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Posted by Mike Wobschall on February 15, 2011 – 2:04 pm

In my estimation there are 3 significant issues surrounding the Vikings right now that should capture fans’ attention. The Collective Bargaining Agreement (CBA) and upcoming NFL draft are a couple. The other is the status of the new stadium issue, which has been a frequent subject in news headlines recently.

So what is the latest on this front? That’s a loaded question and one that requires a complex and difficult answer. So let’s keep it simple and focus on recent events.

Earlier this week the Vikings sent a non-exclusive and non-binding letter of intent to Ramsey County expressing interest in a potential partnership in redeveloping the former Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) property in the City of Arden Hills as a potential stadium site.

More importantly, though, is what happened on Tuesday. The 7-member Ramsey County Board of Commissioners took a necessary and important step in the stadium issue by passing overwhelmingly (by a 6-1 vote) a resolution that allows the Ramsey County manager to move forward and complete the due diligence required to begin negotiations with the Vikings to build a publicly-owned stadium at the TCAAP property.

Basically, both the Vikings and the Ramsey County Board of Commissioners believe that the TCAAP property has great potential for a new stadium site and therefore both parties are willing to explore the viability of this idea.

“The breadth of our responsibilities runs the gamut,” said Commissioner Jim McDonough prior to Tuesday’s vote. “It’s important for us to work on this opportunity to say, ‘Yes, it’s good for Ramsey County,’ or ‘No, let’s move on.’ We need to invest some time and some energy on this.”

The decision was a “Yes” and now the process will continue to progress, which is good news for Vikings fans.

“Today’s vote was a very positive development on the stadium front,” said Vikings VP of Public Affairs and Stadium Development Lester Bagley. “We believe the TCAAP property is a viable site. We greatly value our relationships with the Ramsey County Commissioners and County staff, and we look forward to those continuing.”

Bagley went on to say: “This is moving in the right direction. We’re going to have a good, hard run at it this year and we’re encouraged by the progress and the leadership of the Governor (Mark Dayton), (Chair of the Minneapolis Sports Facilities Commission) Ted Mondale and Republicans in the Legislature, particularly Senator Julie Rosen and Representative Morrie Lanning. It’s a bi-partisan effort and we’re trying to push the pieces forward and move into a position where we can tie them together in the not-too-distant future.”


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22 Responses to “New Stadium Update”

  1. By Flamcake on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    THANK GOD! Do the Lotto ticket thing, I will gamble WAY more if it goes to the Vikes! SKOL MINNESOTA Viking!

  2. By Frederick Jones on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    TCAAP would be great for me. What happens if the Gov. needs ammunitions?

  3. By Will J. on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    what a pro

  4. By AlldayEveryday on Feb 15, 2011 | Reply

    WAIT!!!!!! Didn’t they blow up bombs there!!! Lets hope the vikings DON’T!!!!!!!!

  5. By Frederick Jones on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    I guess you could say the new stadium is DA BOMB!

  6. By Rocksalt on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    The munitions site is not currently being used…….and most of the national guard will be shipped out to support our military in one or another of any given middle east oil wars……

    Since 2001, the US government (our tax dollars) has spent over 6 trillion dollars on the War in Iraq…….for basically nothing.

    So I say it is about time that our tax dollars go to something useful, like the new stadium.

  7. By Digger on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Have followed stadium plans for years. I don’t really care where it gets built, lets just get r done. The ramsey site would be fine by me but my only concern is infrastructure. It would need to be re done which means even more money than just a stadium. The dome site already has the infrastructure so does the site by target field. just saying

  8. By IllinoisVikingsFan on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    I think the metrodome site is still where it’s going to wind up, but I’ll take it anywhere obviously. Remember we’ve got about a year left, and it looks promising that Minnesota politicians want them to stay. I wish Target would step up and help fund a new stadium. or Best Buy. We’ll see though.

  9. By LAVikes on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    I still don’t hear any firm commitments, no solid plans to do anything but talk about it some more.

    Don’t be surprised if this blows up in your face. Get it, blows up in your face, ammo dump.

    C U N LA suckers.

  10. By ohiovikesfan on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Why doesn’t 3M follow Targets suit and build a stadium for the Vikes, heck even General Mills could afford it.

  11. By U of M student on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    The University of Minnesota debate team wants to hold a debate about the new stadium. Lester Bagley could speak and it would be well attended, bring attention to the issue and inspire community input. Thoughts?

  12. By LAVikes on Feb 16, 2011 | Reply

    Another day closer to moving.

  13. By John on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    man thats good news and its a old place i doubt theres ammo there so vikings new stadium and la can go steal a different team wooo haaa go vikes

  14. By John on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    LA Vikes go somewhere u loser nobodys leaving minnesota u can go to san fran san diego or oakland if u really wanna watch football lame

  15. By nightdog on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Here is my question: Where do the vikings play while the new stadium is being built? I hope it is in the Metrodome. We fix the roof and lease it for 3 more years right?

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  16. By LAVikes on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Oh never mind my negativity, I guess I am an idiot.

  17. By LAVikes on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Sometimes I just choose to be stupid, I know dam well the Vikings will never leave.

  18. By Justin F on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah you are stupid, LAVikes. Glad you admitted to it.

  19. By Justin F on Feb 17, 2011 | Reply

    @nightdog

    Most likely at TCF Bank stadium if weather permits.

  20. By Dan on Feb 20, 2011 | Reply

    TCF Bank Stadiom would not be a good venue for the Vikes to play at while the new stafium is being built. It only holds about 50,000 people and it would require some major updates just to host winter games.

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