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Target Center
Target Center
Location 600 First Avenue North, Minneapolis, MN 55403-1416
Opened October 13, 1990
Owner City of Minneapolis
Operator Midwest Entertainment Group
Surface Multi-surface
Construction cost $104 million
Architect KMR Architects
Tenants Minnesota Timberwolves (National Basketball Association) (1990–present)
Minnesota Lynx (Women's National Basketball Association) (1999–present)
Minnesota Fighting Pike (Arena Football League) (1996)
Minnesota Arctic Blast (Roller Hockey International) (1994–1996)
Capacity Basketball: 20,500
Ice hockey / Arena football: 19,500
Center-stage concerts: 25,500
End-stage concerts: 13,000–19,000
Wrestling: 9,500
End-stage wrestling: 12,500

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 Roller Hockey International.



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. 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.

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