Good turnout for revised Deer Classic, but congestion may force move

  • Article by: DOUG SMITH
  • Updated: March 13, 2013 - 12:13 AM

About 8,500 whitetail enthusiasts attended the revised Minnesota Deer Classic, held over the weekend at the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine.

“We were hoping for 8,000 to 9,000 people, so we’re very happy with that,’’ said Barclay Kruse, chief communications officer. He said attendance was up from last year, when the annual show was held at the State Fair Coliseum, its home for years before the NSC bought it from owner Hugh Price.

But there were some problems.

“We had building-capacity issues,’’ Kruse said. Officials had to restrict the number of people who could enter the Sports Expo Center on Saturday because of congestion. “We didn’t have room inside for more people,’’ he said. And the entrance and exit were through the same lobby, causing problems, too.

So officials might move the show next year to the NSC’s much larger Sports Hall, which has 58,000 square feet, more than double the Expo Center’s 21,000 square feet. (Another 11,000 square feet was used in the adjacent Schwan Center.) The space this year was considerably less than the 43,000 square feet at the State Fairgrounds Coliseum.

Kruse said officials will decide in the next few weeks whether to move the show into the Sports Hall.

“Could we have used that extra space? Absolutely,’’ Kruse said. “We learned a lot.’’

 

Did you know?

• A driver hit a bobcat with his car near Carlton, and called conservation officer Scott Staples, asking for a permit to keep the cat so he could mount it. But when Staples went to the scene, the cat was gone. Tracks in the snow indicated two wolves had grabbed the roadkill for dinner.

• Rain over the weekend washed out many ski and snowmobile trails in southern Minnesota, but up north the precipitation fell as snow, which is providing some end-of-season fun. Slush has been a problem on many lakes, though.

Doug Smith

  • get related content delivered to your inbox

  • manage my email subscriptions

Click here to send us your hunting or fishing photos – and to see what others are showing off from around the region.

ADVERTISEMENT

Houston 12:05 PM
Miami
Philadelphia 12:05 PM
Minnesota
St. Louis 12:05 PM
Detroit
Baltimore 12:05 PM
NY Yankees
Boston 12:05 PM
Tampa Bay
Toronto 12:05 PM
Pittsburgh
Atlanta 12:07 PM
Toronto
Washington 12:10 PM
NY Mets
Chicago Cubs 3:05 PM
Cincinnati
San Diego 3:05 PM
Texas
San Francisco 3:05 PM
Seattle
Colorado 3:05 PM
Chicago Cubs
Cleveland 3:05 PM
Milwaukee
Oakland 3:05 PM
Chicago WSox
Los Angeles 3:10 PM
LA Angels
Kansas City 3:10 PM
Arizona
Atlanta 6:00 PM
Charlotte
New York 7:00 PM
Chicago
Golden State 7:30 PM
Milwaukee
Oklahoma City 8:00 PM
Utah
Denver 9:00 PM
Portland
Nashville 11:30 AM
Washington
Arizona 12:00 PM
Pittsburgh
San Jose 12:00 PM
Philadelphia
Anaheim 12:00 PM
NY Islanders
NY Rangers 12:00 PM
Boston
Tampa Bay 1:00 PM
Detroit
New Jersey 6:00 PM
Carolina
Florida 6:00 PM
Montreal
Ottawa 6:00 PM
Toronto
Los Angeles 7:00 PM
Minnesota
Columbus 7:00 PM
St. Louis
Buffalo 8:00 PM
Colorado
Dallas 9:00 PM
Vancouver
Arizona 5:09 PM
Wisconsin
Canisius 6:30 PM
NJIT
Notre Dame 7:49 PM
Kentucky
San Jose 2:00 PM
New England
Orlando City 3:00 PM
Montreal
Los Angeles 6:00 PM
D.C.
Sporting Kansas City 6:00 PM
New York City
Red Bull New York 6:30 PM
Columbus
Portland 7:00 PM
Vancouver FC
Colorado 7:30 PM
Houston
Seattle 7:30 PM
FC Dallas
Texas 11:00 AM
(1) Connecticut
Dayton 1:30 PM
(8) Louisville
(16) Duke 3:30 PM
(4) Maryland
Gonzaga 6:00 PM
(6) Tennessee
Connect with twitterConnect with facebookConnect with Google+Connect with PinterestConnect with PinterestConnect with RssfeedConnect with email newsletters

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

question of the day

Poll: Should the lake where the albino muskie was caught remain a mystery?

Weekly Question

ADVERTISEMENT

 
Close