Newly Renovated Minneapolis Armory Ready to Host Big Name Artists During Super Bowl

December 15, 2017 02:59 PM

The newly renovated Armory in downtown Minneapolis is set to open its doors for the first concert.

Friday night, the venue is hosting the Horizon Tour with artists Seven Lions and Tritonal.

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The historic building was originally built for the Minnesota National Guard and was later home of the Minneapolis Lakers. Most recently, it was a parking facility. Soon it will also be host to several major musical artists during Super Bowl festivities.

"August of 2016, I took my first walk through here and bleachers were still up, holes in the ceiling," Jack Murphy, president of Nomadic Entertainment, said.

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Jack Murphy and a developer are putting the finishing touches on a historical landmark turned luxury entertainment concert venue just in time for the Super Bowl.

"The vision that he had to transform this space into probably one of the most unique music entertainment venues you'll see in this country," Murphy said.

Rock band Imagine Dragons will kick off the three nights of Nomadic Live on Feb. 1 inside the newly renovated space. Pop stars Pink and Jennifer Lopez will perform the following nights.

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"To be able to say you saw an act with only six thousand people in the room, is pretty amazing," Murphy said.

Murphy says the Armory will have more of an intimate, club feel.

"It's like going to a nightclub in Las Vegas," Murphy said.

With seats for general admission on the main floor, and more VIP seats up above, Murphy says the party starts below the stage.

"Before I open the main floor, there's going to be this really cool experience down below and it will have DJ's, bars, and coat checks," he said. "And then they'll make their way up into the main room."

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The armory will be alive again come Super Bowl week, but beyond those 10 days, this piece of Minneapolis history has life again.

"I say this all the time, we're not better than any other party going on, we're just different," Murphy said.

After the game on Super Bowl Sunday, Murphy says there will be a "post-game event" at the Armory with a collaboration of artists and a host.

 

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