The Target Center is located in downtown Minneapolis on 600 First Avenue North and is the home arena to the National Basketball Association's Minnesota Timberwolves and Women's National Basketball Association's Minnesota Lynx.
The Target Center opened on October 13, 1990 and was originally built and owned by the Timberwolves. The cost of the Target Center construction was $104 million. The construction of the Target Center took a total of 27 months, and the facility currently takes up 1.5 square blocks in downtown Minneapolis. On October 16, the Minnesota Timberwolves played their first game at the Target Center against the Philadelphia 76ers. In 1996, the Target Center was home to the Arena Football League Team Minnesota Fighting Pike. In 2004, the Target Center did major renovation that saw the replacement of all 19,006 of its original seats plus nearly 1,500 additional new seats, as well as the re-configuration of the lower bowl to make the Target Center arena more friendly. The Target Center is connected by skyway to many of the surrounding parking ramps, ensuring that its patrons never have to step outside in the arctic Minnesota winter conditions when winter hits. Following the renovation, the minimum amenities of the arena, led some critics to describe the building as "the type of arena a Target store might sell." However, Target Center patrons have found that the Target Center Amenities are more than enough and the savings in cost of adding extra venue amenities has been passed on in low Target Center ticket prices.
The Target Center is just one of three NBA arenas with parquet floors. The Target Center boasts ownership of one of only two movable arena floors in the country, which can be fully raised or lowered in 25 minutes. Target Center Seating Chart varies from event to event; basketball seats 20,500; hockey and arena football seats 17,500; center-stage concerts seats 19,500; and the end-stage concerts seats 13,000 to 19,000.
Along with the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx, the Target Center has also been the host of the Minnesota State High School Boy's and Girl's State Basketball Tournament. The Target Center hosted the 1994 NBA All-Star game and the 1995 NCAA Women's Final Four. The Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA) have been home at the Target Center from 1990 to present day; Minnesota Lynx (WNBA) since 1999 to present day; and Minnesota Fighting Pike (AFL) in 1996. Sesame Street Live, Cirque Du Soleil and Disney on Ice have all been on the Target Center Events Calendar.
Besides multi-night productions, Minneapolis concert fans can see their favorite arena-rock acts thanks to the star venue, Target Center. Roses, Nickelback and even Prince have all played concerts at the Target Center. So if you are seeking to buy Target Center tickets, do not wait. Tickets sell and are gone before you know it. So, come to the star Minneapolis venue, and see for yourself!