Minneapolis Auditorium (Minneapolis Convention Center)
The Minneapolis Auditorium was an indoor arena/theater located in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The arena was constructed in 1927 and could hold up to 10,000 people. The Minneapolis Lakers of the NBA played their home games at the auditorium until they moved in to the Minneapolis Armory in 1959. In 1989 it was demolished and the Minneapolis Convention Center was built in its place.
Backstory and Context
The Minneapolis Auditorium was a basketball arena in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The Minneapolis Lakers played their home games at the Auditorium beginning in 1947 until they moved in to the Minneapolis Armory in 1959. Potentially the most prominent player to ever play at the Minneapolis Auditorium was George Mikan, the dominant center for the Lakers. Mikan from played from 1947-1956 under Hall of Fame coach John Kundla. With coach Kundla, Mikan won seven championships, four scoring titles, and the 1958 MVP award. Mikan was also a 4x NBA all-star. The Lakers moved to Los Angeles in 1960. The Minneapolis Auditorium was demolished in 1989 so that the Minneapolis Convention Center could be built in its place.
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