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Is the new stadium really good for the fans?

Posted at 1:03 PM on September 4, 2006 by David Zingler (5 Comments)

There is nothing more American than a family attending a Major League Baseball game under the clear blue sky. The smell of freshly cut grass, the wafting aroma of roasted peanuts and the wholesome fun that ensues represents what is good and pure.

Of course, that’s what stadium proponents say when drooling on the blue prints of the Twins proposed new ballpark. Take the kids out the game, it’s a tiny slice of the American Dream after all.

That’s nice, but has anyone stopped to consider that fewer people will pay more money to see the Twins play in person when their new stadium is complete? The tax payer funded project will likely be smaller, have more “premium seats” and less (if any) general admission. You can forget about the $6 nose bleeders, that’s for sure.

With less supply and more demand for their product, the Twins will probably pare down their trademark list of promotions and specials which will make it more difficult for working families to load up the minivan and take Susie and Johnny to the game.

But don’t let that dishearten you, the CEO’s and other heavy hitters of the local business community will be able to wine and dine their clients in unprecedented luxury (at least for Minnesota). Imagine a first class suite equipped with the latest Cambria countertop, leather massage chairs, plasma TVs, and a decadent buffet complete with an ice sculpture and champagne fountain.

You better try imagining it, because you’ll never experience it unless you can land a baseball in the bed of a pickup truck from the upper deck (or something like that).

So, while we love the idea of a new, state-of-the-art baseball stadium and acknowledge the many short comings of the Metrodome, maybe we should also examine why the stadium is being built and who stands to benefit from it the most.

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