On Monday, Minneapolis officials unveiled a stadium plan they claimed would be a “game-changer” in the battle to finance a new home for the Vikings.
The team issued a tepid response by press release, and sounded even less enthused when asked for a quote.
“$440 million for the site does not work, and it’s not something we can support. Three parties need to negotiate a deal, and this does not accomplish that,” Vikings’ vice president Lester Bagley told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune.
As Florio pointed out Monday, the Vikings are playing this perfectly. Two local governments are now competing to build the stadium.
A fly in the ointment could be a lack of widespread public support. Nearly 75% of people polled by the Star-Tribune said the Vikings shouldn’t get any taxpayer money to build the stadium. 60% said the Vikings should just stay in the Metrodome. The same poll revealed for the first time, however, that voters believe money spent on the Twins’ Target Field was worth it.
The Vikings have an important two weeks coming up for the future of their stadium project and franchise as a whole. Public opposition to funding a stadium can’t help what is already a challenging situation.