The NHL is making it official: The new St. Paul Saints will be playing their inaugural season in an arena near their downtown Minneapolis headquarters, the team announced Thursday.
St. Paul, a team that played in the American Hockey League for six seasons from 2003-08, announced that it would use the state-of-the-art Target Center for the 2018-19 season.
The Saints will play in the new Target Center, which will be built to support 20,000 seats, after a 10-year deal was signed with Minnesota United FC.
The new arena, which opened in November 2018, is being constructed by the Minnesota-based construction company, Stem Group.
In addition to St. Peter, the Saints will also play in a newly renovated arena that will be open to the public.
The arena, called the Target Center Center, will be the team’s home for the next six seasons, after the NHL expanded its franchise to 40 teams last year.
The new Target Arena will seat 20,072 and will host 10,000 hockey and basketball games each season.
Target Center will be used for both the Saints and Minnesota United, which won the North American Soccer League’s North Division title and advanced to the CONCACAF Champions League semifinals.