September 13, 2018 11:13 PM
The Minnesota Wild have officially moved their training headquarters from the Xcel Energy Center to their new custom-built home on the lowest floor of the new Treasure Island Center in downtown St Paul.
The Wild's new facility is part of a complete re-development of the site that has been a department store - most recently Macy's - since the building went up in the middle of the last century.
The conversion left the Wild with the entire lower level of the new complex - 22,800 square feet - which they've decorated with jerseys, murals, logos, slogans, depictions of memorable moments in franchise history along with absolute top-of-the line equipment and amenities.
The Wild previously occupied several different spaces scattered around the Xcel Energy Center for training, dining, rehab, workout and other related activity. Now, they'll only be at the "X" for pre-game morning skates and the games themselves.
Wild general manager Paul Fenton praised the new facility as state-of-the-art and stressed being able to secure a downtown St Paul location just up the street from both the Wild's business office and the Xcel Energy Center helps communication and cooperation between the team's various departments.
Click the video box on this page to hear Paul Fenton's thoughts on the Wild's new practice facility, and see behind-the scenes tour of the entire space
The Wild designed the new site with top-of-the line amenities designed to serve the health and wellness of current players, as well as possibly drawing the eye of prospective future free agents.
The locker room is more than twice the size of the Wild's room at the X, and the coaches suite now includes offices for each coach, a collaboration room and a "war room" with video capabilities.
There is also a theater-style video room that will allow the Wild to review game tape.
Off the locker room is a massive shower/bathroom complex with both a sauna and a steam room which Wild Executive VP Jamie Spencer joked is "one for the Finns, and one for the Swedes."
Spencer oversaw the project and led the behind-the-scenes media tour om Thursday afternoon.
The rehab and recovery room includes several therapy tables, a hot tub, cold tub and a "HydroWorx" pool with a submerged treadmill for low-resistance rehabilitation.
The Wild's practice rink is the TRIA Rink, which opened on the 5th and highest floor of the building. The rink, which opened last winter, occupies a space that was formerly a rooftop parking garage.
Players have direct access to the rink via an elevator that is right off of the locker room. The floor of the elevator has an "ice rink" type flooring material that allows players to make the trip up to the rink in full gear - including ice skates.
The 1,000-seat rink will also host Hamline University games, several youth teams and the soon-to-debut Minnesota Whitecaps. The Wild estimate nearly 5,000 hours of ice time will be used, outside of the team's own activity.
Updated: September 13, 2018 11:13 PM
Created: September 13, 2018 06:22 PM
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