Minnesota's newest women's soccer team Aurora FC take the field

The Minnesota Aurora logo.
The Minnesota Aurora name and logo was chosen by its community owners and fans. Photo courtesy of Minnesota Aurora

The first Minnesota Aurora game kicks off Thursday night with a sold-out stadium and a mission: Prove women's soccer can succeed at the local level.

Why it matters: The new team brings more hype and excitement around a growing movement to boost women's sports, and creates an opportunity to see rising stars before they hit the big leagues.

Nick Halter
May 12, 2022 - Sports

Save us, Minnesota Wild

Kirill Kaprizof handles a puck
Kirill Kaprizov has been a star in the playoffs, but he needs help. Photo: David Berding/Getty Images)

The Wild have a chance to gratify an increasingly desperate and despondent Minnesota sports fan base.

State of hockey: The Wild squandered a chance to take a series lead on Tuesday night. They'll have to win Game 6 in St. Louis tonight to keep the series alive and force a deciding Game 7 in St. Paul.

Torey Van Oot
May 10, 2022 - Sports

Boys volleyball fails to win support as official high school sport in Minnesota

Illustration of a volleyball over blue and yellow diagonal lines.
Illustration: Brendan Lynch/Axios

A push to make boys volleyball an official high school sport in Minnesota fell one vote short of victory Tuesday.

What happened: The Minnesota State High School League Representative Assembly's 31-17 vote just missed the two-thirds majority needed to approve a proposal to add it as a sanctioned sport.

Torey Van Oot
May 6, 2022 - Sports

Sylvia Fowles in the spotlight as final season for Lynx begins

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Sylvia Fowles rebounds during a September 2021 game against the Washington Mystics. Photo: Stephen Gosling/NBAE via Getty Images

The Minnesota Lynx will have to overcome roster challenges to continue their reign as one of the state's most successful pro-sports franchises in recent years.

Driving the news: The Lynx kick off the 2022 season tonight against another veteran-heavy contender, the Seattle Storm.

Torey Van Oot
May 3, 2022 - Sports

Minnesota's Zandon is early Kentucky Derby favorite

Zandon runs on the track during the morning training for the Kentucky Derby at Churchill Downs on April 29. Photo: Andy Lyons/Getty Images

A thoroughbred owned by a Minnesotan is the early favorite to win the Kentucky Derby.

Driving the news: Bettors placing wagers ahead the Saturday race see 3-year-old Zandon as the horse to beat following the announcement of gate placements.

Nick Halter
Apr 25, 2022 - Sports

U.S. Bank Stadium looks relatively inexpensive, in hindsight

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It turns out that 2014 was a great time to build a pro-football stadium, if you're into that kind of thing.

Driving the news: Leaders in Tennessee discovered recently that fixing up Nashville's Nissan Stadium, where the Titans play, would cost double the initial estimate of $600 million, as Axios Nashville has reported.

Torey Van Oot
Apr 21, 2022 - Sports

Minneapolis to host Big 10 basketball tournaments in 2023 and 2024

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More college basketball is coming to the Twin Cities.

What's happening: The Big 10 Conference announced yesterday that Minneapolis will host its women's and men's tournaments in the coming years.

Torey Van Oot
Apr 19, 2022 - Sports

Minnesota tourism agency signs on as sponsor of new soccer team

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Photo courtesy of Explore Minnesota

Fans of Minnesota's new women's soccer team will see taxpayer-funded sales pitches about visiting the state on the pitch itself.

Driving the news: Tourism agency Explore Minnesota recently inked a $65,000 sponsorship deal with Aurora FC that includes prominent placement on players' jerseys.

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