Call for Nominations: Category 18: 2013 Best Sports Venue

Category 18: 2013 Best Sports Venue


The Vikes, The Gophs, The Wolves, The Wild, The Twins,

MN United FC, The Saints, all

Say Stadia, Areans,  Bring About Wins

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12 Responses to Call for Nominations: Category 18: 2013 Best Sports Venue

  1. Bill Lindeke
    Bill Lindeke November 21, 2013 at 11:58 am #

    target field, no question, unless you’re talking about best sports stadium for the money, in which case its the soon-to-be-demolished metrodome which cost $30M and hosted every sport in the city for decades.

  2. Nathaniel November 21, 2013 at 12:21 pm #

    Midway on a beautiful summer night, and $2 Leine’s

  3. Moe November 21, 2013 at 12:34 pm #

    TCF Bank Stadium. It’s exactly what the Gophers needed for college football.

  4. Alex Cecchini
    Alex Cecchini November 21, 2013 at 1:23 pm #

    TCF Bank Stadium. It’s the only one that didn’t give public money to a for-profit enterprise. Debate the scale/amenities for a collegiate program, but it’s as nice to watch a game as Target Field, cost half as much (<1/3 the Vikings Stadium), and now houses the U of M marching band.

  5. Lynn Baldus November 21, 2013 at 2:06 pm #

    Xcel Energy Center. There is not a bad seat in the house, and the building is a monument to ice hockey in Minnesota.

  6. Sam Newberg
    Sam Newberg November 22, 2013 at 9:38 am #

    Minnesota Vikings playing outdoors at TCF Bank Stadium, taking advantage of the elements to create true home field advantage. The last time the Vikings made it to the Super Bowl? When they played outdoors.

  7. Matt Steele November 22, 2013 at 10:24 am #

    Wait, no love for the state fair coliseum?

  8. Adam Miller
    Adam November 22, 2013 at 11:16 am #

    This may need subcategories for me:

    (1) best because of history, tradition and quirkiness despite its many obvious flaws: Williams Arena

    (2) best that houses a team I care about: TCF bank

    (3) probably best overall: Xcel

  9. Paul Barber November 22, 2013 at 12:55 pm #

    Mariucci Arena – Three are no bad seats and standing room is good too.

  10. Stella November 24, 2013 at 11:08 am #

    Target Field. In the summer.

  11. Samuel Geer November 25, 2013 at 9:44 am #

    Target Field. Amazing Architecture and Location by LRT makes for a great night out watching sports. If only the Twins were a better team…

  12. Joe November 26, 2013 at 10:45 am #

    Williams – Historic, raised floor, kitchy

    TCF Bank – Great bang for your buck, surrounded by surface parking… which is kinda the point of football, but… yeah…

    Target Field – Pretty.

    Xcel Engery Center – Pretty, year round, and more proportional to Saint Paul, offering a steady stream of larger events to bring business and nightlife to Downtown and West 7th.

    Target Center – no

    Metrodome – Only facility to host a Superbowl, World Series, Final Four, Baseball AllStar game, and professional basketball games. (not to mention soccer and Gopher games)… so… on paper it’s kinda cool. OH and it’s futuristic… Air pressure holds up the roof? Come on that’s kinda awesome.

    Midway – no

    Marriucci – meh, it’s a bowl

    Ridder – 1st women’s program to get their own new place, instead of a men’s practice place with bleachers in it… (Best team)

    So… effectively… TCF, Target Field, and the X are all up there… Williams, Metrodome and Ridder deserve honorable mentions and then to be forgotten about

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