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Target Center - Minneapolis, MN
The Target Center is the indoor sports and entertainment arena of downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota. Since opening in 1990, the Target Center has welcomed more than 30 million guests to the arena for 5,000 events. With more than 830,000 square feet of floor space, the Target Center can accommodate more than 20,000 guests in its highest capacity configuration. The arena plays home to live basketball by way of Minnesota Timberwolves tickets and Minnesota Lynx tickets.?
The Target Center opened with the “Jump Ball” charity event for the benefit of the American Cancer Society. Since then, the arena has hosted sporting events, concerts, family shows, circuses, religious conferences, graduations, private events, and a number of other events. The Target Center has hosted several sporting events, including the Kellogg’s Tour of Gymnastics Champions, the 1991 U.S. Figure Skating Championships, the 1994 NBA All Star Game, the 1995 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Women’s Final Four game, the 1996 NCAA Wrestling Championship, the 2004 National Basketball Association Western Conference Finals, Ultimate Fighting Championship (UFC) tournaments, WWE events, and Lingerie Football League games.
Jason Mraz, Carrie Underwood, P!nk, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Avenged Sevenfold, Justin Bieber, Guns N Roses, and Rammstein have all performed at the Target Center. Performances by U2, Eric Clapton, Metallica, and Elton John had the highest attendance of all events in the history of the Target Center. ?The Target Center brings fun for the whole family with family shows like Sesame Street Live, Disney on Ice, and Barney Live in Concert as well as circuses like the Zuhrah Shrine Circus and Cirque du Soleil. Other events include performances by ventriloquist Jeff Dunham, American Idol Live, and the So You Think You Can Dance tour. The arena also hosts religious events like the Joyce Meyer Ministries Conference 2012. Graduations and private events can reserve space that the Target Arena as well.
The arena features a state-of-the-art scoreboard by ANC/SACO, LED ribbon boards, digital signage, renovated concession stands, upgraded sound systems, new seats, an adjustable-height arena floor, and a green roof. The adjustable-height floor can be raised or lowered by five feet to provide guests with the best sight lines. It was designed by Amclyde and takes approximately 20 minutes to raise or lower. The Target Center installed the green roof in 2009, becoming the first North American arena with a green roof. It was designed to be the largest green roof in the state of Minnesota. The roof prevents hundreds of thousands of gallons of water from draining into the Mississippi River during rain storms. A variety of plant life native to Minnesota, including Columbine, Prairie Coreopsis, Wild Strawberry, Dotted Blazing-Star and Lupine, covers 2.5 acres of the roof. ?
Getting There and Getting In
Parking & Directions
The Target Center is located at 600 First Avenue North in Minneapolis near I-35, I-94, and I-394. The ABC Ramps parking hub provides affordable event parking with Skyway connections to the arena. 12,000 parking spaces are located within three blocks of the Target Center, with an additional 25,000 parking spaces throughout the downtown area within walking distance or bus distance of the arena. Many of the parking locations are connected to the arena by the Skyway system.
The Skyway system also connects the arena and parking ramps to Macy’s, Target, the Minneapolis Convention Center, State Theater, Orpheum Theater, and several hotels and restaurants. Guests staying at participating hotels can simply walk to the Target Center in the comfort of the Skyway system. With the Skyway system, walking is a great option during the cold winter months and the hot summers or on rainy days.
Guests who wish to use public transit can take the Metro Blue Line or the Metro Green Line to the Warehouse District/Hennepin Avenue Station located only a block away from the arena.