The St. Paul Civic Center

The Saint Paul Civic Center (renamed in 1998 to Riverplace Center) opened on January 1, 1973 and the Minnesota Fighting Saints became the new tenant and were strong for several seasons, making the playoffs in their first year. The old arena had seating capacity of approximately 16,000. The Civic Center was torn down in 1998 to make way for the Xcel Energy Center which opened in 2000. The boys’ state high school hockey and basketball tournaments were also held at the Civic Center as well as three NCAA Frozen Four national ice hockey championships. The arena was also the home of Verne Gagne’s American Wrestling Association (AWA). Nokohaha grew up over on the fun side of the river and rarely set foot in the place.