We want our professional sports teams proud to welcome fans downtown.
On Sunday, more than 100,000 fans traveled to downtown Minneapolis to attend the Vikings second regular season home game and watch the Twins continue their drive toward the playoffs. In three weeks’ time, the Timberwolves season begins and their fans will be streaming downtown, too.
We are honored that the Minnesota Lynx, Timberwolves, Twins and Vikings serve as a gateway to tens of millions of people who are drawn to downtown Minneapolis by our sports teams and the other events held at our three facilities.
Our visitors come from throughout the Upper Midwest and deliver a significant economic impact to Minneapolis and our region. It’s important to remember that they don’t just spend money inside our facilities. They park. They shop. They stay at hotels. They eat. They drink. Along the way, the money they spend at downtown businesses contributes to state and local sales taxes, liquor excise taxes and lodging taxes to support our community. When they go home, they tell their friends about their positive experiences, which causes their friends to visit too.
All of this fuels a truly remarkable economic engine serving not only downtown Minneapolis but our entire state. It is easy to take that for granted. We should not.
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"City leaders must act to keep downtown Minneapolis safe"; By Lester Bagley , Matt Hoy and Ted Johnson; StarTribune Opinion; Sept 24, 2019