Wild warm to idea of practice site near the X

  • Article by: ROCHELLE OLSON , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 1, 2012 - 12:41 AM

A plan to develop the land in downtown St. Paul might be presented to the 2013 Legislature.

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ephrakerSep. 1, 12 8:48 AM

Look around to other cities that have invested in such projects. There is not enough revenue from hockey rink rental to make a return. If the Wild want a practice facility with a few other amenities go for it and let them pay.

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bluetwinbillSep. 1, 12 8:56 AM

Only in Minnny. You got to be kidding. As an outsider are you telling me there aren't sufficient practice rinks in a Northern climaten hockey town?????? Whre and when do wasted tax dollars end?

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strib1991Sep. 1, 12 9:41 AM

So, you've got the pompous, arrogant billionaire owners and overpaid whiney players, battling it out in the current labor talks . . . over MONEY.... and now they want to build a PRACTICE rink across the street??? It appears their loyal FAN BASE who supports them and dumps hundreds of thousands of dollars into this team year after year, aren't even going to see a season this year!!! And they want a practice rink???? Are the taxpayers and fans going to pay for that too or are some of the players going to step up and contribute several million a piece to get it done. Maybe Leopold can drop $45-$50 million on it as well! This is astonishing! Wrong time to write this news article when there's much anger and disappointment from the fans right now! Bad timing! I say, no multi-million dollar practice rink until we have a Stanley Cup to display in it!!!

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westofmplsSep. 1, 1210:59 AM

A herd of Viking Pigs has left the trough, making room for the pigs on skates. There's a grand facility just up the road in Vadnais Hieghts that the city can't pay for, why not build a second? Did anyone notice that the last set of promises made about how much money the X would bring in didn't pan out and St. Paul got another bundle from the legislature to fill the gap?

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cheiron55402Sep. 1, 1211:15 AM

To be fair, sports teams are always happy to get anything new.

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minneg56Sep. 2, 12 6:20 AM

Hey - there are tons of Arena Manager Association surveys and studies out there that indicate a one sheet facility just can't be profitable - and they make sense. Here's my idea- Wild can BUY WITH THEIR OWN MONEY The Ken Yackle Arena from Ramsey County and convert that space to pro specs. It's right down the road from The 'X' and would do homage to the history of ice hockey in St. Paul by retaining the Yackle name and keeping it front and center in our hockey consiousness as the State of Hockey.

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kevinluckowSep. 2, 12 1:47 PM

Uh oh, better not let the "Raising St. Paul" man get a hold of this. He'll want to add a barbershop, high school, dance studio, Olympic size swimming pool, go kart track, petting zoo, mosque, rock climbing wall, harness racing track, miniature golf course, casino and shuffleboard areas to it.

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mrblueskySep. 4, 12 8:19 AM

At what point do these pro teams invest some of their own money in the cities they play in? They are all millionaires if not billionaires. Most of us cant afford to go to a game, yet they want and want and want and want, all at our expense. Mr. Liepold, if you need a practice rink for your players, buy some land and put one up! Take, take, take, take, how about giving every once in a while? Ok, here we go, now you will be moving unless the public spends 50 million for a place for the millionaires to practice. Will it ever end? You should have plenty of time, with a year long lock out coming up. A bunch of million/billionaires fighting over more money. You dont have my sympathy, sorry.

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cmssogSep. 4, 12 8:39 AM

Great idea! Afterwards, let's build something just like it in Vadnais Heights. I'm sure they will both be profitable and would not stick the taxpayers with a single dollar to be paid.

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jabuyerSep. 4, 12 3:05 PM

Wow. A lot of hating going on out there. And a bit of misinformation. The city is going to develop the block, irregardless. If they add a practice rink they will get a "committment" (meaning money) from the Wild. And the state will kick in money or tax incemtives or something. Just another piece of the economic development pie that goes out to numerous businesses daily. Calm down and stop the negativity!

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