Minnesota Wild and Xcel Energy Center Partner With DailyPay

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(SAINT PAUL, Minn.) (June 8, 2023) – The Minnesota Wild and Xcel Energy Center have partnered with DailyPay, providing the essential financial wellness benefit of on-demand pay to the arena and team employees. As part of the partnership, DailyPay will be designated as the official ‘On-Demand Pay Partner’ for the Minnesota Wild and Xcel Energy Center. This partnership is made possible through DailyPay’s collaboration with Oak View Group (OVG), the global venue development, advisory and investment company for the sports and live entertainment industries. OVG Global Partnerships initiated and negotiated this deal on behalf of Xcel Energy Center and the Wild.

This marks another example of DailyPay’s presence in the Twin Cities. DailyPay’s office in downtown Minneapolis opened in 2019.

By offering DailyPay as part of its financial wellness benefits package, Minnesota Wild and Xcel Energy Center employees will have voluntary access to their pay as they earn it. This gives them the flexibility to pay bills, spend, save and invest on their own schedule, eliminating the need to rely on a traditional scheduled payday.

This financial benefit and flexibility allow employees to avoid the use of high-interest payday loans. Research from the Aite Novarica Group, commissioned by DailyPay, shows that 95% of those who were previously reliant on payday loans in any way either stopped using payday loans (81%) or reduced use (15%) after using DailyPay.

"Our arena staff members are the backbone of our operations – nearly all of our attending fans interact with them at some point during their visit,” said Jim Ibister, Xcel Energy Center General Manager. “When it comes to our prioritization of employee experience, we are committed to providing benefits that employees want and need. Our partnership with DailyPay allows us to continue supporting our staff members by providing them with the critical financial wellness benefit of earned wage access.”

“The Wild recognizes the incredibly hard-working team that helps ensure our fans have an incredible experience each and every time they attend a game,” said Carin Anderson, Senior Vice President of Corporate Partnerships and Retail Management at Minnesota Wild. “We applaud the efforts of our partner DailyPay in their mission to support the financial wellness of those dedicated team members.”

The partnership is scheduled to begin in early summer.

About Oak View Group (OVG)

Oak View Group (OVG) is a global sports and entertainment company founded by Tim Leiweke and Irving Azoff in 2015. OVG is focused on being a positive disruption to business as usual in the sports, live entertainment, and hospitality industries and currently has eight divisions across five global offices (Los Angeles, New York, London, Philadelphia, and Toronto). OVG oversees the operations of Climate Pledge Arena at Seattle Center; UBS Arena in Belmont Park, NY; Moody Center in Austin, TX; Acrisure Arena in Greater Palm Springs, CA; and CFG Bank Arena in Baltimore, MD; as well as arena development projects for Co-op Live in Manchester, UK; Anhembi Arena in São Paulo, Brazil; FirstOntario Centre Arena in Hamilton, ON; a New Arena and entertainment district in Las Vegas, NV; and a New Arena in Cardiff, Wales. More information at OakViewGroup.com, and follow OVG on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and LinkedIn.

About the Minnesota Wild

The Minnesota Wild entered the National Hockey League (NHL) as an expansion team in 2000 and plays its home games at the state-of-the-art Xcel Energy Center in downtown Saint Paul. The organization is focused on creating a greater State of Hockey every day. For more information on the Wild, please visit wild.com, join our team at wild.com/careers and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.

About Xcel Energy Center

Regarded as one of the finest arenas in the world, Xcel Energy Center is a one-of-a-kind, multi-purpose sports and entertainment facility located in downtown Saint Paul, home to more than 150 sporting and entertainment events and roughly 1.5 million visitors each year. Xcel Energy Center is known for being passionate about creating the best experiences imaginable for their guests, and that includes providing a setting that is a model of sustainable practices. Xcel Energy Center is honored to have been recognized as leaders in sustainability from various organizations within the community. Xcel Energy Center is owned by the City of Saint Paul and managed by Saint Paul Arena Company, an affiliate of Minnesota Sports & Entertainment, parent company of the Minnesota Wild. For more information, visit xcelenergycenter.com.

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