October 13th, 1990.
That’s when the Target Center opened up in the heart of downtown Minneapolis. At the time, it was a state-of-the-art arena that gave the Minnesota Timberwolves a permanent home as well as high school basketball tournaments, concerts, monster truck rallies and just about anything else you can imagine. But it’s been a long 24 years for the Target Center, and it’s endured its fair share of pain. So it’s time for a facelift.
The Wolves have released plans to renovate the Target Center, giving it a fresh, new look from the exterior as well as a brand new, eye-catching glass atrium. It’s no secret that it’s a must-have for the Wolves considering their attendance has been downright pitiful for the past 10 years. A lot of that has to do with the team failing to makes the playoffs in that span but having an old, decrepit building host your games that lack any flavor doesn’t help at all. That’s why these new renderings, although not official because the design process is subject to change, give new life to the fan base and a team looking towards a better future and better odds of making the playoffs. Speaking of, you can check here the latest news for the Timberwolves at Sportbet.com.
Below are the photos officially released by the Timberwolves via BizJournals.com:
Also, if you’re interested, here is the official press release:
New initial renderings for the redesigned Target Center were released today during the Minneapolis City Council’s Community Development & Regulatory Services Committee meeting.
The renderings represent initial design ideas from the design team, and final renderings will be produced as part of the full design process.
The committee also approved a contract with Architectural Alliance and Sink Combs Dethlefs as the architecture and engineering team to update and improve Target Center. Following this meeting, the Ways & Means Committee will hear the recommendation on May 19. On May 23, the full City Council will vote on whether to approve the design team selection.
Target Center is a City-owned community asset that’s been heavily used for 23 years. It is the 22nd busiest building in the nation, and 51st busiest in the world. It hosts about 200 events annually, and about a million visitors pass through its doors every year.
A large portion of the investment in renovations will go toward enhancing the visitor experience for all events, including basketball games, concerts and family shows. This will include improving the flow of entering and exiting the building as well as moving around inside Target Center. The renovated Target Center will also be more integrated into the downtown Minneapolis neighborhood. The transformed facility will be more transparent, giving patrons new views of downtown, while also allowing people outside the building to see the activity inside. Additionally, visitors at all price levels will benefit from new amenities, including a new scoreboard, new seats and additional gathering spaces throughout the arena.