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The soil pollution shouldn't concern the Wilfs at all. Being that they're from NJ, they know full well that you need to have tetanus booster just to travel through Newark.
How many hotels and restaurants can an NFL home schedule and a high school championship sustain? This is a good deal for Minneapolis. The cost far outweighs the benefit to the City. I suspect that many will stop in Mpls for dinner on their way back to Edina after the game.
folks i drive back and forth to work,the cabin this road sytem out there is 25 years over due for a up grade dont think so go for a drive in the am or pm worst road set up in in the state do everything at the same time
Best article I've seen yet on the stadium. We have no business paying for this guy to move the Vikings. Let him pay for it himself. "Over the last five decades the Wilf family companies have built 25,000 homes. They own more than 20,000 apartments and own or manage more than 25 million square feet of office and retail space."
If this is what it takes to get those roads widened and improved, so be it. Those projects have been shelved way too long. They're on a 25 year plan and already 25 years too late. Can Hwy 65 get thrown into the mix too?
Excellent story. Good background and context. I'm amused by the sour grapes comments coming from erstwhile Minneapolis stadium supporters.
This thing is going to look so stupid sitting in the suburbs.
Hwy 36 as up north...LOL. When I lived in Eagan I thought that was up north until I moved to Coon Rapids. But the point of the Arden Hills site being the same distance from downtown MPLS as MOA was something I never thought of. Let the move to Arden Hills begin!
So, after all this haggling, they could end up just 5 miles south of the Anoka County site they pretty much had lined up 5 years ago. Brilliant!
OK... here's my chance to say... I TOLD YOU SO.
In January of 2002 I presented the TwinDomes proposal to Governor Ventura's Stadium Task Force. I was given 5 minutes to present the proposal and asked two questions... Why are you? and Where did you come from?
The Vikings and Twins stadiums should have been built side-by-side. They could have shared a common retractable-roof, land, infrastructure, a sports mall, and hundreds of other things. The Gophers could have played there for 5 or 10 years and then built their on-campus stadium if they still wanted one. In hindsight the TwinDomes proposal vs. the three stand-alone stadium we're going to build would have saved over $1 billion and we would have had something completely unique in the sports world... Too bad I'm such a no-body... :) I haven't had the heart to take the TwinDomes.com website down. It's amazingly still fresh 5 years after the concept died with the passage of the Twins stadium legislation.
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