National Hockey League outfit the Minnesota Wild will be playing their home fixtures in the state capital, Saint Paul, until at least 2035. The two parties have confirmed that new lease agreement between the team and the city for continued use of the Xcel Energy Arena was signed earlier this month.
The news came just days after the city welcomed MLS’ Minnesota United FC to its new Saint Paul home.
The Twin Cities Pioneer Press reports that Wild owner and chairman Craig Leipold said on Tuesday during a media event at the Xcel Energy Center: “This is our city, and we’re proud of it. We are St Paul. Most of our people live in Saint Paul. We believe in the city.”
According to the report, the team’s rent at the facility will drop, falling to about $3.5m a year – almost $6m less than its current payments of nearly $9m annually.
Prior to the Wild moving to Saint Paul for the 2000-01 season, all of Minnesota’s major professional sports teams played in neighbouring Minneapolis.