With the 2017-18 NBA season getting underway, the Minnesota Timberwolves are showing off the latest improvements to the Target Center.
The Target Center has been undergoing renovations for the last few years, but the work that took place over the most recent NBA offseason is some of the most extensive to date. During that phase of the renovation, the arena receive some of its most significant additions to date, including new seats and a prominent atrium, along with improvements to the concourses and hospitality areas.
The Timberwolves’ regular season home opener is slated for Friday, but the most recent changes are already receiving plenty of attention and praise. More from The Star Tribune:
Two of the bigger changes: The additions of a skyway from Ramp A that creates a new entrance on the southwest corner of the building and a two-story atrium on the northeast side of the building that faces downtown, serving as a new glittery lobby.
The centerpiece of the atrium is a multi-light chandelier in the shape of a basketball net. Suspended above it, and visible from the upper level is a metal basketball sculpture.
Wood-style finishes, metal trim and warmer lighting fill the formerly bleak gray concourses.
The Target Center originally opened in 1990, and is one of several NBA arenas to undergo renovations in recent months. The Utah Jazz are rolling out extensive improvements to Vivint Smart Home Arena, while upgrades to Philips Arena will be on display when the Atlanta Hawks play their home opener on October 27.
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