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Target Center
Target Center
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The Target Center, 2013
Target Center is located in Minnesota
Target Center
Target Center
Location in Minnesota
Target Center is located in the US
Target Center
Target Center
Location in the United States
Address600 N First Avenue North
LocationMinneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates44°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 transitMetro Transit:
          Blue Line/Green Line at Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue
OwnerCity of Minneapolis
OperatorAnschutz Entertainment Group
CapacityBasketball: 18,798
Hockey: 17,500
Concerts: Up to 20,500
Broke groundJuly 12, 1988
OpenedOctober 13, 1990
Renovated2004, 2014 and 2017
Construction costUS$104 million
($195 million in 2017 dollars[1])
ArchitectKMR Architects, Ltd.
Structural engineerEricksen Roed and Associates, Inc.
Services engineerGausman & Moore[2]
General contractorM.A. Mortenson Company
Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) (1990-present)
Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) (1999-present)
Minnesota Arctic Blast (RHI) (1994, 1996)
Minnesota Fighting Pike (AFL) (1996)
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 arena 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 9-by-16 foot video screen and LED signage, LED signage on the upper deck fascia, a new 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 was $140 million, which will upgrade the exterior, seats, technology and loading bays, among other areas. The city contributed $74 million. Glen Taylor, owner of the Timberwolves and Lynx, paid a total of $60 million; AEG contributed $5.9 million. As a result, the Timberwolves' lease will run until 2035.[14] The renovated building reopened in October 2017.

Naming rights

Target extended its naming rights agreement through 2014 in September 2011.[15] In 2012, a "Target Dog" neon sign was installed to face towards Target Field as a home run celebration sign.[16]


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

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.[17]

Ice Hockey

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.[18] The NCHC moved the tournament to the Xcel Energy Center in nearby St. Paul starting in 2018.

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 17, 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


The arena has been a popular venue hosting many concerts including artists like Billy Joel, Garth Brooks, Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, Metallica, Paul McCartney, and Minnesota legend Prince.

The Target Center hosting a Rage Against the Machine concert.

Concert History


MMA & Pro Wrestling

WWE has held many events at this venue and is best known for SummerSlam 1999, Judgment Day 2005,[19]Bragging Rights 2010, Elimination Chamber 2014 & TLC: Tables, Ladders & Chairs 2017.

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.[20]

Other events

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.[21]

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

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.[22]

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 2018, Dave Matthews performed a short set at the event.

Attendance records

  • The highest attendance for a single event in the arena's history was the Timberwolves and Warriors game on March 10, 2017 attended by 20,412 people.
  • The highest grossing one-day event was UFC on August 8, 2009.[23]

U.S. Bank Theater

Target Center can convert into a 2,500-to-7,500-seat theater known as the U.S. Bank Theater. The Theater contains a movable 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.[24]

Transportation and location

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. 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.[25]


  1. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800-". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved 2018.
  2. ^ Gausman & Moore - Target Center
  3. ^ a b c "Arena Info". Target Center. Retrieved 2016.
  4. ^ "Minnesota Timberwolves". Target Center. Retrieved 2013.
  5. ^ "Minnesota Lynx". Target Center. Retrieved 2013.
  6. ^ "Glen Taylor". Twin Cities Business Magazine. 1 July 2002. Retrieved 2016.
  7. ^ "SFX Assumes Management of Target Center". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. October 3, 2000. Retrieved 2013.
  8. ^ "Target Center". Anschutz Entertainment Group. Retrieved 2013.
  9. ^ "Target Center Renovations". RealGM. January 31, 2011. Retrieved 2013.
  10. ^ "Minnesota's Target Center Completes Green Roof". Environmental Leader. September 29, 2009. Retrieved 2009.
  11. ^ "$155 Million Target Center Renovation Proposed". KMSP. February 1, 2011. Archived from the original on October 28, 2011. Retrieved 2011.
  12. ^ Melo, Frederick (May 25, 2012). "Vikings Stadium Wins Minneapolis City Council's Final Approval". St. Paul Pioneer Press. Retrieved 2012.
  13. ^ "Duluth, Minn. Flood Cost Could Reach $80 Million". USA Today. June 21, 2012. Retrieved 2012.
  14. ^ Editorial Board (April 10, 2015). "Right call on Target Center renovation". Star Tribune. Retrieved 2016.
  15. ^ Target and Wolves Extend Arena Partnership
  16. ^ 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 2012.
  17. ^ Odum, Charles (October 7, 2011). "Lynx 73, Dream 67". WNBA Enterprises. Turner Sports & Entertainment Digital Network. Retrieved 2011.
  18. ^ Miller, Chris (June 11, 2012). "Target Center to Play Jost to NCHC Tournament". Star Tribune. Minneapolis. Retrieved 2012.
  19. ^ Keller, Wade (May 23, 2005). "WWE News: Cena at Mall of America, Judgment Day attendance, Wrestling for Jesus". Pro Wrestling Torch. Retrieved 2013.
  20. ^ "Lesnar-Coleman Headlines UFC 87 in Minnesota on August 9".
  21. ^ The People's Celebration
  22. ^ "Target Center - Rally for the Republic (Ron Paul)". City-Data. July 24, 2008. Retrieved 2013.
  23. ^
  24. ^ "US Bank Theater". Target Center. Retrieved 2013.
  25. ^ "Parking Information". Target Center. Retrieved 2013.

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