At the corner of Cedar and Wabasha in downtown St. Paul, you’ll see a former Macy’s Department Store. But look a bit closer – or rather, straight skyward – and you’ll see the future Minnesota Wild practice hockey rink. The facility, slated to open in November 2017, will stand on the rooftop of the Treasure Island Center in our state’s capital city.
Wild owner Craig Leipold promises the 1,200-seat Tria Rink will entice “professional free agents, youth teams, college hockey players and the general public alike.”
“We hope to be playing hockey into June,” he said at Tuesday’s groundbreaking.
The Wild plan to practice at Tria Rink in the mornings, leaving the space open for schools, amateur leagues and hockey clinics to claim during the rest of the day. Even the facility’s name has the community in mind: Tria Rink is named after the HealthPartners Tria Orthopaedic Center.
The spacious building will also be a Twin Cities presence for several other organizations:
- Stacked Deck (formerly Looney Bin) Brewing
- Minnesota Housing Finance Agency
- St. Paul Police Department
- Walgreens (via Capital Real Estate)
- Tim Hortons
Not only is the building getting a new crop of businesses, it’s also getting a revamp. Jamie Spencer, Wild Vice President, talks of a near “lantern for the city at night” in the form of illuminated glass erected from the roof.
We’re loving this development news, but it could have turned out a lot differently. St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman pushed back on a suggestion from the state of Minnesota that the old Macy’s, which is situated next to the Minnesota Children’s Museum, be converted to a sex offender treatment facility.
As a result, the Port Authority bought the building from Macy’s, and we’re eagerly watching as blueprints for the new Minnesota Wild training rink come to life.
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