Xcel Energy Center Details

Xcel Energy Center

In St. Paul Minnesota, the Xcel Energy Center (sometimes just called "the X"), is a well-loved venue for hockey and more. True to its home, the Xcel Energy Center is all about ice hockey. In the concourse, for instance, you'll find a jersey from every high school hockey team in the state.

As the home of the Minnesota Wild, the Xcel Energy Center hosted the first Wild game shortly after opening in 2000. During that game, the Minnesota Wild bested the Anaheim Mighty Ducks, in a 3-1 victory. From there, the Center saw 409 consecutive sellout crowds come to Wild games over the course of nine seasons. In 2014, ESPN named the Xcel Energy Center the 3rd best stadium experience in North America.

Today, Minnesota Wild games are still plenty of fun. The Xcel Energy Center has a unique set of features, including four "crow's nest" platforms in each corner of the stadium. Two are regularly in use, supporting an organ built into a Zamboni on one side, and a lighthouse-shaped fog horn -- used to announce Wild goals -- on the other. Smaller sports teams and tournaments use the Center as well.

Beyond sports, this is a big venue for concerts and musical guests as well as other events such as political rallies. The 2008 Republican National Convention, for instance, was at the Xcel Energy Center. Combining the two, the politically motivated Vote for Change Tour came to St. Paul in 2004. Performers included Bruce Springsteen and Bright Eyes. Other performances that have taken place at the Xcel Energy Center include Miley Cyrus, AC/DC, Yanni, John Mayer, and Shania Twain.

Notably, the venue is quite green, and has received three different certifications for sustainable construction and operation. To earn these awards, the stadium has made massive changes to standardize operating procedures for a venue of this size. 60% of all waste at the facility is recycled, and as much as 1,500 gallons of water are saved every day thanks to rain sensing technology.

What are the best places to sit at the Xcel Energy Center?

The Xcel Energy Center has three seating levels, Sections 101-126 (100 level), Sections C1-C40 (RBC Wealth Management Club Level), and Sections 201-230 (200 level). To get right behind the Wild bench, you'll want to be in Section 117. If you want to party and socialize, Sections 119 and 120 are closest to the lower level Fan Zone.

Xcel Energy Center Tips and Tricks

There are five gates you can enter from, so be sure to figure out which one is closest to your seats. Gates 1-4 provide access for all guests while Gate 5 is an interior gate for the Bremer Bank Suite Level and RBC Wealth Management Club Level. There are two parking ramps available for guests, the RiverCentre and Kellogg Ramps, and you can prepay for parking on the RiverCentre Ramp when you purchase tickets.

The Xcel Energy Center has a great guest services department, and you can find them near Section 105 to get help with anything you might need.

Xcel Energy Center Club Areas

There are many ways to enjoy a VIP experience at the Xcel Energy Center. Suites on the Bremer Bank Suite Level are a great place celebrate a special occasion or conduct business in a private, comfortable space. To get close to the action, Audi On-the-Glass Seats gives you access to the Audi Quattro Club as well as a fantastic view. The RBC Wealth Management Club Level is the most premier seating option of all. Beautifully furnished and well-stocked, this luxurious club level gives you access to the Bud Light Top Shelf Lounge and other excellent dining opportunities.