Target Center a winner in Vikings stadium deal

  • Article by: MAYA RAO and ERIC ROPER , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 26, 2012 - 6:02 PM

City will now negotiate with the Timberwolves and other private interests over $135 million renovation of the 22-year-old building.

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smackdaddy2May. 26, 12 7:50 AM

And the taxpayers are the losers.

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eclectic51May. 26, 12 7:53 AM

I like Govenor Dayton, but can't understand his aggressive support of a new stadium. Bypassing a referendum is inappropriate isn't democratic.

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PhilCrossMay. 26, 12 8:01 AM

Maybe when this much hype and effort is finally put into education, people will dress up like teachers and celebrate with our elected officials. But as long as society is bombarded with the "importance" of professional sports, nobody will pay attention to how much further a well funded education system will go by comparison.

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iknowsportsMay. 26, 12 8:43 AM

And when we tell professional sports to go away because they're not important, and then build up the school system, we could make all those schools not have sports teams too. (we dont want to spend tax dollars on those kids sports you know) Yeah, then we could become really really educated and forget how to have fun. The Twins, Vikings, Lynx, Wolves and so on are not more important than education. I get that, but they are important. They give a sense of community to most of us. Some people will never get that fact until its gone and we have to scramble to get it back.

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stoneageMay. 26, 12 8:46 AM

"the "importance" of professional sports"..............Just another opiate for the masses. Those with no lives tend to seek it vicariously through others. They are also the ones who 'shoot the messenger' when things don't work out. Sad, but true.

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meadows18May. 26, 12 8:52 AM

The truth is out - the Viking's stadium bill was full of liberal pork.

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bjflorida28May. 26, 12 9:25 AM

Professional sports bring a lot of revenue to your city. Don't underestimate the importance of having them. Not many metro areas have all the professional sports that the Minneapolis/St.Paul area has.

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fenwick11May. 26, 12 9:39 AM

The L.A Lakers and L.A. Clippers and L.A. Kings share one stadium The Chicago Bulls and Chicago Blackhawks share one stadium The Boston Celtics and Boston Bruins share one stadium The NY Knicks and NY Rangers share one stadium. Why does the MN. Wild and MN Timberwolves not share a stadium? One less stadium would encourage concerts to pay a higher rental fee if at all. For such a small metropolitan area we surely have a lot of stadiums which remain doormat a large percentage of the year. Anybody else see a problem here? More tax dollars wasted? Does the Xcel Center or Target Center make a return per year or does the tax payer fund the operating budget each year? Can a legislature from either State House whom consider themselves fiscal conservative answer my question?

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hjlazniMay. 26, 12 9:45 AM

We have a representative government system, not a democracy. When people view Target Center as a "rat hole" something seems to have gone wrong when you attend a game at Boston's beloved Fenway Park and see the value.

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formeryouthMay. 26, 1210:13 AM

Professional sports, Lynx, Vikings, Wild, T.Wolves, Twins....are FUN, a bit or a lot of escapist fun. Winters, especially, are long in Minnie. Paying a bit of leisure time and attention to the sports we like/follow is something many Minnesotans (and N. and S. Dakotans, Iowans...) enjoy. The teams and their fans bring in $$ to the State as well. I get that some of you are NOT into prof. sports but many of us are. For a lot of us our teams spell FUN. You remember fun don't you? -a public school teacher who likes football, baseball, hockey and b-ball.

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