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Most Minnesotans Support Downtown Minneapolis Stadium Proposal, Poll Says

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 23, 2012 – 3:24 pm

The following information was taken from a press release issued by Home Field Advantage on Friday.

More than 60 percent of Minnesotans support the proposed new Vikings stadium on the existing Metrodome site, according to a new statewide poll commissioned by Home Field Advantage, a consortium of Minneapolis business and community leaders.

The poll – conducted by Mason-Dixon Polling & Research Inc., of Washington, D.C. – asked a random sampling of 1,000 Minnesotans this week whether they would support or oppose a stadium financed with state gambling and existing revenues, along with a major contribution by the Vikings.

The response: 61 percent voiced support, 30 percent were opposed and 9 percent said they were undecided about the proposed deal, which has the backing of Gov. Mark Dayton and is currently under consideration by Minnesota legislators. The poll, conducted March 16 to 19, carries a margin error of plus or minus 3.2 percent.

“The results of this poll confirm that the majority of Minnesotans want a new Vikings stadium in downtown Minneapolis,” said Sam Grabarski, president of the Minneapolis Downtown Council and spokesman for Home Field Advantage.

Todd Klingel, president of the Minneapolis Regional Chamber of Commerce and a member of Home Field Advantage, said the poll results send a clear message to state lawmakers.

“It’s important that the Legislature work with Minneapolis officials and the Vikings to get this deal done,” said Klingel, referring to the stadium financing proposal.

The deal would require the football team’s owners to pay half of the stadium’s estimated $975 million cost. Most of the state’s contribution would come from gambling dollars, with no new tax increases or use of general-revenue funds. Minneapolis would chip in $150 million, exclusively from existing city hospitality taxes.

A few of the polls other important findings…

– Across Minnesota, an overwhelming majority of residents consider the Vikings an asset to the state, according to the poll. When asked to rate the importance of the Vikings staying in Minnesota, nearly 72 percent of respondents said that goal is “very important” or “somewhat important.”

– Most Minnesotans also are keeping up with news about the stadium issue. Nearly three-quarters of those polled said they are following the subject “very closely” or “somewhat closely,” with just a fraction – 9 percent – expressing a lack of interest in the stadium debate.

–In Duluth, 60 percent voiced support, versus 29 percent who were opposed. Nearly 11 percent were undecided in Duluth.

– In Rochester, 56 percent said they support the stadium deal, with 40 percent opposed and 4 percent undecided.


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Greenway Shares A Locker With Patients At Amplatz

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 23, 2012 – 10:58 am

Vikings LB Chad Greenway is one of the most community-conscious players on the team, and he was in fact named the Vikings 2011 Community Man of the Year for his outreach efforts. And now he’s off to a fast start in making an impact on the community in 2012.

On Thursday, Greenway will launch “Chad’s Locker” to the children at the University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital. The locker, which is an initiative of Chad’s Lead the Way Foundation, is provided to the children to help during their time at the hospital. The locker enriches the lives of chronically and critically ill children by providing them and their families with access to iPads, notebook computers, DVD players, and an Xbox game system and other electronic handheld games to pass the time during recovery and treatment.

Greenway will be joined by his wife, Jenni, on Thursday to launch the project. Chad and Jenni together have been leaders in community outreach efforts. They have volunteered their time with several local organizations, including Memorial Blood Centers, Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board, Sanford Hospital, University of Minnesota Amplatz Children’s Hospital, Fuel Up To Play 60, Taste of the NFL, United Way and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. 

The Greenways took their volunteerism to a new level when they established the Lead The Way Foundation (ChadGreenway.org) to enrich the lives of individuals and families who are in need medically or financially. For the past 5 years on Father’s Day, Chad and Jenni have partnered with the Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board for the Greenway’s Gridiron Gallop 5K race, benefiting Minneapolis youth sports programming.


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Good News And Bad News From Claiborne’s Pro Day

Posted by Mike Wobschall on March 23, 2012 – 6:20 am

For those of you who would prefer the Vikings take CB Morris Claiborne with their 1st-round pick in next month’s draft, there is good news and bad news.

We’ll give you the good news first.

Claiborne participated in LSU’s pro day on Thursday and registered an impressive time in the 40-yard dash, covering the distance in 4.39 seconds, a vast improvement from his 4.50 time at the Combine in February.

The bad news, though, is that Jim Kleinpeter of nola.com reports Claiborne disclosed after his workout that he will undergo surgery to repair a torn ligament in his left wrist on Friday. Claiborne injured the wrist in a regular season game against Alabama, but was able to play through the injury and the pain for the remainder of the Tigers’ season.

My guess is the injury isn’t serious enough to impact Claiborne’s draft stock, especially with the mention of his pending surgery not made until midway through Kleinpeter’s piece.

For those of you interested in other LSU prospects, such as DT Michael Brockers or WR Reuben Randle, full results of the program’s pro day can be seen right here.


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