With all the gushing and attention surrounding the opening of Target Field in Minneapolis, is St. Paul having any regrets? In the 15+ years of debate about the stadium, only St. Paul residents got the opportunity to vote on it, when they rejected the idea in 1999. The Twins never really embraced the city — the owner seemed to view St. Paul as a second-banana city — but it was the only “deal” the team could find.
There were five possible stadium sites. Only one still may end up with a stadium — Lowertown near the former Gillette plant — if public funds are used to build a new facility for the Saint Paul Saints.
What’s happened to the other four sites in the following 11 years? Not much. Have a look.
But wait, there’s more! Had St. Paul voters approved the stadium, Twins owner Carl Pohlad would have sold the team to Timberwolves owner Glen Taylor and Robert Naegele. Naegele has since dumped the
Wolves Wild. Taylor has presided over the destruction of the Timberwolves as a serious sports franchise.
The St. Paul stadium referendum asked voters whether they wanted to raise the sales tax by one half of one percent. Over 58 percent of those who voted, said “no.”