Xcel Energy Center is one-of-a-kind multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility located in the heart of downtown Saint Paul. The Xcel Arena is positioned on a six-acre site, covering over 650,000 square feet; and is part of the RiverCentre Convention Center Complex, which also includes the neighboring Roy Wilkins Auditorium. The Xcel Energy Center's transparent glass exterior creates a distinguished identity and unique welcome to all its visitors. Xcel Energy Center St Paul is home to the National Hockey League's (NHL) Minnesota Wild and a multitude of spectacular entertainment events annually.
With the four separate concourses on four seating levels, plus the Al Shaver Press Box on the fifth level, the Xcel's open concourses are fan-friendly, measuring as much as 60-70 feet in width and providing Minnesota hockey fans with a wide-open view of the ice. Xcel Energy Center seats 18,064 for NHL games, and each of the four levels has been strategically situated to create great hockey sightlines. There are 74 executive suites at the Xcel, including 12 on the main concourse and 62 on the exclusive executive suite level. The Saint Paul Club Level consists of approximately 3,000 upscale seats with unique club and dining opportunities. Fans visiting the Xcel Energy Center will enjoy state-of-the-art technology, including an electronic display system with 360-degree video boards, an eight-sided scoreboard, and advanced in-arena production studio and superior acoustics for concerts.
On September 29, 2000, the Xcel Energy Center opened with the first-ever Minnesota Wild home preseason game vs. Anaheim Mighty Ducks (3-1 win). The Wild have entered their seventh NHL season playing all home games at the Xcel Arena.
On September 30, 2000, the first ever Xcel Energy Center concert featured Barenaked Ladies and the Corrs. The year of 2001 marked the return of the Minnesota State High School Tournaments to Saint Paul, where they had been held 25 years earlier before moving to Minneapolis during the construction of Xcel. Over the last three years, the Xcel Energy Center schedule has been full, featuring such performers as Walt Disney's World On Ice, Dixie Chicks, Paul Simon and Brian Wilson, Prince, Tim McGraw, Fleetwood Mac, Eric Clapton, Andrea Bocelli, Creed, the Who, Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Diamond, The Eagles, Bob Dylan, Billy Joel, and Elton John.
Xcel Energy Center has established new records for attendance in 2002 for both the Dodge WCHA Final Five and the NCAA Frozen Four. The all-time attendance record for a WCHA Final Five game was set during the semi-finals on March 15 when the U of M defeated Saint Cloud State in front of 18,523. The total combined attendance was 75,151 at the tournament, surpassed the previous record for total attendance set in 2001 at the Xcel. The combined attendance for the 2002 Frozen Four was 57,957, also setting a record for total tournament attendance, under the current format. It's no secret that the Xcel Energy Center is a top notch venue and fans continue to set Xcel attendance records.
Even with the official Xcel Energy Center seating chart of 18,064, the Xcel has been known to sneak a few more extra bodies into the seats. So if you are thinking of going to a Saint Paul concert or Minnesota Wild game, don't fall short and miss your opportunity to go to the best sports venue in the country. Treat yourself to a fun Xcel Energy Center event! Buy your Xcel Energy Center Tickets today!