Here are some questions I haven’t been able to find answers to regarding the Vikings stadium plans and financing schemes. To me, these are things that would be worth understanding BEFORE offering to pay for the stadium:
1. Will the stadium be as multi-use as the Metrodome? I didn’t see any mentions of running or rollerblading in the stadium bills. I mentioned that it would be worth getting this into writing to a few legislators, but it didn’t seem to happen. Is there any guarantee that the stadium will be built with running and rollerblading friendly concourses? If not, we were sold on a building based on its multi-use potential that would support dozens and dozens fewer events than the existing, paid for, Metrodome.
2. How will non-Vikings events be accommodated during construction? The Vikings are planning to use the U of MN’s stadium. What are the plans for college baseball, high school football, runners, rollerbladers, etc.?
3. Who profits from e-pulltab device manufacturing and leasing? The stadium bill says that the devices will be leased to bars. I asked Rep. John Kriesel, the gambling bill’s author, who would benefit from this government created business. He never addressed this. Someone’s going to make millions off this, but the public has no idea who. I bet Rep. John Kriesel and others know. Why haven’t they told us?
What would you add?