Dark, cold January nights will be brighter in the Twin Cities Southeast Metro in 2023 when Minnesota’s Ice Maze moves from Stillwater to Eagan, becoming part of the Viking Lakes development’s Winter Skolstice celebration. .
For the past two years, the maze has been a winter attraction in Stillwater, attracting over 30,000 visitors in the depths of January and February. To build in Stillwater, the maze partnered with the Zephyr Theatre, which halted productions and laid off staff in October.
Minnesota Ice CEO and owner Robbie Harrell has been out looking for a new location for the past two weeks, and Minnesota Viking Lakes has come up with an offer of a bigger venue that will make staging easier. and building the maze. Hubbell was diplomatic about the abrupt move from suburban Washington County.
“We obviously love Stillwater, it’s a great town,” Harrell said, but “partnering with Viking Lakes felt like a really good opportunity for us.”
The maze will be built on a flatter and larger surface parking lot than the Stillwater site, he said.
Kyle Chank, general manager of Viking Lakes, said the maze will be a perfect fit for the second year of “Winter Skolstice” activities planned at the development just south of Interstate 494 and east of Dodd Road. The 200-acre site has been the home of the Minnesota Vikings since 2018.
Winter Skolstice, a play on NFL Vikings skol chanting and Norse designs for the site, was created to get people outdoors and active in the live-work-play development which is also home to Twin Cities Orthopedics, USA Curling, the Vikings Museum and Locker Room Store, Røkkr e-sports, Arete sports and Training HAUS.
Adding the maze “makes perfect sense with our mission and value of getting people to live in the fresh air,” Chank said.
This year, the maze will once again have nearly 2,000 feet of lighted pathway among eight-foot-tall walls. There will be ice carving demonstrations and statues. Minnesota Ice created many photogenic ice sculptures for the events surrounding the 2018 Super Bowl at US Bank Stadium and the NHL Winter Classic at Target Field on Jan. 1.
Hubbell promises many surprises to breathe new life into the labyrinth and the event. The maze will also widen passageways from 40 inches to 70 inches. “There will be a little more room to spread out,” he said.
Hubbell said the new location “helps elevate the maze.”
The maze will also be a definite boost to the events of Skolstice.
Weather permitting, Winter Skolstice and the Labyrinth will share the same hours from January 6 through February 6. 19. Generally, it will run from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. on weekdays and from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. on weekends. The organizers hope for an increase in attendance of at least 25% to 40,000 visitors.
Fire pits help keep visitors warm and the Warming Haus, a large heated tent between the ponds and the maze, will have a full-service bar and sell pizza from Kyndred Hearth, the restaurant inside the Omni Viking Lakes Hotel run by celebrity chef Twin Cities. Anne Kim.
Skolstice events are free, but require pre-registration. The maze, which has timed entries, costs $24.99 for adults and $12.99 for children ages 5-14. Young children get in free and tickets go on sale Monday. Tickets are available on the site, subject to availability. Parking is free in the parking lots near TCO Stadium, 2645 Vikings Circle.
The official announcement will be made on Monday morning during an on-site event with KFAN Radio Show.
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