St. Thomas wants to build its hockey arena on campus


The school is now in Year No. 2 of Division I status.

ST PAUL, Minnesota — The University of St. Thomas has finally found a new home for a handful of its athletic programs.

The school said it would look to build a new hockey arena on its St. Paul campus, but plans to build a new facility for its baseball and softball teams near the Highland Bridge.

“We said from the outset that we would look at all options to find a solution that best meets the needs of the university. After exploring several off-campus sites, we can confidently say that a new on-campus hockey home is the best way forward,” a school statement said.

St. Thomas hopes to build its new hockey arena, which will also serve as a multi-purpose facility, on the school’s south campus.

For baseball and softball, however, the school reached an agreement with the Saint Paul Port Authority to purchase the former property from the Canadian Pacific Railway after the completion of an environmental cleanup process for the property. .

“This allows us to continue exploration, as the Port Authority is an important partner in site remediation for properties in the City of St. Paul,” the statement said.

The plans will depend on the university’s ability to raise the necessary funds, the statement added.

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