The Twins Stadium Debacle continues

btL3JyVY.jpgThe stalemate continues in the Twins Stadium debacle. Now the county is starting to look at other sites.

I love the Twins dearly, go to a decent number of games, and don’t mind the Metrodome so much. It is what it is. A 25 year old utilitarian structure that doesn’t work for teams in the modern sports economy.

A few things bother me about this whole stadium mess:
1) They didn’t have the price of the land negotiated before they started taxing us, and now the deal might fall through. It doesn’t seem like anybody is in a hurry to resolve it, despite that the tax is now in effect in Hennepin County.
2) I think the Twins and the county are being shortsighted in not putting a roof on the thing – it might make for some interesting game cancellations in the early and late season.
3) The lot they have picked out seems too small to have a nice enough, modern stadium. The architects say they can work with it, but it wil lack seating in the right-field part of the outfield, as it bumps up against the parking garage. The field is going to have some strange dimensions because of that same issue.

The whole thing seems like a less on how not to get a new stadium built.

And, don’t forget the Vikings, who have had issues of their own, and now are targeting the eastern part of downtown, and promising development/revitalization around the stadium as well. A similar promise was made when the Metrodome was built, but not much ever materialized.

4 Comments so far

  1. justin (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 10:17 am

    I am originally from Milwaukee. We built a fancy stadium there 10 years ago. The only way to describe that whole thing was a debacle and then some.

    The twins stadium isn’t any better. They think they’re going to get it done for much less money that it took in Milwaukee 10 years ago. It cost us over a billion dollars in the end. Building stadiums are just like being Lockheed Martin building a new jet for the Air Force.. Slow it down and raise your costs, because you have everyone over a barrel.

    And since Hennepin County is going to own this thing when it’s done, we should ask ourselves how we’re going to get a return on our investment. What other events are going to happen in our open-air baseball stadium that will generate income?

    It is a gigantic waste of money. If the twins want a stadium, they can pay for it. Maybe we could guarantee some loans if they really needed it. Otherwise, why can’t I get Hennepin County to kick in for my new house I’m building? *Pout* If I don’t get a new house, I might move to texas or florida.

  2. Moe (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 11:05 am

    I won’t add to the money/taxes debate, but I would like to add that no seating in left field and odd dimensions hasn’t hurt Fenway.

    No one cares if you move to TX or FL. People do care if the Twins do. Start charging admission and provide some entertainment and we can see about getting you that new house.

    Man I love comparing apples to chickens.

  3. Erica (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 12:06 pm

    I’m still ambivalent about the whole stadium thing, but it’s pretty clear that it’s really stupid to not have something like the price of the land nailed down.

  4. Joe (unregistered) on March 2nd, 2007 @ 3:59 pm

    I stopped caring about professional sports events a long time ago and would rather see my taxes going to pay for worthwhile things like: libraries, schools, health care, law enforcement, road repair, etc…

    If we had been allowed to vote on this tax – IT WOULDN’T HAVE PASSED.

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