April 11, 2018


The 2018 MIAMA Spring Workshop will be held on Wednesday, May 2, 2018 at the Saint Louis Park Rec Center, Saint Louis Park, MN.

As of today there are 78 registered arena member’s and 27 registered vendor member’s. Please register soon to avoid the $20 late fee. The deadline is April 20th at midnight.

Both members and vendors can register for this event.

Please click here to register:  2018 MIAMA Spring Workshop Registration


2018 James F. Padgett Award application

Application Deadline is Sunday, April 15th at midnight.

The 2018 James F. Padgett Award application is now available. The James F. Padgett Award is named after James F. Padgett who was a leader in our industry early in MIAMA. Padge as he was known, was the Parks & Recreation Director for the City of Virginia and operated the Miners Memorial Building.  Padge unfortunately left us too soon at the …

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2018 Al Payne Conference Grant application

Application Deadline is Sunday, April 15th at midnight.

The 2018 Al Payne Conference Grant  application is now available. The Al Payne Conference Grant is named after Alan K. Payne who worked at the Richfield Ice Arena until he passed due to cancer in 2007. Al was a former MIAMA President (1988-89) and long-time Secretary/Treasurer (1996-2007) The Minnesota Ice Arena Manager’s Association will be providing grants for the 2018 …

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Industry News is compiled from national & local media reports, social media and member submissions. Please send news to: jbalvance@miama.org

Virginia, MN: Public Input Needed on Miners Memorial Building Upgrade



It’s time for the Annual MIAMA Arena Survey.

Please take a moment to fill out this survey.

The survey will be closed on April 30, 2018.

2018 Arena Survey



MIAMA has been working on updating the rinkfinder.com platform and it was rolled out on Monday, March 19th.

We are continuing to update instructions on how to use the new platform and they can be found here:

New Rinkfinder.com Instructions – March 2018

These instructions are also be listed on www.miama.org


Inver Grove Heights, MN: Community Center Operations Staff

MIAMA.org Post

Posting ends on April 27, 2018.


Job Postings: If your facility has a job opening and you would like it listed here, please send the job posting website link via email to MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance @ jbalvance@miama.org There is no charge, just another added feature of being a MIAMA member.


Save the Date:

The 2018 MIAMA Fall Conference will be held on Tuesday, September 4 – Friday, September 7, 2018 at Ruttger’s Sugar Lake Lodge in Cohasset, MN.

MIAMA will host the U.S. Ice Rink Association this fall for an Operations & Risk Management (ORM) class along with a special MIAMA certification program. Details will be available soon.

Registration for the Fall Conference will go live online Monday, June 11th.


MIAMA will be holding a regional meeting/arena tour in the NE Metro area on Wednesday, June 6th.

Tentative schedule:

9:15a – 10:00a – Tour White Bear Lake Hippodrome: (651) 407-7508

4855 Bloom Ave,
White Bear Lake, MN 55110

10:15a – 10:30a – Arrive at Vadnais Sports Center: (651) 481-1000

1490 County Road E
St Paul, MN 55110

10:30a – 11:15a – Session with Cimco on CO2 Refrigerant

11:15a – 11:45a – Session on miama.org and rinkfinder.com

11:45a – 12:30p – Tour Vadnais Sports Center

12:30p – 1:00p – Lunch

1:30p – 2:30p – Tour Tria Rink

400 Wabasha St N
St Paul, MN 55102

Please RSVP to Communications Director Jon Balvance via email at: jbalvance@miama.org 


Here is a recap from our Rochester Area Arena Tour in February 2018:

February 2018 Arena Tour Recap


MIAMA Socials are complete for this year.

The MIAMA Social Committee will work on a MN Wild Social for the 2018-2019 Season.


If there is any movement within the industry, please send an email to MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance @ jbalvance@miama.org


If you have any questions you would like sent to the membership for discussion, please send an email to the MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance at: jbalvance@miama.org


2018 MIAMA Member & Vendor Memberships

If you have any questions on renewals, please contact Dean Mulso at dmulso@miama.org or Jon Balvance @ jbalvance@miama.org


2018 MIAMA Renewal Instructions


If you are having trouble renewing, please try a different web browser.


If you or someone at your facility would like to be spotlighted on the MIAMA.org website, please contact the MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance at: jbalvance@miama.org

This is a great opportunity for members of MIAMA to get to know a little bit more about each other. To date we have spotlighted 38 Arena Members, 2 Vendor Members and 1 Alumni Vendors.

MIAMA has now added a section on the website where all Member Spotlights can be accessed on one page.

MIAMA Member Spotlights

Your MIAMA Board of Directors thanks you for your consideration!


MIAMA would like to strongly encourage all members to fill out the following survey in regards to the NHL Greener Rinks Initiative. They will also be at the MIAMA Spring Workshop in May to discuss in more detail.


National Hockey League Greener Rinks Initiative:

Our plan is to evolve the NHL Greener Rinks Initiative into a program that provides helpful tools and resources that support rink owners and operators in making decisions on energy-efficient and sustainable technologies and best practices to help their bottom line. To best understand the rinks’ challenges and needs, we are putting out a new survey.

One representative from each rink that takes the survey from March 12- April 14, 2018 will receive a $50 Shop.NHL.com gift card on behalf of the rink and be entered into a sweepstakes for the chance for his/her rink to win a visit with the Stanley Cup®.

You are responsible to the NHL for ensuring that you only send these messages in a manner that is consistent with your organization’s best practices and in compliance with laws.

Please hyperlink the “Survey” button o: Surveys.nhl.com/s3/NHLGreenerRinksInitiative

Together, we hope that we can work together to strengthen the community rink industry and ensure that all people can continue to play hockey for generations to come.


The 2018 MIAMA Board Meetings are as follows:

Tuesday, May 1st: Saint Louis Park Rec Center – 5:00pm

Wednesday, July 11th: Doug Woog Arena – 9:30am

Tuesday, September 4th: Ruttger’s Sugar Lake Lodge – 9:00pm

Wednesday, October 3rd: TBD – 9:30am


All MIAMA Board Meetings are open to the membership. For more information, please contact MIAMA Administrative Assistant Dean Mulso at: dmulso@miama.org or MIAMA Communications Director Jon Balvance at: jbalvance@miama.org


2018 MIAMA Full Membership Vendors

Around the Rink – April 11, 2018