For more than a century, Downtown Minneapolis has been the commercial and cultural epicenter of our region. The Minneapolis Downtown Council has advocated over the past 60 years for continued growth and development, and working in 10-15 year plan increments has helped generate results. As we continue working toward completing The 2025 Plan, here are major accomplishments that have taken place in alignment with these work plans over the past six decades.


·        1961: MLB & NFL arrive in the Twin Cities

·        1962: Skyways begin to be built in Downtown Minneapolis; MSP Airport (Lindbergh Terminal)

·        1963: Guthrie Theater

·        1967: Metropolitan Council

·        1968: Nicollet Mall

·        1971: Walker Art Center (Barnes Building)

·        1974: Orchestra Hall; Minneapolis Institute of Art

·        1982: Metrodome opens, Vikings and Twins move downtown

·        1990: Target Center opens

·        1991: State Theatre; Minneapolis Convention Center

·        1993: Orpheum Theatre

·        2002: Minneapolis Convention Center expansion; Pantages Theatre; Mill City Museum

·        2004: Hiawatha Light Rail

·        2005: Walker Art Center expansion

·        2006: Guthrie Theater built in Mill District; MIA (Graves addition); Minneapolis Central Library

·        2009: Minneapolis Downtown Improvement District; Northstar Commuter Rail

·        2010: Target Field opens

·        2011: Cowles Center for Dance

·        2013: Orchestra Hall Renovation

·        2014: Green Light Rail Line Opens; Target Field Station


·        2016: The Commons; U.S. Bank Stadium opens; Target Center Renovation; Minneapolis Big Build

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