Target Center

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Target Center
Target Center logo
The Target Center in October 2018 after the renovation
The Target Center in October 2018 after the renovation
place 600 First Avenue North Minneapolis , Minnesota 55403
United StatesUnited States
Coordinates 44 ° 58 '46.2 "  N , 93 ° 16' 33.8"  W Coordinates: 44 ° 58 '46.2 "  N , 93 ° 16' 33.8"  W.
owner City of Minneapolis (since 1995)
Marv Wolfenson and Harvey Ratner (1989–1994)
operator AEG Facilities (since 2007)
Midwest Entertainment Group (2004–2007)
SFX / Clear Channel (2000–2004)
Ogden Entertainment (1990–2000)
start of building July 12, 1988
opening October 13, 1990
First game NBA:
November 2, 1990
Minnesota Timberwolves - Dallas Mavericks 98:85 ( Regular Season )
June 12, 1999
Minnesota Lynx - Detroit Shock 68:51 (Regular Season)
Renovations 2004, 2014, 2016–2017
surface Concrete
ice surface
artificial turf
costs 104 million US dollars (1990)
145 million US dollars (2016-2017)
architect KMR Architects, Ltd.
capacity 18,798 seats (basketball)
17,500 seats (ice hockey)
20,500 seats (concert, maximum)
playing area NBA basketball
28.65 × 15.24 m (94 × 50 ft)
NHL ice hockey
60.96 × 25.91 m (200 × 85 ft)

The Target Center is a multi-purpose hall in the US city ​​of Minneapolis in the state of Minnesota . It is currently the home of the Minnesota Timberwolves basketball teams of the National Basketball Association (NBA) and the Minnesota Lynx of the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). The hall has borne the sponsor name of the Minneapolis-based retailer Target Corporation since opening . The arena is located next to the Target Field , home to the baseball team of the Minnesota Twins from the Major League Baseball (MLB).


From 1947 to 1960, today's Los Angeles Lakers were based in Minneapolis as Minneapolis Lakers and won five championship titles with coach John Kundla (1949, 1950, 1952, 1953 and 1954). They played their home games in the Minneapolis Auditorium and last season in the Minneapolis Armory . In April 1987, the NBA awarded a franchise agreement to the city of Minneapolis, which necessitated a new venue in the city. The building permit was issued later in the year . On July 12, 1988, the construction company Mortenson Construction began building the construction of the architecture firm KMR Architects, Ltd. in downtown Minneapolis . designed arena. After 27 months of construction, the opening was a on Oct. 13, 1990 charity event of the American Cancer Society called Jumpball celebrated. As the first event hall in the United States, smoking and tobacco advertising was banned or never allowed there. The first game of the Minnesota Timberwolves in the Target Center in the regular season was played on November 2, 1990 against the Dallas Mavericks  (98:85). The Minnesota Lynx stood for the first time in the regular season on June 12, 1999 and defeated the Detroit Shock with 68:51. The then owners of the Timberwolves , Wolfenson and Ratner, also owned the Target Center. Due to financial difficulties in the early 1990s, after long negotiations, the owners sold the venue to the city in 1995.

Since December 2004, the multi-purpose hall can be converted into the US Bank Theater at Target Center with a curtain system for smaller events with 2,500 to 7,500 visitors . The Target Center, with an area of ​​831,533  sq ft (approximately 77,252 ), has a movable floor that can be raised and lowered  by five feet (approximately 1.5 meters) within 25 minutes to  allow a view of the playing area at different levels To improve events. A fully equipped fitness club is located in the basement of the arena . In addition to fitness equipment and dumbbells, there are two floors. a. Racquetball courts , basketball courts, an indoor swimming pool and a running track as well as a bar area . Parking areas with over 12,000 parking spaces are available around the hall. Most of them are linked by the Minneapolis Skyway system .

In October 2004 the entire seating was replaced and the Treasure Island VIP Terrace opened. In 2009, the hall was the first in North America to have a green roof covering an area of ​​2.5  acres (around 10,117  ) . It is planted with plants typical of Minnesota such as sedum , lupins , forest strawberries, and splendid autumn splits. The roof is designed to collect almost a million gallons (around 3.7 million liters) of rainwater annually. The construction of the green roof cost 5.3 million US dollars.

The last major renovation work to date was carried out in three phases from May 2016 to October 2017. The extensive work for 145 million US dollars, which affected the entire hall, included a. a glazed entrance hall, a new facade, replacing the seats with 19,000 seats, the modernization of the suites, clubs and crew cabins, new premium seating areas, a new video cube beneath the ceiling, improved access for wheelchair users and LED - advertising boards . The remodeling project was a joint venture between the Minnesota Timberwolves, Minnesota Lynx, the City of Minneapolis and AEG Facilities. Every year around 200 events with over one million visitors take place in the Target Center.

In the lobby of the arena is on 8 April 2001, a bronze , nine feet (2.74 m) tall statue of George Mikan , nickname: Mr. Basketball , the 1947 to 1956 at the Minneapolis Lakers played. Another bronze statue of sports journalist Sid Hartman ( Star Tribune and WCCO ), who was born in Minneapolis in 1920 , has stood at the entrance to the arena on 6th Street and First Avenue since October 2010. Hartman became general manager of the Minnesota Lakers in 1947 and helped build the team.

Sporty users

In addition to the Timberwolves and the Lynx , other sports teams were based in the Target Center. The inline hockey team the Minnesota Arctic Blast ( RHI ) used the Arena in 1994 and 1996 for their home games. The Hockey Team of the Minnesota Moose of the International Hockey League (IHL) occurred between 1994 and 1996, in addition to their main venue St. Paul Civic Center on, sporadically in the Target Center. Only one season, 1996, the Minnesota Fighting Pike from the Arena Football League (AFL) played their games in the arena before they were disbanded. From 2011 to 2013, the Minnesota Valkyrie women's football team from the Legends Football League (LFL) played their home games at the Target Center. The franchise was dissolved in December 2013.


Since it opened, the Target Center has been a much-used concert arena. Many national and international artists and bands have performed in the Minneapolis Arena and the US Bank Theater at Target Center . They include Minneapolis-born Prince , Minnesota-born Bob Dylan , Elton John , Paul McCartney , the Dixie Chicks , Coldplay , Rod Stewart , Garth Brooks & Trisha Yearwood , The Rolling Stones , Ed Sheeran , Billy Joel , Guns n ' Roses , Taylor Swift , Amy Grant , the Trans-Siberian Orchestra , Reba McEntire , Aerosmith , Joni Mitchell , Kacey Musgraves , Neil Diamond , Fleetwood Mac , Metallica , Katy Perry , the Red Hot Chili Peppers , Snoop Dogg , Avril Lavigne , The Judds , Dwight Yoakam , Def Leppard , Twelfth Night , U2 , Demi Lovato , Nickelback , Christina Perri , Korn , Kid Rock , the Dave Matthews Band , Lady Antebellum , Ozzy Osbourne , Phil Collins , Rammstein , Pantera , Dolly Parton , George Strait , KISS , ZZ Top , Miley Cyrus , the Bloodhound Gang , Jimmy Buffett , Hilary Duff , Eric Church and others. v. m. on.


For the first ten years from 1990 to September 22, 2000, Ogden Entertainment was the operating company of the event hall. In 2000 SFX Entertainment (later Clear Channel Entertainment ) took over management. Midwest Entertainment Group (MEG), a joint venture between Timberwolves and Nederlander Concerts, operated the Target Center from May 1, 2004 to 2007. In May 2006, MEG became wholly owned by the Minnesota Timberwolves. On May 2, 2007, AEG Facilities took over operation of the arena.


Web links

Commons : Target Center  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

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  2. a b Basketball in Minnesota and the Target Center Arena. In: Minnesota Legislative Reference Library, August 2017, accessed September 22, 2018 .
  3. a b c d e Target Center - Fast Facts. ( PDF ) In: Target Center, accessed September 20, 2018 .
  4. US Bank Theater at Target Center ( Memento from September 6, 2015 in the Internet Archive )
  5. Target Center. In: Mortenson Company , accessed September 21, 2018 .
  6. Paul Nastu: Minnesota's Target Center Completes Green Roof. In: September 29, 2009, accessed September 21, 2018 .
  7. ^ Steve Brandt: Target Center green roof to cost $ 5.3M. In: Star Tribune , December 11, 2008, accessed September 21, 2018 .
  8. Target Center Renovation. In: Mortenson Company , accessed September 21, 2018 .
  9. The Story Behind Mikan's Statue. In: NBA , accessed September 22, 2018 .
  10. Sid Hartman Statue Unveiled in Downtown Minneapolis. In: YouTube , accessed September 21, 2018 .
  11. ^ Minnesota Valkyrie. In: Retrieved September 22, 2018 .
  12. Target Center concert list. In: Retrieved September 22, 2018 .