Target Center to Host NCHC Tournament
CHN Staff Report
The NCHC has called a Monday press conference at the Target Center in Minneapolis, where it will formally announce a deal with the facility to host its postseason tournament.
The NCHC is the new eight-team conference that will begin play in 2013-14, comprised of former WCHA and CCHA schools.
The Grand Forks Herald reported today that the deal is for six years, and may include an opt-out for the NCHC.
The WCHA has been holding its postseason tournament at the Xcel Center in nearby St. Paul, while the CCHA's has been at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. The Big Ten, another conference forming in 2013-14 from WCHA and CCHA teams, has already grabbed those two arenas for its postseason tournament, alternating years, 2014-17.
The arena holds approximately 19,000 for hockey. It was built in 1990 by the NBA's Minnesota Timberwolves, which remain the building's top tenant. It underwent a major renovation in 2004.
Another $155 million renovation is planned, which include two large glass atriums, another restaurant, and a complete remodel of the interior.
Minnesota and Wisconsin played a hockey game at the Target Center in 2010.