A few things I like about it:
- It's open air (no expensive transformer roof) and the field is real grass
- The stadium entrances will be "pedestrian oriented," which probably means they'll be at street level with a nice facade
- It's a "green building," and uses the nearby steam plant as its heating source
- It will be a "bridge" over the Great Northern rail corridor that currently separates the Warehouse District from the North Loop area of downtown. Presently, there's a big gulf between these two booming areas of Minneapolis, and this large stadium thing might help increase accessibility from one part of downtown to the other.
- It will be right at the intersection of two rail transit lines and a new dedicated bike path, and will probably increase transit use throughout the greater Minneapolis area
All I know for sure: It's gotta be tought to be Phil Krinkie right about now. He's gotta feel like Sisyphus these days.
Personally, I'd like to see this proposal changed to abolish the DH.
The vote was closer than I thought:
County leaders want to enact the tax without a voter referendum, as state law requires, and they need the Legislature's approval to have the vote waived.
The committee rejected an amendment that would have required a referendum by a 15-13 vote.