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Target Field A Real Gem, Signs Of A New Vikings Stadium?

Posted by cjsiewert on April 5, 2010 – 12:19 pm

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The Metrodome is outdated and the main reason why the Vikings rank 31st out of 32 teams in revenue generated.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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33 Responses to “Target Field A Real Gem, Signs Of A New Vikings Stadium?”

  1. By jbork88 on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    hopefully, look how much money target field brought in on it’s first day of operations

  2. By PurplePeopleEater on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Maybe, but will it be too late? Are our politïcians here in Minnesota so ignòrant of long term profîts that they will allow yet another team to run off to another state? Persònally I will never root for any Hòckey team but the Stårs, and even though the move häppenèd before my time, the Lakèrs are the only baskètball team I will ever chèèr. I love football much, much more than any sport out there, and the Vikings will always be my team regärdlèss of where they end up. I am confîdent that there are many more fans out there much like me, and the state is thrõwing somèthing very specîal away if they cõntînue to allow things like this to häppen.

    Zîggy is a great owner, and the only reáson that the team hasn’t alrèady signed on with anothèr state. But realîty will strîke hárd once we realîze that profïts mean something to him just like any other busíness owner. If we refúse to build a new stadium, there are other locåtions that alreådy have plans in place. This is the final year, and we need to get a plan in motiõn now.

  3. By Arrowhead on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    makes me mad that the legislation woun’t help with it, and make it a possibilty for the vikings to move. However, everyone was saying how the Twins were going to move to las vagas and look what happend. i’m sure they’ll get the new stadium but i am wondering where the vikes will play during construction. Gophers field maybe?

  4. By kyweaver on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    same here purplepeopleeater, i root for the stars and lakers as well. I just hope a resolution takes place in time for the vikings though

  5. By kyweaver on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    couldn’t they just renew the lease if they don’t come up with a stadium soon? whats so hard about that? ya it forces them to keep playing in the metrodome for a few more years but it gives the franchise more time to come up with a new stadium plan. Plus I heard that the guy who wanted to build a new football satdium wasn’t going to target the vikings, but focus on the jags and bills since the chargers and vikings are both trying to solve their stadium problem.

  6. By kyweaver on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    in los angeles*

  7. By M. Walski on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    I heared the Rams were for sale? couldn’t that owner in LA focus on putting the Rams back theere?

  8. By mikewobschall on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Extending the Metrodome lease is not an option. It’s no longer a viable venue for an NFL team because it’s outdated and doesn’t allow the team to provide fans with the proper game day experience.

  9. By M. Walski on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    renovation?

  10. By kyweaver on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    k

  11. By Purpleman on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Hey Mike I would like a lot of people to know about my blog. It is all about the Viking’s. It’s http://victoriusvikes.webs.com/ could you please write a short blog entry telling people to check it out. I ‘d be really grateful.

    The Metrodome is way too old………….

    It is the only stadium to host a Super Bowl, World Series and NCAA Final Four though

  12. By kyweaver on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    why did the legislation pass a twins stadium? was it cheaper?

  13. By Mike on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Whats wrong with totally renevating the Metrodome by putting more seats in there, adding extensions and the likes. If there not going to put a new stadium in for The VIkings, why not just buy it update it. Wouldn’t that be a cheaper option?

  14. By Purpleman on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Wel theres a lot to renovate Mike

  15. By Alex on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    still would be cheaper than a whole new stasdium. i bet that is what the state wants them to do anyway

  16. By jbork88 on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    isn’t there a racino bill that would allow gambling at ractracks that its revenue could go towards a vikings stadium?

  17. By jbork88 on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    hasn’t passed yet but just wondering

  18. By Arrowhead on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    If the NFL opposes a move why don’t they propose something to the state?

  19. By viks1980 on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    Perfect location of new stadium – – Brookdale center . More then enough space, freeway access, and cheap land!! besides any thing would be better then what currently resides in that location

  20. By Arrowhead on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    i think they were just going to tear down the metrodome and put the stadium there

  21. By kyweaver on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    i actually think that the vikings are having an easier time than what the twins had to go through, the twins were extremely close to moving to carolina and almost got sold there. If the twins can get their new field i think the vikings can get theirs.

  22. By Brett on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    The State has to look at the big picture. Right now is the time where building material is at an all time low. We should take advantage of that. A billion is being spent on light-rail to the cities and a Stadium with businesses moving into the area would be huge. Take advantage of energy vouchers being passed out by the Government. this thing is a no-brainer. BUILD IT.

  23. By Dan on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    We all know that if something doesn’t happen this year it will be the Vikings in California.

  24. By Dj on Apr 5, 2010 | Reply

    If we all pay our tax.. it well help the vikings to get a new place to stay in minnesota

  25. By jbork88 on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    i don’t see them moving but i am still worried it might,

  26. By jbork88 on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    happen*

  27. By Randy on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    its going to be like the CBA…..it will all be done in the 11th hour. they will wait till the last possible minute.

  28. By Bill on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    I’m all for a new stadium…as long as the Vikings pay for it. I want to keep the team in the Twin Cities as much as anyone else, but given all the stress local, state, and federal budgets are under to fund basic necessities like education and law enforcement, I can’t justify having the state spend $ 500 million or so to fund a football-only stadium that will only get used a max of 12 days a year. Someone called the politicians ‘ignorant’ for not seeing the long-term benefits, but the one who benefits the most is the Vikings, and as such, they should be the ones who fund the majority of any new stadium. I’d rather see the money they want the state to kick in go to real priorities.

  29. By cjsiewert on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    Bill – I agree with the notion that the local, state and federal budgets are under a lot of stress right now when it comes to funding the necessities, but keep in mind that the new stadium will be in use year-round – not solely for the Vikings. The purpose of designing the new stadium as a multi-use facility is to attract different events on any given day of the year – high school football and soccer games, college sporting events, music concerts, monster truck shows, special festivities such as Twins Fest… the list goes on. And all of these different events will stimulate economic activity within the greater Twin Cities area.

  30. By Jordan on Apr 6, 2010 | Reply

    If they don’t get a new stadium I am going to be so mad. The state of minnesota will see how much money they lost. They will realize that we need a football team and get a different one back. Seems like alot of money. JUST GIVE THEM THE STADIUM!!!!!!!!!! Twins don’t deserve it. Getting rid of Santana and Hunter. Vikings constantly put talent on the field. Percy Harvin, Adrian Peterson, Brett Favre, Jared Allen, and Sydney Rice. We got a lot more players too.

  31. By Bigfan1 on Apr 7, 2010 | Reply

    If it means keeping the Vikings in MN the state better kick in or create a lottery game to help finance it. If we ever did lose the VIkings we’ll just get another team like what happened in the NHL. Minnesota has too many dedicated football fans to not have an NFL team.

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