Target Center slated for a $155 million overhaul, and please ignore the Timberwolves
|The Target Center could look this good.|
More seating options for sports and concerts, fancier entries, a few restaurants, and better accommodations for traveling acts are desperately needed for the arena to remain competitive, Mayor R.T. Rybak said at a press conference today.
The new configuration would put more seats on the lower level, where concert promoters can charge more for tickets.
Oh, and the god-awful Timberwolves want their home remodeled too. But ignore that, team owner Glen Taylor insisted at the press conference. Just because they suck doesn't mean taxpayers shouldn't help keep them around.
|The main entrance would move to the corner of First Avenue and 6th Street.|
Why not blow the thing up and start over? That would cost four times as much as the proposed renovations, Rybak says. Refurbish the thing and it's good for another 20 years, and it'll build on the economic boost already being felt from brand-spankin' new Target Field just down the street.
|The renovations include more lower-level seating.|
We're hearing a lot these days about the city prioritizing budget line items; cops and firefighters have lost their jobs in the economic squeeze. It'll be interesting to see if the city's boosters can sell this deal.