For good or ill, how has the Twins ballpark affected the community?

Target Field is setting attendance records as it concludes its inaugural regular season this weekend. Today’s Question: For good or ill, how has the Twins ballpark affected the community?

  • Al Heebsh

    It has used public funds to keep rich business owners from paying for their place of business at a time when when we can’t find enough money to fund education or health care for the poor.

  • Gary F

    Right now, we have one of the best teams in baseball. So all is grand.

    What happens 3 years from now when we are mathematically eliminated from the playoffs in late July.

  • J

    I don’t care for baseball, but I do have to say that at least the Twins play there 80 times a year or so, compared to that monstrosity of a Gophers stadium that sits empty (I checked this) 98% of the time! And they want us to pay for a Vikings stadium?!

  • Steve from up North

    The new stadium has made it hard for me to go see a game, I live some distance away, so I can’t schedule a weekend trip a few weeks out knowing for certain that there will be a game.

    On the other end, I think that the new stadium looks very nice on TV, and that the twins really did need a new stadium other than the Metrodome.

    Though I didn’t pay that extra stadium tax based on where I live…I think…I wouldn’t mind paying a bit to see a good game in a good stadium.

    Just wish it had a retractable roof.

  • Dave Sours

    It gave the Star Tribune something to write about every day for a good 4 months.

  • Tom Paine

    The new Twin Stadium has been BAD FOR THE COMMUNITY.

    WE THE COMMUNITY ARE PAYING TAXES TO SUPPORT A BILLIONAIRE FAMILY, THE POHLADS

    We could have have spent that money on something else like fixing BRIDGES, SCHOOLS, ETC

    TWINS DON’T CREATE TAX REVENUE OR NEW BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT——-THEY TAKE IT AWAY FROM OTHER COMMUNITIES.

  • steve

    i think that the stadium has been really good for the community and has revitalized the twins. i think people are rallying behind the twins, it has brought revenue and it is a great avenue for people to get their minds off the economy recession. the players are excited to play outside and the stadium is the best in the us! the downside is the traffic snarl-up but that is minor compared to the revitalization of the core downtown area!

    go twins!

  • David Poretti

    For what the stadium cost us it should be really nice. Was the stadium really the best way for our community to spend our money? Are we so afraid of the (economic) truth, that we would rather take another drink than look at the numbers objectively? This is a nothing short of an extracted gift, a shrine, to one of the richest families in the area from the rest of us. We could have bought the team for less than the stadium cost. Every penny spent on this stadium is a penny not spent on something else – education, health care, fire and police protection…

  • Gary

    Building the Twins stadium near the downtown entertainment district has meant that if I want to go downtown to see a play or a movie at one of the many theaters on Hennepin Ave on a night when the Twins are playing, I am forced to pay the outrageous Event Parking rates being charged by the greedy ramp and lot owners in the area.

  • Mary

    The new Twins stadium has been very good for our community. It created a lot of jobs when there has been a great need for new jobs. As an example there are busses from out lying park and ride lots that are just for the Twins games. Those bus driving jobs are new, they didn’t exist before the stadium was built. It has made people more enthused about the Twins and bringing them downtown to spend money, thus helping to revitalize the downtown economy. The money spent on the stadium would not have been spent on anything else like health care or education. Looking at the big picture, I don’t mind the new tax at all. I can’t say I have even noticed it.

  • midas

    Overall, in the really big picture (long-term – like generations, not decades, and global, not local or regional in scale) the Twins stadium (“ballpark” deceptively makes it sound folksy & wholesome, like a place where kids get together after school) was not a responsible way for the state to spend money.

    If the stadium is such an economic boon, why can’t the billionaires build it without public funding, and reap the rewards of their “hard work” (i.e., money)?

    Does the state get any share of the revenue produced by the stadium? I’m talking about the direct revenue, from ticket sales, not money derived from increase sales tax revenue based on extra sales of parking spaces or from area businesses. (Serious question – I don’t know the answer & don’t necessarily care enough to look for it.)

    Yeah, the money was raised through an additional tax, not taken from existing public funds. Would people have been so willing to approve the same tax if it was to fund education or health care? No, because then it’s all about the government being in our business. But if it’s a sports stadium, nobody seems to care. Priorities anyone?

  • Beth Grosen

    Target Field has been good for downtown’s regional reputation and our local morale. Its been so fun to hear all the great reviews for the building and setting! It has inspired many more people to come to a Twins game all season, and there has been a ripple effect on nearby bars and restaurants.

  • Kevin VC

    It has proven to me Plutocracy rules.

    I am sick and tired of rick folk sticking it to the common person for their play toys.

    It is not like the owner of the Twins could not afford to build it himself.

    And truthfully the so called money generated is only a redistribution to other less ‘producing’ projects in reality. The money would have been spent by the individual but on other things, possibly something that DOES something.

    Here we are money diverted from repairing our bridges properly, roads are falling appart, need to train dislocated workers GONE, and solving affordable healthcare….

    “BO WHOO! I WANT MY STADIUM! OH! BO WHO!”

    I am happier it was not done with as much state money, but seriously are we making our government the bank only the rich can withdraw from?

  • Justin E

    The new ballpark has not been particularly good for the community. Since the time the decision was made to fund the stadium with taxpayer dollars Minneapolis has lost it’s library system, shuttered a dozen public schools, and eliminated funding for the internationally recognized neighborhood program (NRP). In addition, the City is still working on repairing our roads/highways from last winter’s damage and this winter is rapidly approaching.

    Minneapolis residents are now paying close to 10% in sales taxes for sub sandwiches to snow shovels–a highly regressive tax hurting low income residents more than the affluent. People are losing their homes and having trouble finding money to pay for necessities like food while paying for a stadium they cannot afford to enjoy.

    Seems to me that those taxpayer dollars could be better spent to benefit us all, not just one franchise owned and operated by billionaires.

  • Steve the Cynic

    On the positive side, at least it wasn’t football that got the huge subsidy. Baseball at least doesn’t glorify physical violence.

  • jill

    Since I live in Hennipen county, I am paying for that stadium and I resent it greatly!!! It does not benifit me or my family in the least. Just think about what that money could have done for education?

  • condo guy

    If you haven’t played 1000 ball games in your life, one get a true feel for baseball by taking in Ken Burn’s series beginning with the 10th inning. The Twins have captured this spirit in Target Field and the entire city of Minneapolis is reaping the benefits. Down town is alive again with pedestrians of all ages walking arm and arm, broad smiles on their faces as they rediscover the city. The hospitality industry is buzzing and even urban office workers are elevated into the spreading sense of accomplishment that we all share in.

  • scott

    I used to live in the cities and loved it. One the things missing was a drive into the city with a good looking stadium as part of it’s skyline. Minneapolis now has the best skyline in the midwest. It’s a beautiful stadium and has added much character to the skyline.