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Vikings Fans are Weighing in on Stadium Efforts

Posted by Mike Wobschall on June 28, 2011 – 10:36 am

Vikings Stadium Development/Grassroots Coordinator Eric Durkee checks in with this blog entry regarding the Vikings on-going push for a new stadium in Arden Hills:

As the Vikings continue to work with Governor Dayton, legislative leaders, and Ramsey County on developing final legislation to build a new stadium in Arden Hills, the team’s biggest supporters continue to weigh in on the public conversation surrounding the issue.

Shortly after a Shoreview city councilman posted an online petition against a new stadium in Arden Hills, Vikings fans countered with their own petition in support of the plan. Despite the councilman’s petition receiving media coverage from outlets like the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the St. Paul Pioneer Press and ESPN.com, Vikings fans’ support of the plan that creates jobs and secures the team in Minnesota has clearly outpaced opponents. In only five days, the fan petition has over 5,400 signatures and continues to climb every hour. You can view and sign the petition here.

Grassroots efforts such as this truly show how passionate Vikings fans are about keeping their team in Minnesota and seeing a new stadium become a reality. And given that the Vikings still believe when the budget issue is resolved, new stadium legislation will also be heard during a Special Session, these efforts could not come at a better time.


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21 Responses to “Vikings Fans are Weighing in on Stadium Efforts”

  1. By derek dehmer on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    PLEASE BUILT OUTDOOR SO WE CAN ALWAY UPGRADE IN FUTURE INSTEAD TEARING DOWN THE WHOLE STADIUM COST MORE MONEY AND A LOT OF REPAIR. PLEASE PLEASE OUTDOOR WOULD BE BEST OPTION FOR MINNESOTA WEATHER AND WE ALWAY CAN USE METRODOME FOR WINTER EVENT AND OUTDOOR STADIUM FOR SUMMER EVENT AND FOOTBALL

  2. By DRS on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, how about getting the Vikings to set up a stadium account that the Minnesota fans can donate funds to go towards the new stadium and the surrounding roads and such? I would donate a few $$$

  3. By DRS on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    derek dehmer, the state wants a roof, and the Vikings do not want that abomination of a dome. The Vikings would like an open air stadium but the state of Minnesota wants a so called multi use stadium. One must wonder why they did not require that of the Twinkies, (Twins).

  4. By kevinwi on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    Way to go everyone…especially SaveTheVikes.org, VIKINGSSTADIUM AND MNMOMENTUM and the members of VikingsFanPage who have pushed back hard with this petition.

  5. By Shawn on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    I signed …

  6. By Jamie Doil on Jun 28, 2011 | Reply

    I cannot believe the state legislators cannot see the MASSIVE amount of money the state would lose if the Vikings leave Minnesota. Too many people are only looking at the cost of the stadium and roads—what about the money the Vikings bring into the state? Can Minnesota afford to lose that money? Are the legislators trying to shoot themselves in the foot? And answer this question—how much tax money is the abandoned Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant generating? Building a stadium there is killing two birds with one stone—establishing a tax generating facility and getting rid of an unused eye-sore at the same time. Come on people, this isn’t rocket science.

  7. By Scott on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    DRS, Target Field is a smaller venue, cost about half of what Vikings Staduim will and the state put $0 into it’s construction. A Hennepin County sales tax increase paid for 2/3 of the cost while the Twins paid the remaining 1/3. The Vikings need the state to help with construction costs, and the state will not pass legislation authorizing $300M to go to a venue they cannot use year round, it just won’t happen.

    That said, petition signed. I just hope our legislators are listening…

  8. By Spaldinator on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    I am from out-of-state, and I am excited about the vacation possibilities that would open up if a stadium were built in Arden Hills. I could bring my family and stay in a nearby hotel over the weekend. We could shop, see the sights, and catch the game on Sunday before heading home. It would be a shame to lose the opportunity to capture tourism dollars if this does not pass, so I echo Jamie Doll’s comments.

  9. By Tom ebaugh on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Build it they will come

  10. By Parody on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Scott – It’s the state that is demanding a roof on the stadium. The Vikings have stated that they’d prefer to have it an open field. Without a roof the cost would be significantly lower, and there’d be a good chance that they wouldn’t need any state funding after the money already committed by the team and the county (which I believe is something in the range of $700m). The only thing that the state would need to fund then is the road construction, which is something that they need to do whether or not a stadium is built!

  11. By Carl B on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    The legislator is nothing but a bunch of crooks. The only time they fund a project is when they aregetting some sort of kick back. I agree with a previous statement the cost that the Vikings are asking the state to encure would be nothing next to the revenue generated by the stadium built not to mention all the buisnesses that would profit in turn creating more jobs. These bozo’s in the legislature know that they cant afford to let the Vikings leave town because that would mean career suiside for alot of them.

  12. By Scott on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Parody, You are correct however, the state also has to approve the project, which they will not do if it does not have a roof.

  13. By markfrom oregon on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    i’ve been a viking fan all my life,I come back to see them play twice a year ,I grew up in minn and nd …you lost the northstar’s .what did you do! THE WILD …. YOU NEED JOB’S for once this team has the right ownership group,they have done everything that has been asked of them ..this stadium will be used for all sport’s group’s of minn, not just the viking’s time’s are tough everywhere.put people to work ,,the $$$ it will bring into the state will be huge ,i’m lookin forward to coming back and spending time with friends and spend my money , PLEASE BUILD THE STADIUM..I use to tail gate with my dad at the old met.i’t was such a blast.. GO VIKE’S

  14. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    I signed

  15. By DRS on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    Scott, that is my point, it is the state that is hindering the new stadium, and why did they not require the roof on the Twinkies, (Twins), stadium, why ask it of the Vikings if they did not ask it of the Twins?

  16. By Smith on Jun 29, 2011 | Reply

    CA is nice this time of year … and through out the winter as well.

  17. By NYVIKING on Jun 30, 2011 | Reply

    If you build it they will come. The dome is a dump. What choice does the state have? Get your popcorn ready!

  18. By Parody on Jun 30, 2011 | Reply

    @NYVIKING – That’s just the problem though, the STATE’S decision. They don’t know HOW to make one. The ball is in their court, basket is wide open, clock ticking down to zero and you just have to decide whether to shoot for the score or jump up and try to dunk it. There’s a chance that you miss either way, but doing nothing is going to seal the loss no matter what!

  19. By BleedingPurpleinAlaska! on Jul 1, 2011 | Reply

    I would like to Just ask a question. If the Vikings built the stadium without funds from the state, wouldn’t they be able to charge rent fees from anyone that wanted to use it and make a bigger profit in the end? Maybe Zig could work that issue and leave the state out altogether!

  20. By ROBERT on Jul 6, 2011 | Reply

    ITS TIME FOR VIKINGS TO MOVE TO CALIFORNIA THERE WON’T TAX PAYERS MONEY THEY ARE GOT BACKING FOR A NEW STADIUM AND THERE VIKINGS FAN CALIFORNIA IF OWNER SHOULD TALK TO THE BACKERS IT WILL RIGHT NEXT TO STAPLES CENTER

  21. By embalming guy on Jul 12, 2011 | Reply

    I agree about moving to California, I will volunteer my time and help them back. The state has no money. If the Wilf family is so smart….what part of NO MONEY don’t they understand. I live in Ramsey County and I for one to not appreciate that my sales tax would increase. If the stadium will be such a financial success why is public money needed? Maybe the Wilf family are greedy. You know, this state has rape laws and what the Wilf Brothers are proposing for the taxers payers of Minnesota and Ramsey County is considered rape. In case you didn’t know Wilf Brothers, Califprnia has better weather for an outdoor stadium. Let’s get those moving vans rolling………

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