The Timberwolves Ongoing Makeover Includes A Massive Renovation Of Target Center (Photos)

Target Center renovation photosIn the belief of many NBA observers, the Timberwolves have made arguably the biggest splash of this ongoing offseason. The big moves include trading for Jimmy Butler, trading away Ricky Rubio and the signings of Jeff Teague, Taj Gibson and Jamal Crawford, which were made possible by the additional cap space the Rubio deal freed up.

The continued remaking of the long dormant franchise has also included the construction of a now two-year-old state-of-the art headquarters and practice facility, unveiling a new logo (with new uniforms and arena court design coming later this summer) and perhaps most importantly, a $155 million renovation to the club’s 27-year-old arena, Target Center, located in downtown Minneapolis. The entire remodel is scheduled for completion in time for the start of the season.

During the period of its 1990 grand opening, Target Center was ahead of its time, due to a bevy of suites, as well as its split upper and lower seating bowl. But, over the years, the facility became antiquated as newer venue designs often featured even more suite and/or club level seating, additional fan entertainment options, as well as larger lower decks, with luxury boxes often set closer to the court.

The first phrase of construction began last summer with the installation of a new high definition scoreboard and additional club seating. Here is a look at the inside arena renovation plans, which also include the placement of brand new seats.

Below are several original photos of the current outside remodel of Target Center. The arena is closed this summer, as the building’s other main tenant, the WNBA's Minnesota Lynx, are playing their season at the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul.

The new main entrance/ticket office, as part of a giant new glass atrium.

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The former main entrance, along with new siding around the building. This space will now be a restaurant and club area.

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A third skyway added to connect the venue with nearby parking structures.

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A new loading dock/automobile and bus entrance.

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A look at the new siding getting installed on another portion of the building.

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