Proposed football stadium could damage basilica, warns pastor
Catholic World News - January 13, 2012
Father John Bauer, pastor of the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis, has warned that the proposed construction of a professional football stadium 300 feet from the basilica’s property line could cause structural damage.
“I support the Vikings and want them to stay in Minnesota,” Father Bauer said in a letter to parishioners. “I think they are an asset to our state and to our local community.”
“I am concerned about the possible impact construction of a stadium would have on our historic buildings,” he added. “The Basilica of Saint Mary, as well as our School, are sites on the National Historic Register. The Basilica is currently a beacon on the skyline, and the notion of a major Stadium so close to this historic building is not comforting. Stadium construction may well cause additional structural damage to our historic buildings.”
A notice on the basilica’s web site urged parishioners to contact the governor, the mayor, and other state and local officials.
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