Xcel Energy Center
The Xcel Energy Center is a multi-purpose arena located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. It is named for its locally-based corporate sponsor Xcel Energy. With an official capacity of 18,064, the arena has four spectator levels: one suite level and three general seating levels. The arena is owned by the city of Saint Paul and operated by Minnesota Sports & Entertainment. Home to the NHL's Minnesota Wild and the NLL's Minnesota Swarm, it is on the same block as the RiverCentre convention facility, Roy Wilkins Auditorium and Ordway Center for the Performing Arts in downtown St. Paul.

History
The Xcel Energy Center opened in Fall 2000. It was built on the site of the demolished St. Paul Civic Center. In 2004, the arena was named by ESPN as the best overall sports venue in the U.S. The 10 millionth person passed the gates on July 3, 2007. The Twin Cities were selected as the hosting metropolis for the 2008 Republican National Convention on September 27, 2006, and the Xcel Energy Center was chosen as the main venue. The Republican National Convention was held at the Xcel Center on September 1”“4. The arena has hosted concerts by many famous artists, as well as WCW and WWE shows. Sting performed during his Symphonicities Tour on June 21, 2010, along with the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra.

Features
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. A second nest features a lighthouse that contains a foghorn that is blasted before the game, for Wild goals and after a win. The third is used for the announcement before every Wild game; "Lets play hockey!" along with Fox Sports Network North (FSN) commentary and interviews. The fourth holds audio equipment for live game production. Prior to its opening, the arena installed an integrated scoring, video, information and advertising display system from Daktronics, based in Brookings, South Dakota. The system includes a large LED centerhung scoreboard with multiple displays, nearly 1,100 feet (340 m) of ribbon display technology mounted on the fascia and large video displays outside the facility.

Attendance records
  • March 8, 2008 : The Minnesota State High School League Boys hockey tournament set a new attendance record during the AA semifinal session. Edina and Benilde-St. Margaret's played in the first game followed by Roseau and Hill-Murray in front of a crowd of 19,559
  • February 8, 2004: the NHL All-Star Game set a record for attendance at a hockey game in Minnesota at 19,434
  • The record attendance for a Wild game was set October 5, 2005 at 19,398, the first game after the lockout season.
  • On October 28, 2003, Shania Twain set the arena's single-night concert attendance record of 20,554.
  • On March 17, 2007, 19,463 spectators watched the final game of the WCHA Final Five tournament, the largest crowd ever for an indoor United States college ice hockey game (i.e. not including games held in football stadiums such as the Cold War).
  • Since opening the doors of the Xcel Energy Center on September 29, 2000, the Wild had a sellout for every single game, which was finally broken on October 16, 2010 (totaling 400 consecutive home games as of March 8, 2010).


Other events
The "X" is the site of the WCHA Final Five, Minnesota Boys' High School Hockey, the Minnesota Girl's High School Volleyball Tournament, and the High School Wrestling tournaments, as well as the host of the Minnesota State High School League-sponsored volleyball state tournament. It hosted the 2002 NCAA Frozen Four and will do so again in 2011. The National Lacrosse League's Minnesota Swarm began regular season play in the arena in January, 2005.

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