National Sports Center Signs Facility Naming Sponsorship Agreement with Gradient Financial Group

Blaine, Minnesota (August 13, 2015) — The National Sports Center (NSC) announced today that it has partnered with the Gradient Financial Group, LLC, to rename the Schwan Center on the NSC campus as the Gradient Financial Center.

The Gradient Financial Center is the NSC’s meeting, convention and expo facility. The 36,000-square-foot facility offers meeting space to accommodate a wide range of group sizes, from small groups to large gatherings of up to 500 people. The adjacent Sport Expo Center features an 18,000-square-foot clear-span space suitable for tradeshows, and sports events and training.

The Gradient Financial Center is also home to Gentry Academy, a school founded on the belief of providing excellence in both academics and athletics, specifically hockey.

Gradient Financial Group was founded by Chuck and Tami Lucius, and serves independent financial services professionals, inspiring them to build their businesses by providing the best possible financial solutions. With an entrepreneurial spirit and vision for the future, Gradient Financial Group grew from the garage it began into its state-of-the-art headquarters in Arden Hills, Minn. and second location in Topeka, Kan. The Gradient Financial Group just celebrated its 10-year anniversary.

‘We are honored that this incredible facility will now be known as Gradient Financial Center,’ said Tami Lucius. ‘We are excited for the future and grateful to be a part of the world-renowned National Sports Center.’

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About the National Sports Center:

The National Sports Center (NSC) is a 600-acre multi-sport facility located in Blaine, Minnesota. The campus includes the Schwan Super Rink; a soccer stadium; the Gradient Financial Center meeting and convention building; the 18-hole Victory Links golf course; an indoor Sports Hall with a FieldTurf field; 150-bed residence hall; and 54soccer fields. The facility hosts nearly 300 events annually, and welcomes over 4 million visitors a year. The facility is the home of the Minnesota United FC professional soccer team.

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Barclay Kruse, Chief Communications Officer National Sports Center

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