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Another Step Forward In Stadium Issue

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 17, 2011 – 7:11 pm

We mentioned on Sunday morning that this week would be a big week on the stadium front in Minnesota. And the action began right away on Monday afternoon, with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton holding a press conference at the State Capitol to announce his intention to call a special session in November.

The key word in the above paragraph is “intention.” Governor Dayton has not called a special session as of right now, but he indicated he would do so if progress can be made on a stadium proposal. An agreement must be reached between lawmakers and the Governor that limits the scope of the special session to the stadium topic and, specifically, to the financing package.

The framework of the financial package has been determined – the State will contribute $300 million, Ramsey County will pitch in $350 million, and the Vikings will pay the rest, including cost over-runs and operating expenses.

The point of the Governor’s announcement on Monday, which also included a potential start date of November 21, was to put this issue squarely in focus and have all sides “put your cards on the table.”

“We’re very grateful and appreciative of Governor Dayton and State leaders having serious discussions on this issue,” Vikings Vice President of Public Affairs/Stadium Development Lester Bagley said on Monday.

Governor Dayton has informed NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell of his intention to call a special session and asked for the League’s support. Speaking of the NFL, representatives from the League are scheduled to be in town tomorrow to assess the stadium situation in Minnesota.

Monday was a good start to the week for the Vikings and Vikings fans. Expect more developments throughout the week.


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51 Responses to “Another Step Forward In Stadium Issue”

  1. By GM on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    That would be a GREAT birthday present for me.

  2. By Mike B. on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    That’s great need to move to get a new Stadium.

  3. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    I hear ya GM! it would be a great dying wish for me, I can die a Vikings fan, the same way I came in to this world, I won’t ever need to worry about anything like this again for as long as i live. get it done Minnesota, make me proud :)

  4. By teamkillin on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    radical

  5. By Dirty Nasty Legs on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s trade Mcnabb to Oakland before the deadline.

  6. By Titus on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    I am embarrassed right now to be a Viking fan.

  7. By Dr0wssap on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    I am embarrassed right now to be on a Viking fans site.

  8. By Dr0wssap on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    Whew, kinda sticks in here.

  9. By Dr0wssap on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    I can’t take it anymore, I got to get out of here, maybe smelling salts will help… I doubt it.

  10. By mikebrown on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    @Dirty Nasty Legs thats a brilliant idea, but they are not as dumb as us too bad for us

  11. By garyson1 on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    quit yer whining, this is what happens when you build a team for one year. sacrificing mcfatty to protect ponder isn’t a bad idea our line sucks and we knew it!! anyone remember les steckle, that sucked :) get that stadium deal done, SKOL VIKES forever!!!!

  12. By Justin F on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    Get the h e ll out of here then, Dr0wssap

  13. By VegasVike on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    I was looking at the teams wussconsin has played so far and only three of the six wins should have been a threat. Atl, Chi & N.O…..
    They’ve got bigger threats on the horizon and with no losses may get over confident. Let’s shock em, let Ponder start and get his first win.

  14. By chris on Oct 17, 2011 | Reply

    face it mc-washup sucks

  15. By matthias on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    We need a new O-line, at least a new receiver, a new safety, a new corner and maybe a new D-tackle…

    I watched all their games. If we are going on like this we get a top pick, but not the number 1 pick. I would like to see Ponder in the second half. He probably won’t start in the 1st half facing a fresh D…
    Let’s face it, we are in rebuild mode and probably need another 2 years to beef up our O-line. Maybe we reach the playoffs next year.

  16. By matthias on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    John Sullivan, Phil Loadholt, Jamarca Sanford and Antoine Winfield could be out the next game…

  17. By matthias on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Is it possible to create a new category on the homepage like “Draft Talk”?

  18. By matthias on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Ponder’s scramble ability is impressive. Somehow he reminds me of Fran Tarkenton..

  19. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus: Well we all have personal issues! Perhaps green or silver is more your color.

  20. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    @DrOwaever: What the HE double hockey STICKS are you talking about? Do you even know?

  21. By stixx29 on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Need to sign free agent pat williams and make mcnabb a backup with ponder or webb as the starter

  22. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    @VegasVike: those 3 threats you mentioned really ain’t much of a threat, Bears and Falcons are 3-3 and the Saints 4-2. To this point the Packers have had an easier schedule than the Vikings and their the defending Champions?

  23. By PAUL M. on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    OK ZIGGY, YOU’VE GOT TO TEAR THIS WHOLE THING DOWN & RE-BUILD IT.

    McNABB – NICE MAN – BUT OUT! LESLIE & PAGAC – OUT! (CHILDRESS WAS ACTUALLY BETTER!). A LOT OF VIKINGS PLAYERS MUST ALSO GO — OUR 2 VIKINGS SHIELDS – O & D-LINES, EXCEPT JARROD / PAT / ROBISON, WELL, THERE’S NO OTHER WAY TO SAY IT — THEY WREAK!! I KEEP HEAVING MY SUNDAY FOOTBALL SNACKS!

    TAKE PONDER & TELL HIM IT’S HIS FERRARI TO DRIVE — OK, MAYBE A SUBARU RIGHT NOW.

    THE ONLY RISK IS THAT BECAUSE OF OUR HORRIBLE O-LINE, THE KID GETS BOMBARDED SO MUCH THAT HE GETS “DAVID CARR SYNDROME” & WE LOSE A VERY GOOD TALENT FOREVER.

  24. By fran on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Let’s trade Mcnabb to Oakland before the deadline.

  25. By DRS on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Sounds good to me, though I see nothing new, the Governor needs to call a special session and the legislators need to pass a law to help to build the New Stadium. Until then I will still worry that this is the last year of the MN Vikings. MN has a history of letting sport teams leaving, The North Stars, the Lakers, and how about the St. Paul Saints. So who can blame someone for worrying?

  26. By GM on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Jim Harbaugh so far has taken a mediocre team and transformed it to a decent team.
    You can draft, buy, trade, and sign all the talent you want, but if they don’t have the drive and don’t execute plays, talent doesn’t matter.

  27. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Yes mediocrity is here to stay
    !!!!

  28. By Viking Joe on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Start drafting for need, did the Vikings really need Toby or Kyle when there were pressing needs, like the O-line and secondary!!!

  29. By lil-ak the menace on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    im glad out doom is getting fixed i can’t wait and i can’t wait for us to stomp the packers

  30. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    If Ponder starts we might not get embarrassed… team will be sparked, crowd will be extra sparked, oh and Ponder is at least 20 times better than McJoke, need to make defensive secondary changes though. If Frazier doesn’t start McJoke, there will be nothing but boos all night long

  31. By VegasVike on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    @Jeffbleeds….
    I agree, but out of their six wins those are the three that are halfway decent teams. The other three (broncos-Rams-Panthers) aren’t even close to be labeled threats. Panthers are losing close ones and when they get a little more field time should get better but not in week two. My point is somebody is gonna go in and rock the packs world, I hope it’s us.

  32. By VegasVike on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    @Dave Campbell- I just read your article about the decision of which QB to start against the pack. You state bothQB’s were erratic in their play against the bears… Who’s statement is that?? What was Ponder expected to do other than what he did?? He walked into conditions that included a rabid crowd,a tired and depleted O line and if I remember correctly, AP on the sidelines? That article defends a washed up QB and labels our new hope erratic. W T F

  33. By Titus on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Twoods– so if Ponder starts, there will be booing all night? What???

  34. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Bengals traded Palmer to the Raiders. Shank likely won’t resign so the drafting of Rudolph was a great decision. Yes start a Draft Talk blog.

  35. By VegasVike on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    I think the twist on that Titus is if McGagg starts in Green Bay, the Green Bay fans will be cheering.

  36. By Twoodsnvikes on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Whoa brain f4rt sorry Titus, if Frazier DOES start McJoke, he will get booed right out of there, but don’t worry he will just smile, hope his mom doesn’t come to this one…

  37. By Jeffbleedspurple on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    @VegasVike: Right! I hope it’s also, the Packers have played teams with a combined total 12 – 22 recird, while the Vikings have played teams with a 19-14. record.

  38. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Trade back get a extra 2nd and 4th. Then draft WR Michael Floyd BEST WR in Draft if not for DUIs would be first WR taken. 2nd round LT Andrew Datko allowed only 1 sack on Ponder last year at FSU shoulder injury hurts draft grade. Extra 2nd SS Mark Barron 6’4 220 lb. beast of a tackler. 3rd round RG Kevin Zietler wisconson develop good OLinemen. 4th round DT Kendall Reyes big run stuffer who can. Extra 4th CB Coryell Judie has late 2nd – mid 3rd round grade but Hamstring injury likely to drop draft grade. Love can fight for RT and other OLine spots. DeGeare could compete for OLine depth. While Fusco can win the Center job with more coaching.

  39. By VegasVike on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Yea Jeff I don’t think the NFL’s schedule realignment is working like they thought it should. Maybe it will even out by the end of the year, if nothing else it’s giving green bay false confidence. I mean when the coach is boasting 7days to 7-0…. Who does he think he is? Joe Namath?

  40. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Fazier will make QB decision on Wendesday. He also said if he goes with Ponder there will be no backtracking. NFL NETWORK.COM

  41. By Rocksalt on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Gov. Mark Dayton said he wants a special session of the Legislature just before Thanksgiving to reach a final verdict on whether the Minnesota Vikings get a new, publicly subsidized stadium.

    Raising the stakes on a long-running, divisive issue, the DFL governor gave Minnesota’s political, civic and business leaders five weeks to determine where the project should be built, whether voters facing a sales tax increase should have a referendum and how the state’s $300 million toward the stadium should be financed. Dayton said the stadium deal could still be a work in progress when legislators begin meeting, a move that could make a special session a politically explosive drama.

    “Most of what I hear is what everyone’s against. … It has to be what people are for,” said Dayton, after meeting with legislative leaders Monday. He again left open the possibility that the $1.1 billion project could be built in Minneapolis, where the team has played since 1982, rather than Ramsey County’s Arden Hills, the Vikings’ owners’ clear choice for the new home.

    Republicans, who hold Legislative majorities, were tepid about the rush to approve a public subsidy package for the Vikings. Senate Majority Leader Amy Koch of Buffalo and House Speaker Kurt Zellers, Maple Grove, said the one-hour meeting with Dayton largely explored stadium issues that had been debated before.

    The day’s events provided a study in contrasts. Dayton took an aggressively pro-stadium stance, pledging to “meet with everybody and everyone” to get the deal done, and “take the lead in terms of negotiations” with the National Football League and the Vikings. Koch said she generally supported having the Vikings remain in Minnesota but joined the Dayton meeting Monday just “for the discussion.”

    Earlier in the day a Republican Senate spokesman said there were not enough GOP votes in the Senate for a Vikings stadium plan.

    ‘Reckless spending’

    Meanwhile, a new poll by a conservative, anti-tax group showed again that Minnesotans are overwhelmingly opposed to tax subsidies for a new stadium. John Cooney, the state director of Americans for Prosperity-Minnesota, said that “today, it is clear that Minnesotans oppose this reckless spending of their hard-earned taxpayer dollars.”

    There were also signs Monday that a petition drive is gaining steam to force a referendum in Ramsey County on a half-percent sales tax increase for the project. Stadium backers said a referendum could be fatal.

    Mike Kaszuba,
    MPLS STAR TRIBUNE

  42. By VegasVike on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Oops my bad, I thought we played in green bay this sunday. So my boo/cheer statement made no sense

  43. By PackerArn on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Ahh shucks, we were hopin the Vikings would move to LA. Ahh shucks, think I’ll go ride my lawnmower and think about it. Ahh shucks. Golly Gee Wiz.

  44. By Roninmn.. on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Hey John Cooney, shut your pie-hole. A new stadium is a investment., you have to spend money to make money. as a Mn. resident I support this measure completely.

  45. By CanadianVF on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Wow, you have got to hand it to Brown the general manager in Cincinatti, two first round picks for Palmer. He played that poker hand extremely well, maybe the Bengals have a bright future.

  46. By absaroka2 on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Start Ponder on Sun., Use Jenkins & Rudolph more. Wake up the offense & run Peterson all he wants! Let Ponder scramble & GB cannot stack the box! Vikes win 28-21.

  47. By Frederick Jones on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    @Paul M.,

    I admire your courage…to say that Childress was better than Frazier !

    It’s never JUST the coach, whether the team is winning or losing.

    There are many, many people involved in winning a football game.

    “Nobody gets to the Hall of Fame by themselves.”
    Terry Bradshaw, QB of 4 SB wins

  48. By Frederick Jones on Oct 18, 2011 | Reply

    Start by blaming the FRONT OFFICE for the last two losing seasons.

    At some point, you MUST blame the talent-seekers.

    VP’s that do nothing but pick their noses.
    Scouts that only watch the QB.
    Owners that know very little about football and make poor decisions for the franchise.

    Let’s quit blaming the players and coaches so much. The FAT GUYS at the top also have input and give FOOLISH ORDERS.

  49. By Frederick Jones on Oct 18, 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 Offensive Linemen in 9 years???

    Perhaps my knowledge is lacking, don’t they still use 5 guys on the Offensive Line? Maybe it’s like running back where they play only one or two at a time???

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

  50. By Brandan on Oct 19, 2011 | Reply

    Build the Stadium!

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