Whether it is an arena, ballpark or stadium there are certain features that make one stand out from the rest when watching a game on TV or actually being there in person. Although unusual, the court at the Target Center may be one of these features as it has a parquet floor, one of only three in the NBA. This type of flooring is of mosaic wood that is fitted together using tongue and groove wood.
The Minnesota Timberwolves were part of the late 1980s expansion of the NBA along with four other teams. After being awarded a team, the city constructed a new basketball arena in downtown Minneapolis. However, the arena was not ready for the Timberwolves first season in 1989-90. During their first season they played their games at the Metrodome, home of the Minnesota Twins (MLB) and Vikings (NFL). Here they attracted some of the largest crowds in NBA history.
FACTS & FIGURES
-Tenants: Minnesota Timberwolves (NBA)
-Cost: $104 million
-Architect: KMR Architects
-Address: 600 First Ave. North, Minneapolis, MN 55403
-Former Name(s): None
The Timberwolves moved into the Target Center the following season. They played their first game here on October 16, 1990 against the Philadelphia 76ers. Located in downtown Minneapolis, the Target Center originally had a seating capacity of just over 18,000. Over the next decade fans attending games at the Target Center saw few changes or renovations. However, in 2004 the Timberwolves home underwent significant changes. This included replacing all the seats, adding 1,500 seats to the lower level, constructing Club Cambria (a luxury lounge) and installing new video/scoreboards. Today the Target Center has a seating capacity of 20,500 that includes 68 luxury suites.
About the Minnesota Timberwolves
Location: The Minnesota Timberwolves are a professional basketball team based in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
History: The Timberwolves were founded in 1989 as an expansion team and became one of the youngest franchises in the NBA.
Key Players: The Timberwolves have had several notable players over the years, including Kevin Garnett, Stephon Marbury, and Wally Szczerbiak.
“The Big Ticket”: Kevin Garnett spent the majority of his career with the Timberwolves and was affectionately known as “The Big Ticket.” He was a 15-time NBA All-Star and helped lead the team to their first-ever playoff appearance in 1997.
Rookie of the Year: Karl-Anthony Towns was selected as the first overall pick in the 2015 NBA draft by the Timberwolves and went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award in 2016.
Home Court: The Timberwolves play their home games at the Target Center in downtown Minneapolis.
Community Outreach: The Timberwolves are involved in various community outreach initiatives, including their “Wolves Reading Program,” which encourages reading and education for kids in the Minneapolis area.
Current Star Players: The Timberwolves currently have several star players, including Karl-Anthony Towns, D’Angelo Russell, and Malik Beasley.
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I worked in this beautiful arena from 1991 to 2004. But,my first time in the building was for the Steve Miller Band concert in the summer of 1990.I was SO impressed by this shiny,new beautiful arena following this AWESOME concert,that i wanted to work there.I was happy to land a job as a custodian,and took pride in helping with the upkeep of my new favorite venue.I look back on my years there with fond memories,as I worked with some wonderful people.This arena holds a very special place in my heart,I can't wait to see all of the new inprovements in 2017.Long live the Target Center!!