For the past three seasons, the Minnesota Timberwolves have had a unique way of capturing the action on the road and making their fans look like they are at the airport.
It’s been an approach that has paid off.
In the past few years, the team has made it their mission to capture every step of the journey, from the airport, to the airport gates, to all the way to the hotel.
But as the team prepares for the start of training camp, that tradition has been disrupted.
In 2018, the Timberwolves were unable to use the same hotel in downtown Minneapolis to film a new video that was to be shown on national television.
Instead, the organization had to use a hotel in an airport that was booked up for the first time in the season.
“It was a very frustrating time,” Timberwolves coach Tom Thibodeau said.
“And it’s something we’ve worked on over the years.”
With the exception of the one time when the team used the same downtown Minneapolis hotel to film an alternate version of a Timberwolves video, the majority of the hotel footage from the franchise’s pre-draft trip to Minnesota was shot on the same building as the one that was used for the team’s pregame show in 2020.
But this year, Thibodeaus and his players are planning to take things one step further.
The team is set to use an all-new hotel, the Marriott Marquis.
It will be the first of many upgrades the team will make to the franchise.
Thibodeaux and his team are going to make a few changes to the way the Timberwolves use the hotel, including the fact that the team is not using the same lobby in the hotel that was for the franchise pre-game show.
Instead they will be using a brand new lobby, with a brand-new receptionist.
The new lobby will also feature a brand name tag that will be affixed to the front of the room.
It is being dubbed the “Downtown Hotel” after the brand that will house the team at the hotel for the rest of the season and beyond.
While the hotel is still a hotel, Thibs team has taken steps to make it more attractive to fans.
The lobby will feature the team logo in a large font, with an additional, larger font on the side that is designed to match the name tag.
Additionally, a new “VIP” section will be added in the lobby.
The “VIB” section is where the team hopes to give fans access to the team, which will be opened to the public.
“I think there is a lot of love in the Twin Cities, and we want to give that love the best possible treatment,” Thibs said.
The Timberwolves have made the hotel available for fans who are attending pregame shows in the team hotel.
“We are going through a very, very busy season right now, and with all of the excitement of the pregame and the postgame, it is very important to us that we are able to provide fans a great experience at the Marriott,” said Erik Olson, vice president of hospitality and entertainment.
“The hotel will be open to fans from 6:30 a.m. to 7:00 p.m., so fans will be able to come and enjoy the hospitality, the food, the music, the amenities and everything that’s part of the downtown Minneapolis experience.”
While the new lobby does not have a name tag, fans will still be able see the logo that will appear on the door of the new hotel when they visit the lobby, a logo that is also visible in the elevator and on the lobby’s walls.
“There will be signage around the lobby that will remind fans of how much we appreciate them,” Thibodez said.