The City of Fergus Falls is working with ATS&R and Bonestroo to design and construct the arena which will be located adjacent to the current high school gymnasium. A 2006 technical condition assessment of the current 40-year old ice arena found that the cost to repair and bring the building up to code would cost $4.8 million. Since then a series of meetings with arena users and the consultants occurred to determine the feasibility of constructing a new arena.
In October 2009 the City Council authorized the project to proceed. Design development was approved April 19th. Bids for that plan came in at $9 millon - well over the $6 million maximum approved in October. The design committee is developing a revised plan that makes greater use of the existing spaces at the Roosevelt Education Center (formerly the Fergus Falls High School). Plans are for two tournament-sized sheets of ice as well as floor anchors in the arena floors for tennis courts/nets, baseball and soccer. Additionally, the main arena can accommodate 5 curling sheets. The bare, concrete floor also has exhibit and event use potential.