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PAC shooting for Oct. 1 opening PDF E-mail

A 30-year vision is quickly coming into focus just off Highway 34 in Aurora.

The Penner Athletic Courts complex broke ground in April, and despite early-summer rain delays it’s on target for an Oct. 1 opening, with several events already on the calendar.

"We’re very excited," said Kirk Penner, whose family is building the complex. "We knew that we were short of gym space and that a facility like this would be used, and our assumption is coming true."

The first tournament will be Lois Hixson’s annual Spikefest, which attracts high school volleyball teams from around the region. In recent years, the tournament utilized the school’s old and new gyms, but instead of going to the Bremer Center for a third site, teams will compete in the brand new PAC. That event is set for Oct. 30.

"We expect to see some activity before that and the middle school would like to get some volleyball girls in here, but that will be the first tournament," Penner noted. "We have dates set during the week after school and the week nights are pretty much full starting in November."

Construction progress is visible daily now, and Penner admitted that he often wanders over from his office at Penner Patient Care, Inc. to inspect the latest details. Work crews are busy this week installing the hoop system, which should be finished by Friday, allowing installation of the new maple flooring to begin.

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