The Xcel ‘Energizing’ Center

Whether you are sitting way up high near the rafters, or way down low near the glass and the players, it is hard to find a bad seat in the Xcel Energy Center.

Opened in 2000, this arena is perfect for the Minnesota Wild and the State of Hockey. The wonderful ambiance and intense, energizing spirit of the fans really brings this building to life. It features a lighthouse that blows smoke and lights up at the beginning of each game and after every Wild goal scored. The horn on the lighthouse is also very loud, and brings the passionate fans to their feet. The high-quality audio system gets the players and fans excited, and the light show is aesthetically pleasing to anybody’s eyes. The Wild mascot, Nordy, likes to bang on the drum and interact with fans all throughout the arena during the games. It is no surprise that ranked the Xcel Energy Center as the #2 best NHL arena experience.

Minnesota residents love their sports teams, and the Wild are not an exception. The Wild have hosted 18,000+ fans at every single game (they are actually known as the ‘team of 18,000’) since the franchise started in 2000. Fans of the Minnesota North Stars were sad to see them relocate to Dallas, but the Wild made their way into the hearts of Minnesota hockey fans. This allows the Xcel Energy Center to host the best hockey fans ever and provide a great experience at every game.

If you buy tickets in the upper deck and are considering bringing binoculars in order to see the game, leave them at home (unless you have very bad vision). The top row of the upper deck can still feel like you are very close to the high-paced action of an NHL hockey game. Everybody should try to experience a game at the “X” to see what all the hype is about.



-Intern Cory

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