There’s a seemingly endless list of reasons a new football/multi-use stadium is needed in Minnesota, and Joe Fortenbaugh of the website www.nationalfootballpost.com has weighed in and provided yet another reason to add to the list.
In a recent item on the website, Fortenbaugh ranks all 31 NFL stadiums (there are 31 stadiums because the NY Giants and NY Jets share a venue) with a criteria that includes architecture, fans, history, location and weather. The venue in which the Vikings play their home games – Mall of America Field at the HHH Metrodome – unsurprisingly ranked 31 out of 31 in Fortenbaugh’s rankings.
Any of you who’ve been to a Vikings game recently will likely agree that the Metrodome belongs near or at the bottom of these types of rankings. And any of you who’ve been to a Vikings home game recently AND a game in any other NFL venue will surely agree that the Metrodome belongs at the bottom.
The Metrodome’s concourses are too narrow, the luxury suites are too few, parking/tailgating is not ideal, premium seating has improved over the years but is subpar, technology is lacking, etc. The fans who attend the games do a great job of making the atmosphere electric, but I know those fans could do just as good and even a better job in a new venue.
Many of you who choose to come to vikings.com and read/watch our content probably already support the idea of a new football/multi-use stadium in Minnesota. But these rankings only fortify our opinion. And for those of you who are still sitting on the fence or actually oppose a new venue, it’s only going to become more difficult to support that position with rankings such as these and also stories such as these. The link in the previous sentence takes you to another story on nationalfootballpost.com with a headline that reads “Vikings took a hit at the ticket window in ’10” and an opening sentence that reads “Need more hard evidence the Minnesota Vikings could really use a new stadium?”
There’s really not much else to say on this issue, but there is lots more work to do. And you as fans can help. Go to www.minnesotamomentum.com to find out how you can help. One of the best ways to help is to contact your legislators and let them know how you feel on the issue.
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