Wild, city of St. Paul extend lease deal.


Byline: Brian Johnson

The Minnesota Wild are staying put at St. Paul's Xcel Energy Center for at least another 16 years under a new deal.

The Wild and the city announced Tuesday they have agreed a 10-year lease extension for the team to play at Xcel Energy Center through 2035. The City Council voted unanimously in favor of the extension, which began effective April 8. The original lease went through 2025.

The Wild will continue to be responsible for the day-to-day operation of Xcel Energy Center, and the city will continue to own the arena, according to a press release.

"We take great pride in making sure Xcel Energy Center is a world-class venue for our guests and look forward to creating many more years of memories at the arena," Minnesota Wild owner and chairman Craig Leipold said in a statement.

"For two decades, the Minnesota Wild has been an incredible partner in driving vitality to downtown, and enriching not only our capital city but our entire state,"Mayor Melvin Carter...

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