Saint Paul RiverCentre opened its doors in May 1998 to complement the existing Roy Wilkins Auditorium and Saint Paul Civic Center. Shortly after opening, the Civic Center was demolished and ground was broken to build Xcel Energy Center. Since 1998, Saint Paul RiverCentre and The Legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium have hosted more than 3,000 events.
Saint Paul RiverCentre features an intimate 27,000 square foot Grand Ballroom which has hosted lavish galas for up to 1,800 guests. 15 newly carpeted executive meeting rooms, many with stunning river views, all feature acoustical and moveable walls, individual lighting, sound and climate control systems, and wireless internet services.
64,341 square feet of exhibit space exist within Saint Paul RiverCentre’s exhibition halls. Exhibition Halls are directly connected to a fully enclosed, 10 bay loading dock for easy access onto the show floor. An additional 44,800 square feet of exhibition space is available in the adjacent Roy Wilkins Exhibition Hall.
The design of Saint Paul RiverCentre includes unique works from Public Art Saint Paul, including etched glass windows and an award-winning terrazzo floor.
Saint Paul RiverCentre is proud to be one of the first convention centers in the nation to offer free wireless internet throughout the entire complex. Additionally, guests can enjoy eating at Headwaters Café, where a fresh-from-scratch approach is offered with a menu that features specialty coffees, breakfast and lunch items. Additionally, a climate controlled pedestrian connection links Saint Paul RiverCentre to area hotels, retail shopping and the downtown skyway system.
Minnesota Meetings + Events Magazine rated Saint Paul RiverCentre as the “Best Convention Center” three years in a row (2003, 2004, 2005). The publication has also twice awarded Saint Paul RiverCentre as the “Best Exhibition Space” (2003, 2004), as well as having the “Best On-Site Caterer” (2003), Wildside Caterers.
Saint Paul RiverCentre hosted 15,000 members of the media for the 2008 Republican National Convention, along with numerous visits by U.S. Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, and William J. Clinton. Additional notable visitors have included Rudy Giuliani, British Prime Minister John Major, members of the 1980 Olympic Hockey Team, Jay Leno, Elton John, Garth Brooks, Trisha Yearwood, Goldie Hawn, Kurt Russell and Jim Belushi.
Saint Paul Arena Company staff has over 900 combined years of experience. Several staff members formerly serviced the Saint Paul Civic Center and Saint Paul Auditorium.