Spring Sports in Saint Paul
Springtime Ushers in New Energy for the Sports Community
Sports fans know Saint Paul as the mecca of all things hockey. Throughout the season, fans frequent the city’s many restaurants, breweries, bars, and of course, the Xcel Energy Center with friends and family as they cheer on the Minnesota Wild.
Saint Paul boasts incredible professional teams, and springtime ushers in new energy for the sports community as thousands of student athletes, families, and fans flock to the capital city to compete and support the future of Minnesota sports. School spirit is at an all-time high as Saint Paul fills up with the youthful energy of high school rivalries and the excitement of seeing these talented teams play in the city’s iconic sports venues. Here’s your guide to spring sports in Saint Paul.
Each year, Saint Paul is the proud host of the Minnesota State High School League’s girls’ and boys’ state hockey tournaments, when the future of Minnesota’s favorite sport comes to town. While the stakes are high for these hardworking young athletes, this is also a time for the hockey community to come together and root for the Minnesota youth who are dedicated to our state’s famed sport.
The hockey fun doesn’t stop after the final buzzer at the Minnesota State High School League hockey tournament, though!
Up next is the National Collegiate Hockey Conference (NCHC) Frozen Faceoff semifinals when they come to town at the Xcel Energy Center, followed by the championship game the following day. Come see the best of collegiate hockey in one of the best hockey arenas in the country.
In early March, the best high school wrestlers in the state converge for the annual ultimate matchups at the Xcel Energy Center. Young wrestlers will represent sports programs from every corner of Minnesota and demonstrate their skill and sportsmanship over three days of matches. With multiple duels happening on the floor at any given time, there’s always something exciting (and often record breaking) to see.
CHS Field in Lowertown is the perfect place to spend a spring day. Watch the Minnesota Twins’ Triple-A Affiliate, the St. Paul Saints, take on teams from all over the country as you sip local craft brews and snack on your favorite stadium foods.
After the game, peruse the City of Baseball Museum where you can learn about the rich history of Saint Paul baseball dating back to the 1800s.
In June, CHS Field will host the Minnesota State High School League baseball semifinals and championship game in what is sure to be a thrilling close to the high school baseball season.
Minnesota Roller Derby
Spend an evening with the spunkiest women, non-binary, and gender-expansive folks in town at the Minnesota Roller Derby! Come support your historic local league, which was one of the founding members of the WFTDA (Women’s Flat Track Roller Derby Association) and the first to have a professional venue. This spring, come see the Minnesota All-Stars or the Minnesota Nice defend their territory at Roy Wilkins Auditorium.
The state’s professional soccer team, MN United FC (aka the Loons), has some of the most passionate fans in the soccer world—and games always dish up ample excitement.
With active supporter groups that lead chants and songs, it’s easy to join in on the fun at Allianz Field. A MN United FC game is a must-see for every Minnesota sports fan!
Minnesota Wind Chill
For ultimate entertainment, check out a Minnesota Wind Chill match—the state’s premier professional ultimate frisbee team. The Wind Chill compete in a 12-game regular season, and home games are hosted at Concordia University’s Sea Foam Stadium in Saint Paul, which was renovated with state-of-the-art turf in 2019.