Wolves, Minneapolis strike deal on $100 million Target Center upgrade

  • Article by: Eric Roper , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 29, 2013 - 6:51 AM

Timberwolves, city agree on $100 million renovation; City Council must approve.

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dlb1946Oct. 29, 13 4:06 AM

In 2004, Target Center underwent a major renovation that saw the replacement of all 19,006 of its original seats plus the addition of nearly 1,500 new seats as well as the reconfiguration of the lower bowl to make the arena more fan-friendly. In addition the arena's original scoreboard was replaced with a new state-of-the-art 9-by-16 foot video screen and state-of-the-art LED signage, LED signage on the upper deck fascia, a new luxury lounge (Club Cambria) and improved access for fans with disabilities. So does this mean Target Field and the new Viking stadium will need major renovations every 10 years or so at hundreds of millions of dollars of cost to the taxpayers??? When will the taxpayers stand up and say "no more taxes" for the wealthy. The Target Center is owned by the city of Mpls. but managed by a company run by the 38th (wikipedia) richest person in the USA.

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hazzzeeOct. 29, 13 7:29 AM

dlb1946 - you are very short sighted and the "no more taxes for the wealthy" card is so overplayed it has no teeth anymore. Target Center hosts so many events other than basketball (MMA, concerts, just to name a few) which brings in a ton of revenue to the city of Minneapolis. For the T-Wolves to pitch in almost half of the renovation costs to use it 45 nights a year is more than fair. Its an investment, stop with the noise.

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mplsjoejoOct. 29, 13 8:19 AM

ahhhhhh when oh when will our leaders stop spending money like this. There is a reason my property taxes have tripled in the last 12 years. Yes yes I know they are going to use sales tax, but if you take from one budget you have to make it up somewhere else. Tax revenue no matter where it comes from goes into one big pool for all the budgets of the city.

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kkrugerudOct. 29, 1312:22 PM

What a sly and silent move. Another stadium like tax and issue made into effect. And again Mr. Rybek is behind it, just before he leaves his position. This man is such a fraud.

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SqUaReD80Nov. 11, 13 7:33 PM

This was lumped in with the Vikings deal. Stop complaining about old news already. And to those who don't like annual improvements, go down to Atlanta. They're tearing down Turner Field after only 16 years of existence.

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