The construction of a new arena at the DECC, [Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center] is taking shape. It will provide bigger and better venue for UMD’s hockey players. I hate to see the skyline change, but I suppose most are excited by this new arena. It will seat 6,000 for hockey games and up 9,500 to for concerts and major entertainers. Construction began on April 13, 2009 and it is scheduled to be complete by December in time to open with a Menâ€™s UMD hockey game on Thursday, December 30, 2010. A Grand Opening Event including the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra is slated for Friday, December 31, 2010.
It is only slightly bigger than the present arena. During hockey games the current one seats 5,100; the new arena will seat 6,000. There will be more leg room between seats, larger seats, three elevators instead of only one, 15 suites, some 2,500 square feet of UMD club room and 68 women’s toilet stalls on the concourse instead of only 15. Learn more about the new arena at: The Dream as become Reality.