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Range Recreation Civic Center

By working together, the Quad cities of Virginia, Eveleth, Mountain Iron and Gilbert, built the Range Recreation Civic Center, with support from the Minnesota Amateur Sports Commission.

The primary winter use of this facility is curling. As curling is now an Olympic event, the United States Curling Association supports this facility as a National Training Center. The facility is capable of hosting national and regional championships.

The 25,000 square feet of indoor space is also a busy venue for trade and car shows, concerts, receptions and conventions.

From the middle of November to the end of March, Curl Mesabi, the resident curling club, hosted an event every weekend and leagues Monday through Thursday.

State Investment

$1.25 million (additional funding from the following sources: $600,000 from IRRRB, $500,000 from Quad Cities, contributed on a per capita basis, $100,000 from the Blandin Foundation, and $345,000 donated from the curling community)

Operation

Quad Cities Joint Recreational Authority (Virginia, Eveleth, Mountain Iron, Gilbert)

Specifications

  • 25,000 square feet
  • Eight curling sheets, ice season is October-March
  • Capacity is 1,800 people for non-ice events
  • Two level heated viewing area
  • Full-service restaurant and bar, banquet facilities
  • Two locker rooms

Sports and Activities Served

  • Curling
  • Community activities, including school events, graduations, trade shows, banquets.