What will happen to the 'Mighty Ducks' arena? - KMSP-TV

What will happen to the 'Mighty Ducks' arena?

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For 46 years, hockey players have laced up at the Columbia Arena in Fridley, Minn., which made its on-screen debut in "D3: The Mighty Ducks." It doesn't seem to hold the same glory as it did in 1996 and it's in desperate need of a $2 million renovation -- one that may never come.

Fridley native and St. Louis Blues forward David Backes remembers the 14-acre arena well. When Backes was in high school, he woke up at 5 a.m. and his mom hauled him to Columbia as he hit the ice amid the morning fog with big NHL dreams.

"I remember filming 'Mighty Ducks' there, being in the stands for that, trying to get my face on TV or on the movies, but great memories of the place, kind of sad to see that it's vacant at the moment," Backes said.

Because it's likely too expensive to keep as an ice arena, many developers have looked into purchasing the property, and have considered turning it into a motocross facility, a roller derby rink, or a concert venue.

William Fogerty owns the now vacant building, and the Fridley Housing and Redevelopment Authority is in negotiations to purchase the property, but so far, no sale.

NOTE: A photo from inside the current arena, featured at the end of the video report, is from The Hardcore Tourist blog at http://hauntedblogging.blogspot.com/2014/07/columbia-arena-fridley-mn.html?m=1

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