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SBD/September 24, 2012/Facilities
Odds Are "50-50" New Vikings Stadium Will Get Retractable Roof
Published September 24, 2012
STARTING SOMETHING NEW: In Minneapolis, Curt Brown notes yesterday "began the new era in Minnesota Vikings pre-game cuisine dubbed railgating." Thirteen food trucks "lined up side-by-side along the light-rail tracks near the Metrodome on Sunday morning." It is the "first of a series of steps" that Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak "hopes will enhance the buzz "around the new $975M stadium project. Rybak "acknowledged concerns from bar and restaurant owners, not to mention Vikings concessionaires, who might suffer from the food truck competition." More than 20 trucks are "signed up for the next Vikings home game Oct. 7 against Tennessee, which starts at 3:30 p.m. and has food truck operators salivating at the notion of more sales." The city "waived fees to encourage the food trucks to join the railgating debut, but they all had to pack up after kickoff." Attendees "all were smiling and police reported no public safety issues" (Minneapolis STAR TRIBUNE, 9/24).