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NorthStar Sports Complex construction takes shape

Construction of the NorthStar Sports Complex is underway. More than $6 million of the necessary $8.1 million for the complex has been raised and it is expected to open mid-September. (Beth Leipholtz / Echo Press)1 / 4
A rendering of the NorthStar Sports Complex, which is expected to open in mid-September. (Contributed)2 / 4
Eventually, the hope is that a field house and residence halls will be built, in addition to the sports complex. (Contributed)3 / 4
In addition to a hockey rink, the sports complex will also feature a turf area for soccer, baseball, golf and more. (Contributed)4 / 4

The framework for the NorthStar Sports Complex is taking shape and fundraising is well underway, according to Fellowship of Christian Athletes Hockey Director Rick Randazzo.

More than $6 million of the necessary $8.1 million has been raised, he says, and the complex is on track to open in mid-September.

"We hope to have all the money in cash or pledges by then," Randazzo said. "So we still have some work to do but the Lord has been majorly behind us and blessing us. We've had some great gifts come in in the past three months that we'll announce soon."

The 70,000-square-foot facility will include a field house, hockey rink and chapel on a 40-acre campus, with space for future expansion. The arena will be the national headquarters for hockey for the Fellowship of Christian Athletes.

The complex sits next to NorthStar Christian Academy, which opened in 2016, just north of Alexandria Area High School. Randazzo currently works out of the academy building.

Work on the arena's foundation and footings for the arena began in late November. In early February, workers began setting up steel for the outer perimeter of the arena.

The upper level of the complex will be where the chapel is housed.

"We would like to have that named in someone's honor," Randazzo said.

Though owned by the NorthStar Group, the sports complex will be available for community use for sports such as hockey, soccer, baseball, softball, lacrosse and golf.

"It's about providing for the need of the community," Randazzo said. "We want the building to be used by the community."

Beth Leipholtz

Beth is a reporter at the Echo Press. She graduated from the College of Saint Benedict in May 2015 with a degree in Communication and Hispanic Studies. Journalism has always been her passion, but she also enjoys blogging and graphic design. In her spare time, she's most likely at Crossfit or at home with her boyfriend and three dogs.

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