For the last 82 years, the large stone building standing on the 500 block of S 6th St. in downtown Minneapolis has been the home to a multitude of different events. Initially used by the Minnesota National Guard, it has also been the site of political conventions, boxing tournaments, trade shows, a part-time home of the Minneapolis Lakers, and even saw Prince use it as the backdrop for several music videos, most notably, his hit song 1999.
A new venture will be added to that list later this year, as plans were announced on Friday for a massive 8,400 capacity venue to debut ahead of next year’s Super Bowl taking place at nearby U.S. Bank Stadium. The plans were announced by Nomadic Entertainment Group and owner Swervo Development, who was responsible for Bruno Mars and Taylor Swift concerts earlier this year as a part of the Super Bowl in Houston, Texas.
A three-night run of events is expected to take place from February 1-3, with the possibility of a post-game event taking place after Super Bowl LII. Once the Super Bowl leaves town, Minneapolis will then have a brand-new performance space capable of hosting concerts, sporting events, theatre, and much, much more.
Swervo Development purchased The Armory for $6 million in 2015, and have been working on completing the project over the last 18 months. Construction is expected to be wrapped up in December but could be done as soon as October or November. Along with the event center, an attached restaurant is also in the works.
More information about the events that will be taking place leading up to the Super Bowl will be announced later once construction reaches the final stages