Minnestota Vikings Stadium | Will it boost development?

The Metrodome has been pretty much sitting by itself in downtown Minneapolis for 30 years. So why would a new Vikings stadium boost development?

The Pioneer Press asks the obvious question and comes up with some interesting answers. For one thing, when the Metrodome was built, business leaders worried that it would draw entertainment business away from elsewhere in downtown, so the zoning didn’t allow for it, says Sam Grabarski, president and CEO of the Minneapolis Downtown Council . That presumably wouldn’t happen this time.

Still, the report also notes that there are plenty of skeptics of the Metrodome-site plan, including developers and the 2020 Partners group, which want to raze the Metrodome and build a neighborhood or corporate campus there.

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