But not when compared to what has been happening in the Twins Cities. It is a case of millions vs. billions.
With the Minnesota Vikings announcing its specifics for its new stadium this week, now is a good time to look at some of the numbers of big-time sporting venues in the Cities.
If you take only the recently opened Target Field and TCF Bank Stadium and the upcoming Vikings stadium to the check-out line, your bill would be more than $1.85 billion.
I don’t think that includes tax.
So let us look at some of the facts of pro venues past, present and in the future of our Twin Cities neighbors:
- Former homes of Minnesota Vikings (1961-81) and Minnesota Twins (1961-81).
- $4.5 million.
- Opened in 1956.
- Demolished in 1985, now site of Mall of America.
- 48,446 seating for football; baseball 45,919. When it first opened, capacity was 18,200.
- The Beatles were paid $50,000 to play at the Met on Aug. 21, 1965. Tickets ranged from $2.50 to $10 for seat up front. In about 35 minutes for 28,500 fans, the Beatles played 12 songs, including "Twist and Shout," "Dizzy Miss Lizzy," "Ticket to Ride," "I Wanna Be Your Man," "A Hard Day’s Night" and "Help!"
Metropolitan Sports Center
or Met Center
- Former home of Minnesota North Stars (1967-93).
- $6 million.
- Opened in 1967.
- Demolished in 1994, used for Mall of America overflow parking, then site of an IKEA (ready-to-assemble furniture) store since 2004.
- Hosted 1972 NHL All-Star Game.
- Home of Minnesota Vikings (1982- ), former home to the Twins (1982-2009).
- $124 million.
- Opened in 1982.
- 64,121 seating (baseball was 46,564).
- New Viking stadium to be built on its 20-acre site.