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Continued: Richfield hopes a hockey team helps revitalize the city ice arena

  • Article by: MARY JANE SMETANKA , Star Tribune
  • Last update: December 28, 2013 - 10:17 PM

City Council members were eager to approve the arena improvements, and the city has changed its ordinances to allow beer sales at games. Food also is available for what Topitzhofer described as a growing fan base.

The Magicians are “good not only for the viability of the ice arena, but good for the city,” he said. “It’s another thing to do with your family, with a team you can get to know and support right here, without having to go downtown or pay for parking.”

Meyer said the Magicians hope to partner with the city on such events as summer hockey camps, which Topitzhofer said the renovated arena will easily accommodate. New classroom space also will be used for rental events like birthday parties.

The arena renovation will be paid for with bonds that are paid back mostly with user fees and money from the Magicians’ lease, Topitzhofer said.

He said U.S. Figure Skating has already indicated renewed interest in using the Richfield arena after the improvements are made. “It’s all part of remaining vital,” he said. “With the building able to host more large events, it will make us stronger.”

Mary Jane Smetanka • 612-673-7380

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