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Interest In Wild Continues To Rise With New Season-Tix Sales Nearing 2,000 Since Signings
Published July 10, 2012
SEIZE THE DAY: In St. Paul, Ben Goessling notes Leipold "reopened the Wild's pursuit of a practice facility in St. Paul." Leipold "called on St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman to help him make it happen.” The team's “campaign for a practice facility has been a long and so far unsuccessful one.” For the Wild, the “answer could be seizing on the momentum created by Parise and Suter, just as the rest of the Twin Cities' professional sports teams finish their lobbying efforts for new facilities.” Leipold said that the lack of a practice facility "was among the concerns Parise and Suter raised when considering playing for the team.” Goessling writes a practice facility “eventually could inject some new revenue into the team's operations.” St. Paul Arena Co. Senior Dir of Planning & Public Affairs Bill Huepenbecker said that a practice facility would cost $45-55M and "would be linked by tunnel or skyway to the Xcel Energy Center.” Leipold yesterday said that the team has “sold almost" 2,000 new season tickets since signing Parise and Suter. Meanwhile, Leipold “declined to comment on business partner Phillip Falcone, who is being investigated by the Securities and Exchange Commission for charges that he lent himself $113 million from hedge funds he manages to pay his taxes.” Leipold only said that he has “been in touch with Falcone” (ST. PAUL PIONEER PRESS, 7/10).