Now that Target Field is built, are you glad we have it?

After years of controversy, the Minnesota Twins finally open their home season today in a new outdoor ballpark. Today’s Question: Now that Target Field is built, are you glad we have it?

  • Al

    Absolutely not! We should not be using public money to build a place of business for private companies, particularly those who pay their employees obscene salaries. We have once again given into the blackmail of professional sports owners who threaten to move their team if the public doesn’t help to finance their seriously flawed business model.

  • Joe

    No. I’m boycotting the stadium. I’m upset that we are giving the Pohlads $400 million dollars.

  • Shirley C

    No. Taxing the residents of Hennepin County for the “Welfare for the Greedy” is an absolute shame. This took place while Pawlenty was on his “no new taxes” rant. And although he would have people believe he had no part in this, he ablsolutely did play a part in pushing for the exemption so that taxpayers were not allowed to vote on the issue. Completely unfair.

  • Bob

    Not. I’m a senior and have been to one Twins game in my entire life (due to low finances) … that one game was to take my kids there for the experience. I see no reason to pay good money to watch a bunch of overgrown juveniles toss a ball around when I can do the same thing for free by watching kids run up and down the alley. Unfortunately, nobody pays them.

  • Donovan J

    No (as I sneeze), no ( as I shiver), no (as I squint from sun and wind), no (as I vow to never return).

  • Jon

    No, this is a classic case of unlimited greed. The Twins purposely limited the seats so they could have “sold out games”. They have also screwed dedicated season ticket buyers by limiting the number of season tickets at each game. The only people that have no problem getting tickets are the scalpers. This whole thing has been about back door deals and enriching the coffers of a few at the public expense. The shameless fluff pieces being generated by the Twin City media outlets is REALLY a low spot in Twin Cities new outlets (including MPR).

  • Tim

    I’m quite glad we moved out of Hennepin County to avoid the stadium tax. Government does not belong in the monopolistic pro sports business.

  • gary kolle

    No, at a time when we are cutting health care for the poor, college and post graduate tuitions at state schools are among the highest in the nation, public school funding is being cut, to find money to build TWO stadiums is STUPID. Why is liberally spending public money only ok when it benefits the rich?

  • Steven

    Best possible outcome of this boondogle: after a few years, a consensus builds that Target Field really has made Minnesota a better place to live and that it really is okay to use tax money for more noble purposes, such as universal health care. If it helps encourage people to shout down the Mad Hatters (Tea Party activists), some good may yet come out of this.

  • zombie

    no. The building/financing of this stadium was completely outside of the realm that our local government should be part of. If every city would call the owners of these teams on their bluff of moving then we wouldn’t be in this situation. I love living in the city, but decisions like this one anger me.

    That being said, I’m sure some may see universal health care, or riding a motorcycle without a helmet, or driving a car without a seat-belt, as places that government shouldn’t be sticking its nose into. It’s all relative.

  • Steve from up north

    I for one am mostly glad about the new stadium. Being able to watch a game in a dedicated stadium will be nice since it has been built for it.

    As a life long Twins fan however, I am a little disappointed by the lack of a retractable roof. I live in the far northern part of the state, and used to plan a long weekend trip to go see a few twins games. I always knew that the games were going to happen, so I could come down for the weekend, see a few games, spend some money in the area, and have a very good time. Now I can’t plan those trips and have to make day trips because of the variable weather.

    On the whole though, I am pleased, and will continue to support the Twins, and hope this stadium is as good as they want it to be, and I hope it lasts for a long time to come.

  • nancy

    The stadium is awesome. Period. It has generated a ton of enthusiasm and people are really excited about the Twins again. As Minnesotans, we love the outdoors and now we can actually “go out to the ball game”. The field will be yet another thing that make the Twin Cities such a great place to live.

  • Jim T.

    I am very happy we have the stadium and I am fine with using some public money. The whiny teachers always get their share of public money and will keep getting it.

  • Deb

    NO. It would be nice if the revenue (food, ticket sales, sponsorships, etc.) from the new stadium would be shared with the tax payers since the taxpayers are the ones who are paying for the stadium. I think that taxpayers should get a “return on their investment.”

  • Scott Dobbins

    The decision to fund a stadium was ill advised, given the very real financial problems the State faces. Worse, lawmakers ignored public sentiment, which in Hennepin County was about 70% against funding the stadium. At the public hearing at Oak Grove middle school in Bloomington on 20 April 2006, I asked our county commissioners and other legislators a simple question: what is the ROI of a new stadium? Specifically, how can you justify that this stadium spending will benefit residents of Hennepin County more than funding schools, health care for the poor, housing or libraries with the same amount of money? The response was mostly silence. When I asked where I could find ROI documentation, public servants uttered a few laughs. Such is the apparent effect of backroom deals on our elected officials.

  • YES! As a citizen who volunteers at my food shelf regularly, I know that there will always be needs for the poor, AND I support any increase in my taxes that would directly benefit our schools. However, if we were to hold all our city’s improvements and developments captive until these areas of need were met, we would NEVER have any development and our wonderful city would slowly lose its vitality.

  • Mr. Lee Swenson

    News Q representative,

    I am ambivalent about the new Twins stadium. I feel that the millionaire owners and players are very delighted to have it. Their self promoting gestures of helping the homeless in nearby shelters looks good and is a good action. But the money used for the new stadium is a boil on our Minnesota public conscience. Public funds given to privately owned sports teams, in a time of so much economic and family pain, is an callous act. Our community priorities are misplaced. It shows the new normal of socialist solutions for the wealthy and capitalism for the poor. Here is the headline: Minnesota welcomes trickle-up economics.

  • bsimon

    No.

    We’re like a family that’s having trouble putting food on the table & paying the rent deciding to go out and buy a new car.

  • bsimon

    Jon wrote

    “The shameless fluff pieces being generated by the Twin City media outlets is REALLY a low spot in Twin Cities new outlets (including MPR).”

    ditto

    ditto

    ditto

    That MPR is joining in passing out these press releases as ‘news’ is getting more than a little annoying.

  • Chuck

    Let’s see, for my wife, daughter, and I to go to a ball game, assuming we get the cheapest seats is 3 x brats @ $6.50, 3 x beer @ $7 (wife & I will share the third beer), 3 nosebleed tickets @ $10 = $70. 50. And, I get the honor of paying addtional taxes to have the priviledge of going to a game. But, poor Joe Mauer is only getting $184 million. I will have to work only 667 years to make that. It takes Mauer .29 games to make what I make, or .29 hits, or .04 home runs, or .15 runs batted in. And, my wife, a teacher, hasn’t had a “real” raise in salary in 15 years. Our health insurance has tripled, our property tax is up 40%, tuition is up 400% in 20 years. Sure, make a lot of sense to take public money for a stadium.

    Compare your salary to Mauer’s:

    http://espn.go.com/espn/thelife/salary/index?athleteId=5018022

  • Joel

    Yes!

  • davidz

    No. The public money that went into building it could have been put to much better use, actually helping the majority of people in the community. Building a fancy new stadium to help multi-millionaire team owners pay multi-millions to ball players is not the best way to spend public money.

    Bread and circuses. Well, we’ve got the circus part. Too bad that in order to build it we’ve had to cut back on the bread.

  • David Cummer

    Not only no, but Heeeeeell No!

  • James

    I am glad we have a new stadium. I am not glad that we, the citizens of Hennepin Co., have to pay for it instead of the corporation that profits from it. And I am irate that the legislature took our money without asking, as required by law!

  • Bill Enright

    Absolutely – BEST “investment” we could possibly make! I mean, who wants to waste citizen tax dollars on such poorly performing investments as: infrastructure repair and replacement; our education programs; health care; just to name a few. And hey, good ole Joe and his good buds the Pohlads need to make a livin’ too, yeah? (Hey – is that the Zygster I see barreling down the third base line toward home? Yippee, another billion dollars p***ed away!)

  • ellen

    Most definitely yes! As a Hennepin county resident, I’m proud that 15 cents from each of my $100 grocery bills went to support this architecturally striking, environmentally responsible building that brings new life to downtown. Its a small price to pay, especially relative to what a professional baseball team gives our state in the sense of pride and community-building.

    If the Twins had been whisked away by another city at the end of their Dome lease, it would have been a loss for all of us. I’m excited for outdoor baseball, and am grateful for the Hennepin Cty commissioners that had the foresight to see this through. Go Twins!

  • David Cummer

    Actually, I need to make a correction to my earlier post. As your basic, somewhat left leadning, Very Much NOT a member of the Tea Party, I say not only no, but HEEEEELLLLLLLLL No!

  • Freddie

    How can I guess that the majority of the people who are anti ballpark are not sports fans? And let me add to that, I would wager many of them have a disdain for sports in general?

    Let me pose this question, then. The Twin Cities is a major metropolitan area. How do you suppose it became that way? I am not going to answer this, but you can think about it. Also, compare the revenues collected by states with major metropolitan areas with those without. We have giant skyscrapers paying property taxes, fortune 500 companies paying corporate taxes. We have a well educated workforce paying income taxes. Those taxes are where the money to pay for social services in our state comes from.

    This ballpark puts our fine Metropolitan area in a new arena, by where we can maintain our status as a thriving, growing and bustling U.S. Major Metropolitan area. It does so in many many ways which I will not list here.

    Once again, there have been many projects that have been publicly funded that many of you have if not agreed with, not reacted so strongly against.

  • Linda

    Yes, I am glad we have the new ball park. I think people would complain about raising taxes for any reason. I don’t mind my few extra pennies going for such a nice addition, not only to the county, but for the whole state.

  • Mary Vrabel

    No. I’ve been around long enough that I attended many games in the old Met stadium and love outdoor baseball, but public funds shouldn’t be used to pay for privately held business interests. Funding for affordable housing, improving crumbling schools and other infrastructure needs provide as many jobs if not more, and the public benefits. Public funds should be used for the public good, not the private good. No public funding for the Vikings!

  • James

    NO.

    The over paid, drug using, wife beating, non-role-models, migrant works.. Can all go away.

    We need good honest hard working people that our children can look up to. “Professional” athletes are a disgrace.

    DTOM

  • Bill

    No – It should have been voted on. Look at baseball salaries. If they can afford to pay salaries that are out of touch with reality they can afford to pay for their own park.

    Capitalism at its best.

  • Roberta

    To borrow a phrase from the Republicans:

    “Hell No!”

    $31.00 for a ticket? $7.00 for a beer? I hope the rich enjoy their new playground!

    (remember the poorer among us now have to pay “fees” to attend public parks – thanks!)

  • Chuck

    How many of you supporters are for giving more of your income tax revenue to healthcare, education, mass transit, veteran’s services, road repair, etc…? My guess is not many. And, btw, the TC metro area did not become a thriving metro due to sports. It became a great city because there was a sense of community and hard work. Check your facts, corporate tax rates have been plummeting since the ’80’s. Who picks up the slace? The public.

  • EAL

    The business model for professional sports is significantly broken. Let us not cast aspirations at the owners. The tragedy resides with the masses who continue to lust after these events and gutless legislators who hide behind the mantra, “Quality of life.” when supporting these initiatives.

  • kennedy

    No, doesn’t make sense. How about this…

    I can’t afford an HD television but it would be really cool to have one. How about we tax the Twins (Pohlads) and use the revenue to buy me a big screen TV. In exchange, I could pledge to not move out of state. Keeping me here would generate tax income and boost the local economy. If that’s not enough, I could also agree to watch all Twins broadcasts in order to boost ratings and ad revenue. The Vikings, Wild, and Timberwolves could join in as well to spread the cost.

  • Joe

    I totally forgot about the exemption thing for taxpayers to vote on the stadium. If Pawlenty had a part in that it would be one of the few I’ve heard about things he’s done that I agree with. The stadium wasn’t totally paid for by taxpayers as some people are commenting. Some say it’s not governments job to build stadiums but thats largely how it always has been done accross the country. By that logic we would never do anything. Many think the money should have been spent on education or whatever cause they feel needs to be funded instead. Those things are somewhat different though. You build the stadium and your good for 30 years or so. Education and those other issues are important but those things need to be continuously funded and require a different solution. One more stadium to go and we are good for quite a while.

  • Sue de Nim

    By all accounts, it’s a good stadium that will probably be an asset to the community. I don’t like that it was subsidized, but we’re stuck with it now, so let’s make the best of it. The true shame is not that it was partially funded with taxpayer money, but that we taxpayers are unwilling to adequately fund other more important assets to the community, such as education, infrastructure and parks.

  • Noelle

    Am I glad we have a new Twins ball park?

    For the most part, yes. It’s beautiful. I’m excited to go see my first game there on Friday. The food options might be a fun splurge for the 2-3 games I might attend during this season.

    Am I glad that I, as a resident of Hennepin Co., was taxed to pay for it?

    Absolutely not. I am a very left-leaning Democrat, and strongly support the idea of my taxes going towards publicly financed health care, schools, public works, etc. The fact that I had to shell out money for a new ballpark, for which I will have to pay twice as much just to get in the door, seems insulting – especially considering Joe Mauer makes my entire annual salary in just 2.25 innings.

  • sherry

    NO. Nothing agains the Twins or baseball but once again I ask – WHY ARE WE SUBSIDIZING MILLIONAIRES WITH OUR TAX DOLLARS!!!

  • Mike

    It really makes no difference to me. I attend a Twins game about once every four to five years, and I have no expectation that the new stadium will change that. i’ll go to one game sometime to see what the new stadium looks like, but beyond that it has no bearing on my life either way.

  • Steve the Cynic

    Why does it matter whether we’re glad to have it or not. Our politicians don’t really answer to us, the people, anyway. (If they did, we’d have single-payer health care now.) They answer to their campaign contributors, who wanted a stadium and made it happen. Minnesota has the best legislature money can buy.

  • Comments texted to MPR at 677-677:

    No. I’d rather have fewer potholes, more teachers and more parks open. -Tess, Minneapolis

    I would give up Target Field for more public schools, more affordable college tuition and a better funded Park and Rec Board. These things will improve our quality of life long before a new baseball field will. -Andy, Minneapolis

    Yes! I’m especially impressed with the design. -Todd, Minneapolis

    As a White Sox fan, I hate it. But I’m jealous. We built the last of the “concrete monsters,” rejecting designs that would become Baltimore’s Camden Yards. Enjoy. -Corey, Roseville

    I resent having the stadium because I am not a baseball fan and don’t appreciate having my pocket picked while billionaires and Millionaires reap the benefits. I think it’s bad public policy to use public money for the benefit of a relatively small slice of the MN populace and a few extremely rich people. The supposed economics – neither in the short term or long term – don’t justify this, especially when one factors in the opportunity costs for those funds. -Tim Eiler, St. Boni

    Minnesota robbed us to finance a millionaire ball club. -Michael Kauper, Minneapolis

    The issue was never if I wanted the new ballpark, I did. I just didn’t want to be forced to pay for it. -Richard, St. Paul

  • Kurt

    To build this stadium, the rest of Minnesota suspended the voting rights of its most “diverse” county, exactly as if this were Mississippi during Jim Crow. This stadium is a cynical violation of the social contract, committed by outstate Minnesota against the people of Hennepin County, who overwhelmingly opposed paying for it. The flyover of fighter jets from Duluth is the perfect metaphor for what this act of violence is all about. Thanks for the slap in the face, Minnesota.

    And … never forget … Tim Pawlenty raised my taxes.

    TIM PAWLENTY RAISED MY TAXES!

  • Scott

    No- Want vs Need. Enough said.

  • Tom

    NO! We have become addicted to the government paying for everything and I am concerned that it is going to bring us down as a country. Those who call this capitalism are wrong. All free market, no government involvement is capitalism, when the tax payers have to help the owners it is no longer capitalism…

  • Peter T

    Now, we also pay the higher sales taxes , and for what: to give to the rich and to those who don’t want to pay for their own entertainment.

  • Steve the Cynic

    And what does it say about MPR listeners that they get more worked up about the Twins’ stadium and about nuclear weapons proliferation (only 13 comments yesterday!)?

  • Yes and No

    Both Yes and No.

    On the side of yes, I think that sports teams provide a great sense of identity to a state, and the Twins do that very well. Unlike our other pro teams, they perform under pressure once in a while!

    On the side of no, the financing of the stadium was unjust. If the Twins are a state-wide resource, then the entire state should decide if they want to fund a new stadium.

    The back-room no-vote deal which placed a tax on only one county is shameful. Everyone in Hennepin county should get a free ticket to a game, or the TV broadcasts of home games should be blacked-out in all MN counties except Hennepin. They are paying, they should get more benefits.

  • Joseph Wright

    Corporate welfare is what the new stadium represents. Four men shoved this deal down our collective throats and now the Twins expect us to be grateful they stayed. This is a playground for millionaires and a boon for a billionaire. And we get to pay for it. I don’t follow baseball anymore.

    By the way, this is ditto for any new Vikings stadium. Corporate welfare is on the agenda in St. Paul. Call, write, and/or visit your state representative and senator and let them know that you absolutely oppose a new football stadium at public expense. It’s nothing more than Corporate welfare!!!!!

  • Laurie

    What I just don’t understand is how we can somehow raise millions to pay for things such as this, but can’t find what we need to feed the hungry and house the homeless. Just imagine what could have been done had the additional sales tax been dedicated to lifting people out of poverty or providing medical care! You have to question the priorities…

  • matthew

    I think a new stadium is great! – for the people who can afford to go. I can not afford to pay for tickets in the new stadium. I would love to take my 11 year old son to see a game or 2 this year like I have in years past. With the price of the cheap seats in the dome I could do that. Now the new stadium with the higher prices, it has put this out of reach for me and we will not be doing it.

    I would rather watch a professional baseball game in the dome than not seeing a professional game in the new stadium. I guess we will be listening to a lot of games on the radio this year.

  • Ed

    Absolutely yes. Opponents of the stadium who complain that it is “corporate welfare” and misuse of taxpayer dollars have forgetten that the stadium was approved before this current economic downturn. The stadium is not a bailout for the wealthy and the legislature, in 2005, was not choosing between building the stadium or dealing with our current budget problems.

    This stadium brings in revenue, builds upon our state’s identity and proud heritage, provides affordable entertainment and gives area businesses a leg up in this economy and a reason to hire new workers.

    Professional sports can be costly at times, but overall, the price for new stadiums is far outweighed by the revenues the teams raise for their communities.

    Perhaps the critics are unaware that “you have to spend money to make money.”

  • Stephanie

    No and No. We voted this down twice. Who were these people bribing and how did they ever get the tax payers to foot the bill?

  • stu klipper

    This might be a bit out of left field, but it does address a relevant issue.

    Seeing the new stadium lit up last night it was clear that the metropolitan area’s light pollution has been cranked up a few orders of magnitude. I’m sure much to the dismay of the already beleagured local telescopist community.

    Also, if there wasn’t an event going on, a lot of electricity was going to waste.

  • Jennifer

    No, it’s not a perfect way to pay for a new field. But, yes, it’s worth it, and yes, I’m glad we have it.

    I don’t like the end-around that was done to impose the Hennepin Co. tax, and it probably should have been more broadly shared geographically. (I don’t live in Henn. Co. but do spend money there so I’ll be contributing to the stadium.) But I don’t think 3 cents for every $20 spent is a bad deal, considering the intangible benefits. The Twins are a community asset – probably not the great economic engine that some supporters claim, but they do add value to Minnesota and the Twin Cities area. Parks, trails, theaters, museums, libraries, and, yes, sports teams all contribute to the liveability and appeal of our community. I agree with many posters that there are important needs that are going unmet (education, transportation, health care), but it’s not as though this was an either-or (should we use these tax revenues to build the Twins a ballpark, or use them for road and bridge repair?), so that’s a false argument. The current and previous governors slashed state revenue reserves and streams which is where we need to look to solve the larger unmet needs mentioned above.

  • Lawrence

    Once you’ve spent an afternoon at Target Field, it is really hard to find fault with the new stadium. It does look beautiful on the inside, and the food that you one can buy at the game is way better than what was possible at Metrodome. That said, in order to remain a top US destination for business and pleasure, most major cities have to have at least two professional sports teams. Moreover, the price for having these sports teams is paying for stadiums that the owners themselves should pay for. For me, it was never a question of should we or should we not pay for the stadium. The question was always what type of American city do we want to be – a big American city or an Omaha, Nebraska.

  • JBlilie

    The Twins stadium is less objectionable than other options since the people of Hennepin Cty voted in the sales tax. I still won’t participate ($4.50 for a bottle of water?! The gall of these people is monumental!)

    The Gopher stadium is a state resource.

    Talk of a Vikings stadium funded by public money in a time of statewide teacher layoffs, cuts in aid to cities, etc., is an obscenity.

  • Gregory

    Yes. I agree with Ed (posted around 1:56), and will go a step further. We now need to build the Vikings a new stadium. We cannot be a major league city without having major league teams. We currently have 4 of them, and we definitely need to keep them. The Vikings are the only one currently at risk of walking out. And Los Angeles is a credible threat. So celebrate the new Twins’ home, and let’s break ground on a new Vikings lair.

    BTW, I am not a jock. I use a wheelchair. I enjoy a good ball game or hockey game as much as I enjoy a Bach invention or Beethoven symphony, and believe me, I enjoy them all. And yes, Orchestra Hall and the Ordway did get public assistance.

  • DNA

    I have little to know interest in sports. If it had been funded and built in part by hemp/cannabis/ganja taxation and cultivation as well as millions made by the sportsmen and owners maybe I’d visit. I like architecture in general yet society’s priorities are distorted and people need to know the real reason hemp was made illegal to benefit paper, oil, chemical, cotton industries etc…and how it’s re-introduction would greenify everything, people and planet. The abundance to be had from hemp/cannabis/ganja cultivation and free use as well as taxing commercial use would benefit every field of human interest, not just a baseball field. I might enjoy enjoy a game sometime if invited with a free ticket, yet, I’d rather be walking blissed and blessed on a wooded trail along lake or river 🙂

  • sparky Eisenstadt

    I think that building this stadium without a retractable roof was a supreme act of willful ignorance.

  • kimber

    Every one of the county and state legislators who arranged for this should be run out on a rail.

    Why the taxpayers should support millionaires playing ball on that GRASS…is that REAL GRASS?

    Hot Dog! It’s outdoor baseball!

    Hallelujah!

    I can’t wait to get to a game!

  • victoria

    Hello, MPR. No, I do not want my money going to pay for that Target field. I have been putting my money into savings rather than buy things because, in part, I don’t want my money to go for that. Rich owners and rich players can buy their own playground. It doesn’t enrich my life. I am an endurance athlete, not a spectator. I have better things to do with my time than watch baseball or any other sport. I have a family, I volunteer a lot, I’m a homeowner, and when I get off work, I bike the roads. I listen to KNOW a lot, so I appreciate 91.1, but I don’t like how MPR has been such a booster for the Target field and the team.

    I concur with those who have opposed corporate welfare.

    Thank you for asking.

  • Bill

    No sane person approves of forcibly taking money from citizens and handing it to an immensely profitable industry such as Major League Baseball. In a free society it would be illegal, but the United States is not a free society.

    Consider also the greed factor:

    (1) Stadium names, including the Twins’, are usually sold out to the highest bidder.

    (2) Steroid use was a rampant problem and unaddressed for years until fans and media made noise.

    (3) As in all sports, players constantly abandon their dignity to do commercials for anything and everything.

    (4) The prestigious Roberto Clemente Award was sold out, first becoming the True Value Clemente Award, later the John Hancock Clemente Award.

    (5) And, of course, execs constantly clamor for public help for stadium funding, no matter how profitable the industry is.

    Considering the example of greed the owners and players set, it’s a wonder there’s such a thing as a Major League Baseball fan.

  • daddybear

    In 15 years the Twins will want a new stadium!

  • Tom Corcoran

    I can’t say I am glad but I hope the stadium is successful and a benefit to downtown Minneapolis.

    I am a Hennepin County resident and I do not appreciate being taxed for this when so many other things need funding. If taxes can be raised for a stadium, why not for education, roads and so on? It seems like priorities are backwards.

    I lived downtown and had a business in the warehouse district during the 1980’s and 90’s.

    What I witnessed was fans that did not stay downtown to spend money at restaurants and retail venues. I saw families bus in and bus out immediately after the game. Downtown is not very family friendly with strip clubs and SexWorld within eyesight or walking distance. My understanding is that a large number of Twins fans live in Apple Valley. Why wasn’t an Apple Valley location considered? It seems much more “family friendly” in Apple Valley than the current site. The fans that stayed downtown were excessively drunk and obnoxious. I frequently found urine on my building entrance. On game days I had a difficult time even getting to work much less conducting business.

    I also had clients that did not like to come to downtown to Minneapolis restaurants because of the additional taxes on food and liquor meant to fund the Target Center and the Metrodome.

    There has long been the practice to tax Hennepin county residents for things that non-residents enjoy but don’t pay taxes for. I don’t buy the argument that fans will pay the additional sales tax on food and liquor because, as I noted before, I did not see most of the fans staying after the game to spend money – they just went home.

    I do hope the current location is good for the entertainment venues that surround it and I hope new bars and restaurants open as well.

    My attitude will change if the fans that are so glad we have a new stadium will help pay for it by spending money in the bars, restaurants and shop at the department stores.

    I am not holding my breath on that.

  • Jamie Kaiser

    Yes I am glad! Not only am I a huge Twins fan but also a proud Minnesotan. The money spent on the stadium cannot be looked at isolation from the benefits received by downtown revitalization and other positive aspects. The construction and use gives provides jobs and the LEED certification and use of MN materials should should be lauded.

  • Kyla C

    No, no, no!

  • Tom

    Professional sports teams are corrosive on the society. They get paid too much. They misbehave. Their contribution is to provide passive entertainment which is essentially meaningless in the long run. No. I’m not glad we have a new ball park for the twins and I’m sorry about the football field at the U of M and I dread the way we will twist things around so they can build a stadium for the Vikings. Watch for Dick Day and the racino to play around the Vikings stadium and both of them will get what they want. We are all suckers.

  • Brian B

    No. The Hennepin County stadium is a crime. I thought the collapse of the I35 bridge, and the 13 deaths it caused, happening during the ground breaking of this outrage, perfectly encapsulated the situation, i.e. government stealing money from Hennepin county residents, over their overwhelming objection, in order to give it to greedy billionaires, while failing to spend tax money to protect the lives of its citizens.

    It is incredible that some people responding here think that Hennepin County residents voted FOR the stadium. WE DID NOT! We were not allowed to vote, for good reason, every poll ever taken showed overwhelming support for NOT giving money to the stadium, so our corrupt representatives didn’t let us vote.

    We need to get rid of all these professional sports teams. They are parasites. The recent Strib article pointed out that it is not a sound financial investment to give money to these teams. Unless the community owns the teams (like Green Bay), so that they can avoid being held hostage to a team move, government shouldn’t provide a dime to the teams.

    Now that the Minnesota Twins have changed their name to the Hennepin County Parasites I hope they lose every game.

    Hey Minnesota, are you ever going to get your own ball team, or are you going to root for the Hennepin County Parasites and pretend they still represent Minnesota? They don’t. Hennepin County has a team, the rest of you are just a cold Omaha.

  • Jeff

    I have been and always will be 110% opposed to the new Twins stadium. Actually, I wish the whining players would have just left back when they were striking for not making enough money for hitting a little ball around a big yard.

    They’re still taking money directly out of my pocket and I want absolutely nothing to do with them. Reason? For work, the closest ramp for me to park in is the A ramp. Its normally $7 a day. Well, big surprise, on game days, that goes up to $13 a day and most of the levels are blocked off so regular parkers can only park on the top, uncovered level.

  • jeff

    If I am not mistaken,I believe the Purpose of taxes is to improve the quality of life for its citizens.I have paid taxes for thirty years and I LOVE target field.Sports are a proven way for our children to learn a positive area of life. How dare you people that dont work,wont work,bad mouth this place.how dare you complain about it if you do not pay taxes.I would much rather have MY money going to this than food stamps for people that will not contribute.Hey,quit complaining and become a part of a responsible society.