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Minneapolis: An example of a weak local growth coalition
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Minneapolis The Twin Cities (Minneapolis and St. Paul) have heard cries for new stadiums for both the Vikings (NFL) and the Twins (MLB) for over 10 years. Both currently play in the Hubert Humphrey Metrodome, which is generally acknowledged as one of the less appealing stadiums
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The Metrodome Built in late 70s-early 80s; officially opened in 1982 Has fewer skyboxes than the Vikings desire Has poor sightlines and acoustics, particularly for baseball Has fewer aisles than current design and cramped concourses
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Why the resistance to new stadiums It is certainly NOT for lack of trying! There have now been 7 serious attempts Some say: it is because the Twin Cities and Minnesota generally are more liberal and therefore more likely to oppose this as “corporate welfare”
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Some say it is because the ownership of the Twins has been inept or “is hated” We argue that neither of these is an adequate explanation
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This note was uploaded on 09/21/2011 for the course MOSAIC 0852 taught by Professor Raymondhalnon during the Spring '09 term at Temple.

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