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Fundraising for Phase II of Urban Plains Center underway

Fundraising has begun for Phase II of the Urban Plains Center hockey arena in south Fargo, with hopes construction on the $12 million project can begin in late 2009.

Fundraising has begun for Phase II of the Urban Plains Center hockey arena in south Fargo, with hopes construction on the $12 million project can begin in late 2009.

The Metro Sports Foundation, which will own and operate the UP Center, hired Fargo fundraising firm GivingPoint to seek private funding for the arena's second construction phase.

The UP Center's $25 million first phase is nearing completion. The 5,000-seat arena, which will be home to the United State Hockey League's Fargo Force, is scheduled to open Oct. 30 when the Force host the Sioux Falls Stampede.

Phase II, the project's tournament facility, will be four ice sheets totaling 130,000 square feet. Each venue will have a National Hockey League-sized sheet of ice. The largest venue will accommodate 1,600 fans for hockey and 2,000 for basketball or volleyball. The three smaller rinks will seat 800. It will be connected to the west side of the current building.

Phase II construction will begin when $6 million in private donations are secured, according to information distributed by GivingPoint.

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