Nov 17, 2021 - Business
Dick's Sporting Goods proposes athletic field at Ridgedale Center
A rendering of the athletic field Dick's wants to build in Minnetonka.
A rendering of the athletic field Dick's wants to build in Minnetonka. Image: Nelson Worldwide via City of Minnetonka

Dick's Sporting Goods wants to build an athletic field outside of its store in Minnetonka's Ridgedale Center mall.

Driving the news: The Minnetonka Planning Commission will vote on the proposal Thursday.

  • City staff is recommending commissioners approve it.

Details: The 31,000-square-foot field would be surrounded by a running/walking trail.

  • Dick's will expand and rebrand the store as one of its new House of Sports "multi-sport experiential" stores, according to a staff report.

Of note: The first two of those stores have rock climbing walls and golf simulators.

  • At the first location, near Rochester, New York, the field is open year-round for individual athletes and teams, and becomes an ice rink in the winter.

Yes, but: Does this thing look a bit like a prison yard?

What to watch: If the commission OKs the proposal, it would still need City Council approval.

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