The City of Roseville’s $5 million bonding request on behalf of the Minnesota OVAL has cleared the first hurdle. The request has been included among the Governor’s 2020 Capital Budget Bonding Recommendations.
Members of the Minnesota House of Representatives Capital Investment Committee visited the OVAL on November 13 to review the city’s bonding request to fund critical operational maintenance at the 25-year old facility. Today we received word that the OVAL is on the list of recommended projects.Included in the funding request are replacement of much of the refrigeration plant and brine pumping systems and significant repairs to the concrete refrigeration rink.Since its construction, the state’s investment in the OVAL has allowed skaters from around the state, country, and world to use, train, and compete at a world-class level right here in Minnesota.Boasting the largest continuous outdoor sheet of refrigerated ice in North America at 110,000 sq. ft., the OVAL is both a training and competition center for amateur and professional athletes as well as a statewide recreational destination.