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Goodell Addresses Vikings Stadium Issue

Posted by Mike Wobschall on September 4, 2009 – 11:10 am

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said several times in the past that the Vikings stadium issue needs a resolution soon. And, according to Judd Zulgad on the Star Tribune’s “Access Vikings” blog, the Commissioner reiterated that stance during a recent interview with Versus.

“We have a franchise that is owned by someone that really cares about the Minneapolis community [and] wants to get something done that is responsible,” Goodell said, according to Zulgad. “We understand the challenges that exist not only in that market but more broadly in how to finance these projects. But it is something that we need to get done because the Vikings belong in Minnesota and I know the ownership feels that and the public leadership feels that.”

Zulgad also pointed out that the team’s lease with the Metrodome ends after the 2011 season.


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7 Responses to “Goodell Addresses Vikings Stadium Issue”

  1. By thatguy on Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

    While I’m not a fan of Goodell (especially on things like Vick only serving 2 weeks of his suspension when originally it was like 6 weeks) at least he knows that this team belongs in Minnesota. I’m all for a new stadium in Minnesota…

    Everyone needs to get involved and get this stadium deal done!

  2. By vkngfn on Sep 4, 2009 | Reply

    LETS JUST HOPE WE GET A NEW STADIUM AND THAT IT ISNT LIKE DALLAS WHERE ITS ALL ABOUT WHO HAS WHAT AND HOW MUCH OF IT…

  3. By Alvike on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    I don’t live in MN, and I’ve only been there once, to watch our beloved Vikings, but I couldn’t imagine them being somewhere other than MN. I don’t quite understand why we are having such a hard time funding a new stadium. I know there is plenty of support there, let’s make this happen guys.

    P.S. thatguy, you’re talking about the two games this year, but what about the two previous YEAR suspension. And it was never a six game suspension, it was an “up to six game suspension”.

  4. By Cambomb on Sep 5, 2009 | Reply

    Get it done or you will be fools.

  5. By Jason on Sep 6, 2009 | Reply

    Alvike,

    You don’t live in MN, that’s why you don’t understand what the problem is. Many of us are die hard Viking fans, however justifying using taxpayer dollars to help fund a stadium for the Vikings is absolutely insane. We already pay premium prices for tickets, parking, merchandise, etc. The NFL needs to take a serious look at the salaries they are paying their players and look for the money there. The average NFL player makes more in half a season than the average fan will see in their lifetime, so please give me a good reason why we should cough up more money. I run my own business, but you don’t see me asking the taxpayers to pay for part of the cost of my facility. It’s time for the NFL to be responsible with their money which they haven’t been for a long time, and now they want the fans to bail them out. We already bailed out GM and Chrysler and countless airlines…..enough is enough.

  6. By Alvike on Sep 6, 2009 | Reply

    I do understand that they can’t just expect the money to come from raising taxes. If it state owned then there are ton of things things they can use the facility for to bring in revenue. I don’t know if you read the article about Lucas Oil stadium, but they will make there money back plus some in only a few years. If it’s owned by the orginization then it should be paid for by the orginization, right? I know I don’t know all of the details, because I don’t live there; I just hope they stay in MN,because it would be weird if they became the LA Vikings or anything else.

  7. By aliveman79 on Oct 2, 2009 | Reply

    Jason, clearly Alvike is more in touch with this situation then you are. The Vikings ownership is offering up a huge ammount of their own money to help create a stadium that won’t be run by them but by the Metropolitan Sports Committee. The stadium would be the largest in door facility in the midwest and would be able to house events other then football games. It would also be available to more of those events without the Gophers and Twins using it. The taxpayers would not be wasting their money investing in a stadium that generats as much revenue as a this building would. The Metrodome is one of the oldest (non renovated) buildings used in any profession sport. Yes, athletes salaries are rediculous, but that has nothing at all to do with stadium building costs. As far as you mentioning ticket prices, give me our prices over most other stadiums. Parking is high but that is largely due to their not being enough of it around the current Dome. This isn’t a “bailout” by any means, this is investing our money with a postive return, something a business owner like you should be a supported of. Jobs created, tax revenue generated, local businesses flourishing on event days, overall better mood of the community. Your tax dollars are going to be spent, let them be spent on something worth while.

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