September 19, 2018 05:25 PM
The Minnesota Wild will play their first preseason game at Xcel Energy Center Thursday night.
The matchup with the Dallas Stars is scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.
But even experienced Wild fans will face a few changes when attending games this year. Perhaps the biggest change is to the bag policy. Following other sports arenas and stadiums in the area, like U.S. Bank Stadium, the Xcel Energy Center has limited the types of bags fans can bring to Wild games.
According to the Xcel Energy Center website, fans can bring a clear tote that is no bigger than 12" by 6" by 12" or a plastic storage bag that is a maximum of one gallon, resealable and clear.
Small bags, like clutches, are allowed, but can be no bigger than 4.5" by 6.5".
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Parking may also be more challenging than in years past. The nearby RiverCentre Ramp is still under repair after concrete fell from the ceilings in May.
Right now, only the top level of the ramp is open -- about 200 of the structure's 1,600 spaces, according to Visit Saint Paul President and CEO Terry Mattson.
"The goal is to have the majority of the parking ramp open and operational by fall of 2018," the Xcel Energy Center website states.
Mattson said the hope is to have "nearly half" of the ramp open by the Wild's first home game on Oct. 6.
Xcel recommends parking in nearby ramps and allowing extra to park, or using public transportation or a carpool.
There is also nearby construction to worry about. Westbound Kellogg Boulevard from Washington Street to West Seventh Street - right outside the Xcel - is down to one lane.
The Wild's season officially begins Oct. 4 at Colorado. Their first home game is Oct. 6 against the Las Vegas Golden Knights.
Updated: September 19, 2018 05:25 PM
Created: September 19, 2018 03:22 PM
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