The Xcel Energy Center is a multi-purpose arena located in Saint Paul
. 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 National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild and the National Lacrosse League'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. It also served as official home to the 2008 Republican National Convention.The arena opened on September 29, 2000.
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 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.
The "X" is the site of the WCHA Final Five, 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 and 2011 NCAA Frozen Four. The National Lacrosse League's Minnesota Swarm began regular season play in the arena in January 2005.