Vikings Stadium Bill Officially Introduced

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on April 11, 2011 – 5:21 pm

Great news Vikings fans! The long-anticipated stadium bill has officially been introduced and will now begin the committee path in the Minnesota House and Senate. The bill will first be introduced into the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee and in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee.

We are encouraging all Vikings fans to step up and say thank you to the legislators from both sides of the aisle who took the necessary step to author or co-author this bill.  Follow this link and with just a couple of clicks you can send one email to the following ten State leaders:

Bill Authors:

Senator Julie A. Rosen (R-Fairmont)

Representative Morrie Lanning (R-Moorhead)


Senator John M. Harrington (DFL-Saint Paul)

Senator Doug Magnus (R-Slayton)

Senator Linda Scheid (DFL-Brooklyn Park)

Representative Rod Hamilton (R-Mountain Lake)

Representative Joe Hoppe (R-Chaska)

Representative John Kreisel (R-Cottage Grove)

Representative Leon Lillie (DFL-North Saint Paul)

Representative Michael V. Nelson (DFL-Brooklyn Park)


Please take a quick moment to send out a personalized thank you email.


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39 Responses to “Vikings Stadium Bill Officially Introduced”

  1. By Parody on Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    Päid for by stätë with: 10% Sälës täx on Sport Mëmoräbiliä, pläyër incomë täxës (5% täx on äny Viking ëmployëë or opponënt pläying in thë städium who is ëärning $250,000/yëär or morë), luxury box täxës, sättëllitë tëlëvision täxës, täx ëxëmption on städium construction, propërty täx ëxëmption on städium, sports tëäm lottëry gämë. No bids ärë ällowëd to includë othër forms of rëvënuë. Thë stätë mäy älso crëätë & sëll gränts/bonds to hëlp päy for thë städium.

    Sitë locätion mäy ädd thë following to päy for städium: 0.5 % locäl sälës täx, 3% liquor täx, 3% lodging täx, 3% ëntërtäinmënt täx, $1 ädmissions täx on tickëts, 3% food & bëvërägë täx.

    Thë tëäm will contributë ä third ($1 of ëvëry $2 spënt by thë stätë) of thë ägrëëd upon construction cost. Thë tëäm will älso päy äll costs äbovë änd bëyond thë ägrëëd upon construction pricë (ovërruns). *This could cäusë ä problëm bëcäusë thë stätë gëts finäl säy on thë construction of änything thät will crëätë än ovërrun.

    Ëxcëss funds from thë construction täxës crëätëd for Tärgët Fiëld mäy bë usëd äs wëll.

    Thë tëäm këëps äll gämë-däy rëvënuës crëätëd by thë städium (lëss täxës) änd thë stätë gëts äll rëvënuës for äny othër ëvënt hëld thërëin.

    If thë tëäm is sold, ä dëclining rätë stärting ät 18% of thë sälë pricë, dropping 1.8% ëvëry yëär stärting from thë complëtion dätë of thë städium, will go towärds funding improvëmënts to thë städium.

    “14.23Thë äuthority shäll complëtë sitë sëlëction by Fëbruäry 15, 2012. Thë govërnor mäy by 14.24proclämätion ëxtënd this dëädlinë for ä përiod not to ëxcëëd 90 däys.”

    Stätë ässumës äll rights of mänägëmënt, mäintënäncë änd improvëmënt to thë städium. Thë städium will nëvër ällow smoking.

    Ä 40-yëär lëäsë will bë signëd for thë nëw städium, këëping thë Vikings in MN for 40-yëärs äftër thë construction.

    Thë stätë gëts äccëss to äll of thë tëäm’s finänciäl info.

    Thë stätë rëtäins thë rights to thë tëäm nämë, rëcords, logo, colors, history, trophiës, ëtc.

    Thë stätë rëtäins äll äuthority änd profits of thë näming rights to thë städium.

    Thë städium bill will not bë äpprovëd until thë ënd of thë läbor disputë.

  2. By Parody on Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    The previous comment is a layout of the major points made by the bill, as I saw them while reading through it.

    The bill was very long, so I figured it would make things a lot easier if everyone could see all the major points condensed into one area.

    Please forgive me for all the strange looking a’s and e’s. The initial post wasn’t being accepted, and I didn’t want to dig through that long posting to find where the “cuss” word(s) was/were, so I used MSWord to complete a find and replace for these vowels instead.

  3. By Ryan on Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks. Let’s get this stadium built. I’m a season ticket holder and don’t want to have to spend that money elsewhere.

  4. By Alex Baumann on Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you so much for helping progress the stadium building process. Let’s get this stadium built!

  5. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, DRS, and Shawn,

    You guys do a great job getting this kind of information out to us bloggers.

    Thank you.

  6. By Frederick Jones on Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    I just sent my thank you letter out to the authors of the stadium bill.

    Did you send yours?

    It’s easier than doing taxes!!!

  7. By Titus on Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you can be sent when the bill is passed and the stadium becomes a reality. We have a long way to go — this bill will be hashed, rehashed, changed, revised, argued over, and finally somewhere in the future, it might be passed, but it won’t look like it does now.

  8. By Titus on Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    AT least we are making some progress. Takes the Republicans to show the way– they understand the work ethic.

  9. By Parody on Apr 11, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus – It doesn’t hurt to send it out. It shows that we, the Minnesota taxpayers, support the state getting a stadium built. Right now there appears to be a lot of opposition to a stadium because of the state deficit, so we need to show the people in control as much support for getting things moving as we can.

  10. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Hurry up and P@ SS it. Vikes need to stay in Minnesota. When it p@ ss I will walk up to the authors of the bill and thank them for saving the Vikes.

  11. By Shawn on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    @parody … should we start giving trophies and congratulations to the winner of the first quater in a football game?

    Im pretty sure I could type up a bill for Senate, I wont say it will be as well written or even include all the details … but I surely could type one up

    they dont deserve any thanks yet, I hope one day they will but to thank them now and find out in January the Vikings are moving would really pi’ss me off

  12. By Bigfan1 on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    From the fans to the politicians, we appreciate it.

  13. By Bryan on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    I e-mailed my state district leaders on Friday urging them to accept the stadium plan. And actually got e-mails back from them thanking me about my concerns. LET”S GET THIS DONE!!!

  14. By Gerald on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    If only we drafted rodgers in the 2005 draft we would of had a franchise qb instead we had bust. I don’t get why this team keeps ignoring the qb position in the first round year after year. We have to take a risk on a qb instead of worrying he will be a bust.

  15. By purplepat on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    I am a Vikings season ticket owner who lives in Ohio.

    While I understand that the public MUST contribute something towards the cost of a new stadium, I find it hard to believe that the Viking ticket buying public will only pay a $1 admissions tax per ticket toward the cost of the new stadium. For a 70,000 seat stadium, that will only generate about $700K (though I would assume all events held in the facility would be subject to the same tax). Why not a $10 per ticket tax on all Vikings tickets? That would generate $7 million per season from the very customers who benefit most from the Vikings getting a new stadium.

    I think most Vikings ticket holders understand the price of going to a game is likely to go up as a result of a new stadium. Check the price of tickets for Dallas or New England if you want to see what some other fans are having to pony up for seats. What’s an extra $10 to someone already paying $120 a ticket (lower deck between the 20s), or at the other end of the spectrum, someone that is already paying less than $60 a ticket (which is probably most of the upper deck)?

    I’m sure the Wilfs will try to wring more profit out of the general ticket buying public as well (through ticket price increases and perhaps PSLs), but it makes sense for the taxpayer to have the people that can afford to see a live Vikings game pony up more than a little for something they will derive the most benefit from.

  16. By Titus on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    I will say thank you once the shovel hits the property and construction begins. I am with you, Shawn.

  17. By Parody on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    I’m just saying that even if you think it’s too early to thank them, it still can help the cause if you only go in and send a message encouraging them to get this bill passed. Send a message of support showing that we want this stadium regardless of the turmoil that the state is currently in.

    Just think about it, when you’re running behind schedule on a project and you finally complete the first step in getting it done, what message from your boss will be more encouraging and make you want to complete it?

    It’s looking nice, now let’s keep on moving and get it done right.


    What the fück is taking you so long? Do you really think I care that you FINALLY have a plan in place? We have a deadline to meet and you’re not even close! Do you see that clock ticking!?!? GET MOVING ALREADY!!!

    Personally I’d much rather hear the first message, especially if I’m going to be hearing it from 4-million people. Of course the majority of what they’re hearing right now, from my understanding is “we’re in a 5-billion dollar hole and you want to give a stadium to a billionaire? Are you out of your mind?” This is from the ignorant massès that don’t really understand the total benefits that a stadium would create for the state. We need to show them that we’re not all that ignorant.

  18. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, Parody is right.

    Here is your opportunity to help get this thing done.

    You can give your 2 cents worth to the bill writers and HELP them get it passed.

    Titus, I am surprised you passed on this, you are better than that.
    Standing by being passive won’t help anyone.
    It is easy to do, just have a little patience with they way they have
    got it set up! Roll Away The Stone!!!

  19. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    _____ Joe Webb completed 60.7% of his 89 pa sses last year.

  20. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Fans will begin calling Joe Webb,
    Joe Willie Webb.

    Webb will be the second Joe to lead the Vikings to the Super Bowl ! ! !

    I am just telling you the truth ahead of time !

  21. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Joe Willie Webb or JWW.

  22. By Frederick Jones on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Get behind Joe or risk being called a naysayer.

  23. By Parody on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    That’s right. Nay-sayers are for Colts and Broncos fans!

  24. By Lance on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    AP made the final 4. We need to vote everyday and also maybe against rogers as well :P

  25. By Titus on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Anyone see the weather on Friday? Snow.

  26. By Titus on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    I may move before the Vikings return to the big dance.

  27. By Titus on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, you are right. Need to live with an attitude of gratitude.

  28. By Rogerthevikefan on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    Joe Webb will be the most electrifying man in football. He is like a cross between M. Vick and Big Ben. Skillwise. Plus he just seems to love the game.

  29. By lolvikingsrock on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    im glad there making a new stadium i just wish it could be a outdoor stadium viking football belongs outdoors

  30. By lolvikingsrock on Apr 12, 2011 | Reply

    im glad but i wish the stadium was an outdoor one

  31. By Vikeman57 on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s get this deal done so we can move on to a new stadium which should bring a new attitude to the viking team, the fans, and finally be fired up to claim fame by bring home the Super Bowl trophy to where it belongs. Let’s Go Vikes….

  32. By DRS on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply–_a_close_look_at_its_details

    The bill would allow this new Stadium Authority to inspect “audited financial statements of the team” annually. Love the idea. All teams that get public funding for their stadiums should have to do that. But the NFL won’t even show its books to its players during the ongoing lockout. When the Vikings sold naming rights and made it “Mall of America Field,” the team wouldn’t share that with the Sports Facilities Commission.

    The chances of the Vikings and NFL agreeing to opening their books – even confidentially – to the new stadium board is somewhere below zero. But asking never hurts.

    • One other thing: Have we heard from Zygi Wilf or Marc Wilf that they really want to be here? (NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell said that, but that was a few months back.) Have we heard that all the controversy and wheeling and dealing soon to unfold will be worth it? Have they disclosed to anyone any “secret” deals or agreements they may have with any potential buyers in Los Angeles or elsewhere? Let’s get them on the record.

    Sen. Julie Rosen and Rep. Morrie Lanning, the lead stadium lawmakers, should be applauded for trying. Kudos for bravery. In a statement, they said last week, “We are ready to get the stadium conversation started.”

    That’s all that SF 1164 is. A start, but not a serious one.

    ( to all what do you think?)

  33. By DRS on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    MinnPost’s Jay Weiner has covered sports facilities issues in the Twin Cities since 1993 and the demise of Met Center and public buyout of Target Center. He is the author of “Stadium Games: Fifty Years of Big League Greed and Bush League Boondoggles,” University of Minnesota Press, 2000.

  34. By DRS on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    The long-anticipated stadium bill was officially introduced on Monday, April 11, and is now set to begin the committee path in the Minnesota House and Senate. Following the Easter/Passover break, the bill will first be heard in the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee and in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee

  35. By DRS on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    The long-anticipated stadium bill was officially introduced on Monday, April 11, and is now set to begin the committee path in the Minnesota House and Senate. Following the Easter/Passover break, the bill will first be heard in the Senate Local Government and Elections Committee and in the House Government Operations and Elections Committee

  36. By DRS on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry missed the site address.

  37. By DRS on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s the full text of the St. Paul chamber’s letter:

    “Dear Commissioners:

    The Saint Paul Area Chamber of Commerce strongly supports Ramsey County’s efforts to work with the Minnesota Vikings on finding a stadium solution. We commend Ramsey County for its leadership.

    The Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant (TCAAP) in Arden Hills has remained unused for over 40 years. We believe that redevelopment of the TCAAP site will have profound economic benefits for our region as a whole. We further believe this site presents the State of Minnesota with a viable stadium solution that will lead to increased economic activity in the form of job creation, commercial development, and increased tax revenues. In short, we are pleased to see that Ramsey County has emerged as the leader in working with the Vikings.

    We look forward to learning more about financial details of this project.”

  38. By DRS on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    On KFAN radio this morning with Paul Allen and Paul Charchian, Vikings Vice President of Public Relations and Stadium Development Lester Bagley said the Arden Hills TCAAP site is a viable site for a stadium.

    “It is a viable site and it is something. There’s some leaders up there that have brought it to our attention and invited us up over the last several months. This summer we went up and one of Mr. Wilf’s real estate folks came up and took a hard look, and looked at the property from from all different angles, took a tour of it, talked to the leadership up there. It is a viable site, there’s no question about that,” said Lester Bagley. “But this issue, it’s more than just about the site, it’s also about the financial support and is there a way to put a package together up there, and I think the leadership up there working on it are trying to come up with some ideas, so we’re open to it but more work needs to be done, for sure.”

    Besides racino, Bagley indicated they would start with user based financing to fund the stadium. These would include items like lottery, jersey tax, and hospitality taxes. He was not so sure about personal seat licenses though, and did not sound like those would be pursued or have a good chance of working here

  39. By DRS on Apr 13, 2011 | Reply

    Have to go, God bless you all.

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