Lake of the Woods International Arena Breaks Ground

 Baudette is getting a brand new ice arena, the Lake of the Woods International Arena to be specific!  After a very generous donation by an anonymous donor of $5M made specifically for a hockey arena in Baudette along with other generous donations, much planning, and ongoing communicating with key stakeholders, ground has been broken and construction has begun.  Groundbreaking, Lake of the Woods Arena, Baudette

Kraus-Anderson is the construction manager for the $6 million, 40,221 square-foot hockey arena in Baudette, Minn. A groundbreaking ceremony was held Friday, May 25, at Lake of the Woods High School.  The planning committee, dignitaries, supporters of the arena and members of the community were present for the festive event.  Gold shovels, speeches, a cookout and excitement were all a part of the festivities.

The tradition of hockey in these parts goes back generations.  Numerous well known hockey players both professional and division one college players have made their start at Lake of the Woods school in Baudette.

gold shovels arena groundbreaking

The new facility will seat approximately 650 for hockey. The arena will be home to area youth and high school hockey programs, hockey camps and other community activities.  The arena is located adjacent to Lake of the Woods school on property sold to the arena from the school for $1.

“Every small town needs growth and the new arena will help our progress moving forward,” said Mike Schulz, member of the Lake of the Woods International Arena Board, a 501c3 organization that will own and manage the facility.  “Having a year-round venue and state-of-the-art facility with great amenities will bring many new exciting opportunities, including tournaments, to the area.”

The arena was designed by Bemidji-based MJ Architectural Studios.  The project, named Lake of the Woods International Arena, is expected to be completed in February 2019.gold shovels groundbreaking

Fundraising to build the arena is ongoing,  For more information, call (218) 434-0400.




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