Counterpoint: Stadium foes really should 'get over it'

  • Article by: JOHN G. MORGAN
  • Updated: May 13, 2014 - 6:43 PM

Point by point, here’s why.

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I admire the tenacity and commitment of the anti-stadium crowd, who — even though the Metrodome is history and the new stadium is well on its way — maintain their hope that the project will be scrapped. However, the “facts” they cite in stating their case have always been suspect at best. The latest example was a letter to the editor that appeared May 9 in the Star Tribune. I will address the points the letter writer made:

 

 

“The NFL is a dying league.”

Wrong. The NFL is the most popular sport for at least the 30th year in a row.

 

“Exorbitant ticket costs.”

While there certainly will be expensive seats, many will be $50 or less, about midrange for entertainment options. Many concerts cost well more than $100 to attend these days. It costs more than $30 just to see a small production at the Ames Center for the performing arts in Burnsville, where I live.

 

“Nonprofits, charities, cities and otherwise worthwhile causes lost funding due to the stadium.”

Just flat-out false. There is not, nor has there ever been, a connection between funding a stadium and not funding roads, schools, hospitals, charities, etc. By the way, how many millions do the team and players contribute to charities every year?

 

“The Super Bowl won’t bring anything to our city other than headaches.”

Again, saying it or believing it doesn’t make it true. A Super Bowl would bring tens of millions to the local economy.

 

“Neighbors of the new stadium, who will live near an empty, hulking behemoth for about 350 days a year.”

I’m pretty sure of two things: (1) These people knew about the stadium before moving across from it and (2) no one forced them to do so.

 

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