Xcel Energy Center
Xcel Energy Center
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  • Ray E
    Moorhead, Minnesota190 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Best hockey venue
    The X never disappoints. Perfect venue to watch hockey, good places to eat, memorabilia to purchase, it's just a great time, every time. In the past I've also seen concerts here and it's a great place for that as well. Love the X!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 November 2023
  • DonnaA2001
    Madison, South Dakota32 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Venue!
    We recently attended Eagles concert here. Parking was convenient, the staff was pleasant, concessions staff also, the food choices were varied. The ushers were paying attention. Great venue, fantastic concert, wonderful night!
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 November 2023
  • walkingthebeaches
    Edmonton, Canada81 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great first time visit
    A group of us came down for a few hockey games. The venue was clean, relatively easy to get around, and nice atmosphere. The staff were so great and kind, and good to chat with. A suggestion is that if it is your first time and you want to explore the Hockey Lodge, go early before the store gets too full. It was quite a challenge to actually get in and look around. While we understood that we are in an NHL rink, the prices are really getting out of hand for many of the food and drinks. Good bet is to eat and drink before hand to help save some money. Otherwise, have fun and spend what you want, which is what we ended up doing since this was our whole vacation plan. All in all, fantastic venue and grub, great staff and fans.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 27 March 2024
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,291 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good Concert Experience Even Though Such a Large Venue
    Visited the Xcel to watch The Cure in concert in June 2023. I prefer seeing concerts in much smaller venues like First Avenue or even The Palace. However, for such a large venue, it was still a good concert experience. It helped that we had floor seats, and that Robert Smith performed such an amazing show. However, it was a well-organized venue. No problem with entrance and security checks. Plenty of concession stands to get food or a drink. No lines at the restrooms. Only gripe is security at the concert were a bit annoying pestering people if they were even a few inches out of the row into the aisle.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 15 April 2024
  • William Kim
    London, Canada390 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A great hockey game experience!
    The Xcel Energy Center is one of the best arenas in the NHL to watch a hockey game, whether you are a visiting or home fan. This is one of the best places to be a visiting fan at too. The fans are wonderful to interact with and there are rarely any nasty encounters with ill-behaved people. This arena is also great in that no matter where you sit, there is no such thing as a bad seat. You will have a great view of the game and action even if you are up in the "nosebleeds". The games are often packed which adds to the experience as well. The crew does a great job of keeping fans engaged throughout the game as sitting in a seat watching hockey players skate back and forth can get tiresome after a while. The arena is also quite clean and easy to navigate. To summarize, if you're going to watch an NHL game, this is one of the better places to do so.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 May 2024
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Kate S
5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2024 • Friends
Went to a concert here with my friend and the entry was a breeze. Staff were super helpful and able to provide clear instructions about merch, drinks, etc. At the top of our section before you went to your seat the staff member asked as many as possible if they know where their seats were or needed assistance. This was the first venue I have attended a concert where it was very warm inside.
Written 8 July 2024
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William Kim
London, Canada390 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Friends
The Xcel Energy Center is one of the best arenas in the NHL to watch a hockey game, whether you are a visiting or home fan. This is one of the best places to be a visiting fan at too. The fans are wonderful to interact with and there are rarely any nasty encounters with ill-behaved people.

This arena is also great in that no matter where you sit, there is no such thing as a bad seat. You will have a great view of the game and action even if you are up in the "nosebleeds". The games are often packed which adds to the experience as well. The crew does a great job of keeping fans engaged throughout the game as sitting in a seat watching hockey players skate back and forth can get tiresome after a while.

The arena is also quite clean and easy to navigate.

To summarize, if you're going to watch an NHL game, this is one of the better places to do so.
Written 8 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

TravelingSoccerLoon
Saint Paul, MN5,291 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 • Couples
Visited the Xcel to watch The Cure in concert in June 2023. I prefer seeing concerts in much smaller venues like First Avenue or even The Palace. However, for such a large venue, it was still a good concert experience. It helped that we had floor seats, and that Robert Smith performed such an amazing show. However, it was a well-organized venue. No problem with entrance and security checks. Plenty of concession stands to get food or a drink. No lines at the restrooms. Only gripe is security at the concert were a bit annoying pestering people if they were even a few inches out of the row into the aisle.
Written 15 April 2024
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walkingthebeaches
Edmonton, Canada81 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
A group of us came down for a few hockey games. The venue was clean, relatively easy to get around, and nice atmosphere. The staff were so great and kind, and good to chat with.

A suggestion is that if it is your first time and you want to explore the Hockey Lodge, go early before the store gets too full. It was quite a challenge to actually get in and look around.

While we understood that we are in an NHL rink, the prices are really getting out of hand for many of the food and drinks. Good bet is to eat and drink before hand to help save some money. Otherwise, have fun and spend what you want, which is what we ended up doing since this was our whole vacation plan.

All in all, fantastic venue and grub, great staff and fans.
Written 27 March 2024
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Shu123456
North Oaks, MN127 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
I understand the more expensive pricing models at professional sports venues - but Xcel is out of control - this poor (no pun intended) person ahead of me ordered a double-shot vodka cocktail, after two thimbles of some off-brand vodka and the opportunity to tip the “bartender” several dollars in an almost forced manner - this pathetic cocktail totaled in at over $40 dollars - RIDICULOUS!!!!! Food is no longer impressive - eat before you go and stick to overpriced beer - it’s the least offensive beverage on the menu.
Written 17 February 2024
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Getaway08777949005
Saint Paul, MN1 contribution
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
The Madonna concert was a s@#t show and does not reflect the arenas staff. Celebrate the money you lost for showing up late and not recognizing a sigle hit that was cut short. Not even vegas worthy! Glad
I saw the beastie boys open for you in in the 80's during your hay day when you were non conceited , breaking barriers and awesome best concert I ever saw in Pihilly.
Written 14 February 2024
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DonnaA2001
Madison, SD32 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
We recently attended Eagles concert here. Parking was convenient, the staff was pleasant, concessions staff also, the food choices were varied. The ushers were paying attention.
Great venue, fantastic concert, wonderful night!
Written 21 November 2023
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Ray E
Moorhead, MN190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
The X never disappoints. Perfect venue to watch hockey, good places to eat, memorabilia to purchase, it's just a great time, every time. In the past I've also seen concerts here and it's a great place for that as well. Love the X!
Written 5 November 2023
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Derrik S
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 • Family
The concessions are terrible.

The customer service at the service counter is confusingly poor.

After telling me I was “good to go” after paying ~$35 for a pretzel a hot dog and two sodas.

Then while I was walking away they told me my transaction didn’t go through. When I attempted to “insert,” “swipe,” and “touch-to-pay” an additional 7 times, I finally asked if I could just pay cash. They said “No”

Then after the 8th “touch-to-pay” it went through.

I asked if my card had been charged 8 times, they couldn’t tell me and told me to “take it up with [my] bank.

My hot dog was ice cold when I took my first bite. I returned the ice cold meat product to the counter and told them I would never return to a concession stand at Excel Energy Center.

And I won’t.

Cold hotdogs, $13 pretzels with cold cheese. People who treat you like garbage.

The concession stand was called “Hockey Moms” and is not run by hockey moms… it is run by the same greedy concession company that runs every other counter in the facility,
Get it together!

Written 7 October 2023
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Ray E
Moorhead, MN190 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 • Couples
Visited for my 2nd Minnesota Wild game and the venue was fantastic. Nice big walkways, lot of things to check out, and of course had a fantastic time watching hockey. Never fails to live up to its reputation as one of the best arena in the league to catch a game. Plenty of parking garages nearby attached via an indoor skyway system.
Written 12 February 2023
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