By Barb Teed

The Minnesota Wild and the National Hockey League (NHL) announced the NHL Centennial Fan Arena is coming to St. Paul, September 1-4 at the Minnesota State Fair.

NHL Centennial Fan Arena celebrates a century’s worth of the National Hockey League’s most extraordinary teams, spectacular players and unforgettable moments. Two 53-foot trailers showcase videos, photos and historic memorabilia. Youth can show off their skills on a pop-up ball hockey rink. Fair guests can race against fans across North America to create the perfect sheet of ice aboard a mini-Zamboni virtual reality ice resurfacer. Special guests will stop by and, on Sept. 1 & 2 only, the oldest and most-revered trophy in professional sports – the Stanley Cup – makes an appearance.

Free with fair admission. Fair goers need to pre-register for the activities. Brought to you by the Minnesota Wild.

The NHL Centennial Fan Arena includes:

  • Museum Truck: The main attraction is a 53-foot museum truck with an innovative interior featuring more than 1,000 square feet of interactive digital displays, original video content, historical memorabilia and unique photo moments.
  • Entertainment Truck: A second 53-foot trailer will host a giant video screen featuring team trivia and highlights, as well as a pop-out stage for special appearances.
  • The “Rink”: A pop-up ball hockey rink will give youth hockey players a chance to shine with programmed games and clinics.
  • Clear the Ice Zamboni VR Experience: This never-before-seen VR experience allows fans from across North America to compete against each other in a race to resurface the ice. Fans will take a seat in a mini-Zamboni ice resurfacer, feel cool air on their skin and their seat rumble, as they are tasked with creating the perfect sheet of ice – in virtual reality. All races will be timed and shared on a leaderboard.
  • Stanley Cup: The oldest and most revered trophy in all professional sports will make a special appearance Sept. 1 & 2 only.

Located at Expo Place, north of Murphy Ave. between Cooper and Cosgrove streets, east of the Pet Center. Sept. 1-4, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. (Stanley Cup appearance Sept. 1 & 2, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.)

The 2017 Minnesota State Fair runs Aug.24-Labor Day, Sept. 4.
(Photo courtesy Minnesota State Fair)

About Barb Teed

Barb has a M.A. in Liberal Studies from Hamline University, St. Paul, Minn., a B.A. in Media Studies from New School University, NYC., and Associates of Arts degree in Anthropology from Normandale Community College, Bloomington Minn. I was born in Duluth, Minn.