The NHL is considering the possibility of moving the game to the Wells for the first time in 20 years.
The league announced Wednesday that the move would be announced as early as next week, and will involve “a number of other elements” to the game, including a new arena, a new team name and a new jersey numbering system.
“We’re very confident in our ownership group’s ability to bring hockey back to the city of Dallas, and we believe the new arena will bring the league more national visibility,” NHL Commissioner Gary Bettman said in a statement.
Bettman also said the league will explore whether to create an independent board of governors to oversee the team’s operations.
The new arena is scheduled to open in 2020.
Bettmann said the move to the new facility would give the league “the greatest flexibility to bring our best hockey to fans in Dallas,” as well as help the league attract younger fans to the team.
The team’s current home is the Toyota Center, which opened in 2000 and is owned by the NHL, and is slated to be demolished.
Bettmans statement said the new stadium would also be “an ideal home for our professional hockey team, as well” as the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers, which have already moved to new stadiums.
The Dallas Stars are scheduled to leave the United Center for a new stadium that will be built on a site next to the existing arena, but Bettman didn’t give an exact date for when the Stars would move to a new home.
Bettmen also said that the team would be given the option to relocate to the American Airlines Center, a venue owned by Comcast.
The city of St. Louis will be the home of the new team, and the league has said it would give St. Paul the right to host the new venue.
The move would also make the Stars the first NHL team to play in a new facility, which the team has long considered.
The current Wells Fargo Arena opened in 1990, the year the league began.
The Wells Fargo Bank Center opened in 2006.