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Vikings Reach Final Step In Stadium Discussions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 14, 2011 – 3:16 pm

It’s been a busy – but positive – week in the pursuit to build a new publicly-owned, multi-purpose stadium in Arden Hills.

NFL.com’s Jason La Canfora is reporting that the NFL is concerned by the progress of the stadium initiative, so concerned that they are reportedly flying to Minnesota next week to to “assess the situation.”

On Tuesday, October 11, the Ramsey County Charter Commission voted against requiring a referendum in November 2012, an effort that would have delayed the stadium project for two years, costing over $100 million and preventing thousands of construction workers from getting back on the job. Just a day later, the Metropolitan Council and the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission (MSFC) released their findings from an analysis of the risks associated with this project. While the group’s focus was on the possible worst-case scenarios, the issues raised by the analysis have already been resolved or are in the process of being negotiated.

More importantly, one scenario showed an opportunity to save nearly $76 million on the project, and the study also confirmed off-site transportation improvements will cost $101 million, something the Vikings transportation experts have said for months.

With both the referendum discussion from the last several weeks and the Met Council study findings behind us, now is the time to move forward on this project.

“The sooner we begin the process, the better chance we have of mitigating any risks,” Vikings Owner/President Mark Wilf said in his Met Council response. “As importantly, moving forward now will also put thousands of construction trades workers back on the job and allow us to take advantage of low interest rates and material costs.”

The Vikings and Ramsey County stand ready to work with State leaders on a final package, including determining the State’s source of $300 million and resolving any remaining issues with the project.

What Can Vikings Fans Do To Help?
– Contract Legislative leaders by clicking here and tell them to support a Fall Special Stadium to ensure the Vikings long term future in Minnesota.
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– Stay informed on the issue by logging on to vikings.com and Minnesota Momentum, and also by clicking on the links below…

Bucking Stadium Doubts, Wilf says “Let’s get this done”
Vikings stadium proponents dismiss questions raised by study of Arden Hills site
Wilf says stadium issues are solvable
Panel clears obstacle for Vikings stadium project


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103 Responses to “Vikings Reach Final Step In Stadium Discussions”

  1. By teamkillin on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    radical.

  2. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    See, no worries

  3. By NoMorePCViruses on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    It’s all good! Work for 1000′s, better roads, later better stadium X 1000, and a much needed upgrade for Mpls St.Paul’s Image! git’r done!

  4. By jordan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Ok so im pretty stupid none of that made any since to me. lol does that mean were getting a new stadium?? someone please explain!

  5. By DRS on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Great news and sounds good to me, I see nothing new from the Legislative leaders who are trying to stall the new stadium to d-e-a-t-h so they can say they did not k-i-l-l it, the people did.

    All that remains is for the Legislative leaders to get off their a-s-s and vote a bill into law!

    People of MN please call your reps and turn up the h-e-a-t on them or say goodbye to your Vikings!

    11 games left.

  6. By DRS on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    jordan, no it means that the only thing holding up the new stadium is the government.

  7. By DRS on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Please, please, Please, call Dayton and get hi a-s-s on fire and call the Government back to get the stadium deal done. Please MN fans in MN call!

  8. By DRS on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    11 games left and the government is the only thing in the way of a new stadium!!! Call, Call, Call before it is too late. Even the NFL is worried.

  9. By DRS on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Now is the time for all good men to stand up and be acounted for in this time of need. Sounds great now get the bill in and past.

    SKOL Vikings.

  10. By DRS on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Love and peace one and all, good day.

  11. By DRS on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds great Mike W. I will keep hope until there is no hope left, 11 games left.

  12. By Titus on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    I am going to buy the metrodome once the Vikings vacate it.

  13. By mg on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    The Vikings need to wake up and look at all the options….the downtown site makes much more sense for all financially…especially minnesota taxpayers….Ziggy is not making any friends with his myway or the highway attitude.
    mg

  14. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Titus……renovate the washrooms.

  15. By Titus on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Nova, a friend who knows Bermuda said the roads are narrow and the drivers do not drive the posted speed limit– he said they drive crazy fast.

  16. By HawaiianBoy_VikingFan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    My friends and fellow Vikings Fans, if you live in Minnesota PLEASE get on your government officials and get this stadium bill done! Feeling helpless out here in Hawaii! haha

  17. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, from what I’ve read about your cycling exploits, fast is right up your alley. Anyway, I have driven those roads countless times without any problems. As a tourist, you have a special license plate and the locals usually give you a wide berth.

  18. By GM on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Land O’ Lakes Stadium baby!!!

    Home of the 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Superbowl Champions.

  19. By absaroka2 on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Go for Arden Hills! Has it sunk in to all the nay-sayers that unless they voice a strong opinion on the new stadium, they will be watching the Los Angeles Vikings!! How revolting!! We have got to keep them in Mn. Please, take a few minutes and write, call, e-mail or whatever it takes to contact your reps.,the Gov. etc.,etc. What about selling stock & shares? I’d buy a few $100 shares & so would a whole bunch of other folks! There has to be a few million die-hard fans dating back to 1961 and scattered all over the world! Many of them can afford to buy a few million shares! Wouldn’t everyone like to own a hunk of the Stadium? Once it’s paid for, we would all get yearly dividends! Win-Win? Ya Shore!! Go MINNESOTA Vikes.

  20. By GM on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    “The NFL has no interest in losing the Twin Cities, the country’s 15th-largest media market. The Vikings are an anchor franchise in the Upper Midwest, selling out every game since 1998. They attract the fourth-highest television ratings in the league, according to Nielsen.”

    -from the Pioneer Press

  21. By GM on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    They should start selling bricks. $1000 and you get a brick with your name on it, on a wall in the new Land ‘O Lakes Stadium forever.

  22. By Mike B. on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    It’s good to know that the NFL is concerned about the stadium deal. It’s been in the works for a long time. It should get done. The issue is there is a grass roots group trying to stop it. I think the orginization should do more not only to inform the Governor and Legislatures but also the voters in case a forced referendum occurs. Anyone can start a petition drive to stop the progress already made. If there is enough support by those in the area then these groups will die off with a wimper.

  23. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    I would buy 2 bricks. Are Bernard Berrian’s gloves available?

  24. By Mike B. on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    I put in my picks for this week and I picked the vikings over chicago. Goo Vikings. I like the match up as the Bears defense has had some issues and Culter has been taking heat all year. I think the key is really that we can keep sharp and McNabb can be at this top performance. We will see Sunday Night. Fire up the Faith Hill intro.

  25. By Mike B. on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    @Nova lol

  26. By Titus on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Vikings make a statement Sunday night. Then they surprise the Packers with an ambush at the dome. Carolina is the game I am most concerned about before the break– but I say we are 4-4 at the Bye.

  27. By Titus on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Nova– license plates on bicycles? Big visible ones? I can certainly bike ride in any traffic– the question is, will it be fun or will I be fighting traffic with little room on the roads? San Diego looks like they have lots of cycling trails– paved and by the ocean! I am spoiled here– we have lots of great paved, separate trails.

  28. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, every family is only allowed one car. Most people drive bikes or mopeds. The island’s pop. is only 50K. Maybe a little traffic at 9am in Hamilton, which is the capital city and consists of about 12 streets.Nothing like any major North American city. Keep to the left, enjoy the view and everybody will go by on your right.

  29. By GM on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    http://d.yimg.com/a/p/sp/ap/9b/fullj.3a237df106cbfdc667e36aae06371cdb/ap-201110121429521785436.jpg

  30. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    GM……the guy on the left looks like he just swallowed a rat!

  31. By HawaiianBoy_VikingFan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    This is why the fans of the greatest team in the NFL need to contact your governemnt and tell them to stop being a bunch of feet-dragging babies.

    http://bleacherreport.com/articles/894059-uphill-ppush-for-special-session-on-vikings-stadium

  32. By HawaiianBoy_VikingFan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Lets get a bill passed for Zygi! You know any other owner wouldnt put up nearly as much for a stadium as this man. JJ down in Dallas doesn’t count cuz he has an absurd amount of money anyway haha

  33. By Thomas A. on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    I am so glad we are getting closer to our new stadium and keeping our team in Minnesota!!! I am coming to the Packers game with my family, we are driving from western Nebraska. I can’t wait to watch the game in person!! I am a life long fan and will continue to support the Vikes through thick and thin!! Skol Vikes!!!!!

  34. By Shawn on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Said by Shawn in September:

    “Fred are you suggesting we should all sound like Bill Musgrave and say everyone is doing a good job?”

    Shawn also said that Starting with Spielman on down, everyone should feel responsible.

    NO, I do not know for sure who is mucking up the draft. However WE should look into it ! ! ! That is how the LIONs got into so much trouble just a few short years ago.

  35. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Keep up the progress. Vikings are Minnesota it would be insane to let them leave. Horrible things happen when great men do nothing.

  36. By Shawn on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Fred if your going to use my words use them in context …. the context of those sentences was … accountability, as in if a guy is not performing then sit him down.

    Im not sure why your pulling 1 sentence from a post and possibly trying to change its meaning ….

    I think the front office has done a godd job scouting … I think from Spielman down they need to have a spine and bench players who are not performing !!!

  37. By UsedtoPurpleFailure on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds like we are looking at the LA Vikings!

    Perhaps we will eventually get an expansion team as we did with the Wild. Maybe they’ll choose a more appropriate name for a Minnesota NFL team. Something like;
    - The Minnesota CHOKE! (my personal favorite) They could wear pink and white.
    - The Minnesota Fail! (Motto: Hope first round of the playoffs is good enough!)
    - The Minnesota Lame ducks. (motto: even our superstars fumble the big game away)

    Just sayin’

  38. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Not that politicans are great men.

  39. By Frederick Jones on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn,

    I apologize for using your text to make a statement. The words in parenthesis were word for word. The second paragraph, I went from memory. I do not think that I changed the meaning. If I did, sorry about that.

    The point I was trying to make is that we really think pretty much the same on the front office and their responsibility. They should be accountable just like the coaches and the quarterback.

    In many ways those at the top are MOST responsible.

  40. By Frederick Jones on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Mike Wobschall,

    I agree with you 100% that the fans do not know how the Vikings manage to make their genius decisions for the draft.

    Pray tell…how do they pick only 8 OLinemen in 9 years??? Perhaps my knowledge is lacking, don’t they use 5 guys on the Offensive Line?

    And then explain to US MORONs how NONE of those linemen are good NFL players?

  41. By Shawn on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Fred … your good people, and you have had many good ideas and arguments , Im with you on the OL in general but not about the draft. If you think Tice is the guilty party for 04-05 … Ill join

    But Spielman and Studwell came along in 06 and have had 2 RoY , Jared Allen and Chad Greenway …. I dont see anything wrong with that

    Plus Spielman brought in Hutch in 06 and drafted Sullivan and Loadholt

    I agree Loadholt isnt performing at a high level consistently but hes still 25 and starting in the NFL

  42. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Fred, if you keep asking those hard questions to Wobschall about the front office and the OL, we are sure to get another article about Jared Allen.

  43. By Shawn on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    also it really hard to know what OLmen are doing as a fan … unless they give up a sack the camera doesnt really follow them

    and there are no real ” OL ” stats …. the best you can do is say they blocked for a 1000 yard back or they havent allowed a sack or they dont have penalties

  44. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    If Wobschall’s house burnt down he would talk about how nice his rosebushes look.

  45. By Shawn on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    lol Nova …

  46. By Shawn on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    basically if an OL is good you dont notice them and if not …. Favre gets killed and Fred Jones goes on a rampage

  47. By Titus on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Nova, one that says–”One poked eye could not stop Allen’s quest for 100″ and then Mike will explain in 100 words to us how there is a “technical” and “actual” way to count the sacks because sacks in the playoffs do not count. Then it will be repeated and explained again with a breakdown of the numbers– 6.5 to go (100) if technical, or -1.25 if actual– and then a feel-good line– Allen already technically, I mean actually, no, technically, yes, actually, well, Allen seems to, appears to have hit 100 sacks as a Chief in 2005 if you include his pee wee play.

  48. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Titus, and then another article explaining it in Celcius instead of Farenheit.

  49. By Titus on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Nova, I think he might get confused. I could see a blog telling us the game time temperature in Chicago is 59 degrees Celsius.

  50. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    HAHAHAHA……….THE GOALPOSTS ARE MELTING !!!!!!!!!!!

  51. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Article by: MIKE KASZUBA, KEVIN DUCHSCHERE and RACHEL E. STASSEN-BERGER , Star Tribune Updated: October 14, 2011 – 10:33 PM
    “If we don’t act in some way … it’s unrealistic in my opinion to think that we are not going to face competition for the team,” said the governor, who set meetings for next week.

    Gov. Mark Dayton said Friday that National Football League Commissioner Roger Goodell told him Los Angeles’ desire for a football team makes it all the more important for Minnesota to resolve the Vikings stadium issue.

    Dayton said that no threats were lodged in Thursday’s conversation with Goodell, but the implications of no action were clear.

    “If we don’t act in some way and get a stadium project going, it’s unrealistic in my opinion to think that we are not going to face competition for the team in the near future,” Dayton said.

    The Vikings are one of several teams being mentioned as possibly relocating to Los Angeles, where there are competing proposals to build an NFL stadium.

    The governor’s comments capped a roller-coaster week for the controversial Vikings stadium project, which dodged a problematic referendum on Ramsey County’s proposed sales tax but was hit by a report suggesting that the team’s plans to build a $1.1 billion stadium in Arden Hills underestimated both the cost and the time needed to finish it.

    The governor said he plans to schedule meetings next week with legislative leaders, NFL officials and Vikings owner Zygi Wilf to expedite the project before a possible special legislative session yet this year

  52. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    The legislators who called for the referendum that would have stalled the process by at least 2 years and increased overall costs were republicans………….
    Dayton is not the one saying no……..he is a democrat. Only republicans say no to everything theses days.

  53. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    My God, I don’t know anything about the man, but your governor sounds like he should be operating the tilt-a-whirl at the amusement park.

  54. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds to me that he is moving this in the right direction.

  55. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    This has been put off far too long already.

  56. By NovaScotiaVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Of course, our Premier could take the second shift.

  57. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    you should see the other yahoos……..of course, everyone already knows one in the national spotlight…..

  58. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    2011′s version of Palin……..

  59. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    anyhoo.we better be on our toes for the Bears……

  60. By VeggasVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    They could save even more $$ if they let McNabb grade the property with his dirt throws.

  61. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    haha good one Vegas!

  62. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    could give new meaning to :McNabb tears up the field!

  63. By Titus on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    I just reread the article that started this blog– all second hand reporting, quotes from other sources. You would think the main writer for vikings.com would hit the ground and report directly from the source. It might help the process too, if a writer for the Vikings and not just local news was hounding the agencies and powers that be.

  64. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    plows down the field!

  65. By VeggasVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Thank you, just got off work. Everybody pumped for the game?? If we can put together some pass offense I think we got a shot at da bears.

  66. By Titus on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    I believe we will win our next two.

  67. By Titus on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Yes, I know who is coming after the Bears.

  68. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    McNabb will need to do more than throw dirt testicles!

  69. By VegasVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Ever the optimist Titus! Let’s not look too far forward, one game at a time.

  70. By VegasVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    I bet we’re the only fans in America that know what dirt testicles are lol. And I mean lol!

  71. By Titus on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    We will win from now on because of AAA and I don’t mean the auto club. As long as McNabb makes an occasional throw and does not turn the ball over, our triple A’s will win the game.

  72. By VegasVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Adrian, Allen, Aromashu (sp?)

  73. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Adrian
    Allen
    Aromashadeu?

  74. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    at least it won’t be cuz of AA……;-)

  75. By VegasVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Aroma-shady-a-shoe?

  76. By Rocksalt on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Aroma-Skidoo

  77. By VegasVike on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    It won’t let me post silly names for BB or McN…

  78. By Titus on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Sorry, I was reading a book– yes, those are the A’s I was thinking.

  79. By Frederick Jones on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    @Shawn,

    I have no doubt Michael W. Tice had a lot to do with the worst drafts in Minnesota Vikings history.

    I’m pretty sure he was not the only Viking Personnel involved.

    Perhaps Wiggen and Reichow are doing a bang up job as “consultants.”
    Little Freddie don’t not know.

    But somebody in that front office is messing up. Get rid of those guys and find somebody who won’t forget about OL and DB WHEN THOSE WERE our MAIN WEAKNESSES IN 2010 ! ! ! (How can they forget these things?)

    (I know you know that Shawn, I’m trying to attract attention from those who do not know it.)

  80. By Frederick Jones on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    Shawn,

    I enjoyed your post when you talked about Favre getting killed and Fred Jones going on a rant.

    Hey somebody has to do it.

  81. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 14, 2011 | Reply

    DA should file charges on McNugget for excessively beating the turf with his Testicles.

  82. By GM on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    There wouldn’t be a problem with the stadium funding if the government hadn’t spent us out of oblivion already. I would, however like to see some options on the table like…. LAND O” LAKES STADIUM BABY!!!!

  83. By Sir Greasy Panda on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    Im hoping the people of Minnesota jump on this and get a stadium done! I do not want the Vikings to come here to LA, I live here and the local fans are trash! I dream of making the pilgrimage out to the promised land to watch the Vikings play. I saw them in Pittsburgh back in 09 because my brother is a Steelers fan and they happened to play there but I want to go so bad and join my fellow Purple and Gold comrades!!! I do not own much but I would contribute with the little cash I have

  84. By Sir Greasy Panda on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    I understand people’s criticism of our front office in pursuing offensive linemen but I remember during the insane free agency period several bloggers upset that the vikings were not making any plays for free agents, except McNabb. I even remember the rage most of us felt for not trying to counter offer for Rice but when I look back at all the huge off season acquisitions no one in my mind jumps out as steals. The Philly “dream team” has the same record as us, the jets are 2-3, and the Pats that went after Ocho and Hanesworth have proved that even the “hoodie” makes mistakes. Sidney Rice has not produced in Seattle and it seems as if the way to go is to build through the draft. Obviously there were issues we had to resolve but there are limited amount of picks.

  85. By Sir Greasy Panda on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    Frazier’s first draft, I believe, went well. I cant wait to see what Ponder does when he gets his opportunity but Rudolph looks like he will eventually become a staple in our offense. And we did acquire Michael Jenkins and Aromashadu through free agency and they are producing at decent levels, better than the WRs we had on our roster coming into the season. Dont forget Frazier has been here for a while and those young guys are growing up before our eyes. Who else loves to see Fay Edwards not produce in Atlanta and Brian Robison racking up sacks? I do! Greenway is a beast, EJ when healthy is great, and Erin is playing solid ball. Not to mention our secondary is much improved from the last two seasons. Give it time gentlemen, give it time. This is a rough patch but we are on the right path

  86. By Sir Greasy Panda on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    Lets not forget, these guys that make personnel decisions this is their job, they study players. Obviously there is no exact science in football as to who will succeed and who will not but the Vikings had to pick QB with the first pick. Especially if thats the guy the Vikings thought would be the best player at that position. If they did not select on OL or a DB it is because there was not a player at the pick worth taking at that position. Why would we draft an OL or DB just to draft one? At a certain pick the Vikings have to decide whether there is a player at a need position worth taking at that spot if not take the next best player on our board.

  87. By sandiamond on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    SGP Vikings fans have long desired a high draft pick potential shut-down corner for many years going all the way back to the undersized dwayne washington. Trust me we would never just pick a DB just to draft one

  88. By sandiamond on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    testing

  89. By That Guy on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    I did my part. I’m not looking to return home Vikings-less. As we all know they are the greatest team in the league!!!!

  90. By ozzinator on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    @gm, great point!

  91. By Justin F on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    Here’s the thing about if the Vikings move. There has to be a vote among NFL owners approving of the move. 24 of the 32 have to say yes for the move to begin. In the last 20 years, there’s been one instance of owners voting No for a move, but the owner moved anyway. That instance was the LA Raiders in 1994. Al Davis sued the NFL to move them to Oakland and he prevailed. Here, it’s possible it could happen again.

    But I don’t think the Vikings move. I swear to god that Goodell said twice (last December and this past May) that they would contribute to the overall cost of the Stadium (how much we don’t know). It’s clear that the NFL would prefer not to have the Vikings move as it would be a pain in the a s s for them to alter the division. So in the end, the Vikings get the stadium and the fans will rejoice. The haters can burn in h e ll for all I care.

  92. By Don Dryden on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    What about a sliding roof, so that it will be a possibility of have a Super Bowl & many other worthwhile events, it also could add revenue & repay the citizens faster.

  93. By CanadianVF on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    I just do not understand why the Vikings would move to LA. The Rams left LA, and the Raiders went there and then back to Oakland. The LA market while huge has not had a team for a long time. They already have the 49rs, Chargers and Raiders in the state and a lot of good college teams. I would think that staying where they are would be much better than relocating,

  94. By Justin F on Oct 15, 2011 | Reply

    Agreed. LA could just move the Chargers down there. H e ll, Qualcomm stadium is much outdated than the Metrodome and they only live 150 miles from LA. The Vikings have to stay in the North.

  95. By Ted Brown 23 on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    Just e-mailed Gov. Dayton to voice my opinon on why we need to get this stadium done.

  96. By meat2eat on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    this coming week is going to be huge. I live in Bloomington and am jealous that this is going to be in Arden Hills. Gov Daytons current and only problem with the site is the cleanu may cost more than expected. I dont see why the Army Corps of Engineers cant step in for the cleanup, its their mess. Keep you eyes peeled this week going to be exciting. lets get this win so everyone can be fired up for the week

  97. By meat2eat on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    I want a decisive no let-up division win against the hated Bears today, just what we need for some stadium fuel in this very important week. Please lets get this done, ill be first in line for two season tickets

  98. By aranma2 on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    So we get a new stadium, vikings keep losing, EPA hasn’t done their job at the site, and after 5 maybe six years in the new stadium some numnut says we need a new stadium. Has any one considered the ramifications of tax payers paying for this idea? You don’t have to go very far to see what a lousy idea it is. Hey, I’m well aware it’s been going on for years and almost all new stadiums are tax payer owned.
    Two points: Jerry Jones bought his own. and Isn’t it funny that the owners won’t allow what happened in Green Bay to ever happening again but they have no problem spending yours and mine hard earned money on something they could pay for with pocket change.

    Just think of this: I could take my kids on a trip to Disneyland and take in a L.A. Vikings game on the same time. After all after they moved they won 2 superbowls in a row shortly after they got settled. (the afor mentioned didn’t really happen just my worped sense of humor. anythings possible) Go L.A. Vikings!!!!!

  99. By Moses on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    @aranma2…It would be a hudge mistake to move the Vikings to L.A. First of all I don’t believe there are enough Vikings fans their to support them and to full up the stadium let Minnesota has been doing for the past 10 years. Second of all the Vikings are a Minnesota team. You’ve already gotten our Lakers from us. Steel a NFL from a different city because the MINNESOTA Vikings arn’t going anywhere!

  100. By Rocksalt on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    FYI to those who think Jerry Jones funded his new stadium entirely:

    Originally estimated to cost $650 million, the stadium’s current construction cost was $1.15 billion,[14] making it one of the most expensive sports venues ever built. To aid Cowboys owner and general manager Jerry Jones in paying the construction costs of the new stadium, Arlington voters approved the increase of the city’s sales tax by 0.5 percent, the hotel occupancy tax by 2 percent, and car rental tax by 5 percent. The City of Arlington provided over $325 million (including interest) in bonds as funding,[14][15] and Jones covered any cost overruns. Also, the NFL provided the Cowboys with an additional $150 million loan, as per their policy for facilitating financing for the construction of new stadiums.[16]

    From Wikipedia

  101. By failed vikes fan on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    It doesnt matter if we get a stadium or not we will never have the loyal fan base needed for the NFL to “let” us win a Superbowl. maybe if we pull the wool back from our eyes we’ll start to see that the NFl is like any other Entertainment based program. if you don’t have the fans neither shall you have a championship.

  102. By failed vikes fan on Oct 16, 2011 | Reply

    we’ve failed as fans and a state to keep the vikings competitive and the NFL wont let you soon forget so have the state let save some money and let them move if we had a fan base we wouldve won a championship by now. just let it go and open your eyes money talks and BS walks….

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