A HOUSE THAT WILL HOST SOME WILD TIMES IS UNVEILED IN MN
HOK Sports presented its designs for St. Paul's new
$130M arena yesterday, "trumpeting the glass-encased, suite-
filled facility as a symbol of the city's downtown
turnaround and a place tailor-made for hockey aficionados,"
according to Curt Brown of the Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE.
The 18,632-seat arena will feature a glass exterior, lending
it a "transparent feeling," and will have a "wide-open" main
concourse that circles around the rink. Brown adds that the
"steep, opera-house-like" upper deck is "reminiscent of"
Maple Leaf Gardens. The arena's lower-bowl will include 22
rows totaling 9,000 seats, all accessible from the main
concourse. The facility will feature 74 luxury suites and
an club-seat level with 3,000 seats (STAR TRIBUNE, 6/18).