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Target Center's renovated premium level 'unlike any other'

Target Center is no longer the ugly duckling of the Twin Cities stadium lineup. The 26-year-old building unveiled its renovated premium suite level Tuesday, touting its new luxury experience as good as any in town or the region.

“I couldn’t be more excited about all the changes this premium level brings,” said Ted Johnson, Timberwolves and Lynx CMO/Sr. Vice President. “It’s with a great partnership with Treasure Island to bring this new experience to all of our fans, and the food and beverage is really going to be a unique piece of that story.”

The grand opening for suite holders is the Nov. 1 Timberwolves home opener. They’ll experience expanded club space, new-to-market suites and boxes, a gourmet dining experience, a bar overlooking center court, views of the Minneapolis skyline and Hennepin Ave. through new floor-to-ceiling windows, and upgraded traditional suites.

“We all knew this was a big bunker. And one of the strategies we have in the renovation was to try to pop through that exterior and let some natural light in,” Johnson said.

“The bricks and mortar are sort of a physical transformation,” he added, “but it really is about the overall transformation in the fan experience and how we approach things. … The renovation is sort of the physical part, but it’s part of the larger transformational story of the entire franchise.

“We’re bringing a level of detail to this renovation that maybe fans haven’t seen in the past in Target Center. … I think it’s going to produce spectacular results for our fans.”  

Target Center, the fourth-oldest stadium in the NBA, was the first building in the country built with an entire suite level. Previous renovations altered that setup and now the number of traditional suites has been reduced to 24. The new design and attractions, however, offer an “experience unlike any other in this market,” said Ethan Casson, Wolves and Lynx CEO.

Tuesday’s unveiling means Phase 1 (new scoreboard, suite level construction and acoustic improvements) of the $155 million renovation is mostly complete. Phase 2, expected to be completed in Spring 2017, is already underway with exterior work and will include loading dock improvements and a marshalling yard. Phase 3, scheduled to start in Summer 2017, will include a new lobby, locker rooms, dressing rooms, public restrooms, concourse improvements, additional club spaces, and food and beverage improvements.

See more images of the renovation in the above video

Wild star Zach Parise's best goals on his way to 300-goal NHL milestone

Zach Parise’s first goal of the season Sunday marked the 300th goal of his career. The Wild star also scored goal No. 301 in the 6-3 loss to the New York Islanders to become just the third Minnesota-born player to reach this milestone.

He joins Dave Christian (340) and Phil Housley (338) on the shortlist. Parise is just the 18th U.S.-born to score 300 career goals. He is 19th on the active players all-time goal leaders list.  


In honor of the milestone, we’re highlighting five of Parise’s best career goals/games in no particular order:

Jan. 9, 2010
Parise scored New Jersey’s first overtime goal of the season for a 2-1 win against Montreal. Here is how the Associated Press described it: “Parise, who had gone to the bench for a new stick after breaking one in the Devils' zone, was left alone behind Montreal's defense and took Travis Zajac's long pass at the blue line. 'I was hiding along the side blue line, and luckily Travis won the battle when he did and they didn't have enough time to get back,' said Parise, who drove in to put a backhander past Jaroslav Halak 2:38 into the extra period.”

April, 26, 2015
Parise scored a shorthanded goal to jumpstart the Wild’s big offensive night in which he scored two goals to help complete the first-round playoff series victory over St. Louis.  The AP wrote “Minnesota was killing an early penalty when Zach Parise snagged a loose puck in the neutral zone, raced away from St. Louis and triggered a huge roar from the home crowd with his highlight-reel goal off a bad-angle shot.”

Oct. 5, 2005
Parise scored his first career goal on the power play assisted by former Gophers star Paul Martin. He also had an assist in the game and became just the 12th Devils player to score in his NHL debut. The AP wrote “Parise drew the biggest crowd reaction of the night by making it 2-0 with a power-play goal … .”

April 19, 2009
Parise scored the first goal in the third game of the playoff series against Carolina and later assisted the game-winning overtime goal. He was the third star of the game that night and had scored in three consecutive games.

Oct. 8, 2015
Parise kicked off the 2015-2016 campaign in Colorado with a hat trick, his first of three last season. He completed the hat trick scoring the eventual game-winning goal on the power play midway through the third period. 

We can’t forget about Parise's goal at the 2010 Winter Olympics against Canada, though it doesn’t count towards his NHL career goal totals. It is still worth watching. 

Parise Top 10 highlights before joining the Wild.  

Tell us your favorite Parise goal. 

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