Prior to Wednesday night's meeting in Moorhead , Steven C. Maki , P.E.
, the Metrodome's director of facilities and engineering and a MSFC staff member , stopped off in Detroit Lakes
for a brief question-and-answer session regarding the MSFC's visit , as well as stadium issues in general that are changing the face of professional sports.Maki is originally from the Iron Range community of Chisholm , and prior to becoming a MSFC staff member , he worked in the mining industry for about eight years , until he landed a job with the commission in the early 1980s
has a mechanical engineering background and is a University of Minnesota graduate.Q : Why are MSFC members visiting cities in greater Minnesota.A : As you know , over the last few years , professional sports teams and their stadiums have become a big issue in Minnesota and across the nation.What we've seen is that the Minnesota Twins have presented their proposal for a new stadium , and that failed , and now we've come to a point where the Minnesota Vikings have said they need a new stadium , and the University of Minnesota
has kind of jumped on that bandwagon , also saying they need a new stadium.I think the genesis of all of these discussions is the need for teams to generate more money.And the economics between these three teams as Metrodome tenants are vastly different.Baseball has huge differences in revenues ; they've had the somewhat implied threat of contraction , saying that if you don't do something , Major League Baseball may look at eliminating teams such as Montreal , the Twins , Kansas City and the Florida Marlins.