The polluted ammo plant site in Arden Hills is in the news again as a prospective Minnesota Vikings stadium site, with Minnesota stadium chief Ted Mondale meeting with local officials yesterday. The site still comes with no ideas for how to pay for the thing, and as history has shown, until that happens it’s best not to get too worked up about where exactly the building will go.
Still, the occasion provided a golden opportunity for local pols to mouth off about what a wonderful economic catalyst a football stadium would be. Per the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
[Ramsey County commissioners Tony] Bennett and [Rafael] Ortega, chair of the County Board’s facilities committee, say putting a stadium on the site would kick-start development on an eyesore of a property that doesn’t contribute to tax rolls. They say that there’s plenty of room for other development, such as hotels and shops, and that with a few nearby road upgrades, the site would be easily accessible.
Hands up, all you hotel and shop owners who are dying to locate near a football stadium that’s open ten days a year and dark the other 355. As a St. Louis restaurateur told me a couple of years back: “I am a five-minute walk from the stadium, and I am closed on Sunday. The games start at noon, so there’s a very short window beforehand, and a lot of people tailgate. After the game, people tend to move on and go home, and the few people left are primarily intoxicated, loud people, which is not a prime business model.”