Posted at 1:03 PM on September 4, 2006
by David Zingler
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.
Do we have any idea what they are going to be charging for tickets when the new stadium is built? I imagine it will go up a decent percentage, I suppose that's one of the reasons to build it in the first place, but I hope there is still at least some seating that isn't rediculously priced. Since Baseball is our last 'affordable' sport, I hope they don't go and ruin that.
I do expect the prices to go up, esp. for the premium seats. But I also anticipate that there will be "cheap" seats available, probably in outfield or upper deck areas. Probably less than $10 a seat. Yes, there will be the wealthy wining and dining in the suites and premium seats. But in watching the fans sitting in the seats in most of those new ballparks elsewhere, there are still plenty of "regular" folk around. I'm not that worried that we'll be shut out.
We may not be "shut out", but the runs will be hard to come by.......
There was a lawmaker, I forget which, that was trying to get a ticket price clause into the stadium bill, but actually having affordable prices was written off as "a dealbreaker" by the Brad Finstad and the stadium hawks...
...meanwhile, get those $6 seats while you can.
We are all fools. Did we forget why we have a roof on the dome? It's sure nice in the cold, rain and even the heat to get in under the roof. Having lived outside the metro and experienced a 4+ hour bus ride (one way) all to have a game rained out and nothing to show but another 4+ hour bus ride home. I want no part of a stadium that doesn't have a roof.
Another strike the Twins organization has laid on the us all. Soon the long standing (generations) contract with WCCO AM 830 radio is coming to an end and wasn't renewed by the Twins. Once again having grown up in the country that AM radio was how we followed the Twins. The Twins organization says game broadcasting will be picked up by some FM radio stations locally. Ya, right. I'll bet that doesn't happen everywhere. Also, I was in the military service and could get WCCO in some far off places. I doubt that any FM stations in OK, CA, CO, GA, TX, AL, or FL will be picking up the Twins games.
Too bad it's all about the money, The money grabbing didn't start here. It started in places like New York. But because they did it, now under the pretense that "in order to compete we need to be more like they are".
Build the new Stadium, I wish them luck. Keep winning and make your money in a hurry. To mess with the next generation is risky, Years down the road will prove the errors of the poor short sided decision making that's being done today