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Gov. Pawlenty Wants Progress Made Towards New Stadium

Posted by cjsiewert on February 21, 2010 – 11:06 pm

“For a lot of Minnesotans, the Vikings bring such great joy.  Certainly we want to keep them, they’re a valuable asset, but we have to do that in a way that also is respectful of the current economic crisis that we’re facing.”  This statement by Gov. Tim Pawlenty offers Vikings fans a slight reassurance that the team will, in time, build a new home right here in the state of Minnesota.

In this story by Star Tribune columnist Sid Hartman, Pawlenty expressed his thoughts to see movement towards building a new stadium for the Vikings before he leaves office.  With regard to how the construction of this new stadium would be funded, Pawlenty offered a few options – one being a new lottery game.  The new lottery game, called “Mega Millions,” could generate about $12 million a year towards the general fund for the state.

Another option would be tax increment financing with the Vikings contributing a substantial portion along with the league.  Pawlenty also mentioned that if the Vikings were to ever build a new home, “a city or a county is going to have to step forward and say they’re willing to be a partner as well.”

One of the biggest debates concerning the construction of a new stadium is the actual amount of additional tax revenue it would generate.  Pawlenty mentions that the stadium would most likely create around the area of $10 million, perhaps less.  This is where I strongly disagree with the governor.

Just consider the newly constructed “Jerry World,” home of the Dallas Cowboys.  The new Cowboys stadium just recently hosted the NBA All-Star game, is the new home of the Cotton Bowl, site of the 2011 Super Bowl, and host of the 2014 NCAA Final Four.  These events are sure to generate big bucks for the city of Arlington and the state of Texas, so certainly, similar events would create a large income for the state of Minnesota with the construction of a new stadium.

The governor did compare Dallas’ new stadium and the events it supports with one that would be built for the Vikings, but I did not get a sense of stimulation from Pawlenty regarding the Vikings stadium generating new jobs and increased revenue for the state.  In my opinion, the construction of a new stadium would bring great things to the state of Minnesota.  It will create more jobs during and long after the construction, and will also provide a great venue for a wide variety of events.  Surely it will cost a pretty penny to build, but the return will be so much greater.


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30 Responses to “Gov. Pawlenty Wants Progress Made Towards New Stadium”

  1. By jbork88 on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    hopefully they can sort this out and not move the team

  2. By jbork88 on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    but at least the governor is providing some options. But most vikings fans don’t attend games. But if a new stadium was built i think it would attract a larger attendance.

  3. By TIM on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    Build it and they will come!!!

  4. By meswant on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    I agree with TIM, if a new stadium is built, especially after the amazing year the Vikings had this year, people will definitely go to the games!!!!

    Especially when Brett comes back!!!!

  5. By Ed Maynard on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    I don’t live in Minnesota anymore but I go to the games when I’m visiting family there.

    The Vikings have needed a new stadium for a long time. I agree it would bring in revenue to the state. I don’t know why they don’t let the fans invest money in building the stadium.

  6. By Robin S. on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    Build the stadium! Bring Brett back and go to the Super Bowl! Everyone I know is a Brett Favre fan and a Vikings fan! The stadium is the future! It will bring in big bucks! The Vikings are bigger now then ever. Get some protection for Brett this year so we can win the Super Bowl and everyone will be happy! Teach Adrian how to hold on to the ball. Build the stadium. Lose the Vikings and the whole state is a huge loser!

  7. By tim on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    imagine minnesota with no vikings. no offense but the only way you would get reconize is with your crazy politics, you cannot afford to lose the vikings.

  8. By paul on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    Face it viking fans, Bret Favre’s not coming back and a new stadium won’t be built. Minnesota and Viking Fans are just to cheap.. Do you have a season ticket waiting list? No.. Who’s going to fill the seats when bloom is off the rose.

    Fair weather fans/ band wagon jumpers don’t get the job done.

    p.s. Packer waiting list for season tickets endless. over fifty years of sell outs

    sell out= thats when all of the tickets are sold

  9. By jbork88 on Feb 22, 2010 | Reply

    and here we have paul, he wants the vikings to leave so they packers can play an expansion team to actually get the division championship

  10. By Aaron j. on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Both teams suck saints rule, but paul, here is the perfect video depicting you stupid packer fans

  11. By jbork88 on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron, that was awsome!!! I live in wisconsin and that is EXACTLY how they act.

  12. By Aaron j. on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Jbork- It doesn’t surprise me. You folk have got nothing better to do than to sit around and drink and go to a packer game. It’s all you have to do besides going down on the farm. I think minnesota is the same way but wisconsin is worse by so many degrees.

  13. By kyweaver on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Wisconsin is not that bad, what to you people have in louisiana? besides the highest crime rated city in the United States?

  14. By kyweaver on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    but that was a good video aaron

  15. By Aaron j on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    While i hate both teams, i am sick of Packer fans claiming they are the greatest sports fans ever. WHO DAT WHO DAT

  16. By Arrowhead on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    HEY AARON JACK@SS, GET OUT OF HERE

  17. By shawnv'slife on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    hay aaron did you miss the 30yrs or what ever of the saints weekly but whoopings saints fans are now as dumb as packer fans, and paul the vikes, attendence, no blackouts since 1997, your pretty slow, thats 13years of all sell outs pack suck so do the have nothing better to do fans

  18. By Ryan on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron – I think you have just proved how much there is to do in Louisiana since you have nothing better to do but post a comment on a blog that doesn’t concern you. Gotta love when people talk smart on the internet…get real. Paul that goes for you too, why do you guys even waste your time.

  19. By TW VIKE on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron j- Where is your BUTT BUDDY Big & Easy ? Most likely on his knees. It wont be long & you guys will be sporting brown bags on your heads again. Get that mayo off your chin.

  20. By TW VIKE on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron j- Drinking is legal, but having sex with kin-folk isnt.

  21. By paul on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron j Are you from a state with 12-last names?

  22. By NFC NORTH RULES!!!!! on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    no, he is from a state with 12 sister/mothers

  23. By Aaron j. on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    NFC north rules eh? hmmmmmm. how many Super Bowls does your diviosn have since the 2002 realignment? WE didn’t have team go 0-16. ALL TEAMS IN IN NORTH SUCK!!

  24. By Aaron j. on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    You guys got the Lions and the Bears, who couldn’t recover to their lost against the colts, to get you guys some easy wins.

  25. By Aaron j. on Feb 23, 2010 | Reply

    Not to mention, the BUCC’S BEAT THE PACKERS, HOW LOW CAN YOU GET? Also, the Panthers beat the vikings. who were 5-8 at the time.

  26. By Paul M on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    That’s what you get for voting for a Republican Governor people ! ! Pawlenty is just blowing smoke up your fish holes ! Did he say $12 mil per YEAR from a new lottery ? Who is he kidding ? At that pace – along with the other contributors – we may have a stadium in, oh, let’s say 15 YEARS ! ! Just ask Pawlenty to give ANYONE a realistic time line for a new stadium. ‘nuf said !

  27. By paul on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Viking fans buy your 2010 season tickets NOW go to Minnesotavikings.com

    you to shawnv’slife

    Whats wrong with renovating the Metro Dome?

  28. By jbork88 on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    you got a point there pual, what IS wrong with renovating the metrodome?

  29. By steve on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    paul, jbork… revenue is the problem with renovating the dome, it would cost way too much $$$ and the return would not account for what would be spent. and the vikes have vehemently stated that they do NOT want to play in the dome anymore

  30. By TW VIKE on Feb 24, 2010 | Reply

    Aaron j- The Saints lost to the Bucs & Panthers & Cowgirls.

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