Updated: 03/07/2014 9:07 AM
Created: 03/07/2014 7:20 AM KSTP.com
By: Jennie Olson
The Minneapolis City Council on Friday will begin asking for proposals for the Target Center renovations, including architect and engineering services.
Back in November, the city approved a $97 million renovation plan, the cost of which will be split three ways. Minneapolis tax payers will chip in the most, at $48.5 million. The Timberwolves and Lynx will pay $43 million, or 44 percent, and Target Center operator AEG will contribute $5.5 million, or 6 percent.
The fortress-like entrance at Sixth Street and First Avenue will likely be a glass atrium, which is a much more welcoming facade for the one million visitors who pass through those gates for games, events and concerts. For customers there will be more premium seating at the renovated Target Center, and for performers there will be an easier setup and teardown.
Under the agreement, AEG will operate the Target Center through 2032.