|Address||600 N First Avenue North|
|Public transit||Metro Transit:
Blue Line/Green Line at Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue
|Owner||City of Minneapolis|
|Operator||Anschutz Entertainment Group|
Concerts: Up to 20,500
|Broke ground||July 12, 1988|
|Opened||October 13, 1990|
|Renovated||2004, 2014 and 2017|
|Construction cost||US$104 million
($195 million in 2017 dollars)
|Architect||KMR Architects, Ltd.|
|Structural engineer||Ericksen Roed and Associates, Inc.|
|Services engineer||Gausman & Moore|
|General contractor||M.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.
The arena is home to the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx. 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.
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.Glen Taylor acquired the Timberwolves in 1994 and the Lynx in 1999.
In 2000, SFX (later Clear Channel Entertainment) took over the contract. The management was changed in May 2004 from Clear Channel to Midwest Entertainment Group, a joint venture of the Timberwolves and Nederlander Concerts.
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.
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. 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. The plan was approved in 2012 by the Minnesota Legislature, as part of the bill that authorized a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.
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. The renovated building reopened in October 2017.
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.
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. 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 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|
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.