This week figures to be the busiest week since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic for the Duluth Entertainment Convention Center, with a host of events. But the iconic event facility is not turning a complete corner, given remaining state health limits on the number of people who can attend.

"This restriction of 250 people maximum at each event continues to present a financial challenge for the DECC, but seeing the increase in the overall use of our space is welcome," interim Executive Director Roger Reinert said in a news release Monday.

Roger Reinert
Roger Reinert

The DECC, home to some of Duluth's largest events, has been hit hard by the pandemic. Most of its hallmark events and conventions have been canceled throughout the past year.

Events this week include University of Minnesota Duluth men's and women's hockey, two youth hockey tournaments, a free food giveaway in the parking lot, the state health department's COVID-19 testing site, a community vaccination site, and a performance by the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.

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Additionally, the Duluth Curling Club and Marcus Duluth Cinema, both located in the complex, will be open.

"This is the busiest the building has been since the start of the pandemic, and that is helpful," Reinert said. "Our goal remains working hard to ensure the DECC is the DECC again. Our community needs that."

On Saturday, the UMD women's and men's hockey are playing a doubleheader at Amsoil Arena for the first time since before the pandemic, but the games will start further apart than usual: women at 2:07 p.m. and men at 7:07 p.m.

More information regarding the events can be found at decc.org.