Vadnais Sports Center on notice

  • Article by: TIM HARLOW , Star Tribune
  • Updated: August 20, 2012 - 11:29 PM

The City Council voted to cut its losses and not to spend any more money to support the struggling complex.

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FrankLAug. 21, 1211:04 AM

They need a management company that will earn money the old fashioned way, $1 at a time. It seemed to me that they were only interested in renting to leagues that would generate hundreds of hours of use, anything less was ignored. Start thinking smaller and build upon success.

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mmediaAug. 21, 12 9:45 PM

I wish the Vadnais City Council would come out to our small town and pull the plug on the hockey arena. It was promised to us as self-supporting, but our town now line items it at $100,000 a year. The teams are crappy. They spend more time on snowmobiles ripping up peoples' property than actually hitting the weight room or practicing. What a waste.

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rshacklefordAug. 22, 1212:36 AM

I think that outgoing Ramsey County Commissioner Tony Bennett should be offered a leadership role in solving this sports facility problem. He showed extreme interest in a sports facility which would have become the "Arden Hills stadium" (as we all know) and, while that did not work out, perhaps he would have some ideas on how to turn this "financially negative facility" into a positive one that the community can benefit from. I would rather have a proven "sports facility supporter," such as Bennett, working on solving a problem like this than a person who is not completely invested.

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cookielady47Aug. 22, 12 6:58 PM

The problem with this facility is not a whole lot different than the Federal Government. It costs more to cover the expenses than it can bring in. The only way that this operation can make a go of it is if the debt load is drastically reduced, or the cost to use the facility is dramatically increased. Since the latter is not likely or probably not doable, then the only thing that can be done is to write off enough of the debt to get it to the point where it can hopefully operate at a break even. The cows are out of the barn and the facility exists, you can shut it down or pay it down to the point where it can hopefully reduce the drain to the taxpayers.

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