Redeveloper extraordinaire Ned Abdul’s company Swervo bought the Minneapolis Armory from longtime owner Doug Hoskin in July for a cool $6 million with plans to partner with design firm Shea Inc. to reimagine the cavernous fieldhouse-turned-sports-arena-turned-parking-garage. With an ambitious 18-month redevelopment timeline, Abdul envisions turning the building into an event space and music venue to complement the new Vikings stadium and subsequent downtown east developments. Here’s a look at the history of the 1935 Works Progress Administration–built space.
1959: Minneapolis Lakers play their final season in Minnesota.
1972: Golden Gloves National Tournament of Champions.
1982: Prince shoots music video for “1999.”
1984: Hüsker Dü & the Dead Kennedys play the Twin Cities’ most punk show ever.
1998: Aerosmith shoots music video for “I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing.”