Apparently FoS commenters aren’t the only ones looking at Vancouver’s newly renovated BC Place and wondering why Minneapolis can’t do something similar with the Metrodome for the Vikings:
In late September, the Vancouver, B.C.-based BC Pavilion Corp. unveiled its BC Place stadium, home of the British Columbia Lions football team. Before the taxpayer-funded renovation, the stadium was about the same age, size and style as the 29-year-old Metrodome.
The Canadian project was completed for $563 million — considered a relative bargain by today’s standards and about half as much as it would cost to build a proposed Vikings stadium in Arden Hills.
Now, there are still a ton of unanswered questions about any Metrodome renovation, foremost among them: Would a half-billion-or-so price tag be reasonable (a Vikings spokesperson claimed renovation would cost $967.4 million, but then they’re the ones trying to argue for a new stadium), and would the Vikings still chip in the same $350 million that it’s committed to a new building? Still, that anyone is even talking about this gives the idea a teeny bit of traction, especially when you already have a leading state official making noise about rehabbing the Metrodome. Of course, depending on the financing and the lease, a renovation can still end up being a money pit for taxpayers — in any case, this is clearly something that bears watching.