On Tuesday we conducted a live chat with Vikings VP of Stadium Development/Public Affairs Lester Bagley right here on vikings.com and a number of pointed topics regarding the issue of a new publicly-owned stadium for the State of Minnesota were covered.
Here’s a rundown of what was talked about, paired with Bagley’s comments…
Recent election results and the impact on stadium efforts:
“Leadership of the new house and senate majorities as well as the new Governor have indicated that this issue needs to be addressed and will be on the agenda. While there are certainly tremendous challenges and other priorities, the one issue that brought candidates for office together was creating jobs and as you know, this will create 13,000 jobs, including 7,500 construction jobs.”
Location of new stadium:
“In terms of where we’re at with sites, we are completing our due diligence on a number of potential stadium sites. Some in Minneapolis and one suburban site. No conclusions have been reached and we’re working to bring forward a package with a single site as soon as our work is completed and as soon as the new legislature and the new governor are ready.”
New Collective Bargaining Agreement and its effect:
“We are confident that a new Collective Bargaining Agreement will be reached. The NFL has experienced labor peace since 1987 – longer than any other professional sport. The CBA negotiation is a short-term matter, while we are seeking a long-term solution to build a publicly owned facility that will benefit Minnesota for the next several decades. Let’s not delay the work that needs to be done, as the CBA issue will be resolved.”
Where the Vikings would play if construction were on the Metrodome site:
“That issue would only be in play if it is determined that the Metrodome site is the ideal site. If that’s the case, we would need to engage in conversations with the University of Minnesota about access to TCF Bank Stadium. Again, we are completing our due diligence on sites and no conclusions have been reached. Stay tuned.”
Versatility of the new stadium:
“There is strong support across the State for a multi-purpose, year-round facility. Adding a roof makes this a state-wide asset and benefits the State of Minnesota – we need to have the important conversation about how to pay for the roof. While it might be great to have outdoor football again, we need to look at maximizing use of this publicly-owned facility – a facility that would host high schools sports, amateur sports, a Super Bowl, NCAA Final Four, etc.”
Keeping the Vikings in Minnesota:
“The Vikings will commit to signing a lease that requires the team to play its games in the new facility until 2045. The Vikings belong in Minnesota; nearly half the population of this state – 2.5 million people – follow Vikings games each Sunday. For many families and friends, watching Vikings games is a strong tradition. This is our 50th season and we hope to have another 50 in Minnesota.”
Possible resolution date:
“As noted, 2011 is a crucial year. The Legislature runs from early January to late May, and this is likely to be resolved later in the Legislative Session. In terms of next steps, we need to continue our productive discussions and forward progress with State and local leaders, we need to complete our due diligence and bring forward an ideal site, specific project costs and a funding plan. Again, the State has significant priorities but we need to move this forward. We need your help to build the public support that it’ll take to push this over the top.”
Tags: Lester Bagley
Posted in All, CJ Siewert | 74 Comments »
Make sure to tune into AM 1130 KFAN or log onto KFAN.com tonight at 6:30 p.m. CST to listen to “Vikings At 50,” which this week will feature former Viking Robert Griffith. The weekly show, which is hosted by Mark Rosen, is a celebration of the Vikings 50th NFL season and featured ex-Vikings telling stories of 50 seasons of Vikings football as well as discussion about the current team.
If you miss the show live, you can download the Podcast vis KFAN’s FAN On-Demand section of their website.
Posted in All | 18 Comments »
Fans can now submit their question for Vikings Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier to answer on this week’s episode of Vikings GamePlan. To submit your question for Coach Frazier, click here.
Vikings GamePlan presented by Sports Authority is the official Minnesota Vikings pregame TV show. Co-Produced by Vikings Entertainment Network and FS North, GamePlan airs on Sunday mornings at 10:30 AM on both KARE 11 and FS North. Vikings radio Play-by-Play man Paul Allen gives viewers an inside look at what to expect in the upcoming game through exclusive Film Study with Interim Head Coach Leslie Frazier. KARE 11’s Tim McNiff goes head-to-head with opponent’s media in the popular Media Matchup. GamePlan also wires Vikings players during the game bringing you closer than anyone else can!
Posted in All | 28 Comments »
Maintaining communication between the head coach and coordinators, position coaches and players, and even the players and head coach is vital to game management. And interim coach Leslie Frazier couldn’t have been happier with how his staff and players communicated throughout Sunday’s victory over the Redskins.
“Darrell (Bevell) and the rest of the offensive staff did a great job of executing on game day the things that we talked about,” Frazier acknowledged during his day-after-the-game press conference. “Sometimes in between series, we would come back and I would talk about, ‘Make sure we are doing this.’ The communication was great. Those guys following through on the things we talked about was excellent and we got the results that we wanted.”
Sunday was obviously a new experience for Frazier – being a head coach in the NFL – and he handled it well with his familiar stoic demeanor. His expressions, or lack there of, almost reminded me of another coaching figure in Vikings history (need I even say his name?). But even with his eyes seemingly glued to the action on the field, Frazier acknowledged the importance of his involvement in all phases of the game.
“I have tried to be involved with both sides, along with helping with our special teams as well, just being in communication with (special teams coordinator) Brian Murphy,” Frazier said. “I think it is important that I am involved with both our offense and our defense, as much as I need to be, which I think is quite a bit.”
During his introductory press conference last Monday, Frazier told reporters that he would welcome QB Brett Favre’s input to the game plan “wholeheartedly,” and the interim coach justified that explanation once again a week later.
“I didn’t approach him with it as being conservative,” Frazier said his approach to Favre and the game plan. “I just let him know, along with our offensive staff, what I thought we needed to do to win. Brett wants to win as much as anybody in that room. All of our players want to win. He’s been very supportive of some of the changes that we’ve made and some of the changes we’ve talked about making going forward.
“Everybody wants to win. He’s been all in and I appreciate him for that. Hopefully the things we’re trying to do will help us to continue reach our goal as a team, and that’s to go out and win this weekend against Buffalo.”
Tags: Darrell Bevell, Leslie Frazier
Posted in All, CJ Siewert | 9 Comments »