How will this affect the community?
One of the biggest concerns on the part of Minnesotans in regard to the new stadium came in the form of what other uses and benefits it could possibly offer the Twin Cities. It was made pretty clear that if almost $500 million in tax dollars was going towards the stadium, it had better have more uses than just hosting eight Vikings games a year. Fortunately, the team appears to have been rather sensitive to this fact, which comes through in a variety of ways.
There was obviously a lot of work that had to be done in tearing down the original Metrodome, and even more put into building its new replacement, which ultimately resulted in the creation of over 4,000 construction jobs. The state also required that certain percentages of those jobs were to go to both women and minorities -- something that ultimately made up almost 40% of the workforce. Plus, the stadium will have to staff itself, and recently announced that they’re looking to fill 2,500 part-time jobs.
With that, over $1 billion in new development has been generated in the neighborhood as a direct result of the stadium. Wells Fargo recently put in not one but two new office buildings that directly overlook the park outside the stadium. Along with the new businesses in the area, there are currently plans to renovate the old Downtown armory, which will create more housing units near the stadium.