Following your team to Xcel Energy Center March 7-10 for the best the State of Hockey has to offer at the renowned boys' high school hockey tournament? Look no further, here’s everything you need to know for a hockey-filled weekend in Saint Paul.
First things, first—tickets
Tickets are offered for each class as season books ($92 for adults, $60 for students—good for all rounds of play) or single session ($17 for adults, $11 for students—good for two games). Class A season books and single session tickets typically do not sell out and can be purchased from Xcel Energy Center in advance or at the gate. Class AA books are sold out, but single session tickets can be purchased one hour before each session begins. Should these tickets be available, be prepared to arrive early and stand in line.
Now, onto the fun stuff—hockey, hockey, hockey
Saint Paul is a hockey town, and boy, do we know it. Grab a bite at Tom Reid’s Hockey City Pub, deck yourself out in hockey swag from the Hockey Lodge in Xcel Energy Center, and snap a selfie with the Herb Brooks’ statue in Rice Park. After your photo, stop in at his namesake restaurant (Herbie’s On the Park) for some more grub and a glimpse at his 1980 Olympic ring.
There’s no shortage of restaurants around the arena and there are plenty of opportunities to order the capital city’s staple foods. You’ll definitely want to try a Juicy Lucy from the Nook or Burger Moe’s and a slice of pizza at Cossetta’s or Zamboni’s.
Let's Play Hockey Expo
It's synonymous with the high school tournament and full of the biggest names in hockey. Check out the Let's Play Hockey Expo on Friday and Saturday for the latest in apparel, gear, training tools, sticks, accessories and various other sports equipment. Show times are Friday, March 9 from 10 a.m-6 p.m. and Saturday, March 10 from 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
New and improved
If you and your team are lucky enough to make the trip to the Tourney every year, don’t worry—we’ve got some fresh attractions for you to check out in 2018. Definitely check out Seventh Street Truck Park, a new hotspot on West Seventh that brings all the fun of a road trip inside with multiple food trucks, bars and games. If you're looking to kill time between games with the family, make a stop at the all new Minnesota Children's Museum.
If you’re around on Championship Saturday, don’t miss the chance to attend Saint Paul’s craziest St. Patrick’s themed street party on West 7th from 2 p.m.-11 p.m. LuckyPalooza jam-packs two blocks with food, drinks, extreme sports activations, a mechanical bull, Irish Music and much more.
It’ll be busy downtown, so it’s wise to make a parking plan before you arrive. Visit http://saintpaulparking.com for information on available lots in the area. You can also avoid the stress altogether by taking Metro Transit.
If you need help with anything while you’re here or just want to share what an awesome time you're having, give us a shout on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter using the hashtag #MYSAINTPAUL. We also recommend brushing up on your historical data (the first tourney was held at the Saint Paul Auditorium in 1945) with our Saint Paul hockey history blog.