Minneapolis Auditorium

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Minneapolis Auditorium
Minneapolis Auditorium
The first Minneapolis Auditorium, built in 1905, which later became the Lyceum Theater[1]
LocationMinneapolis, Minnesota
Coordinates44°58′08″N 93°16′26″W / 44.969°N 93.274°W / 44.969; -93.274Coordinates: 44°58′08″N 93°16′26″W / 44.969°N 93.274°W / 44.969; -93.274
Construction cost$3,150,000 USD
($44.4 million in 2017 dollars[2])
Minneapolis Lakers (NBL/BAA/NBA) (1947–1959)
Minnesota Fillies (WPBL) (1980–1981)

Minneapolis Auditorium was an indoor arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. It hosted the NBA's Minneapolis Lakers from 1947 until they moved to the Minneapolis Armory in 1959. The arena held 10,000 people and was built in 1927. The building fell into obscurity after the opening of the Met Center in suburban Bloomington. It was demolished in 1989 to make way for the Minneapolis Convention Center.

According to the Minneapolis magazine, when opened it opened on June 4, 1927, the Auditorium had a seating capacity of 5,687 on its balcony, 4,160 on its floor, and 698 on the stage, for a total of 10,545. The auditorium took two years to construct, cost $3,000,000 (in 1927 dollars), covered an area of 230 by 540 feet (approximately two city blocks), had a stage 50 x 186 feet in area, and 80 foot tall ceiling. Construction of the building took 3,250,000 bricks, 15,000 yards of concrete, and 5,000 tone of steel.[3]


  1. ^ "A History of Minneapolis: Conventions and Organizations". Hennepin County Library. Archived from the original on 28 January 2014. Retrieved 4 February 2014.
  2. ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.
  3. ^ Minnesota Magazine Index -- Minneapolis Central Library

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Preceded by
first arena
Home of the
Minneapolis Lakers

1947 – 1959
Succeeded by
Minneapolis Armory