Friday, February 22, 2008

Future of Minneapolis Metrodome

The future of the Minneapolis Metrodome has been a topic of discussion for about a decade, now. The Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (they run the dome) are trying to figure out what to do with the stadium after the Gopher Football team moves out next year and the Minnesota Twins move out the following year. The Minnesota Vikings will still remain for another year after that, but there is no doubt that they will continue pushing for a new stadium.

The people who run the dome conducted a survey of state residents and determined that 92% of Minnesotans want to keep the Vikings (duh!) and that 85% think Minnesota needs a stadium with a roof (too bad the Twins didn’t listen to that survey!) . Now, the commission is going to put together a new stadium package at a cost of $953 million (the HHH Metrodome only cost $55 million to build) and is going to start working on city leaders to raise taxes to pay for it. It will be an interesting next few years as the Metrodome future is determined once and for all. The current Metrodome was a hotly discussed project in the 70’s, you can bet it’s replacement will be as well!

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