What do The Grateful Dead, Journey, Queen, Alanis Morisette, Cyndi Lauper, and Bruce Springsteen have in common? Beside being incredible musicians and pulling in huge crowds, all of these people have performed at some point in their careers at the legendary Roy Wilkins Auditorium in St. Paul, Minnesota. The Roy Wilkins Auditorium has hosted these musicians plus hundreds of others over the course of its 76 year history.
The Roy Wilkins Auditorium was originally named the St. Paul Auditorium and was built by Clarent Wigington in 1932. Wigington, a well-known African-American architect, envisioned the Roy Wilkins Auditorium as a multi-purpose arena and provided seating for 5,000 audience members. After several decades, the St. Paul Auditorium was renamed for African-American civil rights activist Roy Wilkins. Roy Wilkins had strong ties to Minnesota: he graduated from the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Minnesota and worked as a journalist and editor for two St. Paul, Minnesota newspapers. The Roy Wilkins Auditorium serves to honor its namesake and keep the memory and spirit of Roy Wilkins' work around St. Paul, Minnesota today.
The Roy Wilkins Auditorium's central location in downtown St. Paul, Minnesota has been a draw for a variety of organizations looking for a great venue to house their projects. The University of Minnesota Golden Gophers hockey team was based in the Roy Wilkins Auditorium from 1930-1950. The Roy Wilkins Auditorium was also the back-up location of home games for the Minneapolis Lakers. Other sporting events, including the Minnesota State Boys' High School Hockey Tournament and the St. Paul Slam of the International Basketball Association, have also used the Roy Wilkins Auditorium venue for their games.
Today the Roy Wilkins Auditorium is conveniently located at 199 West Kellogg Boulevard in St. Paul, Minnesota and is immediately next to the Xcel Energy Center and RiverCentre in downtown St. Paul. The Roy Wilkins Auditorium is always hosting new and exciting events-graduation ceremonies of local high schools, live music, and state gymnastics competitions to name a few. It is also the permanent host of the Minnesota RollerGirls, a local roller derby league, and fun attraction.
Roy Wilkins Auditorium is clearly a versatile venue with much to offer. With its open floor plan, the Roy Wilkins Auditorium has a seating chart with great views from every angle. Roy Wilkins Auditorium tickets are available now for upcoming attractions. Roy Wilkins Auditorium tickets will allows you to experience live music, sports, or other acts and these shows don't disappoint. Make sure to purchase your Roy Wilkins Auditorium tickets today to become a part of the fun and enjoy beautiful downtown St. Paul, Minnesota!