MINNEAPOLIS -- Block E in downtown Minneapolis is set to be transformed into a state of the art sports medicine clinic and pro basketball training facility.
The Mayo Clinic and Minnesota Timberwolves and Lynx announced the plan Tuesday, saying they will be partnering to transform the former entertainment destination into a world class sports medicine facility called Mayo Clinic Square.
"The facility is like nothing else in the country. It is not only unique to the NBA and WNBA, but to all of professional sports," said Rob Moor, CEO of the Timberwolves and Lynx.
The teams and clinic will occupy the third level of the building, which was formerly a movie theater. The new training center will have two basketball courts, and will include additional offices for coaches and staff.
"Today's announcement of a new practice facility and training center is especially exciting for us players, as we now will have access to cutting edge medical technology as we partner with the most recognized and respected medical people in the world at Mayo," said Timberwolves All-Star forward Kevin Love.
The new sports facility is part of a redevelopment of Block E, which opened to great fanfare in 2001, made possible by almost $40 million in city subsidies. Today it's mostly vacant.