The Minnesota Lynx search for a temporary venue in 2017 is over, as the team has announced that it will play its home schedule at St. Paul’s Xcel Energy Center. Such a move was needed because the Lynx’s home–the Target Center–is undergoing a multi-phase renovation, and much of the work will take place during the next WNBA season.
“Our fans will enjoy the experience and amenities that Xcel Energy Center has to offer, while eagerly anticipating the conclusion of our newly renovated home in Minneapolis in time for the 2018 Lynx season,” said Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx President Chris Wright. “We look forward to bringing the three-time champion Lynx to the Xcel Energy Center and the opportunity to showcase these amazing athletes who are incredible role models both on and off the court. We also anticipate continuing to build our relationship with the City of St. Paul and becoming more integrated with this first-class community.”
“I’m thrilled to be welcoming Minnesota’s three-time WNBA champions to the City of Saint Paul for their 2017 season,” said Mayor Chris Coleman. “The Lynx are a powerhouse of a team, and an amazing group of athletes to watch – and we hope fans from across the state enjoy doing so from the capital city.”
The Xcel Energy Center is home to the NHL’s Minnesota Wild and host to more than 150 sporting and entertainment events each year.
“We are proud to welcome these world-class athletes to our building for the 2017 season,” said Xcel Energy Center Vice President and General Manager Jack Larson. “The Minnesota Lynx are a great addition to the wide variety of events Xcel Energy Center has become known for hosting and represent our commitment to the community and fans from around the state.”
In partnership with Visit Saint Paul, the official convention and visitors bureau for the capital city, the Lynx Tickets for Kids program will be able to welcome local schools and community youth organizations to attend games for free throughout the season.
“We are excited to bring the Lynx to Saint Paul and to provide free access to thousands of young people in our community,” said Pat Harris, Chairman of Visit Saint Paul. “It’s a win-win for all.”
The Lynx chose to make the announcement at this time to inform season ticket members of the change ahead of their upcoming renewals.