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Vikings had to get help from league to find preseason opponent

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Vikings V.P. of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley (pictured) joined PFT Live on Friday to discuss the status of efforts to get a new venue built in the Twin Cities.

Regardless of what happens, it’s clear that the Vikings aren’t interested in staying in the Metrodome.

“It’s not a threat, it’s just kind of the reality,” Bagley said.  “The Metrodome no longer works.”

To prove his point, Bagley disclosed a fact that had not previously been reported.  Due to the status of the Metrodome, which experienced a roof collapse during the 2010 season, the Vikings had trouble getting another team to agree to play an exhibition game there.

“We couldn’t even get a preseason game scheduled this year,” Bagley said.  “We could not get a partner and the league had to step in and help us get a preseason game scheduled because of that facility. . . . [T]he facility is no longer viable and we’ve got to resolve the issue.”

It appears that the issue will be resolved during the current legislative session, one way or the other.  With the Vikings due to become free agents after the 2011 season, failure to make significant progress could result in a relocation of the team.

So be advised, Vikings fans.  If you want the team to stay in Minnesota, it’s now or quite possibly never.

The full interview with Bagley soon will be posted at the PFT Live home page.  It’s already in the iTunes store for podcasting.

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57 Responses to “Vikings had to get help from league to find preseason opponent”
  1. cusoman says: Apr 8, 2011 2:37 PM

    I’m cool with this, put the pressure on. Interesting and telling fact that the humpty dome is no longer a worthwhile home, not even to away teams, apparently!

  2. loytomaki says: Apr 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    If they do move the team (which I hope they do not) I at least hope they strip the name so the history can stay with the Minnesota team until they can get a new one. Similar to what they did when the Browns relocated to Baltimore.

  3. fcmlefty1 says: Apr 8, 2011 2:40 PM

    I just hope that all parties realize that this indeed is the “zero hour” – team, legislators, cities, counties and the fans.

  4. whitespeedreceiver says: Apr 8, 2011 2:43 PM

    What a good little puppet. He really did get some great lessons from Dave St. Peter, but he needs to skip ahead to the part where the team finds a municipal or county partner to pay for 1/3 or be ready for the Vikings to pay 2/3 of the cost of the stadium they want.

  5. 13xworldchamps says: Apr 8, 2011 2:44 PM

    OMG…………LOL what else can be said. No one wants to play at the slum dome. The league has to step in and get a preseason opponent!!!!!!!!

    SKOAL Vikings we have had to now hit an all time low

  6. commoncents says: Apr 8, 2011 2:46 PM

    It shocks me that the league isn’t 100% responsible for the pre-season schedule.

  7. northeastern31 says: Apr 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    I cant imagine the Vikings not in Minnesota…..

    Seriously, imagine if your favorite team just got up and left…..that must suck.

  8. wetpaperbag2 says: Apr 8, 2011 2:48 PM

    May he rest in peace…but on the flip side of this coin, we can all thank President Ronald Regan for this public dollars/stadium mess.

  9. broncobeta says: Apr 8, 2011 2:53 PM

    If I was a Viking fan I’d take this pretty seriously.

    Perhaps they can borrow the Minnesota State Screaming Eagles’ Stadium for the time being.

  10. dukemarc says: Apr 8, 2011 2:54 PM

    loytomaki says: Apr 8, 2011 2:39 PM

    If they do move the team (which I hope they do not) I at least hope they strip the name so the history can stay with the Minnesota team until they can get a new one. Similar to what they did when the Browns relocated to Baltimore.

    —————————————————-

    If the Vikes do go away, I wouldn’t hold your breath on getting a new team anytime soon. I have a feeling that it would be more of a Lakers/Timberwolves timeframe than a North Stars/Wild timeframe.

  11. hobartbaker says: Apr 8, 2011 2:55 PM

    Challenge Zbikowski. He’ll fight anyone.

  12. 2dalake says: Apr 8, 2011 2:57 PM

    Goodbye Metrodump!

  13. airraid77 says: Apr 8, 2011 3:00 PM

    IF the legislature fails, and if this labor disputes gets solved in the next month or so, the vikings may have already played their last game in minnesota.

  14. tramonisland says: Apr 8, 2011 3:04 PM

    PLAY AT TCF STADIUM! Clearly this is the most logical resolution until a new stadium is built but the Vikings brass is too boneheaded to figure it out.

  15. uwsptke says: Apr 8, 2011 3:04 PM

    loytomaki says:
    Apr 8, 2011 2:39 PM
    “If they do move the team (which I hope they do not) I at least hope they strip the name so the history can stay with the Minnesota team until they can get a new one. Similar to what they did when the Browns relocated to Baltimore.”

    I’d rather they change the name immediately. As a Scandinavian-American, I’m deeply offended by a team that hasn’t won anything gets to call themselves “Vikings” while parading around in purple.

  16. JimmySmith says: Apr 8, 2011 3:09 PM

    Who did they schedule for the preseason game, UW-Riverfalls or Hamlin U?

  17. Robert says: Apr 8, 2011 3:11 PM

    If the Vikes do go away, I wouldn’t hold your breath on getting a new team anytime soon. I have a feeling that it would be more of a Lakers/Timberwolves timeframe than a North Stars/Wild timeframe.

    Bring the Jaguars to Minneapolis!!!!

  18. firethorn1001 says: Apr 8, 2011 3:20 PM

    As much as I despise the Vikings from a competitive fan standpoint, I wouldn’t wish the loss of a franchise on any fan base.

  19. pervyharvin says: Apr 8, 2011 3:22 PM

    When we build our stadium it will be a beauty. Just another reason for the ongoing jealousy of Packer fans against MN.

  20. realfann says: Apr 8, 2011 3:24 PM

    Not wanting to play the Vikings had nothing to do with the stadium.

  21. marvsleezy says: Apr 8, 2011 3:30 PM

    The leugue should do the preseason sched and give us more NFL AFC match ups that we dont normally get to see – I know its just pre season, but thats even more of a reason to change it up

  22. bzillaz says: Apr 8, 2011 3:31 PM

    Get the new stadium built already. No excuses!!!

  23. kotapug says: Apr 8, 2011 3:35 PM

    TCF is not set up to be a permanent home to a NFL team it is designed for college ball. They did put it in the designs to expand the stadium if needed to host the vikes during a construction of a new stadium.TCF is a temporary solution and I hope that is all they need until they have a new home built for themselves in MN. Fl orio are you going to delete this post just like all of my other ones ?

  24. jrmbadger says: Apr 8, 2011 3:36 PM

    “JimmySmith says:
    Apr 8, 2011 3:09 PM
    Who did they schedule for the preseason game, UW-Riverfalls or Hamlin U?”

    Whoaaa there Jimmy…. the Vikes need someone they can BEAT to get public support for the new stadium.

    Perhaps the Gophers would be interested? If there’s a more inept football team in Minnesota than the Vikings it would have to be the Gophers.

  25. schemefactory says: Apr 8, 2011 3:37 PM

    all the right-wingers on this sight who are vikings fans: where are you? wanna comment on how you hope they don’t leave but you won’t spend one more cent of your hard earned dollar on a new stadium? if they leave, it’s really on you.

  26. thefiesty1 says: Apr 8, 2011 3:39 PM

    The Vikings are no loner viable regardless of the condition of the ‘dome. Just play all 4 preseason games on the road. They don’t count anyway, it’s just practice.

  27. jrmbadger says: Apr 8, 2011 3:40 PM

    “pervyharvin says:
    Apr 8, 2011 3:22 PM
    When we build our stadium it will be a beauty. Just another reason for the ongoing jealousy of Packer fans against MN.”

    I’ve got an idea to save some $$$ on the Vikings new stadium!

    Rent out your trophy room to other teams…. fact is, Lambeau’s trophy room is probably getting pretty full and everyone knows the Vikings have plenty of room!

  28. metalhead65 says: Apr 8, 2011 3:43 PM

    can’t wait till they move them yo la la land and in 5 years you are writing about how nobody goes to games there, or is that just reserved for jacksonville? look nobody but you and the league cares about there not being a team out there. they had 2 teams and did not support either one what makes you think it will be any different once the excitemant of having a team wears off?it will be sad for viking fans but they should not be blackmailed into paying for a stadium when there is no money to pay for it and help a rich guy get even richer.

  29. seabreezes51 says: Apr 8, 2011 3:48 PM

    LaVikes?

  30. rcali says: Apr 8, 2011 3:49 PM

    Any world on how the billionaire owner will privately fund a new stadium? Los Angeles is a pipe dream without private funding as well.

  31. freealonzo says: Apr 8, 2011 3:54 PM

    Why is it “zero hour” or “now or never?” Where do the Vikings go in 2012 if the Legislature doesn’t act this year? California wouldn’t be ready and there is no other City they could move to.

    the stadium situation needs to be resolved but right now the Vikings have very little options for 2012 (and probably 2013) other than the Metrodome.

  32. supermariojosh says: Apr 8, 2011 3:57 PM

    I have mixed feelings about this.

    I’m a member of a Packers season ticket holding family, but a resident of the Minneapolis/St. Paul. I DO NOT, I repeat, I DO NOT want the Vikings to leave. As much fodder for ridiculing my Viking fan friends as this would give me, the rivalry over the last couple years is way too good to sacrifice.

    On the other hand, I also DO NOT believe that citizens who are not season ticket holders should need to pay for these private multimillion dollar stadiums. I definitely do not want to have my taxes raised to pay for the stadium of any team, much less a team I hate. I think a rare exception would be the increased sales tax in Brown County to pay for the Lambeau renovation – the city of Green Bay desperately needs the Packers. The Twin Cities would be just fine without the Vikes (economically speaking – emotionally, who knows).

  33. seabreezes51 says: Apr 8, 2011 4:03 PM

    Wait Wait……. Dallas is hoping to get a pro team! How about Dallas?

  34. georgeanderson2 says: Apr 8, 2011 4:06 PM

    The city, county and state can not pay for a stadium, but I bet they are willing to give huge breaks to Vikes and the ownership group to build their own stadium, while basically keeping all the money. The citizens should not be forced into paying for something they can not afford. To choose between the basics of keeping a city alive and a new billion dollar stadium is unfair. The fans support the team, but unless a revenue sharing agreement is set up with the city or state, stop asking for the poor to pay for the rich folks toys.
    The league is a for profit business ,but they are destroying the fans faith in cities when they hold the morale of a city at hostage about threating to take their toys to someones house to play. Sports teams tend to unite and drive cities beyond the basic politics. Cities and fanbases will support the teams long after the owners have sold. The owner is just the guy who holds the keys,but fans don’t care when “under new management” is announced. It is about the name on the front of the jersey and the history for the fans.
    The only constant is the fans; owners and players come and go.

  35. laeaglefan says: Apr 8, 2011 4:09 PM

    This should make it easy for the league to decide which team gets to move into the new stadium that’s going to be built in LA.

    Los Angeles Vikings does have a certain ring to it :-)

  36. sandiegosmith says: Apr 8, 2011 4:10 PM

    13xworldchamps says:
    Apr 8, 2011 2:44 PM
    OMG…………LOL what else can be said. No one wants to play at the slum dome. The league has to step in and get a preseason opponent!!!!!!!!

    SKOAL Vikings we have had to now hit an all time low
    ___________________________________

    13xworldchamps,

    I think it’s safe to assume that the majority of people on this site are adults. Please feel free type in full sentences with complete words and using only as much punctuation as is necessary.

    You can save your lol’s and omg’s for when you’re trolling for little kids on those “other” sites.

    By the way, it’s SKOL not SKOAL.

  37. mikel12q12q says: Apr 8, 2011 4:30 PM

    So the the tax payers of minn will build a new 100.000 seat stadium so when it dont sell out thay cant watch the game… Yeah ill vote for that…NOT.

  38. dukemarc says: Apr 8, 2011 4:31 PM

    schemefactory says: Apr 8, 2011 3:37 PM

    all the right-wingers on this sight who are vikings fans: where are you? wanna comment on how you hope they don’t leave but you won’t spend one more cent of your hard earned dollar on a new stadium? if they leave, it’s really on you.

    —————————————–

    Actually, it has a lot more to do with all the liberal spending – please try to remember that the stadium is up against a 5 billion dollar budget deficit that the conservatives inherited from liberals who have been bloating the state government for the past 15 years.

  39. kevinlone says: Apr 8, 2011 4:31 PM

    The Vikes should just beat feet,pound sand,act like a fetus and head out! Terrible team,with terrible fans,terrible stadium,no qb,no wr’s,no defense,for the love of God have mercy on the fine people in MN and just leave already!!

  40. tombradyswig says: Apr 8, 2011 4:35 PM

    It’s sunny and funny in….. LA!~
    Just follow the Lakers, they seem to be doing pretty well after the move out west!

  41. mac065 says: Apr 8, 2011 4:38 PM

    do you have to keep grinding the knife in our backs? haven’t Viking fans been through enough?

  42. dewalt2990 says: Apr 8, 2011 5:37 PM

    ….and people say the Lions aren’t an nfl franchise?…wow.

  43. fargovikesfan says: Apr 8, 2011 5:52 PM

    The state of Minnesota was stupid enough in the past to lose 2 professional sports teams, then cry because they didn’t have a team anymore. Lord help us if they’re stupid enough to let it happen again. Then they’ll beg and plead to get a new team, and will end up building a new stadium anyway to get one. Only it will end up costing more in the end (See Xcel Energy Center and Target Center). Build the damn stadium now, keep the team we have, and everyone ends up happy. I don’t see people bitching about Target Field now that its built, everyone is oohing and aaahing about how its one of the nicest stadiums in baseball. Same thing will happen with the Vikes stadium, so just build it and people will forget they’re paying for it in 6 months…

  44. mac065 says: Apr 8, 2011 6:30 PM

    Fargo guy…I couldn’t have said it better myself.

  45. childressrulz says: Apr 8, 2011 6:32 PM

    By the way, it’s SKOL not SKOAL.
    ___________________________________
    Are you sure you have been to Minnesota. I am pretty sure by looking at the ladies in Minnesota that it is SKOAL! I like the vikings it is a guaranteed two wins on the schedule for the pack. I hope they don’t move. I like most viking fans as well but if they do move I suppose I have to learn to look at the bright side. The bright side being maybe pervy will commit suicide.

  46. randomjim says: Apr 8, 2011 7:00 PM

    We should use the money Wisconsin owes the state of Minnesota to build. Oh wait Wisconsin is broke.

  47. 1mge says: Apr 8, 2011 7:33 PM

    Packers 14-6 SuperBowl Champs… again
    Vikings 6-10

  48. claymath52 says: Apr 8, 2011 7:55 PM

    By the way, it’s SKOL not SKOAL.

    I am not aware of this word. What does it mean? I assume it doesn’t have anything to do with winning?

    Oh looked it up:

    skol [skɒl], skoal [skəʊl]
    sentence substitute
    good health!

    Ahhh so it means good health as in we hope you P#$$ys don’t get hurt!

  49. schemefactory says: Apr 8, 2011 8:17 PM

    at the very least, the taxpayers can rest assured they won’t have to foot the bill for a new trophy case…..haaaaa..

  50. garyman1 says: Apr 8, 2011 8:29 PM

    C’mon Minnesota….quit messing around and get this done. 25 cent surcharge for each Walleye caught should take care of it.

  51. deconjonesbitchslap says: Apr 8, 2011 9:07 PM

    so, is that place even patched up? or is the rain this weekend going to make it a fishbowl?

  52. freedomispopular says: Apr 8, 2011 9:30 PM

    Simplest and cheapest solution: leave the roof off.

  53. sabeybaby says: Apr 8, 2011 9:35 PM

    Move this team to LA and make the State part of Canada.

  54. knucklehead93 says: Apr 8, 2011 9:53 PM

    I’m sure Zygi told all the owners to not want to play there. More leverage.

    All these owners are on the same page. A new stadium in MN means more money for all the other 31 teams too.

  55. vbhall78 says: Apr 8, 2011 10:05 PM

    Packers 3x Super Bowl Champs
    Vikings 4x Super Bowl Losers!!!!
    Enough said, but I’d hate to see the Vikqueens lose their team.

  56. airraid77 says: Apr 9, 2011 12:30 AM

    the state of minnesota has had 15 years to do deal with this…I will not feel sorry for the state of minnesota……and they will have done it all in the name of hate.(of the rich)

  57. Robert says: Apr 9, 2011 11:24 AM

    Move this team to LA and make the State part of Canada.

    This is the greatest post.

    I would rather the Tiger Cats or Bombers than the putrid Vikings.

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