Frequently Asked Questions
What is the annual budget and size of the agency?
MASC is one of the smaller Minnesota state agencies, with an annual appropriation of $300,000 in FY 2016 that supports three full-time staff members.
Does MASC have regulatory or enforcement powers?
No, MASC is an economic development agency. It does not have any regulatory authority over Minnesota sport associations, leagues or programs.
Does MASC operate any of the hundreds of new facilities around the state it has helped to build?
MASC retains direct oversight of one facility, the National Sports Center (NSC) in Blaine. All the other facilities MASC has contributed funding toward are operated by other public agencies. For example, the Herb Brooks National Hockey Center in St. Cloud is owned and operated by St. Cloud State University. The Guidant John Rose Minnesota OVAL in Roseville is owned by the City of Roseville. The NSC was always intended to be Minnesota's flagship amateur sports facility; thus the continued oversight by MASC.
MASC's enabling legislation directs it to manage an annual amateur sports festival. What is that?
That's the Star of the North Games, which is an annual multi-sport event that is held every year on the third and fourth weekends of June. The event in 2014 will be held in St. Cloud. In recent years, the event has also been held in Rochester and St. Cloud. The Star of the North Games typically draws 5,000 to 6,000 athletes.
What are some of the major championship events that MASC has helped to attract and organize?
MASC has directly bid for and managed some championship bid events, such as the 2001 Women's World Hockey Championship or the 2011 ISI World Recreational Figure Skating Team Championship. More commonly, MASC plays a supporting and consulting role in assisting other groups and associations in bidding for and staging of major events. An example of this kind of model is the 2006 World Short Track Speedskating Championship at Mariucci Arena, which was organized by the Greater Minnesota Speedskating Association. MASC staff supported that event by managing press operations.
How does MASC make sure its funding is equitably distributed around the state?
All the major statewide grant programs managed by MASC have had a policy that grants will be close to equally distributed by congressional district.
How has MASC been a leader in promoting the growth of girls' and women's sports?
One of the prime objectives of the Mighty Ducks Ice Arena Grant Program was to increase the inventory of ice sheets in Minnesota so girls' and women's ice programs (primarily hockey and figure skating) would have more prime-time access to ice time. MASC has also created several female-only tournaments, including the All-American Girls and Women's Ice Hockey Tournament and the Stick it to Cancer Hockey Tournament.