With eye on the future, Thunder goes back to NSC

  • Article by: DAVID La VAQUE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 13, 2008 - 1:22 AM

The soccer team will leave James Griffin Stadium immediately and has plans to upgrade the Blaine facility.

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arhino01May. 12, 08 3:35 PM

Didn't the City of St. Paul put in big bucks to do some renovations at Griffin Stadium for the Thunder this season...I remember reading a story about the home opener and how nice some of the upgrades were. Wonder where that money came from, and if it was from the city will they see some of it back, or will St. Paul continue to get screwed.

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agillundMay. 12, 08 3:38 PM

I wonder who cares?

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helterMay. 12, 08 4:18 PM

I care. Go Thunder!

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blitzenagainMay. 12, 08 4:21 PM

Yes. Go Thunder. Go away.

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M_Swanson_01May. 12, 08 6:26 PM

Why on earth would they need MORE seating for the Thunder? Maybe they should just try and fill what they've got.....

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mn55066May. 12, 08 7:29 PM

This is a money losing proposition. Doesn't anyone remember the Minnesota Kicks?

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idontthinksoMay. 12, 08 8:07 PM

It's also about the facilities. James Griffin Stadium simply can't meet the requirements for "World Class Soccer" that the new ownership is trying to create. The field is too narrow, there are no practice or training facilities, concession, parking, and tailgating are all limited, the locker rooms are a joke, there's no VIP seating and the St. Paul School District bureaucracy is simply too difficult or unwilling to support a PROFESSIONAL team at a High School stadium. This will hopefully be a good interim move, once the renovations are complete, until the Thunder have a permanent, _privately_funded_ stadium in the cities proper. I'm excited, and nervous, about the move but hopefully it will be a good thing.

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sollomsjMay. 13, 08 8:22 AM

I'm not sure why they just don't 'skip' the Blaine experiment and put that money into a new stadium. If they'd have started this spring, they could be playing next year in their own stadium.

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mnsoccergalMay. 13, 0810:15 AM

This is a great thing for the Thunder to move back to Blaine. People WILL go out there and watch games. Soccer is really what the NSC was based on - anyone remember the moats that used to surround the fields? There are thousands of kids playing soccer out there all summer who will want to see the Thunder after their own game. They also can get revenue from all of the kids who come into tow for the USA Cup in July. I don't even understand why they moved to St. Paul in the first place.

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chris5144May. 13, 0810:20 AM

Forget the Thunder, that track has history, from the Olympians that competed there to all of the hs state meets! Renovate the thing and put it back into service! Grrrr...

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