Minnesota Wild
Xcel Energy Center

Where do the Minnesota Wild play hockey?

Where do the Minnesota Wild play hockey?

Xcel Energy Center

The Xcel Energy Center, also known as "The X", is a multi-purpose arena, located in Saint Paul, Minnesota and is the home of the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). With an official capacity of 17,954, the arena has four spectator level, one suite level and three general seating levels. The arena opened on September 29, 2000. It was built on the site of the demolished St. Paul Civic Center. The push for a new arena in Saint Paul grew after the National Hockey League's Minnesota North Stars moved to Dallas. The concourse areas contain a hockey jersey from every high school in Minnesota hanging on the wall, reflecting the "State of Hockey." Surrounding the arena at all four corners are "crows nests." One features an organ built into the shell of a Zamboni and is played during Wild games. The second nest features a lighthouse which houses a foghorn that is blasted when the team takes the ice before games, for all Wild goals, and after a victory. The third is often used for the "Let's play hockey!" announcement before puck drop each game, along with game ops interviews, announcements, and fan contests. The fourth provides an additional stage for various uses.

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