Fate of Fridley's 'Mighty Ducks' arena site now in citizens' hands


The Columbia Arena's brightest moment – a starring role in 1996's "Mighty Ducks 3" – is far behind it, and now nothing can save it from the wrecking ball.

But what becomes of the "beloved" hockey rink is in the hands of Fridley residents.

According to KSTP, the city is giving them a say on what will be done with the space once the remnants of the arena are cleared away for good. Their ideas will go to the City Council by the end of April, making way for an eventual vote.

One resident told the station that "band shells, amphitheaters, art places and farmers markets" are just some of the ideas the community is kicking around.

As it stands, the once popular attraction is a shell of its former self. It's been a refuge for squatters, vandals and graffiti artists for years, and it shows. As Vintage Minnesota Hockey explains, the aging facility began its descent in 2006, when the group that owned it found it would need to spend some $2 million getting it up to code.

It was eventually purchased by property developers, but after none of their plans came to fruition the site passed into the city's hands.

KSTP says demolition is set for summer.

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