Bismarck's VFW Sports Center receiving multi-million dollar make-over

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The VFW Sports Center in Bismarck is getting a multi-million dollar make-over.

It's been 31 years since the ice arena has been renovated. The facility is under construction and the project should be completed for the 2017 ice season.

Demolition workers are cutting into the concrete that serves as a base for artificial ice.

Typically a base like this one should last 25 years, so this flooring has held up well.

"The boards have been getting a little old, they've had some issues with the ice. It just made sense, I think it was time to bring in some new equipment," says Keaton Leininger, Bismarck resident.

Klipfel says the public eye isn't really going to see a difference, other than the boards and the glass.

Although it was time to renovate the place *NAT*, it's still going to be awhile before it's finished.

"It's very intensive. You got to tear out the floor, tear out all the old piping, and then start again from the ground up to re-build your floor," says Facility and Programs Director Kevin Klipfel.

It's a two million dollar project that fans are excited for.

"It's definitely going to be an advantage to them being able to have a better arena to play in and practice on," says Leininger.
Leininger's family housed two Bobcat players. He says the athletes are excited to come back in August and be able to carve up the new ice.

The improvements at the VFW were from a three year budget process that was planned by the Bismarck Parks and Rec department. The improvements at the VFW were from a three year budget process that was planned by the Bismarck Parks and Rec department.