9 New Concession Items in AMSOIL Arena

Guests attending UMD hockey games this year should arrive hungry. New concession offerings will grace the menu in AMSOIL Arena stands. Concession Managers Jerry Carpenter and Dolly Thygeson and are optimistic about the nine new items.

“Each year between hockey seasons we study best sellers and popular food trends among our demographic. This year we are excited introduce both brand-new menu items and improved AMSOIL Arena favorites with fresh ingredients from local producers,” states Carpenter.

New offerings include:

  1. Poutine
    Salt and pepper fries and cheese curds topped with brown gravy, a favorite of our Canadian friends to the north
  2. Half-Pound Cheddar Polarena
    An ode to the original DECC Arena concessions menu, this new Polarena is a half-pound smoked cheddar polish sausage on a fresh bun from Johnson’s Bakery
  3. Champ’s Meatball
    A 6oz meatball smothered with marinara sauce and parmesan cheese, served with a cheese-filled Bosco bread stick
  4. Local All-Beef Dog
    We’ve upgraded our hot dogs to provide you a local, all-beef hotdog on a Johnson’s Bakery bun
  5. Local, Fresh Hamburger Patty
    A classic burger but now with a better, fresh, and locally-produced beef patty served on a brioche bun
  6. Soup with Bread
    Your choice of Tomato Basil, Creamy Chicken Wild Rice, or a house-made Chili accompanied by Johnson’s Bakery bread
  7. 4-Meat Pizza
    Sausage, pepperoni, Canadian bacon, and bacon bits
  8. Veggie Pizza
    Green peppers, olives, onions, mushrooms, and sun-dried tomatoes
  9. Cedar Crest Ice Cream
    Wisconsin-made ice cream with all new flavors including four gluten-free options and two rotating specialty flavors.

Also new this year, the popular Fish Fry will be available on both Fridays and Saturdays. Fan favorites such as the New York Strip Sandwich and the Grilled Cheese with Tomato Basil Dipper will also remain on the menu.

Welcome New Board Members

The Duluth Entertainment Convention Center welcomes two new members to its Board of Directors: Roz Randorf, Business and Corporate Consultant with Dale Carnegie, North Central US; and Bill Nelson, Director of Account Services with Swim Creative.

Roz Randorf has over 26 years of experience in marketing, sales, negotiations, leadership and business development. Most recently, she completed an almost three-decade career at Forum Communications Company. As a business and corporate consultant for Dale Carnegie, North Central US, Roz and her colleagues partner strategically with companies to increase their capacity to execute and drive business results.

Bill Nelson has over 32 years of experience working in the Marketing and Advertising Industry. He is currently the Director of Account Services at Swim Creative. Nelson has served on a variety of boards, earned the American Advertising Federation – AAF G.D. Crain, Jr. National Public Service Award and has been a member of the Duluth Area Chamber of Commerce, Greater Downtown Council and Canal Park Business Association.

Randorf and Nelson will replace the seats of Jay Seiler and Carrie Heffernan, retiring from the Board after each serving the DECC for two consecutive 3-year terms. Seiler served as Board Chair from July 2016 to July 2017.

The Duluth Entertainment and Convention Center is an authority created by state statute with a Board made up of four members appointed by the Governor of Minnesota and seven members appointed by the Mayor of the City of Duluth.  The Board Members are charged with fiduciary oversight and governance.

Randorf and Nelson join incumbent board members:

Don Ness, Board President
Crystal Pelkey, Board Secretary
Mary Finnegan-Ongaro
Gregory R. Fox
Debra J. Messer
Karen Pionk
Yvonne Prettner Solon
Roger Reinert
David M. Ross

Help us thank these dedicated professionals for driving the DECC forward.

A Tough Decision: Closing the Irvin for 2018 Season

Due to the reconstruction of the Minnesota Slip, DECC officials had to make a tough decision. We will not be opening the William A. Irvin historic museum for the 2018 season, including the Haunted Ship. The Irvin must be removed from the slip in order to complete pollution remediation, the final phase of the seawall restoration project underway along Harbor Drive.

While we are saddened by the news, the reason for the closure will aid in our continued sustainability plan. Removal of the Irvin will allow the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency full access to conduct its pollution remediation this fall. The MPCA, in partnership with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Great Lakes National Program Office, will use aggregate material and suitable sand to cap contaminated sediment in the slip.

Don’t worry, the ship will not be sitting totally vacant. We look forward to restoring the Irvin hull while it is out of operation, last completed in 1986. Plus, areas of the interior will also be refurbished during it’s closure. The SS William A. Irvin was once the proud flagship of United States Steel, today she resides as a museum in Duluth’s Canal Park. She will return restored to her glory days.

A grand reopening celebration will take place before the 2019 season.

To read more about the William A. Irvin, check out the website at decc.org/william-a-irvin/