ST. CLOUD - St. Cloud State University got state bonding money to renovate the National Hockey Center four years ago.  However, up until now very little has gotten done on the project.

University officials hope the pieces will finally be in place to break ground in March, as soon as this hockey season is done.

Steve Ludwig is the Vice President for Administrative Affairs.  He says the first phase includes four levels.

Ludwig says most of the first phase should be done by the time the new season starts for the Huskies.  A second phase would then start in the spring of 2013.

The total cost of the project is just over $31 million.  The state has chipped in $6.5 million, the rest of the money is coming from private donations and sponsorships.

Some of the delays for the project have been in finding sponsors, and also some legal issues regarding using both public and private money on a state building.

The National Hockey Center was built about 20 years ago.

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More than a dozen hockey arenas have been built in the last 15 years, and many more have been renovated.  Duluth and Bemidji both built new arenas in 2010.  College Hockey Inc. has an article on the boom in new arenas.