The Target Center is an arena, in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. It is sponsored by Target Corporation. The arena has a capacity of 20,500 people, it contains 702 club seats and 68 suites. The center is home to the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves and the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, and has hosted RHI and Arena Football League teams in the past.

History
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. 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. On October 24, 2010 the Target Center hosted the annual 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 recently hosted one of its most successful events of the year with the Winter Wonder Slam Tour which featured Skillet, tobyMac, and Shonlock. Despite the economic downfall in the Rock industry, especially for concerts, Skillet sold out The Target Center; in the midst of a snowstorm. The Target Center is the first arena to have a green roof. It was unveiled on September 15, 2009. In February of 2011, the Timberwolves and the City of Minneapolis introduced a $155 million proposal to remodel the Target Center. Plans include 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.

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.

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, Target Field, the new Minnesota Twins stadium is located just across the street from Target Center, and shares the public parking that Target Center uses.

Events and tenants 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

Building Activity

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