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New Vikings stadium plan coming in late January

Winter Storm Metrodome Collapse

Like many states, Minnesota has a part-time legislature.  It means that, absent a special session, there’s a finite window within which to get legislation introduced and passed.

In 2010, the process of getting legislation regarding a new stadium for the Vikings got started too late.  This year, steps already are being taken to ensure that doesn’t happen again.

Mike Kaszuba of the Minneapolis Star-Tribune reports that Senator Julie Rosen, a Republican, will introduce a bill in late January, not long after the annual session opens.  She said it “might be very similar” to a plan that fizzled out in 2010, which would divert sales tax money currently being used to pay for the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Another obstacle comes from the lack of a local government that is clamoring to host the stadium, and thus to fork over some of the cash to build it.

Though the effort to get a stadium built would have happened without the events of recent days, Rosen acknowledged that, as a result of the collapse of the roof at the Metrodome, “[t]he discussion perhaps has been ramped up.”

Indeed it has.  As we’ve said a time or two this week, folks in Minnesota have been visited by the Ghost of Christmas Future, which has shown the locals what life would be like with the home team playing a home game in a place other than their home of the last 50 years.  Next Monday night’s game could provide a very different glimpse; by turning back the clock to the days of Metropolitan Stadium, maybe the new venue in Minnesota will have neither a an inflatable roof nor a retractable roof but no roof at all.

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36 Responses to “New Vikings stadium plan coming in late January”
  1. jebdamone says: Dec 16, 2010 1:18 AM

    thank you lord.

  2. halftermguv says: Dec 16, 2010 1:35 AM

    How about a tax on the Vikings (owner, administration, and players)? What other profession is as overpaid and parasitic than professional sports? Oh that’s right the banking industry and Wall Street who just sucked down billions of taxpayer dollars only to reward themselves with bonuses.

    Wake up idjits!

  3. seanx40 says: Dec 16, 2010 1:51 AM

    So, here in Great Depression 2, a billionaire owner wants a cash poor city and state to pay for a place to put his toys?

    I bet that will go over real well .

    The city should just throw him the keys to the Metrodome, and charge him taxes.

  4. misterbr00ks says: Dec 16, 2010 2:16 AM

    You know, I think that the picture you have here can symbolize what has happened to the 2010 season of the Minnesota Vikings. The roof has caved in. Great article FTW!

  5. childressrulz says: Dec 16, 2010 3:57 AM

    I already dislike the Vikings but I have always hoped for a new stadium for them. I love the rivalry between the Pack and Vikings. If these are the morons that the prostadium crowd has had to deal with I feel sorry for the entire vikings organization (except contra). Get a stadium deal done!

  6. 4sacroc says: Dec 16, 2010 6:36 AM

    Get the money from Obama’s slush, errrr, union payback, errrr, stimulus package …

  7. nate28jf says: Dec 16, 2010 6:45 AM

    our country has a 14 trillion dollar deficit…but we should definitely use more tax $$$ to build an entertainment stadium. Makes perfect financial sense to me…

  8. zappa69 says: Dec 16, 2010 6:48 AM

    This is the last chance for the state to keep the team. I’ve heard it all a million times, billionaire, millionaires, blah, blah, blah. If you won’t pay to have the stadium and keep the Vikings then they will leave, period! I’m a huge Vikings fan living in New York and could care less if the team stays in Minnesota. I will be a fan of the organization where ever it goes. Shut the hell up and build the stadium.

  9. nord117 says: Dec 16, 2010 6:56 AM

    I believe that ‘local government’ came forward to host a stadium about 4-5 years ago in Anoka County. Pardon us for being a little gunshy by putting forward a few million dollars only to get a ‘maybe’ then a ‘no’ from the Wilfs.

  10. kenny1960 says: Dec 16, 2010 7:40 AM

    Thank God I beat the ” Move to LA ” trolls here ! I hope that a plan can get done so the fine people there do not lose their team. There is over 50 years of tradition there and it is a crime some thieves in LA want to steal it . I am very sensitive to this being a Jaguar ticket holder and one who is sick of my team being a target of the same lowlife thieves . I will be so happy the day the NFL has a come to Jesus moment and realizes no one cares about the NFL out there and gives up this stupidity and leaves us, Buffalo and Viking fans alone and allow us to build our own 50+ year tradition here

  11. theytukrjobs says: Dec 16, 2010 8:05 AM

    There are constantly idiots on here saying crap like “when will people wake up and stop lining the pockets of billionaires with state money. Make them build their own damn stadium” and things to that general effect.

    It is this simple. The state helps pay for a stadium. Or, the Vikings go to a state that will gladly help pay for a stadium. There isn’t a mid market team in America with a modern NFL stadium where the state didn’t pay for part of it.

    I know it sucks. But if people want a local NFL team then this is just the way it works. NFL owners are not going to leave 400+ million dollars on the table just to leave a team where it is or just because some utopians think it is wrong for them to have so much money.

  12. cidman2001 says: Dec 16, 2010 8:32 AM

    As a lifelong Vikings fan, I have been saying for years that they should build an outdoor stadium. In the old days, the only place that was worse to play than Lambeau Field in December was the old Metropolitan Stadium. I say bring back the Met and let those dumb ass dome teams come suffer in January during the playoffs! Real football is played in the elements…..

  13. jackhall00 says: Dec 16, 2010 8:35 AM

    Here’s a good idea–build the stadium in Los Angeles.

  14. recon163 says: Dec 16, 2010 8:50 AM

    For kenny1960:

    “I hope that a plan can get done so the fine people there do not lose their team. There is over 50 years of tradition there and it is a crime some thieves in LA want to steal it .”

    Funny that is how LA felt about St Louis.

    “I am very sensitive to this being a Jaguar ticket holder and one who is sick of my team being a target of the same lowlife thieves .”

    Poor revenue will make your team a target. As the Jags should rightly be,

    “I will be so happy the day the NFL has a come to Jesus moment and realizes no one cares about the NFL out there and gives up this stupidity . . . ”

    Stupidity? 17 million people Kenny. We only need 60k to fill up the cheap seats.

    “. . . allow us to build our own 50+ year tradition here”

    You are on year 15 and have already accomplished the same thing it took LA 40 years to get to. That being a lack of interest in your team.

  15. Celsior says: Dec 16, 2010 8:52 AM

    While it’s obvious the NFL wants a team in LA, I also think it would prefer to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. I further believe Goodell’s decision about the Week 15 venue, whether it’s TCF or Ford Field, is intended to pressure the Minnesota state legislature to get a bunch of funding for the new stadium, which is likely not to be a retractable dome given its cost.

  16. recon163 says: Dec 16, 2010 8:54 AM

    For theytukrjobs

    “It is this simple. The state helps pay for a stadium. Or, the Vikings go to a state that will gladly help pay for a stadium.”

    Not entirely true. Both LA proposals do not involve public money.

    “There isn’t a mid market team in America with a modern NFL stadium where the state didn’t pay for part of it.”

    This is true. Mid and small markets are willing to pay for stadiums because they have a strong desire to acquire or keep a team.

    “NFL owners are not going to leave 400+ million dollars on the table just to leave a team where it is or just because some utopians think it is wrong for them to have so much money.”

    No one would leave the money on the table. The question is will the people of the state put that money on the table?

  17. jimmy1smith says: Dec 16, 2010 8:59 AM

    The good citizens of the State of Minnesota never seem to learn the lesson of actions have consequences, especially when it comes to electing politicians. They voted in a Pro Wrestler for to the Governor’s mansion, a uber left winger from SNL to the US senate and a bunch of quasi-socialists to their state government. So the prospects of the state of Minnesota paying for anything other than Union health benefits is about the same as the Vikings winning the Superbowl anytime soon. Which is to say you have a better chance with a single dollar bill in the lottery.

    Los Angeles on the other hand is not only willing but able.

  18. recon163 says: Dec 16, 2010 9:00 AM

    In other news:

    http://www.latimes.com/entertainment/news/arts/la-et-stadium-design-20101216,0,5294746.story

    AEG releases its stadium designs for the downtown LA proposal.

  19. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 16, 2010 9:09 AM

    The Metrodome collapse may symbolize the Viking season, but a person choking to death will represent the Packers and Bears in the playoffs.

  20. anarchopurplism says: Dec 16, 2010 9:16 AM

    The NFL can pursue a myriad of options if they really want to have a team in LA:
    1- move the Jags (brief tradition), Chargers (still in CA) or Raiders (have been in LA before)

    2- Expansion

    Andrew Brandt recently wrote that NOT having a team in LA has been good to pressure other cities to pony up money for new stadiums.

  21. theoriginalcaptainmarvel says: Dec 16, 2010 9:31 AM

    I told you months ago that a stadium deal was imminent. Plus the NFL would never allow the Vikings to move. And to those whining about tax $, I say build it; at least I’m getting something for it, unlike all the trillions wasted on bad social policies.

  22. anarchopurplism says: Dec 16, 2010 9:32 AM

    As for getting a stadium deal done:

    I’d prefer to see the State of MN:
    -Give the land to the Wilfs
    -Take no additional $ from taxpayers
    -Cut taxes for Vikings org/ownership: $0 property tax and state income tax. ENCOURAGE Ziggy to build & build!

    In exchange, that the Wilf’s:
    -Build a stadium of their own choosing
    -50 to 100 year stay to play in MN agreement that transfers

    If money does not add up, plan:

    1- Sell or auction off many small chunks of a minority ownership-share of the team

    2- “Game-day” tax across the entire state of MN 10 cents for every drink or food item sold for x years (no renewal, it expires) Sunday Viking Home Gamedays. I would also look at taxing local TV affiliates in places like Fargo, Sioux Falls & Mason City, IA an equitable amount of “Gameday Tax” for airing Vikings games. Why should only those that live in Hennepin county pay to keep your team? It’s a free exchange: you go out to watch the team, you help pay for the stadium.

    People are waking up to Libertarian principals that big business (Vikings) are working with Gov’t to fleece the taxpayer for business improvements. Even those with Libertarian penchants in other areas of their politics run from their ideals with notions like: “At least the Gov’t can fund something I want” or “It’s simple: pay or they move.”

    Many people believe that the Vikings are “good for the public well-being” and “drive revenue for other areas of the economy” which they use as justification for the State of MN to get involved.

    Why this may have a hard time working: the middle man (MN Gov’t), give up revenue (tax revenue)? It’s because it wants a seat at the table & a cut of the pie! When you discuss greed, don’t forget about the greedy politicians!

    With the State of MN in the spending crisis & debt situation as it is, it needs to cut spending and sell assets (like portions of State forests to hunters & nearby landowners) to get back in the black.

  23. sailor6147 says: Dec 16, 2010 9:37 AM

    The feds can spend my money to provide education and health care for illegal aliens. I would much rather the state spends it on a new stadium. If any new stadium does not haave a roof, my season tickets will be for sale……cheap!

  24. youngs79 says: Dec 16, 2010 9:39 AM

    jimmy1smith is a moron. Look, everyone who reads this knows you hate the Vikings and everything to do with the State of Minnesota. Yet you cannot help yourself on commenting on EVERY article about either one. Every comment you make is more idiotic than the previous one. I’m proud to live in our great state and glad you don’t.

  25. dallasgvikes says: Dec 16, 2010 9:51 AM

    I Think that people have no idea that their taxes will most likely go up if the get the stadiumor not. You have to think about how much money the team and its players bring in to the state. All the players and staffs incometaxes would be gone, all the sales tax that the tickets, money players blow, as well as all the out of state money brought in during games over 1/3 of season ticket holders are out of state. I read somewhere awhile back that the team actually produces around 150 million dollors to the state. Where do you think they will replace that lost money from the people of the state via higher taxes. It will be like other situations when they leave the money will be missed and then they will want a new team. The people of minnesota need to step it up or they will regret it. Lets get it done people and gov of minnesota!!!!

  26. flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Dec 16, 2010 10:16 AM

    So youngs79 what did Jimmy1smith say that is not fact?

  27. packfan66 says: Dec 16, 2010 10:23 AM

    move the vikes outside like the pack and the bears. bring back the black and blue division! minus the lions of course. lol

  28. brobokil says: Dec 16, 2010 10:32 AM

    jimmy1smith…

    “The good citizens of the State of Minnesota never seem to learn the lesson of actions have consequences, especially when it comes to electing politicians. They voted in a Pro Wrestler for to the Governor’s mansion, a uber left winger from SNL to the US senate ”

    A pro wrestler who starred in the same movie as YOUR ELECTED IMMIGRANT MOVIE STAR, moron.

    Bet you weren’t even aware that Ventura was a mayor before that, and I happened to live in that city – Brooklyn Park, which was riddled with crime before he started, one of many problems he made better for the city.

    As if being on TV makes you less qualified to put on a three piece suit and pretend to know how to run a government, or which has any real reflection on people who are given 2-3 choices out of millions of possibilities.

    Do you ever get the urge to just punch yourself in the face when you speak?

    Yes, put my tax money towards something that benefits ME for once, like a new stadium, to house a team, which gives me joy to watch and follow during the first COLD Minnesota months. I don’t need some fancy billion dollar roof, just a real, modern stadium. Not to mention the income and jobs such developments always bring. New-stadium naysayers always seem to conveniently forget those points.

  29. brobokil says: Dec 16, 2010 10:41 AM

    sailor6147, I’LL TAKE EM!

  30. youboettcha says: Dec 16, 2010 11:05 AM

    The NFL should have moved the Vikings vs. Giants game to Los Angeles.

  31. jimmy1smith says: Dec 16, 2010 11:47 AM

    brobokil says:

    A pro wrestler who starred in the same movie as YOUR ELECTED IMMIGRANT MOVIE STAR, moron
    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I don’t live in the state of California but I agree with you, they are morons too for electing him.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    brobokil says:
    Bet you weren’t even aware that Ventura was a mayor before that, and I happened to live in that city – Brooklyn Park
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    My condolences, hopefully you get a job someday and be able to move out and up.

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    brobokil says:
    Do you ever get the urge to just punch yourself in the face when you speak
    ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++
    I do get that urge whenever I speak with Viking fans so I do know the feeling. Suffering fools is just part of life but suffering with the Vikings is about to transferred out to LA.

  32. notalib says: Dec 16, 2010 12:47 PM

    That is a shame. As a Packer fan nothing would have made me happier but to see the most annoying fans in the NFL lose their team to LA. I still have my fingers crossed that the Queens will not get a new stadium and will eventually leave.

  33. SpartaChris says: Dec 16, 2010 1:28 PM

    canadianvikingfaniii says:
    Dec 16, 2010 9:09 AM
    The Metrodome collapse may symbolize the Viking season, but a person choking to death will represent the Packers and Bears in the playoffs.
    ===================================
    Riiiiight. How’d you do in the NFCCG last season again?

  34. sportsglutton says: Dec 16, 2010 1:31 PM

    The Vikings should have never gone indoors to play football and playing Monday night outdoors should be celebrated by every football fan.

    http://sports-glutton.com/2010/12/16/a-return-to-the-great-outdoors/

  35. canadianvikingfaniii says: Dec 16, 2010 2:05 PM

    SpartaChris says:
    Dec 16, 2010 1:28 PM
    canadianvikingfaniii says:
    Dec 16, 2010 9:09 AM
    The Metrodome collapse may symbolize the Viking season, but a person choking to death will represent the Packers and Bears in the playoffs.
    ===================================
    Riiiiight. How’d you do in the NFCCG last season again?
    ————————————
    What’s your point? Wake up moron, bring something relevant to today.

  36. SpartaChris says: Dec 16, 2010 2:45 PM

    canadianvikingfaniii says:
    Dec 16, 2010 2:05 PM
    SpartaChris says:
    Dec 16, 2010 1:28 PM
    canadianvikingfaniii says:
    Dec 16, 2010 9:09 AM
    The Metrodome collapse may symbolize the Viking season, but a person choking to death will represent the Packers and Bears in the playoffs.
    ===================================
    Riiiiight. How’d you do in the NFCCG last season again?
    ————————————
    What’s your point? Wake up moron, bring something relevant to today.
    =================================
    You know exactly what my point is, genius. Kinda hypocritical to label the Packers or Bears as chokers when that’s exactly what Minnescrota did last season in the playoffs.

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