff is wonderful. I know many other players feel the same way.
In fact, we love it so much that we want more ice there! But with just one sheet, and the youth associations getting first dibs (like they do at any arena), sometimes it’s hard to get in at Roseville–though we are always appreciative of how the arena superintendent works with us.
So that’s my first choice. I think for my second, I’d put a rink in the northern burbs: something in Fridley, maybe. There’s a hole in the arena map, bordered by Brooklyn Park to the west, Fogerty to the north, Shoreview to the east and to the south by–from east to west–Roseville, NEA, VMIA and New Hope.
Where would you put a brand new rink? Besides two blocks from home.