Edina, Minn. - On November 4th, the Minnesota Blizzard will be opening an additional location on the west side that will provide programs such as: group lessons and our new hitting and pitching programs.
This facility will also be an additional home to Blizzard Elite and Fall teams.
"There are several families and players who want to play for the Minnesota Blizzard," owner Adam Barta said. "But sometimes distance can be a factor from a team practice and training standpoint. Having a second location enables our existing players and new players to experience our program without the additional miles."
The new and fully-turfed space has already installed new turf, new lights, new walls with nets to be installed this summer. But what will remain will be the core of the Blizzard program: teaching the five tools of baseball and continue to find the best players in the state to play the best competition in the country.
Players will have the opportunity to participate in one on one training, hitting and pitching programs and practice with the same coaches and instructors who have been with the Blizzard Academy for many years.
"I live on the west side of the Twin Cities so I'm excited about the added location," current Sioux Falls Canaries and Blizzard Pitching Coach Ben Moore said. "I'll still be in Vadnais Heights, but I'll also have a chance to make a big impact with our pitchers over here, too."
In addition to the indoor facility, Benilde St. Margaret HS and Braemar Fields will also serve as an outside home for practice, tryouts and games.
"I already feel like it's home," Blizzard Lead Hitting Coach Cory Glieden said. "BSM is in my backyard and I'm excited to get the Elite Hitting Program started. With an additional place to tryout, it's exciting that we will have the opportunity to attract more talent."
"People have been asking about a west-side location for a long time," Barta said. "We have been working on this for a couple of years and we are excited that it has become a reality. Next up is a field and summer youth teams ages 10u-14u."
The new address to the West Side Blizzard Academy is located at:
7407 Washington Ave South Edina, MN 55439 (inside of Drive Athletics and next to Staubers Goalcrease)