The stadium line-up looks like this: the Twins would get a retractable-roof ballpark in downtown Minneapolis; the Vikings would get a stadium in Blaine, also with a retractable roof; and the Gophers would get an open-air stadium on the Minneapolis campus.
All three teams - currently housed in the Metrodome - would have new buildings by 2011 if the bills were to continue on course.
I'm a young person who doesn't know very much about politics, but I just don't understand why Hennepin County is spending hundreds of millions of taxpayer dollars on three new ballparks to all be built within the next five years. Are these state-owned or private? I hear that the twins have to pay 10 million a year in rent, so over the next 20 some years they will have paid most of it off, but aren't we just using taxpayer's money to finance a private owner's business? What benefit are the taxpayers going to recieve from this? Don't we have the right to invest our money where we see fit?