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A Minnesota RollerGirls game in Roy Wilkins Auditorium
|Former names||St. Paul Auditorium (1932–1985)|
|Location||175 W. Kellogg Blvd.|
St. Paul, Minnesota
|Operator||Minnesota Sports & Entertainment|
|Architect||Clarence W. Wigington|
|Minnesota Golden Gophers (NCAA) (1932–1950)|
St. Paul Lights (NPBL) (1950–1951)
Minnesota State Boys' High School Hockey Tournament (MSHSL) (1945–1968)
Minnesota Fighting Saints (WHA) (1972)
St. Paul Slam! (IBA) (1996–1998)
Minnesota RollerGirls (WFTDA) (2005–present)
Minnesota Ripknees (ABA) (2007–2008)
Roy Wilkins Auditorium is a 5,000-seat multi-purpose arena in St. Paul, Minnesota. Designed by the renowned African-American municipal architect Clarence W. Wigington, it was built in 1932 as the St. Paul Auditorium and was renamed for Roy Wilkins in 1985. It is part of the RiverCentre complex, down the hall from the Xcel Energy Center, home of the National Hockey League's Minnesota Wild.
The University of Minnesota's Golden Gophers ice hockey team used the arena as one of its home rinks from 1932 until 1950. The Minneapolis Lakers used the Auditorium when their regular home, the Minneapolis Auditorium, was not available. The Minnesota State Boys' High School Hockey Tournament was held at the Auditorium from 1945 to 1968. It was home to the Minnesota Fighting Saints ice hockey team of the World Hockey Association (WHA) in fall 1972, before the team moved to the St. Paul Civic Center. The St. Paul Slam of the International Basketball Association played at Wilkins for two seasons, 1996-97 and 1997-98. The Minnesota Ripknees also played at the auditorium for their 2007-08 season.
Since 2005, Roy Wilkins Auditorium hosts the Minnesota RollerGirls roller derby league, one of the founding members of the Women's Flat Track Derby Association (WFTDA). The WFTDA held the 2015 WFTDA Championships at Roy Wilkins Auditorium November 6-8, 2015.
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