Time-lapse video by MPR’s Laura Gill
Is it really $7 for a beer?
I don't know about the beer, but according to the rumors at my barber shop (yes, barber shop), the nearby "waste separation facility" is going to cause a bad stink in the ballpark when temp and winds line up a certain way.
Sadly, $7 is actually cheap for a beer by sporting event standards. It's 10-12 bucks a beer in a lot of major league parks.
Watching the game last night on TV and seeing this video I'm not so sad that I won't be at the games! Nice video, thanks for sharing.
I am annoyed by the fact that we, as a society will, giddily allow ourselves to be taxed so that we can have a new baseball stadium, but try to use tax dollars for health care or educational levies and we have a Tea Party hissy fit.
Then to top it all, the amount of embedded energy represented by this structure (and infrastructure) which will be torn down in 30 years for a NEW new stadium is also disgusting and anybody who thinks this stadium was a great idea should be ashamed.
Arguing that this venue will MAKE money for Minneapolis is political rationalization. It will only serve to suck the remaining dollars out of your pockets to buy your $10 beer while smiling cluelessly at the flashing lights and spectacle as the "tax revenue" bat hits you repeatedly upside the head.
That stench, to me, is greater than what is upwind.
Geez, you people need to relax and catch a ball game under the stars/lights/sun/clouds/rain/non-dome. Enjoy a day out with 40k fellow Twins fans. If ya don't like it, don't go. If you are pissed off about the taxes ... well the stadium has already been built; what is done is done. The taxes are all levied against Hennepin county and are all service based, so just don't buy dinner/get a hotel/buy tickets to a game in Hennepin county and you will be A-OK.
Go see a Saint Paul Saints game. That's real baseball.
Zak, you missed the point entirely. Yeah if you want to spend your money on a baseball game/hotel etc., that is your prerogative and I am fine with that. Don't, however, go to a Tea Party rally, get your panties in a twist about taxes, and then go unwind at the new Target field because that would make you a clueless hypocrite.
How about going to a Tea Party rally and saying "What is done is done" about health care legislation. Do you think people there would say, "Oh, yeah. No sense getting all worked up then I guess. Let's all just go home."
Also, would your baseball experience, as you have drawn it, be diminished seriously in a revamped 30-year-old stadium (they could have eliminated the dome), rather than the waste of resources that is the new stadium?
I am of the generation who has never seen an outdoor MLB game in Minnesota and being a huge Twins fan I am VERY excited to do so (this Sunday!). My point in posting was that it was opening day of a beautiful park and all people are doing is bitching rather than completely missing the point of this post in seeing time/hardwork/energy used to create such a beautiful park.
Tea-Baggers are people who think Obama was born in Kenya and is a Nazi, so that is all I have to say about that.
Oh yeah, and GO TWINS!!!
I agree with you E. (well at least as far as the taxpayer funded handout to the Pohlad family dynasty).
As much as I love baseball, I will never attend a Twins game in that stadium.
Any thoughts on the $184 million being paid to Joe Mauer? At least he's paying taxes in Minnesota on it. :)
Mr. Mauer is only paying (roughly) half of his taxes in MN. Since half his games are on the road his work is considered taxable to the state (or country) in which he is playing (working).
So, then half the time, some overpaid ball players from out of state are paying their taxes here.
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