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SBD/November 10, 2011/Facilities
Published November 10, 2011
BACK TO THE DRAWING BOARD: Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton yesterday said that he “intends to regroup with sponsors of the Vikings football stadium bill next week for a fresh push, but said he's frustrated by ‘all the duplicity’ he sees on a project that he said is less about football than about needed economic development.” In Minneapolis, Rachel Stassen-Berger writes Dayton “must reconcile his differences with a Legislature that appears to have little appetite for an immediate decision.” Dayton said, "If they don't want to deal with it, then say it." He added that a “special session is needed.” Dayton: "I want to isolate the stadium because if this goes into the regular session ... the leveraging everyone will try to pull with their votes ... it's going to get very messy and very ugly” (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 11/10).
GRASS IS GREENER? A Nationals spokesperson said the team is in the process of "a complete renovation of the field" at Nationals Park. The process "began late last month and is expected to be finished by Thanksgiving.” In DC, Dan Steinberg reported Nationals Park’s original Kentucky Blue Grass turf was “removed for the first time since the stadium opened.” The warning track dirt “will also be replaced and will be a slightly darker shade in 2012” (WASHINGTONPOST.com, 11/9).