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Call Your Legislators Today Regarding A New Vikings Stadium

Posted by Ryan Cardinal on May 17, 2011 – 9:45 am

As you know, last week Ramsey County and the Vikings announced an exciting partnership to build a new stadium on the former Twin Cities Army Ammunitions Plant (TCAAP) property in Arden Hills. This stadium vision provides for a new multi-purpose, retractable-roof facility, along with 21,000 parking spaces, on 260 acres located just 10 miles from the current Metrodome site.

On the heels of that announcement and with the 2011 Legislative Session set to end on May 23, we need you to contact your legislators now and let them know that passing a stadium bill is all that remains. While emails are great, personal calls are even more effective, so we have made it easy for you. Please call your elected officials today.

When calling, remember the following points:

  • The Vikings have done what State leaders have asked. The team found a strong local partner, secured a stadium site, committed a significant team contribution and developed a workable finance plan.
  • The Ramsey County-Vikings proposal is the best opportunity for the State, the County, the team and Vikings fans. The plan calls for nearly 40% of the retractable-roof stadium project costs to come from the Vikings and relies on those who use or benefit to cover the State’s piece. The site creates a “Vikings destination,” offers a typical day-long NFL experience for fans, and its close proximity to both downtown Minneapolis and St. Paul allows for major year-round events.
  • Off-site transportation issues should not be the reason this project does not move forward. The infrastructure needs at the site are necessary for the development and growth of the area regardless of whether or not a stadium is built. State leaders should work with the County and the team on these needs and costs.
  • The stadium project is estimated to support 13,000 full and part-time jobs, including 7,500 construction jobs during the three-year construction period. Nearly $300 million of the overall project costs will be wages for construction workers, who currently have an unemployment rate of nearly 20%, and approximately 95% of the total materials and labor costs are expected to go to local tradespeople in Minnesota.
  • The Vikings play an important role in the quality of life for many Minnesotans. Nearly 2.5 million Minnesotans follow Vikings games each Sunday, and we need to retain this cultural asset for future generations of fans.

Thank you for your support!


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15 Responses to “Call Your Legislators Today Regarding A New Vikings Stadium”

  1. By NovaScotiaVike on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    R.I.P. Harmon Killebrew, one of my all-time favorites and one of the all-time best. When he hit one, it was a no-doubter.

  2. By GOLDVIKE on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    GO VIKINGS!!!!!

  3. By Parody on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    I was listening to the radio this afternoon and heard that the previous stipends provided by the NFL for a new stadium were somewhere around $100M-$150M. That should go a long ways in convincing the state legislation to vote yes for a stadium. Hopefully they’ll grow some intelligence and vote yes on the issue before it’s too late. TIME’S RUNNING OUT!

  4. By fran on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Go Vikings, dont stop, new stadium in MN, new stadium in MN…GO! GO! GO!

  5. By Rick on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Just get it done already, oh and do what ever it takes to get Vincent Jackson being called East Dakota sounds really scary.

  6. By Frederick Jones on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    @Nova,

    Harmon Killebrew was one of my heros as well. In his prime it seemed like he hit a homer every other day. RIP

  7. By Frederick Jones on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Is Vikings.com being more picky today? It won’t let me write at all.

  8. By Rocksalt on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    yeah, I wrote something eralier and it did not include it

  9. By Rocksalt on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    GET THIS DEAL DONE! CALL WRITE YOUR LEGISLATIVE MONKEYS!

  10. By Rocksalt on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    AND TAKE CHILDRESS OFF OF THE PURPLE NAME THING PLEASE!

  11. By markfrom oregon on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Wake up legislaters,more job’s ,you have owners that are willing to put up alot of cash’ , a county has the perfect location..don’t let this get away ,I love coming home to minn.to see my team’s play…vikes..twins and do some fishing ,you don’t think I spend money go VIKE’S,RIGHT ON Zigi & Mark

  12. By DRS on May 17, 2011 | Reply

    Get it done, only days until it is too late. Vikings forever.

  13. By echo on May 27, 2011 | Reply

    Come on, it is true that Vikings has played an important role. Secondly, glad to hear the new project wil support many jobs and it will goes on.

  14. By mlblogsyankeeblogspot on Sep 17, 2011 | Reply

    So here is what I dont understand … I am tired of Rubes in this state that dont see the profit of a publicly funded stadium. A half a cent increase will increase the profitability of the area exponentially. It will increase team revenue, and increase the vikings experience for fans. Anyone that cant see this in minnesota needs to take their you betcha backwards flap hat wearing arse back to the iron range…. get with the program and the rest of the country

  15. By NoPCvirusesEverAgain! on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    GET IT DONE! The TC”s look weak with the dumprodome!

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