Xcel Energy Center (Minnesota Wild Stadium)

The Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota has been home to the NHL’s Minnesota Wild since they began playing in the 2000-01 season.  The Wild filled the void left by the Minnesota North Stars, who moved to Dallas in 1993. In their 20+ year history the Wild have made several playoff runs but have yet to capture a Stanley Cup championship. The new arena was built on the same site as the Saint Paul Civic Center and is part of a riverfront entertainment area that includes other arts and convention venues.  The arena was designed with “crow’s nests,” at each corner of the building, one with an organ played during Wild game, another with a lighthouse that has a foghorn that is blasted at key moments, the third is used for the Wild’s drumline and the fourth provides an additional stage for various uses.

How many seats are in Xcel Energy Center

The official capacity of the Xcel Energy Center is 17,954, and has four spectator levels: one suite level and three for general seating.

Directions – How to get to Xcel Energy Center

The Xcel Energy Center sits directly between two major highways, Interstate 94 and Route 35E, making it very easy to get to by car. The arena is located at 199 West Kellogg Boulevard on the corner of West Kellogg Boulevard and West 7th Street in the heart of downtown Saint Paul.  You can also get to the Xcel Energy Center by bus or by rail. The light rail Green Line services downtown Saint Paul.  Additionally, for those who live or are staying in the area and would like to walk to the arena, many of Saint Paul’s city blocks are conveniently connected on the second floors by five miles of an award-winning skyway system.

Where to Park near Xcel Energy Center?

There is parking directly on site at the Xcel Energy Center.  The arena has partnered with ParkWhiz to allow visitors to purchase guaranteed parking reservations in advance of Minnesota Wild games and other events at the venue. 

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Other Xcel Energy Center FAQs

Where are the Minnesota Wild located?

The Minnesota Wild play their home games in Xcel Energy Center in Saint Paul, Minnesota, named for its locally based corporate sponsor Xcel Energy. 

Are the Wild allowing fans?

The Wild are currently allowing fans, with COVID safety restrictions and regulations in place and open the home schedule of their 2021-22 campaign on October 19th.

How many fans are the Minnesota Wild allowing?

Entering the 2021-22 season, the Minnesota Wild are now allowing the arena to operate at full capacity. 

How old is the Xcel Energy Center?

The Xcel Energy Center opened on September 29, 2000 and cost approximately $170 million to build. 

What is the Xcel Energy Center Health & Safety Information? (related to COVID)

Per the Xcel Energy Center’s website: Face coverings are requested for all guests regardless of vaccination status. Some events may require face coverings and other COVID protocols.  Xcel Energy Center and the Minnesota Wild are the first sports and entertainment venue in the country and first NHL team to be Ecolab Science Certified.  Fans can return to Xcel Energy Center knowing the arena is committed to a high level of cleanliness.

How much is a Minnesota Wild hockey ticket?

As with many franchises, average ticket prices have trended upwards to the 2021-22 season.  However, depending on the game, you can still see the Wild play for less than $25.  Overall the average ticket price is over $200, but there are many seats in the arena that can be had for far less. 

What hockey teams play at the Xcel Energy Center?

The building is home to the NHL’s Minnesota Wild of the NHL’s Western Conference Central Division. 

Who owns the Xcel Energy Center?

The Xcel Energy Center is owned by the City of St. Paul.


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