Here's what Target Center will look like after its $100 million renovation [IMAGES]

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On the same day a Minneapolis City Council committee recommended the appointment of Architectural Alliance and Sink Combs Dethlefs as the team to handle the $97 million Target Center renovation project, final renderings of what the building will look like after work is complete have been published on NBA.com.

Though the home of the Timberwolves and Lynx currently looks like a spaceship that crash landed on the edge of downtown Minneapolis and wound up stranded here on Earth, the new and improved design will feature a glassier exterior and a finish that looks like the surface of Jupiter.

See also:
Lynx jerseys now say "Mayo Clinic" across chest [IMAGE]

One rendering is at the top of this post. Here are a couple more:

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The funding deal approved by the City Council last year calls for $48.5 million to come from Minneapolis's coffers, $43 million from the Lynx and the Timberwolves, and $5.5 million from building manager AEG.

Work is expected to begin within the next couple months and be wrapped up within two years. The Timberwolves and Lynx will continue to play in the arena while construction is ongoing.

Meanwhile, just across 1st Avenue, work is already well underway on Mayo Clinic Square (the building formerly known as Block E).

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GretavonOtto
GretavonOtto

What's with these all glass buildings in Minnesota? They are as ugly as the new Vikings stadium. IMHO

Waterstyle Sixonetwo
Waterstyle Sixonetwo

All these renovations. What's happening with E block and City Center? These places used to be thriving with business. Its too bad.

Bearach Coughlin
Bearach Coughlin

Wow, they made it uglier? I didn't think that was possible.

Brent Hogberg
Brent Hogberg

Just a glorified pole barn. I refuse to go there for music, bad acoustics.

Ed Smelser
Ed Smelser

Then again, if you DO live in Mpls....join the club of those who have legitimate claim to praise or trash the renovations :-)

Ed Smelser
Ed Smelser

Just the city of Minneapolis along with private funds. So unless you reside in Mpls, you aren't paying for it.

Ed Smelser
Ed Smelser

Raise your hand if you're a tax paying, voting resident of Minneapolis. Anyone? Bueller? Then you didn't pay for this so calm down. Sales taxes you say? You work downtown and buy expensive things at Macy's during the week? Sniff sniff.... It's an improvement to our downtown infrastructure and brings in more than it costs to maintain. So until you move here and appreciate it when YOUR city invests in making your backyard a better place to be, I don't see the issue.

Catherine Turner
Catherine Turner

I don't care what it looks like. Taxpayers shouldn't be footing the bill. Glad Block E is getting renovated tho.

Dan Lemke
Dan Lemke

Don't forget, the WINNING CHAMPIONSHIP LYNX play there too! Should be called The Lynx Center

Dan Lemke
Dan Lemke

Get rid of Huberts otherwise it will become the new Block E

Нина Суворова
Нина Суворова

Who is approving all this unnescessary, cosmetic spending?? Dont we have better things to spend 100 Million on?? Really??

Mark Bendik
Mark Bendik

You seem to like a lot of glass, i think you should have a redo with all architecture firms and find something better. You spend the money, get something for it!

Jesse Etzler
Jesse Etzler

Wow that is just ugly.... for 100 million? What a waste

Vong Lee
Vong Lee

Doesn't matter how the target center looks..... ain't no great players willing to come here.... even klove gonna leave.... and he ain't great.... a great fantasy player but garbage team player....

Jo Opheim
Jo Opheim

I think there are about 100 million better ways to spend that money.

Jeremy Hop
Jeremy Hop

I'm so glad all the children (twins, vikings, u of m and now t wolves) now get their new digs. All on the taxpayer's dime.

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

And for those who say it's just "not needed" - would you own a home for 25 years and think it "not needed" to put a new coat of paint, siding, windows, sidewalks into the property? Would your kitchen and bathrooms still function as well as when you bought it? How about the carpet? 25 year old carpet is always so light, fluffy and smells SO good! And the roof? Did you recently add a "green roof" designed to save you money, as Target Center did a few years ago? I think the deniers and haters here just need something to bitch about. Most of the information I have shared here has come from research, keeping up on stories that may (or may not) affect my wallet, and (nondisclosure) from what I learned working in that building for over 10 years. It's not that difficult to stay informed. If you REALLY were upset you'd put some effort into it, and not depend on others to fill you in, on long diatribes such as these. Now - I suggest everybody go buy a ticket, and have a great day.

Paula Marie Sundahl
Paula Marie Sundahl

Ummm. Are they changing the sound system? Concerts suck there. Also, who's building it Minnesotans or out of stae?

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Jonathan - the "renovations" in 2004 were limited to some sound baffling on the ceiling, adding curtains around the area above the seats, and the replacement of 15 year old seats. All served to do improve acoustics TO A POINT (read: "dampen echo"), but little more. What's more, those improvements were largely paid for by Wolves owner Glen Taylor. Mr. Taylor made those improvements with little, if any, contribution by the City as Minneapolis was, at the time, undergoing quite a budget crunch. Under the dual - operation agreement between the two entities it was "Minneapolis' turn" to make the next round of improvements, but could not afford to. Excel Energy Center had recently opened and was/still receiving kudos from industry insiders that it is one of the best and most preferred venues in the COUNTRY to book events into, and a great amount of that opinion centered on two things: acoustics, and production/backstage spaces. Excel's rooms are larger, better equipped, the corridors are wider, the dock space is much more friendly, concession areas are more varied, lighting and acoustics are much better than Target Center. Taylor saw Target Center as potentially losing a heck of a lot LESS money to Excel by putting 14.5 M into it, with an agreement with the City that he would be reimbursed a portion of it since it, basically, was an immediate need. Again - those improvements served to dampen echo and not a whole lot more. There is a LOT of work to do on this venue (which - I believe, may otherwise either be paid off or close to it) and, again, the added revenue it will generate will pay for itself even before renovations are complete.

Derek Sailor
Derek Sailor

That'll be the only thing impressive about going to watch them!

Gramma Margie
Gramma Margie

That money could feed the poor or rescue animals instead!

Kris Turner
Kris Turner

Huh we still have a basketball team?

Marcos Maiero
Marcos Maiero

I was walking downtown the other night and almost stepped onto a turd that had been spray painted gold.

Angie Remjeske
Angie Remjeske

Didn't they just build the target center? Why do we need to constantly be changing buildings???

Jason Swan
Jason Swan

They forgot to add the half dozen or so homeless panhandlers outside, or the 30 plus rival gang members hanging around intimidating the people that paid to be there.

Matthew Stegmueller
Matthew Stegmueller

This is exciting! And to all the people complaining, you guys do know that Target Center employs a LOT of people that aren't millionaire basketball players that can also stand to benefit from this, right?

Kenny Peterson
Kenny Peterson

Plus - I'm just going to assume that all those questioning the TIF funding of this project (and let's throw in Block E, Vikings Stadium, Convention Center and Northrop Auditorium - just so we have an understanding) are either new to town since about 1990/91 when the Target Center was first built or were just too young to remember the "vibrancy", cleanliness and safety of downtown Minneapolis before it was built, or 10 years prior when the Dome was built. Because the Armory was such a beautiful, warm place to see a concert - or watch a basketball game (see: Minneapolis Lakers). Watching football at the Met Stadium in -10° weather was always fun. Conventions and trade shows at the Minneapolis Auditorium were always state of the art. Loading in a show at the Northrop, up stairs, in the winter, over ice was always easy and OH, SO SAFE - not to mention plaster falling on patrons' heads during rock shows (the Northrop having been recently remodeled no longer has those problems). The "Warehouse District" prior to Target Center was limited to about a just a few bar/restaurants along First and Second Aves. N. between Washington Avenue and 6th Street, about 5 places to see live music, and about 30 art galleries. The rest were strip clubs, luggage and clothing shops, manufacturing and shipping companies, banks, bookstores and bathhouses. So, if you believe Minneapolis does not need a state of the art venue in Target Center you simply are not facing reality - because Target Center - largely by itself - completely transformed an entire sector of downtown Minneapolis. And just look at all the revenue, payroll, tourism, entertainment and TAXES it generated.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

"  It's an improvement to our downtown infrastructure and brings in more than it costs to maintain." 

The Target Center has never made enough money to pay the mortgage.  The state was giving Mpls something like $5 million/yr to help pay expenses. 

The Mpls city government cares only about one thing: Down Town - the rest of us real tax paying citizens get squat.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

Like paying $7.25 hr for temp workers?   With no benefints.

Truth_Teller_1
Truth_Teller_1 topcommenter

"   And just look at all the revenue, payroll, tourism, entertainment and TAXES it generated."

What a Kool-Aid drinker you are.   You must be in Target Center Management.

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