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Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: April 8th, 2017, 12:27 pm
by ProspectPete
I saw a picture of some jersey barriers on Snelling ave near Spruce tree lane. Is that related to the demo or site preparation?
Does anyone know when the MN legislature will be giving the project the green light (from a tax exemption standpoint)?

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: April 8th, 2017, 12:45 pm
by seanrichardryan
I believe that is part of Xcel's utility work.

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: April 10th, 2017, 12:19 pm
by cooperrez
mplsjaromir wrote:
April 8th, 2017, 10:50 am
Maybe MLS can grow its fan base to a point where networks think they can sell ads at significantly greater rate so that owners would have a broader guaranteed revenue stream. I think that with the proliferation of outlets that can cater to individual fan tastes may work against soccer in the US. Soccer fans can opt to spend their time focusing on elite foreign leagues. MLS may be able to provide a fantastic fan experience that keeps people coming despite the fact that matches do not feature the world's best. Who knows, MLS might one day be able to compete for top players in their prime. For now MLS cannot offer enough to the world's best players.
I've always understood MLS' growth strategy as slow and steady, growing a strong base and working up to signing the big names later. I thought the lesson learned from the collapse of the NASL back in the 80s was don't get top heavy. You see China going the opposite route, with all the money they are throwing at players, i.e. Oscar, Hulk and I think Tevez recently. These are players who are still in their prime. MLS will be able to compete with other leagues because of the draw that living in the US has for players coming out of Africa and South America, in particular. I believe Orlando was a huge plus in Kaka's mind, in terms of a comfortable community to raise his children. I know he is just about done, but there are many more Brazilian players still in Brazil who would love to raise their family in a place like Orlando.

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: May 1st, 2017, 7:56 pm
by Didier

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: May 2nd, 2017, 9:42 am
by karen nelson
I work in construction related business - subs asked us to estimate some stuff on the MLS stadium project this past week. Looks like the plans are dated mid March 2017, not sure when bids are due, and these plans are for general "site" work: grading, utilities, dealing with contaminated soils etc.

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: May 2nd, 2017, 9:56 am
by karen nelson
From an article posted earlier on this thread "Reiter reported that May 16 is a target date for “earthwork and the demolition of Rainbow Foods.” Big Top Liquor is not scheduled to be torn down until the spring of 2018. Eventually, Shields Street, currently only on the west side of Snelling Avenue, will be extended through where Big Top now sits and skirt around the north end of the stadium. Revised Midway Center site plan This summer, all utilities will be brought onto the site and rough grading of some of the planned streets will begin. It was reported at the meeting that 130,000 yards of soil will be extracted and removed from the bus barn property. Xcel Energy has been working all winter along St. Anthony Avenue to prepare for the upcoming electrical needs of the stadium. - See more at: http://fiftyfive.one/2017/02/minnesota- ... wdiYV.dpuf

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: May 5th, 2017, 12:33 pm
by cooperrez
Frederick Melo and Brian Quarstad have a bet about whether Rainbow will be closed by May31. Melo said no way it's closed before end of May.

https://twitter.com/IMSoccerNews/status ... 0082254848

Wonder if there has been any movement with the Rainbow store.

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: May 5th, 2017, 4:22 pm
by ProspectPete
For what it's worth, I happened to be in Rainbow yesterday and I asked an employee about their impending closure. He told me that the employees haven't been told anything as of yet. He implied that it's business as usual for the time being and doesn't anticipate the store shutting down any time soon.

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: May 27th, 2017, 8:46 pm
by mamundsen

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: June 9th, 2017, 3:06 am
by ProspectPete
Another recent interview about the stadium:

https://www.mnufc.com/post/2017/06/07/d ... oplay=true

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: June 11th, 2017, 4:36 pm
by Minnehahaha
The old Furniture Barn has been set up as construction offices. I'm sure it beats working out of a trailer!

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: June 15th, 2017, 10:04 am
by cooperrez
Another budge forward toward construction,

http://www.twincities.com/2017/06/14/mn ... s-st-paul/

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: June 16th, 2017, 10:59 am
by cooperrez
More on the stadium from Brian Quarstad at FiftyFive.One and interesting details on the timing of when actual construction could begin here,

http://fiftyfive.one/2017/06/minnesota- ... ly-begins/

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: July 8th, 2017, 8:51 am
by cooperrez

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: July 8th, 2017, 8:09 pm
by Minnehahaha
Big Top sure is a hopping place from this perspective on a Saturday evening (makes me want to head up there and wave for the camera!) Rainbow looks as bleak as ever.

I have to say, it was great to pass by the site today and see excavation taking place on a Saturday.

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: July 14th, 2017, 9:05 am
by holmstar
Just thought I'd mention that ticket sales have reached almost 20k per game now and the "Itasca Society" is nearly full (nearly 11,842 season ticket holders). This suggests that they will have no difficulty filling the new stadium.

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: July 14th, 2017, 10:04 am
by cooperrez
Fred Melo has a bunch of good info on his twitter feed from the meeting last night. This tweet has some good specifics on timing of construction:

https://twitter.com/FrederickMelo/statu ... 5033652226

"Tower crane up by September. Structural steel by Thanksgiving. That's when you'll see the structure begin to pop out of the ground."

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: July 14th, 2017, 12:26 pm
by Didier

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: July 24th, 2017, 3:27 pm
by VacantLuxuries
Allianz let the news out early that they bought the naming rights.

http://www.startribune.com/minnesota-un ... 436331183/

Re: Soccer Stadium and Snelling-Midway Development

Posted: July 29th, 2017, 11:31 am
by Minnehahaha
So is Hempel just looking to expand their residential holdings by buying a (not particularly large or notable) apartment/retail building on Snelling and Thomas, or do they have something more in mind? It can't be that they just really wanted to own the adjacent sign shop building... but that large parking lot (which they also bought) is a different matter! Since this is just a few blocks from the stadium, I would love to read this as actual developer interest in the neighborhood!

http://hempelcompanies.com/properties/597-snelling-ave/