ST. PAUL, Minn. (WCCO) — Lockout? What lockout? Minnesota Wild fans were quick to forgive and forget a four-month work stoppage, flocking back to the Xcel Energy Center for a shortened season.
The team sold out all but two of its 24 home games, drawing an average of 18,794 fans. That breaks a franchise record set in the 2005-06 season.
With that in mind, St. Paul bar and restaurant owners are celebrating the return of playoff hockey for the first time in four years. That’s especially after man business owners were hurt badly by the lack of business with the NHL lockout.
“It’s going to be huge for myself and just about every other establishment around Xcel,” said Pat Boemer, owner of McGovern’s on West 7th. “Any kind of Wild game, especially a playoff game, brings in about five times the amount of business you would have on any given night.”
NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Colin Smith Reports