Sanford Center

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Sanford Center
The Clinic
Location 1111 Event Center Drive
Bemidji, Minnesota 56601
Coordinates 47°27′48″N 94°51′13″W / 47.463420°N 94.853548°W / 47.463420; -94.853548Coordinates: 47°27′48″N 94°51′13″W / 47.463420°N 94.853548°W / 47.463420; -94.853548
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)
Bemidji Axemen (IFL) (2014–2015)

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 Bemidji Axemen of the Indoor Football League.[4] The team was disbanded after the 2015 season.[5]


  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. Archived from the original on February 22, 2014. Retrieved August 21, 2013.
  5. ^ Axemen axed from IFL

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