Column: Sports facility buildings aplenty in Twin Cities
By John Papendick, firstname.lastname@example.org
12:39 AM EDT, May 15, 2013
The sports facility building boom in Sioux Falls over the past few years is massive.
But not when compared to what has been happening in the Twins Cities. It is a case of millions vs. billions.
With the Minnesota Vikings announcing its specifics for its new stadium this week, now is a good time to look at some of the numbers of big-time sporting venues in the Cities.
If you take only the recently opened Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium and the upcoming Vikings stadium to the check-out line, your bill would be more than $1.85 billion.
I don’t think that includes tax.
So let us look at some of the facts of pro venues past, present and in the future of our Twin Cities neighbors:
Former homes of Minnesota Vikings (1961-81) and Minnesota Twins (1961-81).
Opened in 1956.
Demolished in 1985, now site of Mall of America.
48,446 seating for football; baseball 45,919. When it first opened, capacity was 18,200.
The Beatles were paid $50,000 to play at the Met on Aug. 21, 1965. Tickets ranged from $2.50 to $10 for seat up front. In about 35 minutes for 28,500 fans, the Beatles played 12 songs, including "Twist and Shout," "Dizzy Miss Lizzy," "Ticket to Ride," "I Wanna Be Your Man," "A Hard Day’s Night" and "Help!"
Metropolitan Sports Center
or Met Center
Former home of Minnesota North Stars (1967-93).
Opened in 1967.
Demolished in 1994, used for Mall of America overflow parking, then site of an IKEA (ready-to-assemble furniture) store since 2004.
Hosted 1972 NHL All-Star Game.
Home of Minnesota Vikings (1982- ), former home to the Twins (1982-2009).
Opened in 1982.
64,121 seating (baseball was 46,564).
New Viking stadium to be built on its 20-acre site.
Home of Minnesota Timberwolves (1990- ) and Minnesota Lynx (1999- ).
Opened in 1990.
Major renovation in 2004, and $100 million planned renovation currently in the works.
831,533 square foot building on 2.5 acres.
Xcel Energy Center
Home of Minnesota Wild (2000- ).
Opened in 2000.
650,000 square foot building on 6 acres.
Home of Minnesota Twins (2010- ).
Opened in 2010.
39,021 seating (but record is 42,524).
1 million square feet on 8.5 acres.
Hosting 2014 MLB All-Star Game.
New Vikings stadium
1.6 million square feet (Metrodome had 975,000).
No retractable roof (would have cost from $25 million to $40 million more).
65,000 seating (can be expanded to 73,000).
Groundbreaking expected in October.
Opening expected in 2016.
Vikings will pay the University of Minnesota Gophers $300,000 per game to play their 2014 and 2015 games at TCF Bank Stadium (NFL capacity expected to be about 54,000 if additional 3,000-seat bleachers added).
John Papendick is the managing news-sports editor for the American News: email@example.com.