May 19, 2017 07:02 PM
KSTP Sports got a behind-the-scenes tour of part of the massive renovation project that has Target Center buzzing with activity.
According to Timberwolves Chief Marketing Officer Ted Johnson, the project that will completely overhaul the 27-year-old facility is about 60-percent complete.
Click the video box on this page to see our interview with Wolves CMO Ted Johnson including exclusive video from inside the Target Center arena bowl and under-construction entry lobby and box office areas, as well as renderings of how some of the final product will look
It's hard to comprehend how quickly the project has progressed.
Some parts of the project - a new scoreboard an major upgrades on the suite level - were completed while the most recent Lynx and Timberwolves seasons were in progress.
But as soon as the Timberwolves season ended, the massive tear-down-and-rebuild project kicked into full gear.
During KSTP's access the lobby, concourse and public gathering areas had been completely gutted as well as behind-the-scenes areas such as the locker room complex and service corridors.
In the arena bowl, all the old seats had been taken out and the installation of new seats had just begun. A complete refurbishment of the ice-making plant under the arena floor was in progress, and just about every surface in the arena bowl had been cleaned and some re-painting had begun.
The project forced Target Center to close for the summer, and required the Minnesota Lynx to make the Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul their home arena for the 2017 season.
Renovations will be completed in time for the start of the Timberwolves 2017-18 campaign.
For more information on the project, check out TargetCenterRenovation.com.
Updated: May 19, 2017 07:02 PM
Created: May 19, 2017 05:46 PM
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