Vikings Ownership Tours Lucas Oil Stadium

Posted by Mike Wobschall on August 14, 2009 – 6:14 pm

Vikings owners Zygi, Mark and Lenny Wilf, along with various other members of the Vikings front office and staff, toured Lucas Oil Stadium prior to tonight’s game. Colts Senior VP Pete Ward gave the tour, which included a viewing of the stadiums several suite levels and Lucas Oil Plaza.

The Colts are entering their 2nd year in Lucas Oil Stadium, and the facility is impressive. As the tour was going on, the stadium’s roof was being retracted and the group enjoyed a view of downtown Indianapolis through a panel that was opened on one end of the stadium.

We’ll have a more comprehensive report of the stadium tour later this week on, including video footage.

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Zygi Excited to Defend Division Championship

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 31, 2009 – 6:12 pm

Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf have been in Mankato the past couple of days to watch their team open training camp, the 4th camp under their stewardship and the 1st time they’ve opened a season as the reigning division champions. Zygi took several minutes today to interupt his practice watching to speak with local reporters, and was there to listen in on what the Vikings owner had to say.

The conversation began when Wilf was asked about his reaction to how the Brett Favre situation ended. Wilf reiterated the message Vikings Head Coach Brad Childress conveyed earlier in the week, saying they had no regrets looking at a Hall of Famer and that they were very happy with the current players on the roster.

“It’s very exciting being out here, to be coming back this season as division champs,” Wilf said. “The talent out there is great and the competition is going to be great. We look forward to a great season this year; there are a lot of things to look forward to.”

From Wilf to Childress to any player that has been asked about camp so far, the theme has been competition and how much of it will exist at this year’s camp. In addition to the intra-squad competition for 53 roster spots, the Vikings are also excited to compete with those outside of their club. Most notably, they are exited to be able to defend a division title in 2009.

“I have great expectations,” Wilf explained. “Again, we fought hard last year, came back many times when people doubted us and we did it with different combinations with different guys injured. To have those guys come back healthy for the most part and be able to start off the season as division champs, we look forward to holding onto that and doing better things.”

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Record Numbers for Ownership Chat

Posted by Mike Wobschall on July 16, 2009 – 2:45 pm

Thanks to all of you joined us earlier today in the live chat with Vikings owners Zygi and Mark Wilf. We’ve conducted several live chats this offseason, and today’s chat produced the best numbers yet, both in terms of number of visitors and number of questions asked.

Nearly 600 readers joined the chat, compared to 150-200 readers for past chats, and there were 420-some questions asked, compared to about 150 questions asked in previous chats.

Several topics were broached, including the Vikings continued stadium efforts, the potential of Brett Favre joining the Vikings, Brad Childress’ tenure as head coach, challenges for the upcoming season, the economy’s affect on the league, expanding the regular season and playing the Pro Bowl 1 week before the Super Bowl this year.

If you were unable to join us for today’s chat, you can review it by clicking here.

Thanks Zygi and Mark for chatting on today. And thank you Vikings fans for joining the chat and asking so many good questions.

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