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Vikings may still buy land from Star-Tribune

The ever-changing Vikings stadium discussion has taken yet another new turn.   (Which is really a recycled old turn.)

Governor Mark Dayton’s liaison for stadium negotiations, Ted Mondale, confirmed that purchasing downtown land from the Minneapolis Star-Tribune is back in play.

“One of the ideas is to buy the Star-Tribune land and put up a stadium there while the Vikings play in the Metrodome,” Mondale told the St. Paul Pioneer Press.

The recent proposals for a Vikings stadium included demolishing the Metrodome and building a new stadium on the same land.  In that scenario, the Vikings would likely have to play University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium for at least a few seasons.  (The Vikings nearly bought the land in 2007, but it felt through.)

Mondale says purchasing the Star-Tribune land would make a “seamless” transition.

It’s worth noting that there are no fewer than five possibilities for what the Vikings will do in pursuit of a new stadium.  With the Metrodome’s lease expiring after next season, they need to settle on one quickly.

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21 Responses to “Vikings may still buy land from Star-Tribune”
  1. ticewasbetter says: Feb 23, 2011 4:27 PM

    Yea, the Vikings really sound like a team wanting to move to L.A…. NOT.

  2. minnesotablizzard says: Feb 23, 2011 4:28 PM

    “but it felt through”

    Can you please get rid of Rosenthal or at least make him proof read?!

    Think of all the fresh graduates over the last 2 years with journalism degrees looking for work.

  3. nanner12wojo says: Feb 23, 2011 4:31 PM

    This is the plan they need to settle on.

    Brooklyn Park or Ramsey County (Arden Hills) are outside of downtown which would create traffic nightmares on gamedays, not to mention they are far from the majority of the fanbase (located in the SW metro).

    The other 2 options could work but are costly – next to Target Field or current Dome site.

    This new plan is perfect and would land the stadium closer to the heart of downtown and sandwich the business/financial district right between the Twins and Vikings stadiums.

  4. hobartbaker says: Feb 23, 2011 4:40 PM

    They just have to remove the old ink stains from the property before new owners move in.

  5. 2dalake says: Feb 23, 2011 4:51 PM

    I know downtown is probably the best option, but I do like Arnen Hills because it would have room for a good tail-gaiting experience. Just get a deal done!!

  6. vikefan says: Feb 23, 2011 5:22 PM

    Nanner, u sound exteremly bias & uneducated, the majority of the fanbase in the SW Metro? PLZ!! People come from all over to see a game, ND, IA, south, east, and overseas, the only thing in SW metro is their CURRENT facility.

    Perosnally (and from an ownership standpoint), I would think arden hills would be by far the most popular avenue. Vikings could move all facilities if they chose as well as adding dining, hotel, parking, entertainment, etc. as they so choose. Plz dont worry about traffic, that hell hole mpls takes 2 hours to get out of with all parking lots on 2 main roads and everyone trying to leave at same time around stupid lights (that should be turned off with traffic cops working anyway). I have heard bout lot worse traffic issues elseware so think that is non-issue with any secenario.

    Bottom line….get it done somehow, someway!! The Vikings organiztion deserve this to try and stay competitive financially and vikings fans deserve this to have a better game day experience!! PERIOD!

  7. edenprairieballer says: Feb 23, 2011 5:40 PM

    I agree with nanner completely that a stadium in downtown mpls is the best option (more bars, resturants, things to do etc.). Arden Hills would be a freaking nightmare to commute to the only main artery is 35w which would become hell during games. and vike fan you should stay in ND or Iowa because driving downtown is easy as hell, multiple interstates and what not.

  8. idolized1 says: Feb 23, 2011 5:50 PM

    Whatever keeps the Vikings in Minnesota.

    I may be biased as a Vikings fan, but I’d say the same about the Packers, Bears, Lions, etc…

    With the history of the NFC North, it would be a total shame for the game itself to lose one of the above historic teams to a different city, especially one in California.

  9. vikefan says: Feb 23, 2011 5:51 PM

    The only think that downtown has (which should weigh very heavy for any thought process) is light rail and mass transit. I believe that is a very big deal and hopefully always considered in any option.

  10. vikefan says: Feb 23, 2011 6:03 PM

    TO eden prarie baller, I live in mn- driving in to downtown is easy, LEAVING SUCKS!!!

  11. goombar2 says: Feb 23, 2011 6:50 PM

    I thought the best idea was to put this idiot franchise on top of an ammo dump and light ’em up.

    The vikes just aren’t NFC North material and I’m sick and tired of giving that welfare franchise my hard earned money as a Packer owner.

    Either pony up you cheap vikes or shut up already… Bunch of soft dome loving morons…

  12. mj5150 says: Feb 23, 2011 6:52 PM

    Hey downtown stadium supporters……….parking and traffic in downtown ISN’T A NIGHTMARE??????? Downtown works for the Twins NOT the Vikings. The Twins play during the week- where they benefit from people working downtown and the people that are down there shopping. When the Vikings play it’s usually on Sunday where it’s a ghost town and parking and traffic are STILL a nightmare. Add in the fact that they are proposing using an area that currently are the ONLY tailgate lots and you have even LESS parking. WHY do we keep insisting on cramming stadiums in small areas in this state???????? Target Field is beautiful but there are some bad sight lines in the upper levels in the outfield-trust me ive been past the 2nd row where you can’t see a homerun

  13. mrcowpatty says: Feb 23, 2011 6:52 PM

    What ever vikefan says, I agree with it.

  14. jc1958cool says: Feb 23, 2011 7:13 PM

    LA que`ns would be a perfect venue for a super bowl! can’t win one in minnesota might as well move!! lol

  15. truwarier90 says: Feb 23, 2011 7:27 PM

    why don’t they just renovate the rose bowl and move the team to california? free agents wanna play in cali close to the beach not in lake minnetoka.

  16. jebdamone says: Feb 23, 2011 9:06 PM

    i think that the arden hills site is perfect for the vikings. like another poster said, with this space the vikings can make the area their headquarters and create a very good community around the stadium. tailgating would be easily accommodated, the light rail could be added onto from downtown and with major highways surrounding the plot traffic would be much better in and out then it is downtown. the. farthest reaching areas of SW Minneapolis would still be within an hour of the site and its location would also get more people from northern areas of st cloud, anoka and even duluth down to see the games.

  17. emossome84 says: Feb 24, 2011 5:09 AM

    I’d like to see where you guys park that it takes you hours to get of downtown after Vikes games. Either you are repeatedly parking on the highest level of parking ramps, or you really suck at driving. Never takes me more than 30 mins to get back to Eden Prairie after the games.

  18. vikefan says: Feb 24, 2011 9:06 AM

    3 blocks from HCMC & leave going north on 35 W or 394

  19. gregjennings85 says: Feb 24, 2011 10:30 AM

    Keep the Vikings in Minnesota, period.

  20. edenprairieballer says: Feb 24, 2011 4:52 PM

    Hey Emossome84… have a good time at the engagement party!?

  21. emossome84 says: Feb 26, 2011 1:34 AM

    Hell ya man

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