Winter Newsletter Kickoff: Flip Night, Chinese New Year & Minnesota All-Stars


Winter Newsletter Kickoff: Flip Night + Minnesota All-Stars

February was full of memorable moments for our organization. Highlights of the month consisted of Chinese New Year, Flip Saunders Tribute Night and All-Star Weekend for Karl-Anthony Towns and Jimmy Butler.


On February 15th, the same night we beat the Los Angeles Lakers at Target Center, our organization honored the late and great Flip Saunders with his very own tribute night. The night began with pregame speeches from announcer Kevin Harlan, former players Sam Cassell and Chauncey Billups, Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor, and the Saunders family. It then proceeded with the unveiling of a Flip banner in the arena’s rafters, a special speed painting performance from artist David Garibaldi, and a post game jersey and shoe auction.

The tribute night was one to remember as we celebrated the life of a Minnesota basketball legend. May Flip’s vision live on forever.

Relive the night by watching the Tribute Night video below!




For several seasons, our organization has celebrated the Chinese New Year, but this year we took the festivities to a whole new level. On February 13th, when we took on the Houston Rockets, we honored the new year with pregame synchronized dribbling and traditional Lion Dance performances from Huaxia Chinese Elementary School, and Gao Hong performed the national anthem with her Chinese pipa. The night then proceeded with a special halftime performance of a traditional Dragon Dance from CAAM Chinese Dance Theater and a Timberwolves Dancers routine set to Chinese pop music. During the third quarter, the team presented Minnesota International Chinese School with a $5,000 donation.

The celebration gained immense recognition and will even be recognized by the Chinese government as one of the official Chinese New Year events around the world.

Chinese New Year Gallery


For the first time since the 2013-14 NBA season, the Timberwolves had players selected to play in the NBA All-Star Game. First-time All-Star Karl-Anthony Towns and four-time All-Star Jimmy Butler were both selected to play for Team Stephen. While Butler chose to sit out of the festivity for rest, Towns had an impressive debut, posting a stat line of 17 points and 10 rebounds.


Partner Spotlight

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Partner Since: October 2017

2017-18 Activations:

A TASTE OF GREATNESSOver the years, our organization has worked diligently to break new grounds, establish new territory and elevate our partnerships. Recently, we've tapped into the beverage industry and made Anheuser-Busch the official beer of the Minnesota Timberwolves. This partnership has allowed us to bring forth several activation initiatives, which have created a better experience for our fans and built outstanding brand awareness. Here's how:

IN-ARENA LOCATIONSOn the 100 and 200-level concourses, fans are able to give their Target Center experience a buzz by purchasing a beer in the Budweiser Beer Garden, Bud Light Zone and Goose Island Grab and Go.

TIMBERWOLVES BAR NETWORK The Timberwolves Bar Network presented by Budweiser is a network of team-approved locations that are set up for viewing Timberwolves games. At these locations, special promotions and giveaways are given to fans throughout the game.

BUDWEISER LEGENDARY MOMENT PLATFORMEvery game, there is an opportunity for something legendary to happen and when it does, it is posted to our social media accounts as part of our Budweiser Legendary Moment platform. This season, Andrew Wiggins' buzzer beater against the Oklahoma City Thunder and Tyus Jones' dunk on LeBron James have been the first legendary moments to gain recognition.

CENTER COURT MUSIC SERIESThe Timberwolves Center Court Music Series presented by Budweiser provides fans with unforgettable halftime entertainment at select premier games. Thus far, the music series has had a star-studded line up consisting of a December performance from Minnesota-bred rapper Prof, and Super Bowl Weekend performances from rappers Lil Jon and G Eazy.

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Our Goal

To establish best-in-class partner relationships by delivering a consistent cadence of communication and touchpoints throughout the year. This website will allow us to communicate to partners the exciting things taking place within the arena, within our business and around the NBA.