by Nick Halter, Minneapolis / St. Paul Business Journal

After years of traveling around the Twin Cities to find ice time, the Minnesota Wild will enjoy its first season with a dedicated practice facility and locker room just a few blocks from Xcel Energy Center.

The team was a driving force in the $70 million redevelopment of the former downtown St. Paul Macy’s store. In partnership with the St. Paul Port Authority and Minneapolis-based Hempel Cos., the team has built a new practice rink atop the five-level building, and a state-of-the-art locker room in the basement.

The 22,800-square foot locker room has a 4,300-square-foot weight room, an 1,100-square-foot whirlpool room, offices for coaches, a theater and a kitchen. Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal photographer Nancy Kuehn got a tour of the space, which is below.

Link to the gallery of the new facility

The TRIA ice rink opened earlier this year and is also used by youth teams, Hamline University, the Whitecaps of the National Women’s Hockey League and for open skating. There’s a large glass wall that looks out toward the west side of downtown.