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Vikings Pleased With Wednesday’s Stadium Discussions

Posted by Mike Wobschall on October 20, 2011 – 6:51 am

Vikings Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf was in town on Wednesday and met with Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton. It’s been a busy week on the stadium front and the meeting between Wilf and Governor Dayton on Wednesday was the latest step of progress made on the stadium issue.

On Tuesday, NFL representatives met with the Governor and with State Lawmakers, a meeting that followed an announcement of intent to call a special session by Governor Dayton on Monday. By no means is the stadium issue approaching the finish line, but there’s no denying the progress that’s being made. The Vikings are grateful to Governor Dayton and other key state leaders who’ve taken leadership and moved the discussion forward.

Here is a statement released by the Vikings late Wednesday afternoon regarding the meeting between Governor Dayton and Mr. Wilf.

“The Vikings and Owner/Chairman Zygi Wilf are very pleased with today’s discussion with Governor Dayton. We are appreciative of the Governor’s willingness to move the issue forward this fall and the interest by legislative leaders to work collaboratively with all parties toward a final solution.

 As we knew the Governor would be making a statement to the media this afternoon following the conclusion of his various stadium-related meetings, we felt we should withhold comment, out of respect to the Governor, until he spoke to the media first.  

 Today’s constructive conversation was a continuation of several positive stadium developments in the last few days. The Vikings are committed to doing whatever we can, along with our local partner Ramsey County, the Legislature, Governor, our fans and the citizens of Minnesota to finalize a viable stadium proposal and begin construction as quickly as possible.”


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36 Responses to “Vikings Pleased With Wednesday’s Stadium Discussions”

  1. By Rocksalt on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Keep up the good work Governor! Time to get this deal done and come elcetion time, vote out the party of no!
    This project will create jobs and be a source of revenue for years to come for the Twin Cities…….why oppose progress that will ultimately benefit the entire state?

  2. By Roninmn.. on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Rocksalt
    I agree say no more to the party of no. Get this deal done.

  3. By Claudia Garcia on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Good Job Governor
    Stand your ground and get it done Racino Casino is a GREAT IDEA!!!!

  4. By lil ak the menace on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    good job governor

  5. By Justin F on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    This is looking pretty d a m n good. I still have concerns about those i diot republicans in the legislature who’ll vote against this.

  6. By Mike B on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Why didn’t Vikings Organization take time to talk to the media after their meeting with the Governor. It was asked directly to the Gov during his press conference. If the Wilfs want support of the people of MN they need to be gracious about convincing the people about the need of the stadium. Get everyone on the same bus. Their PR guy is messing up.

  7. By Titus on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    It’s all politics– the governor knows if the Vikings leave under his watch, his legacy will be tarnished heavily— even by those currently opposing the stadium– because in hindsight, down the road, it will be a huge loss— governor knows it is political suicide if he lets the Vikings depart.

  8. By Rocksalt on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    poeple of MN…..remember the legislators who oppose the stdium bill come election time………
    Yes, Titus.this has become more of a political tug-of-war than it should be……every state has financial issues…….yet those with NFL teams have not put politics before their teams and the ecomics of pro sports……

  9. By Rocksalt on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    MN should fund the whole vthing by openeing up some state operated casinos or lottery of some sort……..as I understand it, problem is the state of MN has some type of deal withb the native amercan tribes that prevents the state from owning and operating a casino

  10. By Shawn on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Wilfs are putting up the 3rd most money in NFL history for this stadium ….

  11. By Rocksalt on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    prev blog economics….not ecomics, although it could be comical if not tragic

  12. By Rogerthevikefan on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Since the NFL contributed money to the Dallas stadium and the New York stadium will they contribute anything to the Vikings? If so how much?

  13. By Frederick Jones on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    From 2003 to 2007, FIVE YEARS !!!

    Five years, TWO Offensive Linemen selected in the draft by the MN Vikings.

    What are weeeeee thinking???

  14. By CA_Viking_fan on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    What is the lifespan of a stadium expected to be? It seems like the Metrodome is still fairly new and was supposed to be a huge upgrade over the old Bloomington stadium? As an outsider, why the big fuss for a new stadium? What’s wrong with the Metrodome? In San Diego we got Qualcomm stadium which is outdoors and around since the 60s. Personally, I wish the Vikings played outdoors on grass. They were awesome in their old glory days playing in the snow. Since moving indoors, they seem to have become wimpy. Please educate me why the big fuss to get yet another new stadium? Thanks

  15. By Frederick Jones on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    @CA Viking fan,

    I won’t educate you much on the new stadium issue since I’m not interested to follow it all.

    I am very glad you raised the question on here, since it is one most bloggers who feel the way you do are afraid to ask.

    They COULD SHOULD WOULD do well to just remodify the old metrodome, but the new generation has to have everything first class.

    It could lead to attendance problems if we do not build new. The seats are uncomfortable, site lines are HORRIBLE in some cases.

    Personally, I think they should put artificial turf on top of the parking lot, buy a few bleachers and play there … lol :)

  16. By ALLDAY28 on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Well the fact that the roof is a giant balloon in a place that gets a ridiculous amout of snow and crazy weather all year long is a good idea to have a new stadium the metrodome and the lease is up so they will not have a place to play after this next season. It would be nice to have a retractable roof.

  17. By Frederick Jones on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    In the mean time…get some NEW SCOUTS who watch more than just the quarterback ! ! !

  18. By Mike B on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    @CA Vikings Fan It’s almost dead last at bring income compared to other NFL venues and will not be able to sustain the cost of the team very shortly. Lacks the number of Luxury Suites of other Stadiums. Outdoor Stadium is not viable for MN as the State and Ramsey Co want a multiuse facility. Cover stadium will bring in many more things that an outdoor will not be able to do. So call your MN friends and back the Arden Hills project and Goo Vikings.

  19. By Titus on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    CA-Viking– I remember when the Metrodome was built– lawmakers took the cheapest proposal– and built a mediocre facility from the start. I was thinking– why? Here we go again, Minnesota’s mentality– oh, it’s good enough and we better not go too extravagant.

    But simply come and go to a game– you will never again question why we need a new stadium.

  20. By Mike B on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Fred why not hold your OL rant till 2 mo before 2012 Draft your speil is getting old.

  21. By Titus on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike, we need Fred’s postings to grow old and compel the Front Office to do something–

  22. By Mike B on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    It’s the why get a Caddy when a Chevy will do. The Caddy lasts longer and is more comfy.

  23. By Titus on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Fred is doing an amazing job for pushing new o linemen. Maybe Fred will be in the ring of honor one day.

  24. By Mike B on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus after awhile the noise turns into a humm

  25. By Titus on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Mike– do what I do– I change the station. I don’t read most of those blogs anyway– sorry Fred, but it is a bit old.

  26. By Frederick Jones on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    @TITUS and Mike B.,

    Hey BABY, they’s ‘lot o’ thangs gits jist a bit ol’ on dis here bloggin station’ !

    WINNING MAY NOT BE EVERYTHING,
    BUT LOSING HAS LITTLE TO RECOMMEND IT.

    @Titus, first you made a funny joke about F Jones making the ring of honor.
    Then you go and agree with Mike B.

    Where do you really stand????

    I HAVE MADE UP MY MIND TO SPEAK MY MIND, NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE SAYS. Titus you got me to back off on the O LIne rant during April or May this year. Where did that get us???

    From now on I don’t back down on things I feel are important :) :) :)

  27. By Frederick Jones on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    @Titus,

    But that’s a good point, you cannot, nor should you try to read every blog.

    I regularily pass over the political stuff in most cases. You have to pick and choose what you want to read any way.

    And there is a lot of BORING stuff on this site. That does not mean it’s not worthwhile.

  28. By Frederick Jones on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    and besides I AM A BIT OLD and way!!!!

  29. By Frederick Jones on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    :( :( :( :( :(

    2004 Was the worst draft in Vikings if not NFL history.
    2005 was 2nd worst in Vikings history.
    2006 was a great draft, but Marcus Johnson was the only OL picked.
    Cedric Griffin is the only DB remaining from 2003-2007. He’s had 3 years to prove himself, and hasn’t.
    2007 was a great draft, however NO Offensive Linemen were selected and only one DB (Mike Macauley, who never even started a game for MN)

    Total Offensive LInemen drafted 2003 to 2007: TWO, none remain on roster
    Total Defensive Backs taken 2003 to 2007: 5 only one remains on roster
    Cedric “Cornbread” Griffin

    Your wonderful FRONT OFFICE is mostly to blame.

    Perhaps all we need is NEW SCOUTS.
    :) :) :) :) :)

  30. By VegasVike on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    I wonder if the people who are putting the brakes on (I love that) have ever attended a Vikings game in the trenches? Then let them go to a game in Indy or Dallas, in the trenches.

  31. By Tyler on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Can someone tell me the realistic chances of a stadium being built

  32. By nomadadrian on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Lousy revenue in a bad facility, good parks last longer, football is meant to be played outside (decent weather) not watched outside, been there. Biggest hockey state in the country was stupid enough to lose it’s hockey team, the Vikes are an assett, appreciate them. I live near Chicago, they didn’t let peoples opinion stop them, not fair, no vote, drove some ticket holders from the team because of finances, not in favor of PLC’s.

  33. By CA_Viking_fan on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    Thanks all for explaining. I really hope the Vikings stay in MN. Please do not move out here in CA. When I think Vikings, (besides utter disappointment) I think MN, snow, etc. I hope to go see a home game against a rival. What would be the best game to see at home? Definitely against GB? I would be really not happy ( my political correct term for another word so that I don’t get censored here) if I were to go all the way out to MN, get seats on the 50yd line, see an awesome 1st half, and then a 2nd half meltdown. I’m waiting for them to play a little meaner and with some spirit before heading out for a game and maybe with a different OC.

  34. By Frederick Jones on Oct 20, 2011 | Reply

    By Frederick Jones on Mar 12, 2011 | Reply

    @James,

    Adrian Peterson had 1298 yards last year with perhaps the worst offensive line in the NFL. That’s the only possible reason he made the Pro Bowl, because they knew the Vikings offensive line was so bad.

    Dear Titus and Mike B.,

    Note the date above and the fact I was crying for a high pick or free agent for the OFFENSIVE LINE back on March 12th. That is about TWO MONTHS before
    the draft.

    Perhaps I am ahead of the gang when it comes to the VPs of Nosepicking, or the Armchair Quarterbacking Viking Scouts. These guys have a job to do, they cannot be like the AVERAGE FAN !

    WAKE UP VIKING FANS…IT’S NOT JUST THE QB, OR COACHES. THERE ARE A LOT OF OTHER PEOPLE WHO PICK THE TALENT (and often they are picking their noses).

  35. By Rocksalt on Oct 21, 2011 | Reply

    Talks regarding a new Vikings stadium are as serious as at any point we can remember. The debate can be sliced a lot of different ways, and we’re not here to offer an opinion about right or wrong. Rather, we’re here to shed a little light on the local sports stadium situation as it compares to other markets comparable to the Twin Cities in terms of pro sports saturation.

    There are 12 markets right now that have at least one team in all four of the accepted four “major” sports leagues — the NBA, NHL, MLB and NFL. Atlanta used to have that status, but losing hockey to Winnipeg discards that market. Of those 12, three markets have multiple teams in at least one sport: New York/New Jersey, Chicago and the San Francisco Bay Area. We’re interested, then, in the nine four-sport markets with one team in each sport: Minneapolis-St. Paul, Boston, Dallas, Denver, Detroit, Miami, Philadelphia, Phoenix and Washington, D.C. After studying those nine, here are some thoughts, surprises (to us) and conclusions:

    • We always thought the Twin Cities was odd, once Target Field was finished, in having all four teams playing in four different venues. Turns out that’s not as strange as we thought. While the NBA and NHL teams in Boston, Dallas, Denver, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C. share buildings — making each of them three-venue, four-sport markets — the Twin Cities are joined by Detroit, Miami and Phoenix when it comes to having separate venues for all four teams. (Miami opens its new baseball stadium in 2012, and the Marlins will no longer share space with the Dolphins.)

    • Mall of America Field, where the Vikings have played since 1982, is the oldest football venue of those nine markets. In fact, six of the other eight NFL stadiums in comparable markets opened in 2001 or later. The others? Sun Life Stadium in Miami (1987) and FedEx Field in Washington, D.C. (1997).

    • If the Vikings get a new stadium, the Twin Cities — assuming none of the other eight markets builds anything else first — would be the only one of the nine markets to have three venues that opened in 2000 or later: Xcel Energy Center (2000), Target Field (2010) and the new Vikings stadium (201X). Six of the other eight markets, though, have opened three new venues since 1994. The only ones that haven’t: Detroit, with the venerable Joe Louis Arena (1979) to go with newer baseball and football stadiums and Palace at Auburn Hills (1988) and Boston, with the outlier of Fenway Park (1912) joining newer football and basketball/hockey venues.

    Translation: With a new Vikings stadium, we would arguably have among the nicest facilities in the U.S. when placed against comparable markets, but we wouldn’t be way off the grid during comparisons. Again, though, we’ll leave the argument of want vs. need to you.

    MICHAEL RAND

    MPLS STAR TRIBUNE

  36. By Brian W on Oct 23, 2011 | Reply

    Well its about time Dayton finally did something. Leadership isn’t part of his vocabulary in this, or most issues. Of course what do you expect from a political has been who got into office with only 43% of the vote.

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