our future athletics complex


Since 2001

we have identified opportunities to serve Sartell’s youth in a multitude of capacities.


Our history is rooted in the establishment of Bernick’s Arena on Pinecone Regional Park. Following years of fundraising and 7 months of construction, Bernick’s Arena opened in November of 2003. The facility cost $2.4 million to construct, and hundreds of volunteers putting in close to 3000 hours of work to complete. The grand opening on Monday, November 10, 2003, drew 500 people into the arena and featured then Governor Tim Pawlenty. The Governor praised the efforts of the SYRC and the Sartell Youth Hockey Association in building the facility, and commended the community’s support.

As a nonprofit 501(c)(3), SYRC continues to own and operate Bernick’s, and is comprised of five board members including Craig Ritter, Scott Kenning,Matt Dankers, Ryan Fitzthum, Brian Zimny President. The arena is staffed by Jon Erickson, Arena Manager.

For the past 13 years, SYRC has demonstrated fiscally sound operations. With an annual budget of $280,000, we have reduced debt while investing in arena improvements such as a new zamboni, concession upgrades, new (federally mandated) refrigerant, dehumidification, environmentally-responsible rubberized locker room flooring, a water treatment system, and an elevator to meet current ADA Standards. In recent months, support from the City of Sartell has afforded us the ability to invest in an expanded paved lot, adding 283 new parking spaces. The parking lot was completed in June 2017.

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We are actively fundraising to build a year-round multi-sports complex. Sartell has been built – at rapid speed – on the shared belief in community. We are here because of promising jobs, great schools and working together to create a safe place called home. After thoughtful consideration, we are proposing construction of a year-round multi-sports complex. With community support, this facility will provide year-round access to practice ice and turf sports, allowing our youth the practice time needed to develop and compete with the top school districts around the state.

Sartell Youth Hockey
Arena rental: 2004-present (September – March, yearly)

Sartell H.S. Hockey (boys)
Arena rental: 2004-present (October – March, yearly)

Sartell/Sauk Rapids H.S. Hockey (girls)
Arena rental: 2004-present (October – March, yearly)

Sartell Sapphires Gymnastics Association
Arena rental: 2013-2018 (April – September, yearly)

Sartell/Sauk Rapids Lacrosse Association
Arena rental: 2016-2017 (April – May, yearly)

Soccer, Roller Hockey & Broomball
Arena rental: Variable 2003-2017

Over the years

we have developed key relationships with numerous athletic associations utilizing our space for training, games, and tournaments. These partnerships are extremely important to us, and the community.

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