While I was sitting in my seat at the Minnesota Twins’ newly built, state-of-the-art open-air stadium Friday during the Twins’ first exhibition game at Target Field, I found myself awestruck from the sheer beauty of the field and all of the great amenities the stadium had to offer.
During that captivating moment, I came to the further realization that the Vikings really do need a new home that they can call their own.
With the opening of Target Field, the Vikings are now the only professional sports team in Minnesota without their own venue – Wild: Xcel Energy Center, Timberwolves: Target Center and Twins: Target Field. Some people may argue that with the Twins’ move across town to Target Field, the Vikings do indeed have their own home at the H.H.H. Metrodome. The problem with that argument is that the Metrodome is not a suitable home for the Vikings organizational needs.
The Metrodome is outdated and the main reason why the Vikings rank 31st out of 32 teams in revenue generated.
The Wild have proven that a new stadium will generate a large increase in revenue. Since its birth in 2000, the Xcel Energy Center has never hosted a Wild game without all 18,064 seats being sold. What does that tell you about revenue generated?
The Twins are believed to follow suit by selling out many, if not all of their home games this season and the years to come. Since the beginning of Target Field’s construction 3 years ago, the stadium has created new jobs and stimulated economic activity at a critical time. I don’t see that being any different with the construction of a new stadium for the Vikings.
Another thing to keep in mind with the construction of a new stadium for the Vikings is that the venue would be a multi-use facility. This would allow the facility to host a number of different events, from NCAA Final Fours to high school football games to concerts and so on. Not to mention the possible attraction of a Super Bowl. Need I say revenue generated again?
Let’s hope that Target Field will pave the way for a stadium solution for the Vikings. Maybe once there is concrete evidence to show how much revenue the Twins’ new stadium produces, the Legislature could get the Vikings stadium bill passed this Legislative session.
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While I was out last week news surfaced of Darius Reynaud changing positions from WR to RB, and since I was out of town I wasn’t able to give this development much attention or thought.
According to this blog entry from the Star Tribune’s Judd Zulgad, Reynaud disclosed his position switch during a radio interview on KFAN. Zulgad also pointed out that Reynaud rushed for 1,889 yards on 236 carries and 37 TDs as a high school senior and that he had 410 rushing yards during his career at West Virginia University.
I don’t doubt that Reynaud is indeed making the switch from WR to RB and I also don’t doubt that Reynaud can be an effective playmaker as a RB. But I’m curious to know more about the decision to make this transition, both from Reynaud’s standpoint and from a coaching/personnel standpoint. I’ll seek out an offensive coach as well as Reynaud to get more reaction/information about this development.
As an aside to this news, though, I think it’s important to point out a couple of side effects.
– For much of the offseason, Vikings followers have wondered how the team was going to fill the role vacated by Chester Taylor’s departure to Chicago. There was interest in LaDainian Tomlinson, but he ultimately decided to stay in the AFC and play for the NY Jets. There’s also been talk about Brian Westbrook reuniting with Brad Childress. But now perhaps the Vikings will abandon the free agency market in an attempt to fill Taylor’s role and instead rely on the talent they’ve already collected.
– How does this affect the Vikings draft plans? More importantly, how does this affect the perception of the Vikings draft plans? My guess is it really has no practical impact on the Vikings plans because I truly believe they’re going to take the best player available when it’s their time to choose, be it a RB or a DB or anything in between – except a WR. But not everyone will see it that way. Some will surely assume this puts the Vikings out of the market for a RB at the end of the 1st round. Either way, it’s my opinion that moving Reynaud to RB does nothing to tip the Vikings hand at the end of the 1st round and that’s an advantage for the Purple.
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The Philadelphia Eagles traded QB Donovan McNabb to the Washington Redskins on Sunday night, ending weeks of speculation regarding the future of McNabb in Philadelphia.
Although the Vikings and the 3 other teams that comprise the NFC North weren’t involved in this deal, it still has relevance to the Purple.
Because it’s unknown at this point whether Brett Favre will return for the 2010 season or not and also because of Head Coach Brad Childress’ familiarity with McNabb, the Vikings were identified as a possible landing spot for McNabb every time talk surfaced about the Eagles trading him away. Now that the Eagles have shipped McNabb out of town, there will be no more talk of the 6-time Pro Bowler joining the Vikings, right?
Even if Favre does come back and play for the Vikings in 2010, there’s still a possibility McNabb could be in purple at some point in the future. The 2010 season is the final year of McNabb’s current contract, so if the Redskins aren’t able to lock McNabb up via a contract extension, the QB will be an unrestricted free agent (UFA) after next season.
But it’s certainly putting the cart before the horse to think about any of that at this point. We have the whole 2010 season in front of us and you’d certainly expect the Redskins to sign McNabb to contract extension, especially after giving up a 2nd round pick this year and either a 3rd or 4th round pick next year to acquire McNabb.
The point is, though, this trade ends McNabb’s tenure in Philadelphia but it won’t end talk of McNabb one day joining the Vikings.
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