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November 29, 2010 2:20 PM

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When Minnesota welcomed an NBA franchise to the state in 1990, the city of Minneapolis also got a new venue for concerts, children’s shows and high school sports all in the center of the city.

When Minnesota welcomed an NBA franchise to the state in 1990, the city of Minneapolis also got a new venue for concerts, children’s shows and high school sports all in the center of the city. As you walk into the ticket lobby, you can see what the original owners wanted from Target Center: “The primary purpose of this arena is for the entertainment of the people of Minnesota,” is the Harvey Ratner & Marv Wolfensen quote engraved in the wall.
 

Outside the doors of the Target Center you can find nightlife, plenty of restaurants and shopping in the Warehouse District.

 

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Coming and Going

Driving Directions
From North: Take Interstate 35W south to the Washington Avenue exit. Take a right on Washington Avenue and proceed up to First Avenue and take a left. Take First Avenue to Sixth Street. Target Center will be on your right.

From South: Take Interstate 35W north to the downtown exits and follow the Fifth Avenue exit. Take a left on Seventh Street. Proceed to First Avenue and Target Center will be on your right.

From East: Take Interstate 94 West to the 11th Street exit. Follow 11th Street. Turn right on Hennepin Avenue. Turn left on Seventh Street. Target Center will be on your right.

From West: Take Interstate 394 East and exit Sixth Street. Then proceed one block to First Avenue. Target Center will be on your right.

Parking
Within three blocks of Target Center there are more than 14,500 parking spots. ABC Parking ramps are closest and are connected by heated skyway directly to the arena. You can get to the ramps from entrances off city streets, as well from Interstate 94 and 394 when you’re coming into Minneapolis from the west. They’re the ABC Ramps because they’re lettered … so don’t forget where you park! For more contact information, click here: http://www.abc-ramps.com/contact.aspx

You could try your luck at the limited on-street, meter-controlled parking spots throughout downtown but they’re few-and-far between and you’ll probably need to walk a bit.

Buses/Light Rail
Target Center is just a bus or a rain ride away with Metro Transit. You can easily access from the bus line and its one block from Warehouse District Light Rail Station.  For more information on public bus transit visit www.metrotransit.org

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Tickets

If you’re looking for season tickets for the Timberwolves, you’re in luck. There are plenty available in the lower-level and upper-level. Season tickets include the full 43-game plan, half-season plans and 10-game packages. Season ticket holders will benefit from saving off the single-game ticket price and priority to playoff tickets.

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At The Stadium

Skyways
Being connected to the skyway makes visiting the Target Center a pleasant trip no matter what the season. It also opens up a world of possibilities in terms of post-game activities, pre-concert dining and more. The skyways system makes it a quick walk to Macy’s, Target, movie theaters, the Orpheum Theatre and more.

Lifetime Fitness
Don’t just watch the games — get moving. Lifetime Fitness is located in the lower level of the Target Center, and is full of exercise equipment, aerobic studios, swimming pools and more.

Food and Drink

Target Center does not allow outside food or beverages at the stadium, but there are plenty of choices — both inside and outside the venue that offer plenty of options.

All Grill Stand
Offering a selection of grilled chicken sandwiches, burgers and anything else you want charred, the All Grill Stand has you covered. Find them in sections 109, 129, 231 and 211.

Loco Lobos
Head down to the border with the tasty offerings of Loco Lobos, which features fresh salsa, tacos and burritos. Find Loco Lobos by section 130.

General Concessions
The old game-day standbys can be found throughout the stadium featuring popcorn, hot dogs, pretzels and more. Find them at sections 104, 114, 125, 136, 204, 213, 229, 233 and 236.

State Fair Stand
At the Target Center, the State Fair is all year-round. Or at least the food is. Get your favorites including pork chop-on-a-stick, pickle-on-a-stick and more near section 110.

Fogerty’s Irish Pub
For the Irish fare lover, head to Fogerty’s for corned beef or pastrami sandwiches. Find Fogerty’s by section 111.

Hubert’s Sports Bar & Grill
Located on the corner of First Avenue and Sixth Street, Hubert’s is a great place to stop by before the game. Check out their happy hour every day.

Drinks
Beer is available at Target Center, along with Pepsi products, Gatorade products and more. Beverage options are sold throughout the arena.

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Stadium Surprises/Fun Facts

  • Since it opened in 1990, Target Center has greeted more than 25 million guests and hosted almost 4,000 events.
  • Target Center took 27 months to build and was the first major arena in the U.S. that was designated completely non-smoking.
  • Height from floor to the low steel of the ceiling is 100 feet.
  • Looking to leave? Target Center has 73 exit doors.
  • Target Center has one of only two moveable arena floors in the country and arena floor can be fully raised or lowered in 25 minutes.
  • Target Center’s Green Roof is the fifth largest extensive green roof in the U.S., at the time of its design, and the largest in Minnesota. It is also the first green roof installed on an arena in North America.
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