The federal Office of Civil Rights in Chicago found no sexual discrimination in how the Minnesota State High School League chose the site of the girls' state hockey tournament.
The case arose from complaints that the site of the girls' tournament -- the University of Minnesota's Ridder Arena -- is inferior to where the boys play -- the Xcel Energy Center.
"While the Xcel Arena is larger, more lavish and better appointed than the Ridder Arena, and the scoreboards and seats at the Xcel are of better quality, there are not significant differences between the arenas in terms of their availability, exclusivity, maintenance and preparation, or locker facilities. Both facilities offer ample parking and hotel space within a reasonable distance," wrote Algis Tamosiunas, director of compliance programs for the OCR in Chicago, in a letter sent to the MSHSL on Monday.
The OCR has monitored the league's search for a site for the girls' tournament since September 2000.
Critics say Ridder Arena, which was named the new site after a move from the State Fairgrounds Coliseum, is too small for a state tournament.
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