MINNEAPOLIS — Global sports entertainment leader Topgolf today officially unveiled Brooklyn Center, north of downtown Minneapolis, as its first location planned in Minnesota. Topgolf will begin construction on the 65,000-square-foot venue this fall, and it is expected to open to the public in winter 2018.
“Topgolf is a premier destination for entertainment and events, and we are very excited to welcome its first location in Minnesota,” said City of Brooklyn Center Mayor Tim Willson. “More importantly, we see this as a community partnership that includes an opportunity to increase employment and create unforgettable experiences for those visiting.”
Through the premium experience of play, food and music, Topgolf inspires people of all ages and skill levels – even non-golfers – to come together for playful competition. Guests can enjoy point-scoring golf games using microchipped balls that instantly score themselves, showing players the accuracy and distance of their shots on a TV screen in their hitting bay. Topgolf venues feature a chef-driven menu, top-shelf drinks, big screen TVs, flexible private event spaces and music in climate-controlled hitting bays for all-seasons comfort. Year-round programming includes events for kids and families, social leagues, groups, golf tournaments and instruction.
Topgolf’s economic impact in its local communities is remarkable, creating 500 full- and part-time jobs at each venue and serving as an anchor tenant that tends to attract other popular franchises to the area. In fact, its economic output in Brooklyn Center alone is expected to exceed $264.5 million over a 10-year-period, according to a third-party audit.
“Throughout the years, Topgolf has received countless inquiries from Minnesota residents asking us to build a location,” said Topgolf Chief Development Officer Chris Callaway. “When we started exploring the state, we were instantly impressed with Brooklyn Center. It’s a fantastic business-friendly community, and we are excited to introduce a new option for year-round entertainment in the region.”
The new Topgolf venue will be located at 6420 Camden Avenue North in Brooklyn Center. The venue will be easily accessible from major highways and is within a 10-minute drive of downtown Minneapolis, offering visibility from both I-94 and I-694. Callaway estimates that Topgolf Brooklyn Center will serve approximately 450,000 visitors in its first year of operation. Approximately half of all Topgolf guests describe themselves as “non-golfers.”
“The City of Brooklyn Center is at the center of community, opportunity and prosperity due to our access, diversity, affordability, parks and trails,” Willson said. “We are committed to progress and understand that our economic health depends greatly upon the nature and quantity of businesses that operate within our limits. Brooklyn Center is a place that is growing and changing in all the best ways.”
Residents can track Topgolf’s progress in Minneapolis at facebook.com/topgolfminneapolis and @Topgolf on Twitter and Instagram.