Roy Wilkins Auditorium

Roy Wilkins Auditorium
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A Minnesota Roller Derby game in Roy Wilkins Auditorium
Former namesSt. Paul Auditorium (1932–1985)
Location175 W. Kellogg Blvd.
St. Paul, Minnesota
Coordinates44°56′41″N 93°05′58″W / 44°56′41″N 93°05′58″W / 44.944853; -93.099445

Roy Wilkins Auditorium is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in St. Paul, Minnesota. Designed by the renowned 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 part of the RiverCentre complex,[1] down the hall from the Xcel Energy Center, home of the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild.

Events

The University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers ice hockey team used the arena as one of its home rinks from 1932 until 1950. The Minneapolis Lakers used the Auditorium when their regular home, the Minneapolis Auditorium, was not available.[2] 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 the team moved to the St. Paul Civic Center.[3] The St. Paul Slam of the International Basketball Association played at Wilkins for two seasons, 1996-97 and 1997-98. The Minnesota Ripknees also played at the auditorium for their 2007-08 season.

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

Since 2005, Roy Wilkins Auditorium has hosted games for the Minnesota Roller Derby league,[4] one of the founding members of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The WFTDA held the 2015 WFTDA Championships at Roy Wilkins Auditorium November 6-8, 2015.[5][6]

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