Western Iowa, Northwestern Missouri, Northeastern Kansas, and Southern South Dakota in the Omaha market for probably about 2 to 2.5 million people, at least.
Another 800,000+ from these areas? Â I don't think so. Â Let's face it... outside of Sioux City and Sioux Falls... there just isn't much besides Omaha/Lincoln. Â Des Moines also benefits from a much more well traveled north/south interstate in I-35. Â We get very little off of I-29.
Again, I'm not suggesting we can't support a comparable amusement park... but I do think Des Moines is better situated to support theirs.. with an apparently
...in my opinion of course.
Don't underestimate the 'state loyalty' either. Â Des Moines has the 'Iowa Cubs' and 'Iowa Stars'... we have the 'Omaha Royals'. Â Iowans are just more likely go visit their
state capital, to take in shopping, sports, amusements. Â While I realize some here like to distance the city from being associated with the rest of the state... I think we need to do a better part of making the rest of the state feel like part of Omaha. Who knows but what the Knights/Royals could have been picking up a still larger audience if we had pursued a larger audience with something so seemingly trivial as naming the teams to include all of Nebraska.
Sorry to get off topic... back to Steve Minard. Â "Come on Steve, bring us a real amusement park once and for all!"