Dakota Curling to Open in Downtown Lakeville

After more than 10 years playing on arena ice at Burnsville Ice Center, Dakota Curling is moving to a dedicated curling facility at Holyoke Plaza in downtown Lakeville, taking over the space formerly occupied by Total Hockey. Dakota Curling will continue to operate Sunday evening leagues at Burnsville Center through the end of December 2016, then celebrating a grand opening in Lakeville in January 2017.

For many decades, the historic St. Paul Curling club was the only place to play in the Twin Cities Metropolitan area. Dakota Curling, which opened in 2006, was the first club after St. Paul to serve the growing public interest in curling driven by inclusion of curling as an Olympic sport. Over the last ten years, three additional dedicated curling clubs in St. Paul, Blaine, and Chaska have opened, all with some level of municipal support. Dakota Curling is proud to be the first new club to open in the Twin Cities strictly on the basis of grass-roots growth, and the only dedicated curling facility south of the river. Our club is truly developed by curlers themselves and is built around a deep understanding of the traditions and culture of this unique sport.

Our dedicated curling facility at Holyoke Plaza in downtown Lakeville will feature 6 sheets of curling, a large warm room, a bar and restaurant, and viewing from three sides of the ice sheet, including an elevated mezzanine level for second story observation by coaches and officials. Our unique location on the main street of a vibrant, walk-able downtown area will give members great access to nearby restaurants, breweries, and other business. We look forward to becoming a community gathering place for all of Lakeville!

We will begin laying ice in our Lakeville location on December 1st 2016 and leagues will begin in early January. We will offer a full range of leagues including instructional, recreational, competitive, senior, and youth. Registration for these leagues is expected to open on October 1st. Members who have played at least one league with us in the last three years will enjoy a 72 hour pre-registration window before registration opens to the general public. Please join our mailing list if you’d like an announcement when the league schedule is announced.

Please also take our survey and tell us what league formats, days, and times you are most interested in curling.

As you might imagine, there is much work to be done between now and January! Dakota Curling is truly built on the strengths of our wonderful members. But teams like ours always need more support. You can find ideas for team fundraisers on GoFundMe if you’d like to help raise some money for us or another team. If you’d like to volunteer in any capacity, please send an email to president@dakotacurling.org or give us a call at 952-479-0322.

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