Target Center

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Target Center
Target Center logo.svg
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Address 600 First Avenue North
Location Minneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates 44°58′46″N 93°16′34″W / 44.97944°N 93.27611°W / 44.97944; -93.27611Coordinates: 44°58′46″N 93°16′34″W / 44.97944°N 93.27611°W / 44.97944; -93.27611
Public transit Warehouse District/Hennepin Ave
Owner City of Minneapolis
Operator Anschutz Entertainment Group
Capacity Basketball: 19,356
Hockey: 17,500
Concerts: Up to 20,500
Surface Multi-surface
Broke ground July 12, 1988
Opened October 13, 1990
Renovated 2004 & 2014
Construction cost US$104 million
($191 million in 2017 dollars[1])
Architect KMR Architects, Ltd.
Structural engineer Ericksen Roed and Associates, Inc.
Services engineer Gausman & Moore[2]
General contractor M.A. Mortenson Company
Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) (1990–present)
Minnesota Arctic Blast (RHI) (1994, 1996)
Minnesota Fighting Pike (AFL) (1996)
Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) (1999–present)
Minnesota Valkyrie (LFL) (2011–2013)

Target Center is a multi-purpose arena located in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Target Center hosts major family shows, concerts, sporting events, graduations and private events. Target Corporation is the original and current naming rights partner of the arena. Seating over 20,000 for a concert, it contains 702 club seats and 68 suites.[3]

The center is home to the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves[4] and the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx.[5] The facility has also hosted the LFL's Minnesota Valkyrie, the RHI's Minnesota Arctic Blast and the Arena Football League's Minnesota Fighting Pike in the past.


The interior before a Timberwolves game

Minnesota Lynx on the Daktronics scoreboard, part of the 2016 renovation


Original Timberwolves owners Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner built, owned and operated the arena for five years beginning in 1990. The venue was managed by Ogden Entertainment after the city of Minneapolis purchased the arena in 1995.[3] Glen Taylor acquired the Timberwolves in 1994 and the Lynx in 1999.[6]

In 2000, SFX (later Clear Channel Entertainment) took over the contract.[7] The management was changed in May 2004 from Clear Channel to Midwest Entertainment Group, a joint venture of the Timberwolves and Nederlander Concerts.[3]

On May 2, 2007 AEG Facilities assumed the management contract of Target Center. The city of Minneapolis owns the arena and AEG Facilities manages day-to-day operations.[8]


In 2004, Target Center underwent a major renovation that saw the replacement of all 19,006 of its original seats plus the addition of nearly 1,500 new seats as well as the reconfiguration of the lower bowl to make the arena more fan-friendly. In addition the arena's original scoreboard was replaced with a new state-of-the-art 9-by-16 foot video screen and state-of-the-art LED signage, LED signage on the upper deck fascia, a new luxury lounge (Club Cambria) and improved access for fans with disabilities.[9]

Target Center was once one of three NBA arenas with parquet floors, including TD Garden in Boston, and Amway Arena (later Amway Center) in Orlando—the floor was replaced prior to the 2008 NBA season.

Target Center is the first arena to have a green roof. It was unveiled on September 15, 2009.[10] In February 2011, the Timberwolves and the city of Minneapolis introduced a $155 million proposal to remodel the Target Center. Plans included shifting the main entrance to the corner of 6th Street and First Avenue, two large glass atriums, another restaurant, and a complete remodel of the interior.[11] The plan was approved in 2012 by the Minnesota Legislature, as part of the bill that authorized a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.[12][13]

On April 3, 2015, the Minneapolis City Council gave the final approval for renovation plans for Target Center. The total cost will be $128.9 million, which will upgrade the exterior, seats, technology and loading bays, among other areas. The city will contribute $74 million. Glen Taylor, owner of the Timberwolves and Lynx, will pay a total of $49 million; AEG will contribute $5.9 million. As a result, the Timberwolves' lease will run until 2035.[14]


In 1999, Target Center hosted the "People's Celebration" inaugural event for Gov. Jesse Ventura. The event drew 14,000 people, and included performances by Jonny Lang, Warren Zevon, and America.[15]

The Professional Bull Riders held a Built Ford Tough Series event at Target Center during the 2003 and 2006 seasons.

It hosted the 1994 NBA All-Star Game, the 1995 NCAA Women's Final Four and the 2000 NBA draft.

The Target Center held the memorable UFC championship UFC 87: Seek and Destroy in August 2008, which featured the Welterweight title match where Georges St-Pierre defeated Jon Fitch.

The Target Center recently hosted one of its most successful events of the year, with the Winter Wonder Slam Tour, which featured tobyMac, Skillet and Shonlock. Despite the economic downfall in the Rock industry, especially for concerts, Skillet sold out the building; in the midst of a snowstorm.[16]

The Target Center hosted the Rally for the Republic convention organized by the Campaign for Liberty, a movement founded by Texas Congressman Ron Paul, who ran an unsuccessful bid for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination. Among the attendees of the convention included former Governor of Minnesota Jesse Ventura, Barry Goldwater, Jr., and former Governor of New Mexico Gary Johnson.[17]

The Target Center is home to the Target Corporation Annual Sales Meeting, events which host more than 10,000 retail managers and employees near Target's corporate offices.

In 2011, Target Center played host to its first championship event, the 2011 WNBA Finals. The Minnesota Lynx won their first two games on their home floor, and ultimately won the WNBA Championship, the first title won by a team that played in Target Center.[18]

Target extended its naming rights agreement through 2014 in September 2011.[19] In 2012, a "Target Dog" neon sign was installed to face towards Target Field as a home run celebration sign.[20]

Ice Hockey[edit]

Target Center hosted 6 neutral site NHL games during the 1993–94 NHL season. The International Hockey League's Minnesota Moose played several of their games at Target Center during their existence from 1994 to 1996. The Boys' State High School Hockey Tournament was held at Target Center in 1998 and 1999. In June 2012, it was announced that the arena would play host to the future NCHC tournament games starting in 2014.[21]

Date Winning Team Score Losing Team Score OT Attendance
December 9, 1993 Dallas 6 Ottawa 1 14,058
December 31, 1993 Philadelphia 4 Boston 3 10,855
January 16, 1994 Detroit 6 Tampa Bay 3 8,764
March 4, 1994 Winnipeg 6 Ottawa 1 6,388
March 18, 1994 Buffalo 2 NY Islanders 2 (OT) 8,016
March 27, 1994 New Jersey 5 Quebec 2 6,222

Notable events[edit]

The Target Center hosting a Rage Against the Machine concert.

U.S. Bank Theater[edit]

Target Center can convert into a 2,500-to-7,500-seat theater known as the U.S. Bank Theater. The Theater contains a moveable floor-to-ceiling curtain system that allows the venue to be transformed based on specific show needs. In addition to concerts, the U.S. Bank Theater can also be used for family and Broadway shows.[26]

Transportation and location[edit]

Target Center is a block away from the following Metro Transit stations:

The arena is also across the street from the well-known Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue and an entertainment complex known as Block E. Target Field, the home of Major League Baseball's Minnesota Twins, is located just across the street from the Target Center, and shares the public parking that the arena also uses.[27]


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  2. ^ Gausman & Moore - Target Center
  3. ^ a b c "Arena Info". Target Center. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
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  5. ^ "Minnesota Lynx". Target Center. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  6. ^ "Glen Taylor". Twin Cities Business Magazine. 1 July 2002. Retrieved 27 April 2016. 
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  8. ^ "Target Center". Anschutz Entertainment Group. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ "Target Center Renovations". RealGM. January 31, 2011. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ "Minnesota's Target Center Completes Green Roof". Environmental Leader. September 29, 2009. Retrieved September 29, 2009. 
  11. ^ "$155 Million Target Center Renovation Proposed". KMSP. February 1, 2011. Archived from the original on October 28, 2011. Retrieved February 1, 2011. 
  12. ^ Melo, Frederick (May 25, 2012). "Vikings Stadium Wins Minneapolis City Council's Final Approval". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved May 25, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Duluth, Minn. Flood Cost Could Reach $80 Million". USA Today. June 21, 2012. Retrieved June 21, 2012. 
  14. ^ Editorial Board (April 10, 2015). "Right call on Target Center renovation". Star Tribune. Retrieved September 30, 2016. 
  15. ^ The People's Celebration
  16. ^ Van Pelt, Doug (November 1, 2010). "TobyMac Rocking the Winter Wonder Slam Tour". Hard Music Magazine. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  17. ^ "Target Center – Rally for the Republic (Ron Paul)". City-Data. July 24, 2008. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 
  18. ^ Odum, Charles (October 7, 2011). "Lynx 73, Dream 67". WNBA Enterprises. Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network. Retrieved October 28, 2011. 
  19. ^ Target and Wolves Extend Arena Partnership
  20. ^ Lee, Thomas (March 30, 2012). "At Target Field, a Bullseye View of the Game". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Archived from the original on January 27, 2013. Retrieved April 1, 2012. 
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  27. ^ "Parking Information". Target Center. Retrieved January 27, 2013. 

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