The board of the Minneapolis Downtown Council on Thursday endorsed privately led
efforts to keep the Minnesota Twins and the Vikings in town. "We believe that the
preservation of already existing professional sports teams is critical to our position as
a world-class city," the group said in resolutions in support of the teams.
The Twins resolution specifically endorsed the effort of New Ballpark Inc., a group of
business leaders that is studying the feasibility of a small, urban baseball stadium in
The second resolution said the concern about baseball "opens the door of
opportunity to finally reach a solution on how to preserve football in our community as
The meeting of the board was closed, but Downtown Council President Sam Grabarski said
the vote on both resolutions was unanimous.
Similar resolutions already have been approved by the Minneapolis City Council, the
Greater Minneapolis Chamber of Commerce and a committee of the Hennepin County Board.