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Target Center
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Location 600 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1416
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
Opened October 13, 1990
Owner City of Minneapolis
Operator Midwest Entertainment Group
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $104 million USD
Architect KMR Architects
Capacity Basketball: 20,500
origional capacity: 19,006
Ice hockey / Arena football: 19,500
Center-stage concerts: 25,500
End-stage concerts: 13,000–19,000
Wrestling: 15,500
End-stage wrestling: 18,500
Tenants
Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) (1990–present)
Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) (1999–present)
Minnesota Fighting Pike (AFL) (1996)
Minnesota Arctic Blast (RHI) (1994–1996)

The Target Center is an arena in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is sponsored by Target Corporation. The center is home to the National Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves.

The Women's National Basketball Association's Minnesota Lynx also play in the arena.

In 1996 it was home to the Arena Football League team Minnesota Fighting Pike. Through 1994–1996, it was home to the Minnesota Arctic Blast of RHI.

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History

The interior before a Timberwolves game

The Timberwolves originally built and owned the arena in 1990. The City of Minneapolis purchased the arena in 1995, although management has changed hands a few times. The management was changed in May 2004 from Clear Channel Entertainment to Midwest Entertainment Group, a joint venture of the Timberwolves and Nederlander Concerts.

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.

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.[citation needed] 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. Today Target Center seats 20,500 for basketball and from 13,000 to 19,000 for end-stage concerts, 19,500 for center-stage concerts and 17,500 for ice hockey.[citation needed]

On May 22, 2005, WWE hosted the seventh annual Judgement Day pay-per-view event. As well as many other WWE events like the Eddie Guerrero tribute show. In 2010 the Target Center will host the annual WWE Bragging Rights event.

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

Target Center was once one of three NBA arenas with parquet floors, including TD Banknorth Garden in Boston, and Amway Arena in Orlando--the floor was replaced prior to the 2008 NBA season. It hosted the 1994 NBA All-Star Game and the 1995 NCAA Women's Final Four.

Prior to the 2008-09 season, the floor reverted back to the traditional floor setup, currently used by the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx.

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 is the first arena to have a green roof. It was unveiled on September 15, 2009.[1][2]

Lady Gaga will be performing there this June.

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 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.

The Target Center hosting a Rage Against the Machine concert.

Transportation and location

Target Center is a block away from the Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue station of the Hiawatha Line. The arena is also across the street from the well-known Minneapolis nightclub First Avenue and an entertainment complex known as Block E. In addition, the new Minnesota Twins stadium to be called Target Field will be located just across Highway 394 from Target Center, and will likely share the public parking that Target Center uses.

Preceded by
Metrodome
Home of the
Minnesota Timberwolves

1990 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Minnesota Lynx

1999 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Minnesota Fighting Pike

1996
Succeeded by
last arena
Preceded by
Delta Center
Host of the
NBA All-Star Game

1994
Succeeded by
America West Arena

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Simple English

Target Center
Location 600 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1416
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
Opened October 13, 1990 (went under major renovations in 2004)
Owner City of Minneapolis
Operator Midwest Entertainment Group
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $104 million USD
Architect KMR Architects
Capacity Basketball: 20,500
Original capacity: 19,006
Ice hockey / Arena football: 19,500
Center-stage concerts: 25,500
End-stage concerts: 13,000–19,000
Wrestling: 15,500
End-stage wrestling: 18,500
Tenants
Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) (1990–present)
Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) (1999–present)
Minnesota Fighting Pike (AFL) (1996)
Minnesota Arctic Blast (RHI) (1994–1996)

The Target Center is an arena in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is sponsored by Target Corporation.

The arena has 702 club seats and 68 suites.

The center is home to the National Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves.

From 1994–1996, it was home to the Minnesota Arctic Blast of RHI.

In 1996, it was home to the Arena Football League team Minnesota Fighting Pike.

The Women's National Basketball Association's Minnesota Lynx also play in the arena.

Preceded by
Metrodome
Home of the
Minnesota Timberwolves

1990 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Minnesota Lynx

1999 – present
Succeeded by
current
Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Minnesota Fighting Pike

1996
Succeeded by
last arena
Preceded by
Delta Center
Host of the
NBA All-Star Game

1994
Succeeded by
America West Arena
Preceded by
Madison Square Garden
Host of
WWE SummerSlam

1999
Succeeded by
Raleigh Entertainment and Sports Arena

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