September 02, 2017 10:44 PM
Target Center in downtown Minneapolis will be on the national stage next summer when the best in the WNBA head to town for the 2018 All Star Game.
The Minnesota Lynx, along with officials with the WNBA, made the announcement on Saturday at the Minnesota State Fair in front of cheering fans.
The event will be the first big test for Target center following a $128 million renovation project that will add to the fan experience and add another 20 years to the building's lifespan, according to officials.
Lynx star Lindsay Whalen was on hand for the official announcement.
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"So, I'm not retiring," she said first, saying she heard the rumor when she walked into the fairgrounds. "I'm excited to see the All Star game come here to Minnesota."
Mayor Betsy Hodges said by the time of the big game the city will have shown it's set for prime time.
"We know we are ready for it by then. We will have had the X-games, the Super Bowl," she said.
During the renovations, the Lynx have been playing this season at Excel Energy Center in St. Paul, and have increased their attendance at that facility.
The team hopes to keep the momentum going when they return to Target Center next season.
Renovations at Target Center should be finished by mid-October.
Updated: September 02, 2017 10:44 PM
Created: September 02, 2017 04:17 PM
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