Sanford Center

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This article is about the multipurpose arena in Bemidji, Minnesota. For the multi-purpose arena in Sioux Falls, South Dakota, see Denny Sanford Premier Center.
Sanford Center
The Clinic
Location 1111 Event Center Drive
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Owner City of Bemidji
Operator VenuWorks
Capacity 4,700 (ice hockey)
Surface 200' x 85' (Ice hockey)
Broke ground April 3, 2009[1]
Opened October 15, 2010
Construction cost $35 million
Architect Leo A Daly
Widseth Smith Nolting
General contractor Kraus-Anderson Construction Company[2]
Bemidji State Beavers (NCAA) (2010-present)
Minnesota Axemen (IFL) (2014-present)

The Sanford Center is a 4,700-seat multi-purpose arena and convention center in Bemidji, Minnesota, United States that opened in October 2010.[3] On October 18, 2010 the venue was renamed from the Bemidji Regional Events Center to the Sanford Center after Sanford Health Systems purchased naming rights for $2 million over ten years.

On Friday, October 15, 2010, the arena began hosting the home games of the Bemidji State Beavers men's ice hockey and Bemidji State Beavers women's ice hockey teams of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association, replacing the aging 2,400-seat John S. Glas Field House.

Beginning with the 2014 season, the arena became home to the Minnesota Axemen of the Indoor Football League.[4]


  1. ^ Albright, David (April 8, 2009). "Bemidji State Finally Takes Big Stage". ESPN. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Company History". Kraus-Anderson Construction Company. Retrieved February 10, 2014. 
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  4. ^ "IFL Announces Expansion Team in Northern Minnesota Community". Indoor Football League. August 20, 2013. Retrieved August 21, 2013. 

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