At our Sports Dome Study Work Group meeting on Thursday, 11/10, Dan Sigurdson, Citizens Finance Audit and Advisory Committee Member for the Minnetonka Public Schools, discussed their process of building the Tonka Dome at the High School.
Dan offered great insight into their process and talked about several aspects of the dome, including the financial commitments that are required annually from their athletic associations, the parking problems and how they remedied them, the cost to put up and take down the dome annually and their need to construct an additional building for restrooms and off-season dome storage.
According to Dan, their dome project was driven by the school, primarily for their football program. It is very well utilized by many user groups and mostly by Minnetonka residents. The original goal was to pay off the debt for the dome in 10 years and they refinanced the debt to be paid over a 20 year term.
It was very kind of Dan Sigurdson to come to Edina to answer questions of our Work Group. I know that the Study Group members and community members were very appreciative.