Ice arena proposed in St. Paul

Associated Press

ST. PAUL — St. Paul wants to build an ice arena across the street from the Xcel Energy Center. But first, the city needs the state of Minnesota to forgive a loan.

Bills introduced Monday in the Legislature call for about $33 million in loan forgiveness, which the city would put into the arena. The bill also would allow the city to issue up to $40 million in bonds to help finance the project.

The project — called the Pond — would be a single sheet of ice housed in a three-story building with seating for up to 4,000 people. Construction is estimated to cost between $35 million and $40 million.

The proposed arena would give the Minnesota Wild a place to practice. The arena also could host amateur ice hockey and figure skating events.


Even though the state and the city face budget deficits, St. Paul officials say the project would create 200 jobs and bring in more money.

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