Eric Nelson

SPORTS NUGGETS: Twin Cities-based Mortenson is the gold standard when it comes to sports construction

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By Eric Nelson

February 22, 2017

GAMEDAY GOLD

MINNEAPOLIS – Sports Nuggets from the home of Chex Mix…

 

• Minnesota Makeover: Target Center’s three-phase renovation is now 40 percent complete and is going to be finished in November. The $150 million project will give the arena a totally different look – adding new seats, suites, a glass atrium and other amenities. A fabulous new circular video board is already up, providing crystal clear views of the action on the floor or ice…

•Sports-Centric: Mortenson Construction of Golden Valley, MN is handling the renovation. It’s a full circle project for the company because Mortenson built Target Center in 1990 for $104 million. Mortenson’s fingerprints are on every major sports venue in the Twin Cities. They built Target Center, Target Field, TCF Bank Stadium, US Bank Stadium and the Xcel Energy Center. Mortenson is also going to build Minnesota United’s soccer specific facility in the St. Paul Midway…

•Gold Standard: Mortenson is the top sports construction company in the US. Besides the Target Center renovation, they are also constructing a new stadium for the Atlanta Braves and new arenas for the Golden State Warriors and Milwaukee Bucks. Mortenson has built a total of 170 sports and entertainment facilities at a cost of $9 billion…

•Hot Ticket: The crowd for Minnesota United’s home opener against Atlanta United FC on March 12 at TCF Bank Stadium could top 35k. Minn U’s first-ever MLS game is March 3 at Portland…

•1-2 Punch: Denver (22-6-4) is the top-ranked team in this week’s USCO.com college hockey rankings. UM-Duluth (19-5-6) is second. The Pioneers and Bulldogs both play in the NCHC. Minnesota (20-8-2) is ranked fourth, the highest of any Big Ten team…

•Denver Dominance: The Pioneers have now won 20 or more games for 16 straight seasons. G Tanner Jaillet leads the NCHC with 20 wins and has a 1.84 GAA…

•NFL Olympics: The NFL Scouting combine begins next Tuesday in Indianapolis. This is one of the most overrated events on the sports calendar and gets too much attention. The focus is on 40-yard dash times, cone drills, lateral jumps and bench pressing 225 pounds – instead of football. What happened to judging a player by how they play in games? The Combine is paralysis by analysis…

•Meat Market: The Combine generates good revenue for Indy and gives the NFL Network something to put on the airwaves. Fair or not, players can’t afford to miss this hyped-up event, because coaches and scouts flock to Indiana. Over 300 prospects go to Lucas Oil Stadium to be timed, measured, poked and questioned by probing teams…

•Family Feud: Just a hunch, but I am guessing that Jeannie Buss and Jim Buss won’t be celebrating Thanksgiving together this year. It was Jeannie who removed brother Jim and Mitch Kupchak from the LA Lakers front office on Tuesday, clearing the way for Magic Johnson to take control…

•Juggling Act: Magic is a basketball genius and clearly loves the game. But will he be able to give the Lakers the laser-focus they need? Magic is also part-owner of the LA Dodgers, Sparks and runs many businesses…

•Marathon Man: On April 10 Joe Gagnon will embark on a marathon journey – literally. Gagnon will try to run six consecutive marathons in six cities on six continents in six days. Gagnon is going to run in Sydney, Singapore, Johannesburg, London, Sao Paulo and Los Angeles. If everything goes smoothly, Gagnon will run 157 miles and log over 40,000 miles in the sky…

 

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