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Vikings support new Metrodome roof, still want new stadium

Winter Storm Metrodome Collapse

The Minnesota Vikings said in a statement today that they support the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission’s decision to replace the Metrodome’s damaged roof. And then they proceeded to reiterate that what they really want isn’t a new roof. It’s a new stadium.

“We appreciate the MSFC’s efforts to ensure a safe environment for all year-round users of the publicly-owned stadium, and we are pleased the Vikings will be able to play in front of our fans at Mall of America Field during the final season of the team’s lease agreement,” the Vikings said in a statement, which was released shortly after the Commission said it would replace the snow-damaged Metrodome roof.

But the Vikings won’t be satisfied until the taxpayers build them a new stadium, and they also used the statement as an opportunity to make clear that they think a new stadium is the best thing for the Vikings and for Minnesota.

“The Vikings also want to be clear that the MSFC’s decision to replace the roof is not a long-term stadium solution and does not change the urgency to build a new multi-purpose stadium for the State and the Vikings,” the team said in its statement. “The Metrodome still ranks at the bottom of the NFL in terms of revenue and fan experience. It is our intent to pursue the final passage of legislation during this year’s legislative session to finance and construct a new stadium, and we are encouraged by the progress on that front.”

Left unsaid by the Vikings is that if they don’t get a new stadium from the state legislature in Minnesota, what they’ll look for next is a new home somewhere else.

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23 Responses to “Vikings support new Metrodome roof, still want new stadium”
  1. giablommi says: Feb 10, 2011 5:08 PM

    How perfect would it be if the state gives $18 million to throw a dome back on for the 2011 season only to have said season locked out and cancelled, and have the team skip out of town once the lease is up after this year and have all that time, money and effort wasted?

    This is Roger Goodell’s NFL for you.

  2. Lou Pickney says: Feb 10, 2011 5:11 PM

    The collapse of the I-35 west bridge in Minneapolis in 2007 changed priorities for many people across Minnesota. It would be a shame for the Twin Cities to lose the Vikings (to Los Angeles perhaps?) and hopefully a new stadium solution can be worked out.

    Something to consider: if the Vikings move to LA, would the NFL swap them with the Rams in divisional alignment?

  3. jc1958coo says: Feb 10, 2011 5:12 PM

    i want it all and i want it now! famous queen song how appropriate!!

  4. ticewasbetter says: Feb 10, 2011 5:15 PM

    Minnesota Vikings have issued a formal letter of their intent to move the team. Breaking News. The Minnesota Vikings have issued a letter to Ramsey County officials on their intent to begin to negotiate on a public partnership to finance a new Minnesota Viking stadium and move the team from the Metrodome site to the site in Arden Hills. The Minnesota Vikings are moving! To Arden Hills Minnesota! 25,000 parking spots, a brand new fixed roof stadium, and their practice facilities/team headqaurters will be built on the site of the old ammunition plant, a formal vote by Ramsey County officials will take place next week.

  5. heyooooh says: Feb 10, 2011 5:21 PM

    It seems like a terrible waste of taxpayer dollars to replace the roof on the Metrodome, then turn around & build a new stadium. It would seem the cost-effective option is to have them play at Gopher stadium until this is resolved.

    On a side note/tangent…I get aggravated hearing Goodell state that no new stadiums have broken ground since the current CBA went into effect. There’s 2 problems with that:

    1) We just went through the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. No banks were lending money…certainly not for shiny new stadiums when it wasn’t even sure that people could still afford to even go to sporting events.

    2) Almost every owner asks for taxpayers to foot the bill anyways. Rarely will owners pony up their own dough for stadiums.

  6. shivablast says: Feb 10, 2011 5:28 PM

    Good thing the Vikings support a new roof, because the roof clearly can’t support itself.

  7. hobartbaker says: Feb 10, 2011 5:36 PM

    Fans want a new Stadium. They continue to support the new roof on the old one, but their arms are getting tired.

  8. minnesconsin says: Feb 10, 2011 5:36 PM

    roof is covered 100% by insurance, so this is not an issue for taxpayers or for the team.

  9. canadianvikingfaniii says: Feb 10, 2011 5:37 PM

    True NFC North fans want to see the Vikings get a new stadium built.

  10. mvp43 says: Feb 10, 2011 5:39 PM

    Jacksonville will be the first choice to move to LA; they could care less about football.

    Minnesota is a funny market though; Having lived there for 3 years, its a real mix of fans. Many fans are old GB fans because of the proximity to western wisconsin. The Packers were playing football 40 years before the Vikngs existed. They do have a core fan base, but its real small compared to other teams. They also have “short man’s disease” in regards to GB, Chi and Det. They’ll always be the little brother and that drives them crazy.

  11. minnesconsin says: Feb 10, 2011 5:39 PM

    ticewasbetter says:
    Feb 10, 2011 5:15 PM
    Minnesota Vikings have issued a formal letter of their intent to move the team. Breaking News. The Minnesota Vikings have issued a letter to Ramsey County officials on their intent to begin to negotiate on a public partnership to finance a new Minnesota Viking stadium and move the team from the Metrodome site to the site in Arden Hills. The Minnesota Vikings are moving! To Arden Hills Minnesota! 25,000 parking spots, a brand new fixed roof stadium, and their practice facilities/team headqaurters will be built on the site of the old ammunition plant, a formal vote by Ramsey County officials will take place next week.
    ————–

    Before you all go thumbs-down on this post, it’s actually true. The local ABC affiliate even has a PDF of the letter available on their website. of course, it doesn’t mean the legislation will approve anything, but it’s the first “move” the vikes have made in quite some time.

  12. ticewasbetter says: Feb 10, 2011 5:50 PM

    I can see it now:

    “Arden Hills gets Vikings Stadium”

  13. francheyes says: Feb 10, 2011 5:55 PM

    Heyoooh, you’re so right on that.

    To add, why not take the money they’d spend on a new roof and make the gopher stadium available to play at year round. Heat the field, and whatever else needs to be done. I’m not sayin, I’m just sayin.

  14. favrelous says: Feb 10, 2011 6:23 PM

    Banks do not lend to people with crappy credit. They would lend to projects backed by the taxpayers of Minnesota and some of mr wilfs cash.

    Nice warm field for the gophers would not provide the type of economics to the Vikings that they are seeking.

  15. natelan says: Feb 10, 2011 7:06 PM

    mvp43 says:
    Feb 10, 2011 5:39 PM

    Jacksonville will be the first choice to move to LA; they could care less about football.

    **********************

    I think you’re wrong about that. My beloved San Diego Chargers have practically already started changing their trademark images to say Los Angeles Chargers, just like their 1960 season.

    Sucks for me as a fan in San Diego, but I’m smart enough to grasp the reality and rationale of the situation.

    Moving the Chargers to LA makes most sense for both the team and the town (LA). The town gets a winner (relatively speaking of course) and the team gets a wider audience.

    However, I don’t see the Chargers being anymore successful in LA, either in terms of wins OR attendance if they move. Sure, there will be an initial spike in attendance for the first two years as NFL fans in LA scope out their brand new downtown stadium and NFL franchise, but when the Chargers inevitably continue to fail to reach (let alone exceed) their expectations from year to year, the historically uninterested LA fanbase will dwindle, leaving the Chargers (probably with a new name a la The Ravens) as well as new backers AEG left with a profitless and meaningless team.

    Despite the prevailing perception on this website, dubiously perpetuated by disaffected Raiders fans, the Chargers have sold out every game in the last 6 years, except for two, both of them last year after a 2-5 start. They should consider themselves lucky to be in the playoff hunt every year, given their historically poor performance in the AFC West over the last 50 years, and should stay put instead of making huge sweeping changes which could put them all the way back to square one.

  16. gb15class says: Feb 10, 2011 7:07 PM

    canadianvikingfaniii:

    As a Packer fan, I confirm you are absolutely correct. The Vikings belong in Minnesota. I suggest I speak for most Packer fans saying:

    1. We want the Vikings to remain in Minnesota–we share a great history.
    2. We are glad the Favre era is over. Great player, but this Vikings attempt to chase fools gold has ended up helping the Packers more than the Vikings.
    3. We want to see real outdoor football played on both sides of the boarder. With modern technology, both fans and players can plan and withstand the elements. That Metrodome has been an antiseptic, cheap rec room place to watch sports. The Twins have returned to real outdoor sports, so should the Vikings.

  17. thekingadrock says: Feb 10, 2011 7:19 PM

    To add, why not take the money they’d spend on a new roof and make the gopher stadium available to play at year round. Heat the field, and whatever else needs to be done. I’m not sayin, I’m just sayin
    ————————————————–
    Because the Ins company who writes the policy is paying for the roof to be put on. Just like if the roof on your house collapsed due to snow, your homeowners policy would cover the damage.

  18. francheyes says: Feb 10, 2011 11:50 PM

    From what I’ve seen with ins money u can do whatever u want with it. I’m not sayin, I’m just sayin.

  19. shoeless6 says: Feb 11, 2011 12:07 AM

    “Left unsaid by the Vikings is that if they don’t get a new stadium from the state legislature in Minnesota, what they’ll look for next is a new home somewhere else.”
    ——————————————————

    Also, left unsaid by the Vikings is that if Pluto was a little bigger it would still be planet.

    Also, left unsaid by the Vikings is that if a frog had wings it wouldn’t whomp it arse on the ground every time it hopped.

    Also, left unsaid by the Vikings is that the Favre experiment was exciting, but averaged over two years it might be a pick ‘em.

    Also left unsaid by the Vikings is that . . . are you kidding me with this reporting, er I uh mean . . . speculation?

    Wow.

  20. 30ptbuck says: Feb 11, 2011 12:20 AM

    Well it would be cheaper than having Favre come back.But would probably be as big a failure
    LOL
    The Vikings the stadium and the fans all have one thing in common they all suck in a major way

  21. leopold332002 says: Feb 11, 2011 6:21 AM

    mvp43 says:
    Feb 10, 2011 5:39 PM
    Jacksonville will be the first choice to move to LA; they could care less about football.

    Yeah we care less about football and we had zero i count Zero blackouts last year you dumb ass. Don’t get mad at our city because we support our team and your city too cheap to buy another stadium. I normally don’t wish ill will on anyone’s team but i hope the vikings go to L.A.

  22. stellarperformance says: Feb 11, 2011 7:04 AM

    “Vikings support new Metrodome roof”…..and man are their arms tired!

  23. clintonportisheadd says: Feb 11, 2011 9:36 AM

    If the Vikings want a new stadium then go out and build yourselves one. They are rich enough to do so and do not need taxpayer funds. Minn is broke and needs many many things. The LAST thing they need to be doing is giving money to billionaires.

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