The Lynx are movin’ on up….to the East side….sort of

St. Paul, Minn.– The Lynx will be moving for the 2017 season – temporarily. On Thursday the team announced that the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul will be the team’s home away from home while the Target Center in Minneapolis undergoes renovations.

“We look forward to bringing the three-time champion Lynx to the Xcel Energy Center, and the opportunity to showcase these amazing athletes who are incredible role models both on and off the court,” Lynx president Chris Wright said. “We also anticipate continuing to build our relationship with the city of St. Paul, and becoming more integrated with this first-class community.”

Wright is also president of the NBA’s Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Xcel Energy Center, which opened in 2000, currently serves as the home arena for the NHL’s Minnesota Wild. The last time basketball was played at the arena was the Minnesota State High School boys basketball tournaments in 2001 and 2002. Next year will mark the first time it hosts professional basketball.

While only temporary, St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman is looking forward to the Lynx calling the city home.

“I’m thrilled to be welcoming Minnesota’s three-time WNBA champions to the City of St Paul for their 2017 season”, Coleman said. “The Lynx are a powerhouse of a team, and an amazing group of athletes to watch – and we hope fans from across the state enjoy doing so from the capital city.”

The renovations at Target Center have been ongoing since 2015, and will soon enter the final phase, which focuses on the interior of the arena. Improvements include upgraded locker rooms and concourses.