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Council supports St. Paul ballpark
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01/15/2004 7:08 AM ET
Council supports St. Paul ballpark
Votes unanimously Wednesday to submit proposal
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ST. PAUL--The St. Paul city council unanimously voted its approval Wednesday for making a Twins ballpark proposal to Gov. Tim Pawlenty's Stadium Screening Commission.

The 7-0 vote did not include a detailed financing plan for building a stadium, which is expected to be located downtown near the Xcel Energy Center. It's believed that tax revenues from restaurants and bars would be raised to help fund the construction of the Twins 42,000-seat retractable roof ballpark.

While in Duluth, Minn., for the club's Winter Caravan Tour, Twins president Dave St. Peter was encouraged after learning of the vote.

"I think today's vote was another positive sign for Twins fans," St. Peter said. "It's another dynamic to have community like St. Paul, which already has the Xcel Center and wants to add another piece to the puzzle.

"The significance is that there is unanimous support for the concept of a ballpark in St. Paul."

On Tuesday, the Hennepin County city council approved a resolution for making a proposal to construct a Twins ballpark in downtown Minneapolis near the Target Center arena. It including a plan for a $120 million contribution from the Twins, $100 million from the state and the rest to come from revenues raised by the county.

A new Twins ballpark is expected to cost between $430-$450 million.

The Stadium Screening Committee is meeting Jan. 20-21 to listen to proposals from all interested host communities that want to build stadiums for the Twins, Vikings and the University of Minnesota.

The committee has a Feb. 2 deadline to submit its ballpark solution recommendations to Gov. Pawlenty.

Mark Sheldon is a reporter for MLB.com. This report was not subject to the approval by Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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