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Wilf on Vikings stadium: “Let’s get this project done”

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Initial reaction to a long-awaited report from the Metropolitan Commission regarding the proposed Vikings stadium in Ramsey County was that the report harms the project.  Closer study apparently has caused supporters to conclude that the full body of the report finds favor with the plan — or at least that it doesn’t kill it.

“There is nothing in this report which suggests we should not move forward with this site,” owner Zygi Wilf said, per the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  “Let’s get this project done in Arden Hills.”

Governor Mark Dayton, who at times has been coy about the Ramsey County proposal, is now willing to make something happen.  “I am willing to support a stadium in either Arden Hills or Minneapolis, as long as the project’s financing . . . is clearly defined and agreed upon,” Dayton said in statement, adding that now “is the time to decide whether or not to undertake this project and, if so, where to locate it.”

Dayton is right.  Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission president Ted Mondale said that legislators are facing a “career vote” on the issue, and the push continues to schedule a special session before Thanksgiving to approve a funding structure that includes contributions from the Vikings/NFL, the state government, and Ramsey County.

“This is our deal, at the right time and with the right partners,” Wilf said.

Wilf is right, too.  And if the powers-that-be don’t see that soon, Wilf will be able to move the team to Los Angeles — or to sell it to someone who would move it to Los Angeles — with a clear conscience.

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45 Responses to “Wilf on Vikings stadium: “Let’s get this project done””
  1. packfaninchitown says: Oct 13, 2011 7:02 AM

    If you’d just finance the thing yourself maybe it would get done faster there Zig…

  2. jimmysee says: Oct 13, 2011 7:06 AM

    It’s going to get done — only question is whether it’s at City of Industry or downtown at the Farmers Field location.

  3. elkmoundsucks says: Oct 13, 2011 7:24 AM

    “I am willing to support a stadium in either Arden Hills or Minneapolis, as long as the project’s financing . . . is clearly defined and agreed upon,” Dayton said in statement

    “or Minneapolis”??

    There hasn’t been ANY plans put together for a Minneapolis stadium… Who has time for all of those studies?

    Basically that equals – “Welcome back to Downtown Minneapolis, Vikings fans.” The absolute worst place to spend your fall days… I’m sure you all can’t wait to be stuck in a parking ramp before the game is over, or 5 deep waiting to order a dry burger and a beer at some dumpy downtown establishment.

    Minnesotans! Go get it done in Arden Hills and bring back a real NFL experience back to the Northland!

  4. dd393 says: Oct 13, 2011 7:25 AM

    Despite the fact that I’m a life-long diehard Packers fan and enjoy seeing the Vikings suffer, I hope they can get this deal done. It’s a good rivalry, a hard-fought rivalry, something that’s good for the NFL.

  5. btwicey says: Oct 13, 2011 7:31 AM

    Do it minny, get it done!!

  6. 1bigtex says: Oct 13, 2011 7:39 AM

    Why is Wilf waiting on someone else to make it happen? Get off your butt and make it happen yourself Zygi.

  7. locutus says: Oct 13, 2011 7:44 AM

    packfaninchitown says: Oct 13, 2011 7:02 AM

    If you’d just finance the thing yourself maybe it would get done faster there Zig…

    So says one of the “owners” of the Packers as he clings to his worthless paper designating his .0000000001% share. lol

  8. scudbot says: Oct 13, 2011 7:45 AM

    1. The population will probably not leave the state en masse due to a sales tax increase.

    2. It is highly unlikely that the population will boycott all goods and services that carry a sales tax.

    3. Surround the stadium with bars and snomo trail interchanges to relieve traffic issues.

    4. Occupy Arden Hills.

  9. gbsparks says: Oct 13, 2011 7:57 AM

    Instead of letting us get the deal done, why not we all just let you wealthy developers get the deal done?

  10. txxxchief says: Oct 13, 2011 8:11 AM

    I’m becoming a fan of the rather schizophrenic ideas that those up in Minnesota have about stadium funding and taxation. Looking from the outside, one can appreciate how some who are not football fans would not want sales tax or other “local” taxes to be used to fund a stadium. However, Minnesotans tend to vote for very liberal political candidates (particularly in the national stage) who believe in confiscatory income taxes and other policies that serve to involuntarily redistribute their income and stifle businesses and the creation of new jobs. Ironic.

  11. txxxchief says: Oct 13, 2011 8:14 AM

    I think many in Minnesota would be in favor of a special federal tax on those in other NFL cities to pay for their stadium.

  12. vikingbill1 says: Oct 13, 2011 8:38 AM

    This is ridiculous and bad for the NFL. Whether or not you love or hate the Vikes, this is BAD for the NFL. Get the F@ckin stadium deal done…

  13. packfaninchitown says: Oct 13, 2011 8:38 AM

    locutus says:

    So says one of the “owners” of the Packers as he clings to his worthless paper designating his .0000000001% share. lol
    I don’t own any stock, but then again the Packer stadium bill passed relatively easy and Lambeau was renovated a while back.

    This will get done when the MN lawmakers realize resistance is futile…

  14. rugdog100 says: Oct 13, 2011 8:41 AM

    packfaninchitown — Wilf is financing nearly 50% of the project. The state and county are making an investment in their economic future, not building a stadium for a billionaire… such a stupid argument from simple minded people.

  15. locutusthebusybody says: Oct 13, 2011 8:57 AM

    locutus says:
    Oct 13, 2011 7:44 AM
    packfaninchitown says: Oct 13, 2011 7:02 AM

    If you’d just finance the thing yourself maybe it would get done faster there Zig…

    So says one of the “owners” of the Packers as he clings to his worthless paper designating his .0000000001% share. lol

    _______

    What are you clinging to? The hope that your vike recveivers can grow hands on their feet so they can start catching mcnabby’s bounce passes?

  16. cusoman says: Oct 13, 2011 9:00 AM

    Boy howdy, this sure sounds like the mark of a man who has every intention to move this team, doesn’t it? Detractors best shut the hell up.

  17. darthvincent says: Oct 13, 2011 9:13 AM

    Wilf is financing nearly 50% of the project.

    actually, no he’s not. the Viking season ticket holders are going to have PSL’s that fund almost all of Wilf’s contribution.

    The Vikes will get their stadium, and then season long blackout’s will follow.

  18. comeonnowguys says: Oct 13, 2011 9:15 AM

    Maybe when the Vikings move, they’ll have a chance to finally win a title, a la the North Stars/Stars.

  19. johnsticle says: Oct 13, 2011 9:17 AM

    Skol Zygi, let’s get this bill!
    Skol Zygi, run up that hill!
    Go get that stadium!
    Then get them roads done!
    Sign ‘em, pass ‘em!
    Build, Build, Build!

    Skol Dayton, get us that session!
    Skol Dayton, screw the recession!
    Let’s get the stadium!
    So we can’t complain more!
    Sign ‘em, pass ‘em!
    Build, Build, Build!

    *repeat*

    ^Vikings Stadium Building Song To Encourage :)

  20. Derty Ernie says: Oct 13, 2011 9:26 AM

    Why should the Wilfs be required to pay for the whole thing when no other owners have done so. First, the Wilfs have increased the amount they will contribute to the project three times bending over backwards to make this deal go down.

    Pundits need to recognize that were talking a lot of income tax revenue from the players salaries that go into state coffers so they have to pony up to the bar also.

    The sticking point all along has been the location not the money actually. The money issue between the owners and the state is a done deal and has been for a while now.

    Its just you have a handful of politicians insisting the project goes in their backyard (Minneapolis/St Paul) or they may not get re-elected so they are stone-walling the vote needed to make this happen.

    If this project goes where the Wilfs want it all that player tax dollare leave the downtown area.
    I would not be shocked to see the Wilfs end up selling or moving because of the stubborness of the politicians in this fight for dollars.

  21. Little Earthquake says: Oct 13, 2011 9:34 AM

    Vikes should play in Minneapolis or St Paul, not bumbletwat.

    And the team should pay for their playpen, not taxpayers.

  22. glac1 says: Oct 13, 2011 9:50 AM

    If they pass any tax hike in a localized area, without a vote of the people… it could end up in the courts…..for years!

  23. clintonportisheadd says: Oct 13, 2011 9:55 AM

    Derty Ernie says: Oct 13, 2011 9:26 AM

    Why should the Wilfs be required to pay for the whole thing when no other owners have done so?

    ———————————–

    Of course thats not true. Metlife was 100% financed by the Jets and Giants. And no taxpayer money is going to either of the new LA stadiums.

    The facts are taxpayers have got smart and are no longer into corporate welfare for billionaires. Look at the Kingdome and the Meadowlands fiascoes. Taxpayers paid for stadiums that were then discarded by the NFL tenants. The joke is that as of today 10/13/11 the taxpayers in those places are STILL paying off the bonds.

    If Wilf wants a new stadium tell him to take out a loan and build it himself. The numbers don’t lie-every town or State that has paid for stadiums has been screwed in the deal. They NEVER get the money back.

  24. dublindemonszfl says: Oct 13, 2011 9:56 AM

    Stop the “get the rich guy richer” crap, the point is you have to compete with the market. If another city will do it, then you have to do it or loose the team. LA will fail, they don’t care about the teams, asked the Dodgers. Don’t forget about the players that don’t make the police report, the good guys out there doing charity work, speaking at schools, buying houses raising families. The players spend a lot of money in NFL towns, and help out a lot. Not Randy Moss, not Cris Carter, not Bryant McKinnie, the guy you don’t here about. Any of you negativity spreaders heard of Randal McDaniel? How Korey Stringer, bless his soul, we lost a great one there, not the player the person. Alan Page, Chuck Foreman these guys came here and stayed here enriching the NFL community. You want to be left with NBA players? There a team we should’ve let leave!

  25. dukemarc says: Oct 13, 2011 10:03 AM

    I think the deal should get done in Arden Hills, but if Dayton calls a special session right now he would be committing political suicide. While the people can’t vote on the bill itself, they should have the chance to vote on the representative who shares their interest on the issue.

  26. drbob117 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:09 AM

    I always thought the road improvements were just the politicians way of driving up the cost of the project for roads the Vikings never asked for, so they could make the case that the stadium be back in Minny rather than Arden Hills.. Now even the report says the infrastructure improvements will only cost 100 mill. , which is a more realistic estimate. Zygi should give these knuckleheads a hard deadline to approve Arden Hills , and only Arden Hills; say Thanksgiving. Then he should say City of Lights! City of Lights! City of Liiggggghhhhhtts! CITY OF LIGHTS!!! LA Vikings, LA Vikings, LA Vikings, LA, LA, LA! He can even get the Doors to perform a goodbye concert for Dayton and all the other idiots who don’t realize that once the Vikings leave, NFL football would never be back in Minnesota again unless they built a new stadium that was FULLY funded by the taxpayers.

  27. threedeep1998 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:10 AM

    As a guy who lives in MPLS I would like it in DT still so one can take public transit to a game. Driving to a game is just nuts around the dome. Arden Hills might be nice because they might have to widen roads, build massive parking lots for tailgating, have some OK restaurants to eat at, and perhaps a pub or two for beers. I think any longtime Viking fan will tell you to bring football outdoors. Vikings were insane playing at the old Met.

  28. textexington says: Oct 13, 2011 10:17 AM

    SKOL PACKERS!!!

  29. dwoofer says: Oct 13, 2011 10:20 AM

    I would not be surprised if the recent announcements and plans that the guy in Los Angeles has laid out for a new stadium there have been bankrolled by the businessmen who have an interest in the stadium in Minnesota. A little “prodding” just might get Vikings voters to vote “yes” rather than have nothing to do except shovel ice from October to May.

  30. michfan says: Oct 13, 2011 10:27 AM

    The site is on land that was an ammunitions plant for years. I have written many letters to commisioners asking about the EPA concerns and payment costs of cleaning up that land. It has only been partially cleaned according to who’s lie you believe. There is a hidden cost that no one will talk about here concerning the cleanup. No one, and I mean no one will answer this question. It’s been asked, and gets tabled, or waved off. I don’t blame Zygi for being a little impatient!

  31. minnysoda says: Oct 13, 2011 10:30 AM

    Why worry old Teddy(Chappaquidick) Mondale will get something done. Him and his ILK have always found ways to take tax payers money and give it to someone that doesn’t deserve it.

  32. blaz0037 says: Oct 13, 2011 10:40 AM

    L.A. had their chance….and failed.

    Then they had another chance……and failed again.

  33. pattersonconsulting says: Oct 13, 2011 10:40 AM

    This site’s reporting is very biased on the subject of a new stadium for the Vikings. The Vikings aren’t the most likely team to move to LA (see Jags and Chargers). That is just what the NFL and other biased parties (like this site) want fans to think. Its shameful.

  34. jimmysee says: Oct 13, 2011 10:42 AM

    locutus says:
    Oct 13, 2011 7:44 AM
    packfaninchitown says: Oct 13, 2011 7:02 AM

    If you’d just finance the thing yourself maybe it would get done faster there Zig…

    So says one of the “owners” of the Packers as he clings to his worthless paper designating his .0000000001% share. lol

    ===================================

    locutus — if you believe that Packers stock is worthless, your view of life is pretty narrow.

    The value of many things can never be measured solely by $$$$. In many many cases, that is the worst way in which to measure it.

    What that stock is worth is the Packers will *never* and can *never* leave Green Bay.

    No Vikings-style drama-queen adventures coming from Green Bay.

    No risk of television blackouts *ever.*

    Far from worthless, Packers stock to those of us who own it is priceless.

  35. mediasloppy says: Oct 13, 2011 10:45 AM

    When I saw how awesome Arrowhead Stadium was when it comes to massive tailgating and events to make a day out of the game experience, it made me want to have the same thing in Arden Hills.

  36. vikefan says: Oct 13, 2011 10:57 AM

    Its truly insulting & funny how packerbackers feel the need to rub salt in someone would regarding this issue, either 1. they are truly Vikings fans at heart; 2. or really afraid what this franchise has in store for them in the future. Really, why else would you remotely care and continue your biligerant rantings on something that is of no consequence to you other than a possible opponent change.

    I think this referendum thing was the last hurdle, Dayton can call special session very soon and get it all passed b4 entire legistlature is in the unemployment line as well after next election.

  37. vikefan says: Oct 13, 2011 11:24 AM

    locutus says:
    Oct 13, 2011 7:44 AM
    packfaninchitown says: Oct 13, 2011 7:02 AM

    If you’d just finance the thing yourself maybe it would get done faster there Zig…

    So says one of the “owners” of the Packers as he clings to his worthless paper designating his .0000000001% share. lol

    ===================================

    locutus — if you believe that Packers stock is worthless, your view of life is pretty narrow.

    The value of many things can never be measured solely by $$$$. In many many cases, that is the worst way in which to measure it.

    What that stock is worth is the Packers will *never* and can *never* leave Green Bay.

    No Vikings-style drama-queen adventures coming from Green Bay.

    No risk of television blackouts *ever.*

    Far from worthless, Packers stock to those of us who own it is priceless.
    ———————————————————-
    it would have to be considering it is “actually” worthless, emotionally you probably love it more than anyone in your family, equivalent to the money u paid for it, it is completely worthless…..fyi, i have swamp land for sale if your interested

  38. blancodiablo says: Oct 13, 2011 11:29 AM

    pattersonconsulting says:Oct 13, 2011 10:40 AM

    This site’s reporting is very biased on the subject of a new stadium for the Vikings. The Vikings aren’t the most likely team to move to LA (see Jags and Chargers).
    —————————————————-

    Hey hey hey….leave other teams out of your mess. Youre like the wimpy kid on the playground trying to convince the bully to pick on someone else. Grow a set.

  39. The Phantom Stranger says: Oct 13, 2011 11:52 AM

    glac1 says:
    Oct 13, 2011 9:50 AM
    If they pass any tax hike in a localized area, without a vote of the people… it could end up in the courts…..for years!
    ______________

    You mean like that 0.15% sales tax in Hennepin County to build Target Field?

  40. Robert says: Oct 13, 2011 12:54 PM

    Wants:

    Outdoor Stadium

    Minnesota Wild’s 3rd jersey to be in North Star form.

    Here is to another -50 below winter!!!!

  41. actionjackson3 says: Oct 13, 2011 2:06 PM

    It’s nice that Mark Dayton’s wants to get the project done, but did he forget that he represents the taxpayers of Minnesota? It’s not his decision, and the people have been clear they don’t want this. One thing is certain, if this does get passed, it’ll prove that Minnesota no longer has a representative government, just a bunch of pompous idiots who want to lord over everybody. “No taxation without representation”. Does anyone remember where that came from?

  42. 4thandnone says: Oct 13, 2011 2:39 PM

    I don’t understand why the owners agreed to pay the players so much money when they can’t afford the stadiums themselves. Do players really need to make millions of dollars per year ? It’s like an automaker giving all their employees $2Million/year and then realizing they don’t have the money to build factories. Or Target paying all employees $1000/hour and then having to ask the state for a hand out to build a store.

  43. bnwpnw says: Oct 13, 2011 3:20 PM

    What this project needs is a poison pill.

  44. cusoman says: Oct 13, 2011 5:11 PM

    The Phantom Stranger says:
    Oct 13, 2011 11:52 AM
    glac1 says:
    Oct 13, 2011 9:50 AM
    If they pass any tax hike in a localized area, without a vote of the people… it could end up in the courts…..for years!
    ______________

    You mean like that 0.15% sales tax in Hennepin County to build Target Field?

    ———————–

    You mean the same one I’ve paid for years now that has had NO REAL EFFECT on my pocketbook whatsoever? That one?

  45. locutus says: Oct 13, 2011 8:57 PM

    locutusthebusybody says: Oct 13, 2011 8:57 AM

    locutus says:

    So says one of the “owners” of the Packers as he clings to his worthless paper designating his .0000000001% share. lol

    _______

    What are you clinging to?

    The hope that you can create a life for yourself outside these boards and have enough creativity where you no longer use names such as “——-thebusybody”. Am I reaching too high?

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