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Leslie Frazier prefers to stay indoors

Leslie Frazier

Vikings owner Zygi Wilf reportedly wants to play outdoors.  His new coach has a different opinion on the matter.

Appearing as the first guest on the first episode of ProFootballTalk Live (we were going to call it The T.Ocho Show but that name was taken), Vikings coach Leslie Frazier said that he prefers the environment created by the Metrodome.

When, you know, the roof isn’t caved in.

Said Frazier:  “I love playing in that Metrodome.  It gives opposing teams fits.  We’ve seen the effect that it has on other teams and I can think back to a number of games, including our playoff game a year ago against the Cowboys.  It just made it a very dysfunctional situation for their offense.  It’s got to be one of the loudest venues if not the loudest in the National Football League and when it’s going there’s not greater place to be a home team than here in Minnesota.  It’s a special place.”

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27 Responses to “Leslie Frazier prefers to stay indoors”
  1. calloustongue says: Jan 4, 2011 2:12 PM

    He’s not dumb. He knows the Vikings need every concievable advantage to make up for their lack of talent.

  2. canadianvikingfaniii says: Jan 4, 2011 2:15 PM

    He’s right, unfortunately no one is willing to foot the bill for a new dome.

  3. shaggytoodle says: Jan 4, 2011 2:20 PM

    Said Frazier: “I love playing in that Metrodome. It gives opposing teams fits.”

    Especially when the league needs to reschedule games, because it can’t take Minnesota snow fall. That dome has caved in a handful of times, and just like they handle the football team, they go for a quick patch fix, instead of figuring out what would be best LONG term.

    That sort of thinking gets teams relocated.

  4. SpartaChris says: Jan 4, 2011 2:23 PM

    Football is meant to be played outdoors, not in a friggin climate controlled dome. I don’t care if they want to build a mixed use facility with a retractable roof that can be used for non NFL events, but the NFL should mandate EVERY game be played in the elements.

  5. hobartbaker says: Jan 4, 2011 2:23 PM

    “Plus my ears freeze outdoors. I can never find a hat that covers them quite properly.”.

  6. ermi0101 says: Jan 4, 2011 2:26 PM

    what, you cant cheat and pump in crowd noise through the speakers at an open air stadium?!?!

  7. ejmat2 says: Jan 4, 2011 2:41 PM

    calloustongue says:
    Jan 4, 2011 2:12 PM
    He’s not dumb. He knows the Vikings need every concievable advantage to make up for their lack of talent.
    ——————————–
    Has to be one of the most moronic statements ever. Even though the Vikings played poorly this year does not mean they have a team without talent. They have more talent than most NFL teams. FYI: Most teams use their home venues and crowd as advantages. It’s called “HOME FIELD ADVANTAGE”.

  8. jimmy1smith says: Jan 4, 2011 2:43 PM

    It sure gave the Packers fits this year. They were only able to score 28 more points than the Vikings after outscoring the Cowgirls by 38 points the previous week. Sure makes a difference when you win by 31-3, takes a real mental toll on the team to play in those tight games.

    Also remember, Leslie wanted Farve to start in that last game so his judgement is questionable. As if that is already evident by the mere fact that he is employed by the Vikings.

  9. didiwags says: Jan 4, 2011 2:49 PM

    Are you all blind or just incapable of seeing that he is just trying to make good with the MN fans and the ppl who are in charge of getting the dome back up and running. They cant play there games in the stupid TCF Stadium all of next year cause it is not equipped to handle the amount of tickets they sell. Plus no booze which means many unhappy fans! They have a year left on their lease with the dome. He is making sure they have some place to play next year!

  10. mustbenugs says: Jan 4, 2011 2:54 PM

    Leslie has apparently never played in Invesco field, hasn’t the milehigh stadium proven over and over even since the rebuild to be the loudest?

    Well hey, I’m a Chiefs fan and I think new Arrowhead does that to teams too.

    Leslie is arrogant, vikings still suck.

  11. Robert says: Jan 4, 2011 3:11 PM

    Mr Wilf meets with the officials of Los Angeles, and weeks later the Dome collapses?

    Wilf and his minions have already planned to move this team to Southern California.

    The writing is on the wall.

    Why hasn’t anyone else seen this.

    Los Angeles Vikings—-next season!

  12. kellyb9 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:18 PM

    “ermi0101 says:
    Jan 4, 2011 2:26 PM
    what, you cant cheat and pump in crowd noise through the speakers at an open air stadium?!?!”

    I thought only the Colts did that?

  13. theytukrjobs says: Jan 4, 2011 3:41 PM

    The Metrodome currently hosts over 200 events not related to the Vikings. Superbowl, NCAA Final Four, concerts, Motocross rallies, etc.

    There have been some really great events in that building, bringing in a lot of $$$, for the city that are only an option with a roof.

    Retractable roof lets you have your cake and eat it too. Beatiful outdoor football with all the side action. But spending an extra 200 million dollars for 8 home games a year would be stupid in a deficit. Plus how much do you want to bet the roof gets closed for the sub-40 degree games anyways? In Milwaukee they close their roof any time it dips below 60. Granted they are softer to the cold than here and baseball is not as natural in the cold, but still.

    The Metrodome is the loudest stadium in the league in terms of average decibel level. The design keeps a lot of sound in and the fans are unbelievable quite frankly. Being in that building when it gets rowdy is just insane. As much of a dump as it is, there is no venue in the NFL that is louder or harder to play in. No team in the NFL has a greater disparity between home and away winning percentage than the Vikings in the last 30 years. The Metrodome is statistically the best home field advantage in the NFL and that is due almost purely to the noise. Half of that is crazy fans but much of it as well is the design.

    The Vikings should build a nice indoor facility, not much unlike Ford Field, with sound containing design in mind. And put a roof that can handle 4 feet of snow on it too!

  14. rpiotr01 says: Jan 4, 2011 3:52 PM

    It also gives opposing teams fits when 100 tons of snow falls on their heads while trying to return a punt.

    Get rid of the dome, deal with the cold for the 4 game days a year when it’s actually an issue.

  15. superalpha says: Jan 4, 2011 3:54 PM

    What a surprise, a formerly tough NFL player joins the Vikings, and all of a sudden his mind is polluted with the notion that football should be played in a giant, temperature-controlled whoopie cushion. Something in the Twin Cities air must lower testosterone levels.

    I suppose the Metrodump DOES give teams fits, when they pump in crowd noise to make up for the no-shows.

  16. cliverush says: Jan 4, 2011 3:55 PM

    Bring out the wrecking ball. Then go get the moving vans. Heading southwest anyone?

  17. funkylovemonkey says: Jan 4, 2011 3:58 PM

    Arrowhead Stadium (KC), Quest Field (Sea), Invesco Field (Den), Metrodome (Min), and even Lambeau Field (GB) claim to have the loudest stadiums. Quest Field was apparently designed to channel sound down to the field, although I’m skeptical how much difference it makes. The truth is it’s all subjective since I don’t think anyone has done a consistent study. Even if they did, it would vary from week to week and what would you use as your data? Peak loudness? Sustained noise? What’s more I’m sure different parts of the field are louder then others. Really it’s a silly thing to brag about since a well coached team should be able to switch to a silent count without being impacted too much.

  18. ejmat2 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:09 PM

    mustbenugs says:
    Jan 4, 2011 2:54 PM
    Leslie has apparently never played in Invesco field, hasn’t the milehigh stadium proven over and over even since the rebuild to be the loudest?

    Well hey, I’m a Chiefs fan and I think new Arrowhead does that to teams too.

    Leslie is arrogant, vikings still suck.
    —————–
    Yeah, the Chiefs have been pretty stellar throughout the years, haven’t they? Just because you win a division title in one of the owrst divisions in football don’t gloat about it.

  19. cardiovascularendurance says: Jan 4, 2011 4:11 PM

    That’s interesting. I would have pegged him as an outdoorsy, long-walks-on-the-beach kinda guy!

  20. ejmat2 says: Jan 4, 2011 4:17 PM

    superalpha says:
    Jan 4, 2011 3:54 PM
    What a surprise, a formerly tough NFL player joins the Vikings, and all of a sudden his mind is polluted with the notion that football should be played in a giant, temperature-controlled whoopie cushion. Something in the Twin Cities air must lower testosterone levels.

    I suppose the Metrodump DOES give teams fits, when they pump in crowd noise to make up for the no-shows.
    ——————-
    You care to show the link that confirms that the Vikings pumped in crowd noise in the Metrodome? Please share.

    On a side note I do like the comment about the “…giant, temperature-controlled whooppie cushion”. That made me laugh.

  21. jpmelon says: Jan 4, 2011 4:44 PM

    They should take full advantage of the weather there……with AP, they should want more snow-days than fair-weather days. Frazier likes to be comfortable, that’s why he likes the dome.

  22. flyingelvislogosucksbringbackpatpatriot says: Jan 4, 2011 6:29 PM

    When was the last time a roof was ever open at a “retractable dome” stadium? Talk about a waste of money, there is always a reason to keep it closed and the opening is smaller than the old cowboys stadium. Play outside, become Norsman again. Wimps.

  23. 22deuce says: Jan 4, 2011 10:22 PM

    I doubt the guys demanding an outdoor game will actually go to one.

    I for one, don’t want to pay for an open stadium because it would only be used for football. Domes are actually useful for others.

    Zygi can build his own outdoor stadium, and take all the money it makes. Better for him in the long run.

  24. leskolvikes82 says: Jan 5, 2011 1:31 AM

    The first question I have is how many of you people actually live in Minnesota?? Do you know how cold it is here during the winter?? Would you like to play outdoor football for over 3 hours in temperatures much much below zero?? Green Bay, Chicago, yeah they have snow but their temps are heat waves compared to ours. Snow days in MN are fair weather days during the winter as if it is not snowing it is COLD!! And by cold I don’t mean below freezing, I mean BELOW ZERO. As a fan that has attended many games at the SOLD OUT HHH Metrodome, I LOVE IT!! Yes it is loud…why? BECAUSE MN VIKINGS FANS ARE LOUD!!! I am not saying that a hot air balloon for a roof is the best idea for ruthless Minnesota winters, but it has not failed us is over 20 YEARS!!! And what happened then??? A baseball through the roof, NOTHING TO DO WITH WEATHER. Know your facts before you talk. SKOL VIKINGS!!!

  25. Beer Cheese Soup says: Jan 5, 2011 3:11 AM

    ermi0101 says:

    what, you cant cheat and pump in crowd noise through the speakers at an open air stadium?!?!
    ____________

    Of course you can. Qwest Field was architecturally designed just for that purpose, in fact. Talk about a team that needs every advantage…

  26. helloplayername says: Jan 6, 2011 12:46 AM

    leskolvikes82 says:
    Jan 5, 2011 1:31 AM
    The first question I have is how many of you people actually live in Minnesota?? Do you know how cold it is here during the winter?? Would you like to play outdoor football for over 3 hours in temperatures much much below zero?? Green Bay, Chicago, yeah they have snow but their temps are heat waves compared to ours. Snow days in MN are fair weather days during the winter as if it is not snowing it is COLD!! And by cold I don’t mean below freezing, I mean BELOW ZERO. As a fan that has attended many games at the SOLD OUT HHH Metrodome, I LOVE IT!! Yes it is loud…why? BECAUSE MN VIKINGS FANS ARE LOUD!!! I am not saying that a hot air balloon for a roof is the best idea for ruthless Minnesota winters, but it has not failed us is over 20 YEARS!!! And what happened then??? A baseball through the roof, NOTHING TO DO WITH WEATHER. Know your facts before you talk. SKOL VIKINGS!!!
    ————————————————–

    Okay. Point by point.

    1. No, Minnesota is seized with suck, and I’d never live there.

    2. Yes, I know how cold it is. It’s usually colder in Wisconsin, contrary to upcoming points you make in a failed fashion.

    3. If I got paid like a player, hell yes I’d play for 3 hours in the cold, and you know you would too.

    4. Green Bay a heat wave compared to Minnehaha? That’s hilarious.

    5. There are no words for how dumb the crap you’re spewing is.

    6. Sold out Metrodome! Thanks to local businesses who have to purchase tickets to prevent blackouts! Glad Green Bay doesn’t have to rely on such a cheap tactic to avoid blackouts.

    7. It’s loud because of the piped in noise, get it right. Not enough fairweathers during the times when they suck to make that much noise.

    8. The bubbledome’s collapsed 7 times. It was never a good idea, but being a bunch of cheapasses set you up for this current fail.

    9. Looks like I’ve got my facts in line… and…

    10. How cute! It’s almost as if you think the Vikings are still playing. Now sit down while the real teams play.

  27. leskolvikes82 says: Jan 7, 2011 1:08 AM

    Not quite…or at all for that matter. Wow.

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