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Client The Minnesota Lynx Basketball team

Location Minnesota, USA

Sectors Events

The challenge

Cooling thousands of spectators for vital playoffs 

The Minnesota Lynx women’s basketball team reached the playoffs and needed a venue to host them. Hometown Williams Arena was the ideal location, but at 90 years old, the old place fell short of expectations.

The Women’s National Basketball Association requires spectator temperatures of between 61 and 71°F.  The iconic arch-ceilinged venue was built in the late 1920s and had no air conditioning, so they looked to Aggreko to come up with a cool idea.


Project fact file

15000 Spectators

In the 90-year old arena

60 -71°F temp

Regulation arena temperature needed

The solution

90-year old stadium gets a cooling makeover

The venue had seven permanent air handles, so we linked them to our 200 ton chillers outside the stadium. We also supplied 12 more 120 ton air handlers to push the cold air into the building ductwork, through 220 sections of insulated ducts.


We installed three 1.5 MW generators (with external fuel tanks) to meet the additional power demands of the project.


the aggreko difference

We come up with some cool ideas to ensure a winning project.

The impact

15,000 spectators treated to a cool home team championship victory

We got the average temperature down to a comfortable 65°F throughout the playoffs. This kept the 15,000 spectators firmly focused on the excitement on the court and a thrilling win for their home team.


“Aggreko was pleased to accomplish the goal of Cooling thousands of spectators for vital playoffs”

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