The Minnesota Lynx have already had to make the best of one move—from the Target Center to the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul to accommodate renovations on the Minneapolis-based stadium.
The Lynx will now be forced to move once again.
Minnesota’s playoff games—and from the looks of things, there could be a few of those this year, will emanate from the Williams Arena at the University of Minnesota. The move has been classified as one to accommodate the upcoming preseason schedule for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild.
We want to thank the Xcel Energy Center and the city of St. Paul for providing the Lynx an incredible home court advantage for the 2017 regular season, one in which we have seen our attendance increase and our fanbase grow exponentially.
–Chris Wright, Lynx president
While the views of the Minnesota boss may have been tame at best, those of Lynx head coach Cheryl Reeve were a lot less genteel.
No. It’s not OK from the standpoint that it sucks we’re in this position. But what we do as women is we’re resilient. Unfortunately, we find ourselves in these situations often.
Reeve did say she felt confident in the team’s owner Glen Taylor and his continued advocacy for the team’s interests. For Lindsay Whalen, who played at the Williams Arena while with the Golden Gophers, it will be a special homecoming.
For me, it’s pretty special and I’m very fortunate that we have this opportunity and such a great organization that’s able to put this together and get us over there.
The Lynx are scheduled to return to the Target Center next season and are hoping to use said renovations as a launching pad to host next year’s All-Star Game.