Roy Wilkins Auditorium

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Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Former names St. Paul Auditorium
Location 175 W. Kellogg Blvd.
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°56′41″N 93°05′58″W / 44.944853°N 93.099445°W / 44.944853; -93.099445Coordinates: 44°56′41″N 93°05′58″W / 44.944853°N 93.099445°W / 44.944853; -93.099445
Built 1932
Operator Minnesota Sports & Entertainment
Architect Clarence W. Wigington
Capacity 5,000
Website www.theroy.org
Tenants
Minnesota RollerGirls (WFTDA)

The Roy Wilkins Auditorium is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA. Designed by the renowned African-American municipal architect Clarence W. Wigington, it was built in 1932 as the St. Paul Auditorium and was renamed for Roy Wilkins in 1985. It is located next door to the Xcel Energy Center, home of the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild.

About[edit]

The University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers ice hockey team used the arena as one of its home rinks from the 1930s until 1950. The Minneapolis Lakers used the Auditorium when their regular home, the Minneapolis Auditorium, was not available.[citation needed] The Minnesota State Boys' High School Hockey Tournament was held at the Auditorium from 1945 to 1968. It was home to the Minnesota Fighting Saints ice hockey team of the World Hockey Association (WHA) in fall 1972, before it moved to the St. Paul Civic Center. The St. Paul Slam of the International Basketball Association played at Wilkins for two seasons, 1996-97 and 1997-98.

In 2000, it hosted Extreme Championship Wrestling's pay-per-view Anarchy Rulz.

Since 2005, and continuing as of 2014, Roy Wilkins Auditorium hosts the Minnesota RollerGirls roller derby league,[1] one of the founding members of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tickets & Parking: Minnesota RollerGirls". Minnesota RollerGirls. Retrieved 8 April 2014. 

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