Vikings Fans Gather to Support Stadium Efforts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on April 19, 2011 – 2:10 pm

As State leaders head back home for the Easter/Passover recess, Vikings fans are busy preparing for the stadium discussions set to take place over the final five weeks of the 2011 Legislative Session.

In an event organized by, nearly 70 Vikings fans gathered at Joe Senser’s in Bloomington on Monday night to enjoy free appetizers and giveaways, including an autographed football and Vikings Draft Party tickets. founder Cory Merrifield opened the night discussing the importance of contacting legislators and getting involved in the stadium efforts during the final five weeks of the Session.

Merrifield was followed by Vikings legend “Benchwarmer” Bob Lurtsema, who entertained the crowd with his Vikings memories while focusing on the history of the franchise in Minnesota. Vikings Assistant Director of Public Affairs Jeff Anderson spoke on behalf of the organization, thanking the fans for their continued involvement in the stadium efforts.

“We’re appreciative of the SavetheVikes crew and all of our supporters who are involved in the stadium efforts,” said Anderson. “We can’t do this without our fans. Thus far they have been very vocal, and we need them to continue to weigh in with their elected leaders over the last five weeks of the session.”

Similar events in Maple Grove and Stillwater are scheduled for Tuesday and Wednesday night, and Vikings fans are encouraged to attend.

 Tuesday, April 19
Champp’s – Maple Grove
6:00-8:00 p.m.
13521 80th Circle N.
Maple Grove, MN

Wednesday, April 20
Buffalo Wild Wings – Stillwater
6:00-8:00 p.m.
5991 Norwich Avenue N.
Oak Park Heights, MN

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11 Responses to “Vikings Fans Gather to Support Stadium Efforts”

  1. By Frederick Jones on Apr 19, 2011 | Reply is certainly something that is needed. 70 fans is a start, but we might need more than that to really make an impact. Legislators are really draging there feet when it comes to the new stadium.

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


    Regarding Singletary: The Vikings could relive the days when Mike and Leslie were on the 1985 Bears. Da Bears.

    How would the Bears do against the Giants? The Bears would win 45-14. Ya, that was just Ditka by himself, if he woulda brought the team, it woulda been much worse…you know. Ya, Da Bears.

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

    Maybe they could just have Singletary take out the Packers QB before the game starts! That would cool their jets!

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

    @Old School,

    Yeah it’s true, the Vikings have had one of the worst secondaries in NFL history, most of the last 3-4 years.

    In the paaasss – happy NFL, you must be able to rush the quarterback AND have a secondary that can actually guard somebody.

  5. By AP on Apr 19, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings will sign another leftover turd in mcnabb, and will draft costonzo in the first round 2nd round will be a defensive end.

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

    Well, that might not be that bad to get McNabb. Perhaps he has one great year left, just like Favre. Then picking up a couple good linemen would be wonderful.

    We still might not have anyone to stay within a ten yards of any receiver, but maybe Chris Cook will comeback well from his injury.

  7. By SKOLT on Apr 19, 2011 | Reply

    Reply to Fredrick….. SaveTheVikes has 10’s of thousands of fans in its membership, and they have been emailing MN legislators to tell them to ET THIS STADIUM DONE, NOW !!
    The 70 wer just those who attended a quickly organized fan event Monday nite. ALL Viking fans who aren’t registeded, should do so on, on, Once there, on the “Huddle Up Secton” you can easily find out who your legislators are, and get theri email address & phone #s. to use to contact them, to tell them this same message. Please do so Now Fredrick!! If you are even more gung ho, set up a face to face meeting with them to say this in person. It is very possible to do this, as I have spoken to 9 of them (and counting) to tell them exactly that. We need as many of us as possible, to do this.

    Thanks for your support!
    VWO Capt
    Fan Advocate/QB with

  8. By Jessica on Apr 20, 2011 | Reply

    I have been gettin my friends and family to email legislature, please everyone, do the SAME!

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

    Well, I did email legistature already via this blog.

  10. By Bloomington Luxury on Apr 20, 2011 | Reply

    Yeah, Jessica I have also done email legislature after reading this post and viewing your comments. I do think that legislature should take the responsibility of it.

  11. By Odin2012 on Apr 21, 2011 | Reply

    I know that times are tough all over this great country of ours! The great thing about that is that we as great people of this country, always seem to find ways to overcome bad situations! The legislature and the city, businesses and people of Minnesota need to realize that by not investing some money up front to support OUR Vikings Stadium, is going to back the City, State and everyone involved in the community way up! By an initial investment, the Vikes stay, the fans are happy and in the future evryone that owns a business in and around Minnesota will feel the positive effects! I am not a resident of Minnesota, but I live close enough and am a LIFE LONG Vikes fan! I make a medium wage in the 40’s. But come football season, I spend a good share of my entertainment dollars on the Vikes! I travel several times to the Cities each year with my family and friends! We spend money! And if I had more money, I would spend even more there!!! That is because I am a True Fan!!! But If the Vikings move! Well, I will loose all respect! Even the Bars and Taverns in and around the area win when the Vikings play!!! Win or Loose!!! GO VIKES!!!!!

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