Wilf Talks Spending And New Stadium

Posted by cjsiewert on March 8, 2010 – 12:59 pm

While speaking publicly for the first time since the NFC Championship Game on Jan. 24, Vikings owner Zygi Wilf proclaimed that the team is not cutting back on spending on players this year.  Sid Hartman of the Star Tribune reports that Wilf wanted to make this clear to fans, especially after the loss of RB Chester Taylor and OL Artis Hicks to free agency.

“We spend when it’s appropriate,” Wilf said.  “I work with my guys.  When we want somebody, we go after them; that’s the way we’ve been doing it, and we’ll continue to do so when the time comes.  When the opportunity arises and when the time comes, we will go out and get that person, but right now we’re really working on the draft.”

The Vikings owner has been known to not hold back when it comes to getting players that he, team executives and coaches feel will make their team into a championship-caliber team, regardless of the cost.  Big-name players that have been brought to Minnesota since the Wilfs bought the team include DE Jared Allen, G Steve Hutchinson and QB Brett Favre.

Wilf also spoke of his hopes that the Legislature will get a Vikings stadium bill passed this year.

“I feel like we’re coming into what’s really needed to get this thing done, from the standpoint of the type of stadium that we want and the location that we want, and we’re right now working on the finance package,” Wilf said.  “I think there’s a way to get this thing done this year, so I’m excited on that front.”

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30 Responses to “Wilf Talks Spending And New Stadium”

  1. By Hornedhelm on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    First I heard that we lost Hicks…dammit. he was huge we lost a couple of KEY pieces of versatility with Taylor and Hicks

  2. By jbork88 on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply


  3. By jbork88 on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    just renew the lease

  4. By mikewobschall on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    jbork88 – you clearly haven’t been to the Metrodome lately. it’s out of date and is the main reason the Vikings rank 31st out of 32 teams in revenue generated.

  5. By Joe on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Ya. Please just get the new stadium bill/plans done asap. This will ensure the the Minnesota Vikings wont become the Los Angelas Vikings. Then renew the stadium lease for however long it will take to build said new stadium. Each time someone brings up teh whole no Los Angelas team thing, I get and uneasy feeling. Just get the new stadium to the point of inproduction.

  6. By SD vikes fan on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    the vikes should go get Leigh Bodden Who agrees?

  7. By purplehorn on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    The Vikings need to have a stadium big enough to host a Super Bowl, it must be covered for that reason. If you don’t build it with the intention of drawing the Super Bowl, then it isn’t worth building. That is how the Twin Cities would make its money back on taxpayer commitment. Make a pile of money for the surrounding hotels, restaurants, etc. Just ask Glendale Az. how they did?

  8. By purplehorn on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    I think Wilf and company know what they want and need in free agency and the draft. If they draft like they did last year, they may only need one or two guys in free agency- maybe none. Chester signing for the money he did hurt- and the Bears knew it. I don’t fault Chester or Hicks- it’s business. Wish them the best.

  9. By jim on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    viks need to get LT and westbrook with peterson then run the wishbone that will beat your wildcat

  10. By Julie Hess on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Thank -You Zygi and the entire investment group for being as caring and committed as you have been, being a fan, and a loyal fan for as long as I have been, I truly thank you for doing all you have done. No other ownership has done what you have. I will continue to write and email Pawlenty and the rest of the powers to get this thing done. I will continue to write the Ghermezian Brothers, and the Carlton Family to see if they will help financially with the stadium, too. I totally encourage the rest of you that read and comment on this blog and other areas to write them and email them, the government powers and if you already are, keep it up. No way I don’t agree with LT, I would possibly agree with Westbrook, but he has been injured a lot, but he is the lesser of the 2 evils. So far with Spielman, Childress, Zygi/Igroup, they have done so very well in the offseason, and in the draft, but I would love to see them go and get Randy Moss back, after all if you remember Brett while with Green Bay was hot and heavy on GreenBay powers to get Randy, think about it Zygi. Again, thanks for all you have done, and thanks to the rest of the loyal Viking Nation, too.

  11. By paul on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    One billion dollars, should cover the cost of a new stadium.

    The question is , who’s going to pay for it?

  12. By Derek on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    Tax payers are going to pay for it, and other possible contributions would help pay for it. If it doesn’t pass, the Vikings go to a different state. If that happens I’d have to move to LA and I really don’t want to.

  13. By michandre on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    It has to be a complex economic equation – one would hope the value of the new stadium would be a net job creator and be good for business and fans. Maybe for the price of a new stadium, you could buy a 52 inch flat screen in every home in Minnesota too, though.

  14. By doug on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    A 52 inch flat screen for every home in MN doesn’t generate ticket revenue, concessions revenue or team merchandise revenue…..but, if the team is in LaLa Land everyone in MN would have a nice TV to watch Vikings games. A stadium is expensive, but instead of focusing on the cost people in MN and the MN legislature should be focused on structuring a deal so the new stadium benefits the state’s economy as well as the team (ownership). It can be done if the bright minds in MN have the will to make it happen.

  15. By marcus on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    leigh bodden would be good! but a middle linebacker is needed to help out the vikings defense?maybe a demeco ryans from the texans!!! vikings got question mark after the EJ Henderson injury. at secondary problematic as well and injury prom? aging cb in vet winfield and not so great year for griffin with his on injury and a weak core at the safety slot SS,FS and the O-line need to be adressed in the draft as well? so there’s alot of needs in minneapolis right now! and the what if factor at QB as well if brett come to term not to come back for another year that leave brett holding the cards, that will leave the vikes in limbo once again? god forbid if that happens??? good luck this year vikes! lets try it again!

  16. By Bruce on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    LT was rated the Number #5 free agency pick on the NFL Network. LT has stated he would be fine playing a secondary role. LT is a class act and admires Brett Favre and would be a great locker room addition. LT is capable of racking up serious yards and would be a great compliment to AP. The defense would be RUN SCARED with these 2 runningbacks and Brett could shred the defense. LT would sign a 1 or 2 year deal because he just wants to play on a winning team and he wants a Championship before he retires. Sign LT Mr Wilf, I KNOW HE WOULD LOVE TO PLAY FOR THE VIKINGS!

  17. By Bruce on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    And then work on the O-line ;)

  18. By michandre on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    A new stadium didn’t stop the Cowboys from going on the road – and losing a playoff game – in an old stadium. My point about the TV is if you are going to a football game for personal comfort and convenience then maybe – well, maybe you should just be glad you are at a game and not a futuristic high-tech pleasure dome.

  19. By PurpleNurple on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    michandre – The POINT is that if we don’t get a new stadium, it won’t matter how big your TV is, we WON’T have a team to watch on it! The Dome has lost its ability to create a realistic revenue for any professional sports team, which is why the Twinkies are opening Target Field this year. That is why the Vikings need a new stadium, regardless of the state. It makes no sense to operate a business somewhere that is not generating revenue. Zigi has shown that he is more than willing to do what it takes to make the Vikings a championship team, and now we need to show him what the Vikings are worth to our state, by building them a home for the future. Because if we don’t, there is no question that some other location already has an approved plan in place.

    Wilf is the best owner any sports team in MN has had. Don’t let him leave simply because we can’t see past the nose on our faces.

  20. By rolandthunder on Mar 8, 2010 | Reply

    The thing that I honestly dont understand is how the state can sit back and give the twins, and gophers new stadiums. Then say no to the vikings. You have to be fair to everyone.

    If they do get this done, they better not put a roof on that thing. Mn weather could be a huge advantage during playoff games.

  21. By PurpleNurple on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I disagree roland. I think that our noise factor makes for a better advantage than weather does. Just look at our home games this last year. The deeper into the season we got, the larger our wins were. Arguably because our fans were more excited and screaming louder and louder at the opposing offense. Let’s not forget how the Cowboys were the favorites coming in, but were only able to score a single field goal all game long.

    Anyways, the plan that has been pitched for the new stadium for years now has been a retractable roof which will likely be up for half of the season or more. So I hope that the plan for the new stadium includes a design that helps ricochet the noise just as much as the dome does to bring the power of the 12th man onto the field as much as possible for every home game.

  22. By nate on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    jim that wishbone comment was just stupid.

  23. By brian on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    ok vikings we got Favre here last year lets get LT here this year. we seen alot of 8 men in the box could you imagine what it would be like if we had LT too. it would be like the year we had Carter and Moss as WR. that year our RB had the year of their lives. this year would be the year of Rice, Harvin and Shenco. wow could u just imagine? and we wouldnt have to worry about Anderson missing a field goal.

  24. By michandre on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    I read PurpleNurple’s “The Dome has lost its ability to create a realistic revenue for any professional sports team” and “It makes no sense to operate a business somewhere that is not generating revenue”.

    If it is a business necessity based on simple financial realities, then yes, a new stadium is desirable. So if the will is there and the money is there, then hopefully it is designed and built and funded to everyone’s satisfaction.

  25. By Bigfan1 on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    There has to be some creative ways to get this done, to pay for big players revenue has to be made simple economics. I like the lottery idea. We’d be losing the noise advantage though.

  26. By Derek on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Has it been said what type of stadium it will be? Dome or Outdoor? Bigfan1, how would we be losing the noise advantage? I do not understand, we have always been a very loud dome, why would it change if we build another dome? If anything, I believe they would make it so it is one of the best domes for noise.

  27. By Rem on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Minnesota!!!…….Please don’t let the Vikings move here to Los Angeles,this state is a joke and getting worse every day,it would be sad.I traveled to Minnesota twice to see Vikings games and what a wonderful trip I had.This would be a great time for a new stadium bringing jobs,final fours,super bowls,conventions,e.t.c. Go Vikes! P.S. I never want to hear “12 men in the huddle” ever again or I will lose it.

  28. By Paul on Mar 9, 2010 | Reply

    Wow! I too wish to thank the Wilf’s. When they first took over the franchise I thought they were the type of people to be content with 8-8 with a few big names. They’ve proven, that if this coach and Spielman see a need that it gets addressed. They’ve cleaned the image of the team, and it shows on the field in the genuine enthusiasm these guys have in kicking butt on Sunday. The best way to ensure a new stadium I believe is a Super Bowl win. All the sentimental feelings pour out after that. People evaluate it then for the identity it gives us in the upper Midwest, that we’re champions. I think the current Metrodome capacity is correct however. So many teams faced black out issues last year, at least our Vikes were covered. My parents are retired in South Texas and were thrilled to see so many Viking games. Just a piece or two of the puzzle now, and a stadium tomorrow. Keep the faith Vikings and Viking fans!

  29. By vikings012 on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    i cant wait for the viks to get a new stadium they deserve it im a die hard viking fan and want them to stay in minnesota. the weird thing is i live in cali so if they did come to LA id only be like 10 hours away and could see them more often but the la vikings jus dont sound right i want them in minnesota thats where they belong and i hope they stay there forever i want to come down their one they build the new stadium from the drawings of it that ive seen it looks pretty sweet. Wilf is the greatest owner ever i wasnt to sure about him when he first came here but i love him now hes done soo much for the vikings and i cant wait to see what he does next. u the man Wilf

  30. By Brandon on Mar 10, 2010 | Reply

    We should jus do a comlete over haul on the dome thake the roof off add more seats and that might be cheaper.

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