I foresee the Timberwolves getting their 150 million dollar gift to refurbish the Target Center at some point, and I see it happening a lot sooner than I see the state footing the bill for a new Vikings stadium. Why? Here are a few salient points.
– At a maximum, the state will spend a LOT less, guaranteed, on the Target Center than the Vikings stadium.
– The Target Center would is used a lot more than a football stadium would be. And it would be used by the city of Minneapolis regularly, as it is the largest indoor facility in the city for concerts, conventions, etc. Saint Paul got the Republican convention with the X and Minneapolis didn’t get the Democrats with the Target Center for a reason (this also goes to the state spending less, especially if the city chips in a massive amount)
– The Timberwolves are owned by Minnesota businesspeople, so the money isn’t leaving the state, whereas almost none of the profit the Vikings makes stays in Minnesota
Even without the Timberwolves, the Target Center is a viable venue. Hell, it could be used for Gopher games if The Barn needs to be renovated. I mentioned that I barely remember that the Timberwolves are still in town, but the Target Center is still going to be an important venue for the city. I guess that’s what it comes down to. The Target Center will get renovated regardless. It helps that the state isn’t being held hostage, but the Wolves are almost secondary to this. Don’t be surprised if the Vikings see things differently.