Concerns About a new Twins Park
I have heard several reasons why people should not support a new
stadium so I thought I'd take some time to answer some questions and concerns about
a new park for the Twins.
A new stadium will not make the Twins more competitive.
The new park will enable the Twins to have a payroll of an estimated $50 million which
is right on par with the payrolls of current playoff teams.
Public stadium financing simply represents a huge public giveaway that greatly
enhances the value of the team playing in the new facility.
Well that is true, if you take a narrow point of view. When you look at the big picture
you see what Minnesota gets; a beautiful new park that will become a center of activity for
entertainment, restaurants, and public parks which all lead to a wonderful family
In the long run, "retro" parks are not good for fans.
This one is my favorite. In Seattle's Safeco Field I sat in nine rows back in the upper
deck in right field and I still had a great seat and view of the game. These new
stadiums offer an excellent view of the game and and excellent baseball experience for the
entire family. Many people think a new park will mean huge price increases in tickets.
(The Twins already have the cheapest tickets in Baseball) I recently bought excellent
seats at Safeco Field, right behind home plate, and the difference between those tickets
and ones for the Kingdome was a whopping two dollars! Hmmm, I guess all
of those stadium opponents will have you believe that the fans in Cleveland, which has
sold out 373 games in a row, Baltimore, Colorado, and Seattle are there for the hot dogs.