Minneapolis-St. Paul – T-Wolves Gaming, the Minnesota Timberwolves NBA 2K League affiliate team, today released plans for a brand-new training center ahead of its first season in the NBA 2K League. The facility, which will be located on the second floor of Mayo Clinic Square in the space formerly known as the Experience Center, will be the home of T-Wolves Gaming, including the players’ practice and training space, as well as operations and team content. T-Wolves Gaming will join the Minnesota Timberwolves and Minnesota Lynx inside of Mayo Clinic Square, creating a hub for all things Minnesota Basketball.
Earlier today the team unveiled its first logo, which was created through a collaborative effort between the Timberwolves and Mississippi-based design expert Rodney Richardson of RARE Design. T-Wolves Gaming unveiled its logo this morning on its social media channels via a video highlighting the team’s new identity.
“Today is an exciting day for our T-Wolves Gaming franchise as we unveil our team identity and plans to create a best-in-class training facility for our players,” said Timberwolves and Lynx Chief Executive Officer Ethan Casson. “This unique training center will provide a home for our players where they can come together as a team and practice, strategize and prepare for their games. We are excited about the concept being in such a prominent location in our skyway where the exposure on a daily basis will be very high. We see this as an opportunity to build a home for T-Wolves Gaming while, at the same time, building brand awareness and expanding the Courts campus at Mayo Clinic Square.”
— T-Wolves Gaming (@TWolvesGaming) December 11, 2018
The training center, which will be the first of its kind in Minnesota and state-of-the-art in the NBA 2K League, will closely mirror the NBA 2K League studio design, with the exposed ceilings and circular look of the stage a close mock of the studio in Long Island City. The facility will be divided into two sections – gaming space and office space. The gaming space, with exposed ceilings, will include an elevated gaming platform for the stations for the six players as well as capabilities to house more players for practices and events. It will have a unique stage to act as seating for events and streaming, as well as a private area for regular streaming. The business area will feature a kitchenette for the players and staff to access food and beverages, as well as a designated room for the players and coaches to strategize and watch film. There will also be other work areas constructed for various staff members, and bathrooms added as well.
“The training center is going to be amazing,” said T-Wolves Gaming General Manager and Head Coach Shawn Vilvens. “Having a state-of-the-art space to bring the team together in as we work toward and through the season will set the tone for years to come. It meets and exceeds every need we could possibly have. We are extremely lucky to have access to such an amazing facility and personally, I could not be more excited about putting it to use.”
Dimensional Innovations (Overland Park, Kansas) and Perkins + Will (Denver, Colorado), both of which were instrumental in the Target Center Renovation project, will lead the design and work on the new facility.
On August 15, 2018, the NBA 2K League announced the addition of a Minnesota Timberwolves affiliate team, which will compete beginning with the 2019 season. Minnesota joins the affiliates of the Atlanta Hawks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Lakers in signing on for the league’s second season, bringing the total number of teams to 21.
T-Wolves Gaming acquired the franchise’s first two players in September, trading for Brandon “Hood” Caicedo and selecting Mihad “I F E A S T” Feratovic with the 6th overall pick in the first-ever NBA 2K League Expansion Draft. Shawn Vilvens was named the franchise’s first General Manager and Head Coach on October 25, 2018.