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The City of Blaine is home to many large events each summer. These events bring in millions of dollars of economic impact to the Blaine economy. Due to COVID-19 many large events are being canceled and the impact will be felt far beyond the field, course, or stage.
In June, Blaine would usually be home to the two-day Joyful Noise concert festival. This event brings in over 10,000 people per day to the National Sports Center. Also in June the Blaine Festival brings thousands of people to Aquatore Park over a long weekend and the Patriot Ride brings more than 12,000 motorcyclists to the Blaine Airport.
In July sporting events take over Blaine. First up is Target USA Cup, which has been canceled for the first time in its 35-year history. The tournament brings 25,000 people per day to Blaine for 10 straight days each July. The 3M Open is also held each year in July, the tournament will take place as scheduled but without spectators. The 3M Open will be limited to about 1,200 people on site each day, which will include, staff, volunteers, media, and players. Target USA Cup and the 3M Open have a combined economic impact of $85 million per year.
With the cancellation or reduced capacity of these large events, it is more important than ever to support local businesses that will be missing large revenue streams this summer.
For more information on city events or program status, visit BlaineMN.gov/ParkRecStatus