From skyscrapers to stadiums to bridges, a number well-known Twin Cities landmarks will be bathed in purple Thursday to mark the anniversary of the death of Minneapolis musical icon Prince.
Prince Rogers Nelson died April 21, 2016, of an accidental drug overdose at his Paisley Park studios in Chanhassen, where fans will gather for “Celebration 2017,” four days of live music, panel discussions and special presentations highlighting Prince’s talent, influence and importance as a composer, musician, producer, live performer and filmmaker.
Across the metro, fans will see purple illuminating the rooftop of state’s tallest building, the IDS Center, from dark to midnight Thursday. So will the Federal Reserve Bank in Minneapolis.
Sports teams also will pay homage to Prince. U.S. Bank Stadium, home of the purple-clad Minnesota Vikings, will glow purple from 7 to 11 p.m. Thursday and Friday while across town at Target Field lights will go purple Thursday night and “stay purple for the game on Friday and Saturday nights,” said Dustin Morse, senior director of communications for the Minnesota Twins.
The Lowry Bridge over the Mississippi River will glow purple Thursday, as will the I-35W Bridge.
Officials at Paisley Park are encouraging cities and landmarks locally and around the world to join in the tribute by lighting buildings, bridges, and landmarks purple on Thursday and Friday.