Major League Baseball has threatened to eliminate the Minnesota Twins and one other franchise, apparently unless Minnesota agrees to help fund a new baseball stadium for the team. Complicating the debate, however, will be the contention of the Minnesota Vikings that they need a new stadium too and a disagreement between the Vikings and the University of Minnesota about whether the stadium should serve both organizations.
"Sen. D.Johnson says 'I' support the stadium. He does not say the people he represents support the stadium."
Does a new stadium really make a difference. Cathy Wurzer talks with Don Walker of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. Listen (Morning Edition - 5/3/02)
Opposition to the stadium bills. Listen (Midday - 3/27/02)
The stadium debate. Listen (Midday - 3/18/02)
User fees and the stadium. Guest: Sen. Dean Johnson. Listen (Midmorning- 3/11/02)
Sen. Dean Johnson outlines prospects for a new stadium (Midday - 1/29/02)
Dean Barkley, director of Minnesota Planning and member of the task force on stadiums, discusses the chances for state funding or financing of a new stadium for the team. Listen
Rep. Harry Mares, R-White Bear Lake, sponsor of stadium legislation in 2001, discusses the chances for a stadium bill this session. Listen
Sen. John Marty, DFL-Roseville, on the mood at the Capitol for stadium legislation. Listen
Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission news conference following Appeals Court ruling. Listen
The stadium debate - Rep. Mary Liz Holberg - Midmorning (1/17/02)
Businessman pursuing Twins.
Interview with MPR
RESOURCES AND LINKS
A Baseball Battle (MPR Coverage)
Stadium Task Force
Audio and video archives of hearings.