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About MASC

The Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission (MASC) was created in 1987 by the Minnesota State Legislature to promote the economic and social benefits of sports. Since then, MASC has made enormous strides in accomplishing its goals. Minnesota has become a role model for its proactive methods to create benefits from amateur sports. MASC has been at the forefront of this effort.

  • Information about Board meetings, the MASC Overview Report, and news releases can be found on the Documents page

MASC is best known for three things:

  1. Its governance of the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine, the largest amateur sports campus in the world, and the flagship facility in MASC's stable of amateur sports venues. The NSC is the most-visited sports facility in Minnesota, with over four million annual visitors. Every year, it generates over $45 million of economic impact from out-of-state participants and visitors.
  2. Creating amateur sports events at all of its facilities to attract out-of-state visitors, which generates economic impact for the state. Many of these events are held at the NSC, including the Schwan’s USA CUP, which attracts over 1,000 soccer teams to Blaine every July.
  3. Fostering public-private and state-local partnerships. Many MASC programs have utilized this model, including sports facility construction and the James Metzen Mighty Ducks and Mighty Kids grant programs.

MASC Goals

Create economic impact development through amateur sport

  • By developing annual sport events, camps and programs
  • By attracting major amateur sport events to Minnesota
  • By assisting Minnesota communities in developing local sports tourism

Create opportunities for sport participation for all Minnesotans

  • By sponsoring the Star of the North Games, an annual Olympic-style multi-sport event
  • By targeting special programs to increase opportunity for women, seniors, and disadvantaged youth
  • By assisting local communities in the creation of annual events and local sports commissions
  • By supporting Minnesota's amateur sport associations and organizations

Establish Minnesota as a national model for the Olympic and amateur sport movement

  • By developing sports events and training facilities for both winter and summer sports.
  • By establishing relationships with National Governing Bodies and other amateur sports organizations