Xcel Energy Center

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Xcel Energy Center
"The X"
The Forest
The Hive
Xcel Energy Center logo
The Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul
The Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul
place 199 Kellogg Boulevard West Saint Paul , Minnesota 55102
United StatesUnited States
Coordinates 44 ° 56 '41.3 "  N , 93 ° 6' 3.9"  W Coordinates: 44 ° 56 '41.3 "  N , 93 ° 6' 3.9"  W.
owner City of St. Paul
operator Saint Paul Arena Company (SPAC)
start of building June 23, 1998
opening September 29, 2000
First game September 29, 2000
Minnesota Wild 3-1 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
surface Concrete
PVC - Flooring
costs 170 million US dollars
architect HOK Sport (now: Populous)
capacity Ice hockey and lacrosse
17,954 seats (since 2012)
18,064 seats (2000–2012)
12,999 seats (final stage)
20,554 seats (central stage)

The Xcel Energy Center (nickname: "The X" ) is a multi-purpose hall in the US city ​​of Saint Paul , Minnesota . Since June 15, 1999, the energy supply company Xcel Energy has been the hall's official name sponsor . It is the home ground of the Minnesota Wild ice hockey club of the National Hockey League (NHL).


The official opening of the Xcel Energy Center took place on September 29, 2000. In a pre-season game, the Minnesota Wild won 3-1 goals against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim . The hall is located on the site of the former St. Paul Civic Center from 1973. The Xcel Energy Center is still owned by the city of Saint Paul to this day. It is operated by the Saint Paul Arena Company (SPAC), a subsidiary of Minnesota Sports & Entertainment.

The arena, with construction costs of 170 million US dollars, consists of four spectator levels. The suite level and three normal levels named The 100 Level , The Club Level and The 200 Level . The stadium's official capacity for ice hockey and lacrosse matches was 18,064 until 2012. The establishment of the Bud Light Top Shelf Lounge reduced the number of seats to 17,954. At the MSHSL Boys' Hockey Tournament Class AA on March 7, 2008, an all-time attendance record of 19,559 visitors was achieved. The record crowd for a game of the Wild was 19,398 spectators on October 5, 2005 against the Calgary Flames . It was the first game after the 2004/05 lockout season . Depending on the type of stage, between 12,999 and 20,554 seats are available for concerts. In 2004, the arena was named the best sports facility in the United States by sports broadcaster ESPN .


In addition to the professional league, college sports are also played in the arena. So is "The X" home of the hockey team of the Minnesota High School and venue of the Minnesota State High School Volleyball League . The 2002 NCAA Frozen Four ice hockey tournament also took place at the Xcel Energy Center. In 2011 the arena will again be the venue for this tournament. In 2004 the NHL All-Star Game Station was in the Hall of Wild .

In addition to the sporting events, concerts are also regularly held in the hall. The Barenaked Ladies gave their first concert on September 30, 2000. In 2008, the Republican National Convention , the Republican party convention for the nomination of the presidential candidate, was held in Saint Paul's sports arena. Before this event, the hall was closed for six months in preparation.


Web links

Commons : Xcel Energy Center  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. Facts about the Xcel Energy Center ( PDF , English)
  2. audience capacity (English)
  3. Firsts & Records ( PDF , English)