Vikings To Play In New Stadium (But It’s Not Theirs)

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 11, 2010 – 8:34 am

It’s not one they can call their own, but Vikings fans will see what a brand new NFL stadium looks like tonight when their favorite football team takes on the NY Jets at the New Meadowlands Stadium on Monday Night Football. The New Meadowlands Stadium, which is shared by the NY Giants and Jets, is the newest and most expensive stadium in the NFL.

Construction on the stadium began in September of 2007 and the new venue opened in April of 2010. The Giants hosted the 1st-ever regular season game and the Jets hosted a MNF game the following day.

Seating capacity at the New Meadowlands Stadium is 82,500, the 3rd largest in the NFL, and that includes 9,200 club seats, 117 luxury suites, and a Coaches club (20,000 sq ft bar/lounge on field deck just 5 yards from team bench). There are also four 40’ x 130’ HD videoscreens in the stadium to enhance fans’ viewing experience.

In opening their new stadium, the Giants and Jets became the 27th and 28th teams to find stadium solutions since 1992, meaning the Vikings remain in the minority of NFL teams playing in an inadequate venue. Hopefully that will change for the Vikings soon because their Mall of America Field/Metrodome lease ends after the 2011 season.

Speaking of leases, the Giants and Jets each agreed to 25-year leases with options to extend. After the 15th year of the lease, every 5 years 1 of the 2 teams can opt out giving state 12 months notice. Here are a few other notes regarding the New Meadowlands Stadium…

– As a reward to New York/New Jersey for resolving the stadium issue, the NFL voted to award them the 2014 Super Bowl. The stadium is also in the running for 2018/2022 World Cups.
– Construction of the stadium included 100% local workforce and created 12,450 jobs. It also generated $64.7 million in tax revenue.
– The new stadium will generate $32 million in tax revenue each year.

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16 Responses to “Vikings To Play In New Stadium (But It’s Not Theirs)”

  1. By Dave on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    I really hope the vikes can get a new stadium!!

  2. By Cor-XLVikings ! on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    WAKE UP MINNESOTAN’S ! Lack of forward thinking got you to the current state mess you are in, go ahead, let the Vikings leave,,,,,oh yea,,, we had the Lakers first, North Stars, The NFL is NOT the NBA or NHL that will give a team to ANY city—burn this bridge and pick a new team to (T.V. Fan) !

  3. By Jeff on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    It’s a race between the Jaguars and Vikings to see who ends up in Los Angeles…

  4. By Justin on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply


    The Buffalo Bills have a much better chance of getting moved than either of those two. I’m confident a solution will be made in the next year regarding Vikings getting a new stadium.

  5. By viguy007 on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    Viking fan have to be very careful for what they wish for. A new stadium allows the owners to implement a “Personal Seat Licence” (PSL) system, which means the present fans have to pay a fee in the thousands of dollars just for the right to buy season tickets for seats they already use. Blue collar long time fans will be locked out, to be replaced by high-end corporate types for whom the paying $5,000 or more just to have the right to buy seats means nothing. It is a business entertainment tax write-off. Be careful, or you may no longer have your season tickets.

  6. By viking joe on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    talk all you want suckas!!

  7. By Skol_Vikings on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    Yeah, I think the Bills are the first to move. Jacksonville is too new, still locked in a long lease.,

  8. By VikingsDx3 on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    Uhm… If any team goes to LA, they can kiss any and all funding goodbye. What team would want to go there? Considering not just LA, but their entire State has been bankrupt for over a year!!! What money do they have? You may as well go to Mexico and work for pesos.

  9. By rocksalt on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    Do not let the Vikes go the way of the North Stars and Lakers……..the situation will become more pronounced due to next year’s players up for contract renewal….it very well may be SB or bust, we may not be able to keep this team together next year, then the looming outdated stadium issue(with the lack of revenue going to the vikes) may be the final straw. The Wylfs have put money into this team, spending to get championship players, but will not be content to continue to remain at the bottom of the league in revenue…..any savvy businessman would evdentually move his business to a more favorable fiscal environment

  10. By fire childress on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    yeah, Los Angeles is broke, they could not even afford to give the Lakers a parade

  11. By flobo4 on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    I think the vikes need to work out a deal with the University of Minnesota, and play in that stadium. The Goffers use to play in the Mall of America Stadium. It has to be better than what they have now.

  12. By rocksalt on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    LA billionaire Ed Roski apparently will foot the bill for the new stadium……it appears LA will have a franchise by 2012……that being said, MN needs to do everything [possible to keep the Vikes. To simply assume that it could not happen(Vikes moving to LA) simply ask the Cleveland and Baltimore fans…..

  13. By PurplePeopleEater on Oct 11, 2010 | Reply

    Flobo4 – take a look at the goofer stadium. It has THOUSANDS fewer seats than the dome does, which means revenue will slip that much more. That stadium made absolutely NO SENSE to build, as the Metrodome is bigger and the Goofers don’t have an option to move to a different state.

    The Vikings’ needs should have been addressed first, but we may now lose the team because the state went bankrupt on the university.

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