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Vikings aren’t interested in being given the Metrodome

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A pair of Minnesota legislators have an idea for solving the stadium situation.  They want to give the Metrodome to the Vikings.

The only problem?  The Vikings aren’t interested.

In a statement released by the team, the Vikings called the proposal a “non-starter.”

“This isn’t the first time the idea has been discussed, but even stadium opponents understand the facility no longer works for the team, our fans or the State,” the team said.  “These unrealistic ideas prevent serious discussion about the only viable stadium plan in Arden Hills.”

The fact that two legislators would offer such an unworkable solution reconfirms that the calling of a special session for November doesn’t mean a deal to build a new stadium will be worked out.  Plenty of lawmakers will oppose the proposal, and the ultimate challenge remains coming up with a way to finance the state’s contribution of $300 million.

“While we certainly believe the Vikings are a cultural asset to the State, ultimately State leaders need to determine the State’s source of funding for this project,” the team said.

And that’s the core of the problem in Minnesota.  The team and the league are ready to pony up more than $400 million, Ramsey County is ready to raise their share via a sales tax.  All that’s left is for the state of Minnesota to pony up the cash to keep the Minnesota Vikings from leaving.  Or not.

One way or the other, we’ll know the answer soon.

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71 Responses to “Vikings aren’t interested in being given the Metrodome”
  1. ducksouped says: Oct 21, 2011 2:18 PM

    One way or the other, no one cares

  2. gtorlone says: Oct 21, 2011 2:21 PM

    “While we certainly believe the Vikings are a cultural asset to the State, ultimately State leaders need to determine the State’s source of funding for this project,” the team said.

    I’m sorry, all I heard was… “We don’t mind being in Minnesota as long as you give us money. If you give us money, everything will be fine. If you don’t, Los Angeles will.”

  3. nflofficeadmin says: Oct 21, 2011 2:25 PM

    It would be a shame to see this franchise leave.. I hope at the very least Minn can hold on to the name Vikings if their franchise does leave (Alla the Ravens/Browns.) Let the LA team have their own identity unless its one of the 16 franchises that have played there before and left because it didn’t work.

  4. jakek2 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:27 PM

    What’s the problem? Rip the roof off and spend some of the money upgrading like GB did with Lambeau. Sounds like a no-brainer to me.

  5. glac1 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:29 PM

    This is going to get ugly because the majority of the voting public do NOT want to contribute to this cause.

  6. lampe21 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:29 PM

    Why don’t the vike pay for their own stadium

  7. clear2me says: Oct 21, 2011 2:30 PM

    Wouldn’t the 400mil that’s on the table do a fairly good job of reno/redo of the inflated garbage bag that’s already there? They could probably expand the seating during this process and add to the existing stadium perimeter at the same time with land purchases.

  8. tecmobowl34 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:30 PM

    This really is simple. Either the citizens of Minnesota are willing to sacrifice a little to keep their team, or they’re not.

    From what I know of Minnesotans, sacrifice isn’t their favorite activity. Say goodbye to your football team, then.

  9. ilovefoolsball says: Oct 21, 2011 2:31 PM

    I don’t understand why they can’t renovate that stadium to state of the art like they did with the Superdome.
    I understand the metrodome isn’t as big or as iconic as the Superdome is but it seems like there could be a hell of a lot of improvements to that stadium for less than half it would take to build a new stadium from the ground up.

  10. textexington says: Oct 21, 2011 2:31 PM

    6-0 > 1-5. Go Pack Go!!!

  11. nicolletista says: Oct 21, 2011 2:33 PM

    In what sense does the Metrodome not work for the state? It’s paid for, and actually makes a profit (for the state). Stadium supporters cannot point to any NET economic benefit to the state for a new stadium, ESPECIALLY Goebbels Bagley and never-worked-a-day-in-his-life Dayton. That’s why Dayton calls it a “People’s Stadium” (thanks, Brother Number One!) and a “cultural asset.”

  12. jcjaguar says: Oct 21, 2011 2:34 PM

    It makes me sick that these NFL teams feel the need to fleece the taxpayer in order to build these monuments to themselves. Have the taxpayer foot the bill for the stadium and then have the nerve to charge outrageous prices for tickets…then pile on for $10 beers and $7 sodas. Last time I checked, the NFL was making money hand-over-fist. The LA ownership may be willing to hand out cash now, but in a few years they will be crying poor with their hand out.

  13. qj1984 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:35 PM

    I am sorry, I am missing something here. What is stopping the Vikings from renovating a stadium that they would own. Take that 400 million and fix it up, problem solved.

    Or are they simply trying to keep up with the Jones, literally. Jerry Jones got his big 1 billion dollar palace in Dallas and now everyone else wants one to.

    I don’t mean to be a downer but NFL teams crying for half a billion in tax dollars, while the fans are already paying the 400 million the team is going to “supply” because we purchase your product is US paying for it twice. Use your freaking profits.

  14. Chairman Al says: Oct 21, 2011 2:36 PM

    What a shame. The Vikings have a solid NFL history, and the state of Minnesota should be doing everything they can to keep them…especially since their most successful sports franchise is currently the WNBA team…It’s sad the state won’t do more to support the franchise.

  15. deadeye says: Oct 21, 2011 2:36 PM

    No more corporate welfare. The voters of Minnesota don’t want to spend money on a dome given the wretched state of the economy. I wish more cities would do the same thing and just say “no!”.

    Vikings, if you can get a better deal elsewhere, take it.

  16. nebster21 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:36 PM

    if that is a non starter I say ship them off to California. I would not put up with a comment like that from a team that is 1-5.

  17. rbirving says: Oct 21, 2011 2:36 PM

    Ask yourself this question, if that’s all you heard.

    How much would you be willing to pay for your house if you were only going to use it for 10-13 days out of the year and the rest of the time it would be used by strangers for their profit?

    If the Vikings leave, the Metrodome will come down, as it can’t support itself without the Vikings as a tenant.

    The Vikings have been a good tenant. They’ve stayed through the life of their lease. If they leave these same jokers will spend 4-5 times as much to lure a team or an expansion franchise here.

  18. natelan69 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:37 PM

    Minnesota doesn’t deserve to lose their Vikings. I don’t want to lose my beloved Chargers, but in all honesty, San Diego should lose the Chargers before Minnesota loses the Vikings. And I would rather LA steal my Chargers, than have the NFL create any expansion teams.

  19. gmen1987 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:37 PM

    Don’t give into the Vikings, Minnesotians. There are only so many places NFL teams can go. Right now the Jaguars, Raiders, Chargers, and Vikings all are said to be heading to LA. LA is not getting four teams no matter how you look at it.

    Call the Vikings bluff, Minnesota. Don’t allow your tax money go fund a new stadium when in a few years, they will want yet another stadium. If the Vikings move, another team could move to Minnesota where the fans are passionate about football.

  20. dragonfly99 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:39 PM

    If they offered to give me a multi-million dollar stadium – I would take it. If bilionaire Zygi wants a brand new stadium let him unloosen his tight purse strings and build one. As all Minnesotans know the metrodome was designed and built as a football stadium, but the Minnesota Twins made it work for them for almost 30 years, even winning two world championships. People forget the very difficult economic times we are in, in fact the Minnesota State government was completely shut down for a few weeks this summer. Its not that the citizens of Minnesota dont want to build a new stadium or loose the Vikings-its just that the timing is all wrong.

  21. fwippel says: Oct 21, 2011 2:39 PM

    This was a desperate last ditch chance on the part of the politicians to get out of coming up with the funding for a new stadium.

    Mike Lynn is the only person upset by this; hell, he probably came up with the idea.

  22. jessethegreat says: Oct 21, 2011 2:40 PM

    The Vikings should just take the dome. It already has parking around it. It has restaraunts set up around it as well. The traffic isn’t as bad as some people claim. It has close access to I-35 and I-94. 4-94 and 6-94 aren’t that far of a drive from it either. Granted some of the landscape around the dome has fallen off the past decade or so, but with a new stadium and new interest, it should spark new developmens as well. When the Vikings were one of the better teams in the league the dome always filled up. You’d have to believe a new stadium in the same location would still fill up.

    My solution…
    Vikings take over the dome, destroy it and build a new stadium in its place. In the year or two of demolition/construction they could work out a deal with the Gophers to play at the Bank.

  23. tfbuckfutter says: Oct 21, 2011 2:40 PM

    It’s so weird that lawmakers would make an “offer” that they know is going to be rejected outright.

    I’ve never heard of elected officials behaving in such a manner.

  24. iisaintii says: Oct 21, 2011 2:40 PM

    When the Chiefs and KC had their stadiums “refurbished” the state didn’t chip in anything but tax credits… and that was a $300 million venture.

    Most of the money came from the Chiefs owner(s) and the local county taxpayers.

  25. sikoix says: Oct 21, 2011 2:41 PM

    There are a lot of civil engineers commenting today RE: renovations.

    Again, as an out of state Viking fan, it seems the state of Minnesota is confused about how leverage works.

    If Arden Hills doesn’t happen, I’d rather they went to San Antonio than LA because they’d be easier to follow (for someone who will be an out of state fan either way).

  26. warvette says: Oct 21, 2011 2:45 PM

    no to a free stadium?!? well, that cuts it. they want the public to pay for a new one, and to pay to tear the old one down. that’s it, minnesota- make them leave! go ahead, i dare you to deny your team! go packers!

  27. jefferee101 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:46 PM

    That’s a pretty hard-line stance for a team that “wants to stay in MN”. Zygi and his cohorts didn’t become wealthy by being stupid. They know they can make a ton of money from the development of an Arden Hills as opposed to a downtown Minneapolis. Plus, as an added bonus if it comes from partial public subsidies it’s property tax free…..woohoo! Nevermind the fact that everyones’ property taxes have gone up this year except corporations. Gotta love billionaire out-of-state land developers.

  28. twesty85 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:48 PM

    it’s funny that the vikings are the only team that is really making headlines in this whole “move a team to L.A. thing” when there are teams like the Chargers who unlike the vikings, have had issues selling tickets for the last two years.

  29. scomibord says: Oct 21, 2011 2:52 PM

    Why must local governments be extorted to keep a team. The NFL cries foul when the government wants to stick their nose in the leagues business, then comes crying for financing whenever it suits them. Either you want government involvement in the league or you dont…..MAKE UP YOUR MIND

  30. raiders4life says: Oct 21, 2011 2:52 PM

    One way or the other, the Vikings will be one of two teams moving to Los Angeles very soon.

  31. mhalt99 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:53 PM

    I can’t wait till LA finally gets a team again. That way all of the veiled threats of all the teams moving there will be over and teams will finally pony up their actual fair share. The reality is, at the current value on NFL franchises and the reliance on corporate dollars to run a franchise there aren’t that many cities in the US left to expand to.

    If you really need public money for a stadium because you are in a smaller market or what have you…..fine, but….all of your books need to be opened and transparent to the public. You need to account for why your nephew who lives on the other side of the world is pulling a salary of a few hundred K a year. We also want to know about every business expense…………..then…you can have public money.

  32. dukemarc says: Oct 21, 2011 2:54 PM

    men1987 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:37 PM

    Don’t give into the Vikings, Minnesotians. There are only so many places NFL teams can go. Right now the Jaguars, Raiders, Chargers, and Vikings all are said to be heading to LA. LA is not getting four teams no matter how you look at it.

    Call the Vikings bluff, Minnesota. Don’t allow your tax money go fund a new stadium when in a few years, they will want yet another stadium. If the Vikings move, another team could move to Minnesota where the fans are passionate about football.

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    So Minnesota should trade an owner who’s willing to pay more than a third of the cost for a new stadium – which is the fourth highest contribution to date – for an expansion team that MIGHT show up in 5 years and the taxpayers will have to pay for all of the costs for a new stadium? That doesn’t make much sense.

  33. btg1911 says: Oct 21, 2011 2:59 PM

    Vikings leave MN, I am done with the NFL. I know they’ll really miss me, but you can’t even make this stuff up: the team isn’t going to leave because it’s losing money or doesn’t sell out games or have the support of it’s fans. No, it’s going to leave because it’s not making ENOUGH money in comparison to the rest of the teams.

    The epitome of greed.

  34. twesty85 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:07 PM

    @ dukemarc

    while it is the 4th highest contribution to date it’s also one of the highest state contributions to date as well.

  35. theherogothamdeserved86 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:18 PM

    If I was given the Metrodome as a gift, I would immediately re-gift it

  36. havoc519 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:22 PM

    If they use taxpayers $$$ to build it, then the taxpayers should reap some of the profit from its use.

  37. capslockkey says: Oct 21, 2011 3:26 PM

    Why must local governments be extorted to keep a team.

    Because for every city that doesn’t want to pay for an NFL team, there are 5 who happily would. It’s called supply and demand. The economic windfall from having an NFL franchise in town tends to be worth the cost.

  38. bobnelsonjr says: Oct 21, 2011 3:29 PM

    The vikings claim they need to spend as much as Jerry Jones but get less than a 65K capacity stadium and no big screen.

    Even after a 1.2 BILLION dollars being spent the vikings expect to only climb to 25th or 26th in revenue.

    Why? In part because they want to build it on a toxic waste site that will take years to clean up.

    Why should people 200 miles away pay taxes for a stadium way down in Minneapolis?

    Would Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, and Pensacola happily pay a statewide tax for a new Miami stadium?

    How popular would a statewide tax in California go over in Los Angeles, San Diego, Oakland, and Redding for the 49’ers new stadium?

    Do you now see why so many of the state’s representatives are against paying a tax from which they get no benefit?

    Even Mike Brown did not raise taxes in Cleveland to pay for his stadium.

    Lambeau Field was remodeled with a COUNTY tax and will be paid off after only 12 years. The population of Minnesota is 50 times as large!!!

    They spending like Cowboys Stadium and only getting a metrodome II?

  39. vadog says: Oct 21, 2011 3:35 PM

    These are just two legislators squawking. The state isn’t going to give away the Metrodome, because the state still makes money from it.

    To the person who said the “time isn’t right for a new stadium” when will it be right? The Vikings have been coming to the state about the dome since at least the late ’90’s. The state said “yeah but first let’s build a new stadium for the Gophers to attract better players to UM.” Vikings waited. “Now we need to build a new center for the hockey team we want to attract” Vikings waited. “We might lose the Twins! Gotta build them a ball park!” The Vikings waited…patiently. Now the state is saying…”sorry Zygi! We don’t believe in building sports stadiums anymore!!”

    Guess what? The Vikings generate more revenue for the State of Minnesota then the Gophers, Wild, Timberwolves and Twins combined!!!

    If the state had had the cajones to tell the Gophers, Wild and Twins…”sorry you build your own stadium” then perhaps the state would have better standing to tell Zygi no. However, the state of Minnesota is now on the hook. Either they contribute to the deal, and be thought of as forward thinking. Or they lose the Vikings and lose any since of integrity they might have left (which I know is not much for a bunch of lousy politicians.)

  40. sikoix says: Oct 21, 2011 3:40 PM

    havoc519 says:Oct 21, 2011 3:22 PM

    If they use taxpayers $$$ to build it, then the taxpayers should reap some of the profit from its use.

    Tax payers do get some of the profit. It’s called “tax”. If the state of Minnesota gives nothing, they stand to lose a lot of state income (which is their choice, but people sticking to the ‘greedy billionaire owner’ argument don’t seem to understand how these things work).

    Minnesotans love pointing out they have 22 fortune 500 companies in the state. Do Minnesotans think 22 of them just randomly settled there? There was plenty of tax assistance in every one of those cases and other benefits to lure that kind of business.

    There are logical reasons to NOT SUPPORT this, but the bulk of the arguments have been very naive and short sighted.

  41. sschmiggles says: Oct 21, 2011 3:40 PM

    Something tells me you don’t need to build a new stadium every 20 years. Ridiculous. Could you imagine what this country would be like if every business and household had the same philosophy? How wasteful can you get?

    You want to build a new stadium, then do it with your own damn money.

  42. briang123 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:44 PM

    Thanks to the Bush economy, a new stadium just isn’t viable and the Vikings will be forced to move. Remember that, Minnesota people, that Bush and the Republicans caused you to lose your team, and don’t ever vote for a Republican ever again. You shouldn’t be voting for those criminals to begin with.

  43. R8RBOB says: Oct 21, 2011 3:46 PM

    I’m not a fan of the Vikings but someone has wonder why in this economy would any state would tax its residents so that a football stadium can be built? The state wants to give the Vikings the Metrodome. They should take it. There are claims that the team and NFL have about $400 million to spend on a stadium. Well spend it on the Metrodome. They could lower the floor to add more seats, they can take of the roof or replace it, they can add more suites, but we know that Wilf do not want to own a stadium. He wants what any owner with a team would want. To squat on the taxpayer’s dime.

  44. gb4mn0 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:51 PM

    For the Lavender Larry rubes its not about keeping up with the Jones, its about having a stadium in small city 275 mile east of them that’s talked about in terms of the mystic and lore in sports history that’s afforded such places like, Yankee Stadium and Wrigley Field. They are jealous and bitter about their lack of NFL historical significance in comparison to the 13 time NFL Champion Green Bay Packers.

  45. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Oct 21, 2011 3:53 PM

    It’s not the Vikings fault the state doesn’t want to help pay to keep the team here. It’s capitalism. If we don’t want to spend 300 million as a state, and another state is willing to give them 300 million or more to move them, that’s fine. You can’t blame the Zigy Wilf or the Vikings for leaving if they do. The blame goes to the state legislature YOU voted for.

    Just like the NHL, the Stars left and we were without a team for 7 years. This time around, the Vikings will be gone and it will be 7 years until the Bills, Chargers, or Jaguars after the state contributes 575 million. But hey its worth that extra 275 million to not have football for 7 years.

  46. mario1357 says: Oct 21, 2011 3:56 PM

    I lived in Minnesota for 35 years. During a previous stadium fight, I recall someone commenting that if the Vikings ever left the Twin Cities, it would become just a cold Omaha. It may happen this time.

  47. staffordsyear says: Oct 21, 2011 4:04 PM

    I would have a hard time as a taxpayer paying for a brand new stadium for a team that will continue to stink for the foreseeable future.

  48. angelosdraftboard says: Oct 21, 2011 4:06 PM

    700 million is a bargain considering Chicago spent 600 million11 years ago on new Soldier Field WITHOUT LAND ACQUISITION. I can’t even imagine how much Bill Daley and the rest of the crew are stealing from the feds as we speak. They must need C130 cargo planes to move the money off shore.

  49. bradshawlives says: Oct 21, 2011 4:10 PM

    nflofficeadmin says:
    “I hope at the very least Minn can hold on to the name Vikings if their franchise does leave (Alla the Ravens/Browns.)”
    What does it matter is Minnesota keeps the Vikings name? If they leave, they’re not getting another team.

  50. ronin36 says: Oct 21, 2011 4:13 PM

    Let’s see..

    If the Vikings were to own the Dome.. guess what.. they’d have to pay property tax.

    And everything else that goes with own a very large facility in the down-town of a major metro.

    Do no forget, it’s not just the stadium footprint, there’s extra area (not much but some) just behind the stadium proper.

    If they owned the stadium, they’d loose all “build us a new stadium or we’ll leave” leverage. They could never move until they could sell it.

    Of course they’ll say ‘no thank-you.’

  51. flashdeath says: Oct 21, 2011 4:17 PM

    The state have money for education, healthcare for the poor, or public service but the Vikings still want to graze at the public trough. Let me know when the Wilfs are ready to head west. I will help them pack.

  52. ronin36 says: Oct 21, 2011 4:19 PM

    As of last I read, the Wilf family is putting up a good chunk of change. I don’t remember the number. But I do remember reading it was the largest private contribution to a stadium.

    Also, there were a couple hundred million shortfall that kept this from being a done deal.

    Let’s see..

    Remove the retractable roof, and get rid of the barn door on one end, and what is currently a 1 billion plus stadium comes in 200 or 300 or more million lighter on the pocket book. And it could be done.

    But, the only reason those elements are there, is because Jerry World in Arlington have those elements. And nobody, repeat nobody, with more than two brain cells should believe any different. I don’t care what spin is put on justifying ‘em. It’s purely for show and spectical. Show and spectical that nobody on TV is going to see, and nobody at the stadium will care about.

  53. trollhammer20 says: Oct 21, 2011 4:28 PM

    I think the writing may be on the wall for the Minnesota Vikings as they currently exist.

    To me, this weak attempt on behalf of state legislators is so they can tell their constituents “We offered them a free stadium, so blame them, not us.” Typical CYOA thinking among the pols.

    This leads me to speculate they aren’t going to be open to the idea of dropping $400 million taxpayer dollars on the Arden Hills site.

  54. drbob117 says: Oct 21, 2011 4:37 PM

    Zygi gave Minnesota every chance in the world. If I’m him I announce the move to LA the day after they vote down Arden Hills.

  55. durno99 says: Oct 21, 2011 4:37 PM

    They are a monitary asset as well. I keep hearing how much it will cost to keep them but NOBODY says how much it will cost to leave here. Nobody can because it reaches farther than a paper trail. Right down to local business outside the metro. It will create jobs and tax revenue. This is why the California wants a 4th team! We have the NFL, an owner, and a community willing to invest in our state. It’s time for the state to do the same!!!!!!!!!

  56. mrvikingsfan11 says: Oct 21, 2011 4:47 PM

    Mn Vikings will stay in Mn for next 100 years. Mark my words, new stadium will be built.

  57. granadafan says: Oct 21, 2011 5:09 PM

    It’s time cities and states stood up to extremely wealthy sports teams and refuse to pay for their place of business. The NFL is a multi billion dollar a year enterprise and by far the wealthiest sports league in the world including soccer. The Vikes are owned by a billionaire. Let the NFL/Zygi pay for his new stadium/ workplace. There already is a stadium they play in and he can pay to fix it up or build his own.

    Walmart moved into my area. They employ hundreds of people on a DAILY basis (not just one day a week). While I detest Walmart, at least they didn’t demand that the taxpayer pay for their land and building.

  58. minnysoda says: Oct 21, 2011 5:42 PM

    Viking fans aren’t interested in 50% obstructed view seats in the upperdeck.

    Let’s see being given the Metrodome and putting in the 400 million they have to fix it isn’t good enough for the Vikings? They have to TAKE others people money?

    The Packers renovated their whole stadium for 295 million and made it a show case.

    They brag how the Arden Hills facility can be multi use what about a refurbished Metrodome, that can’t be ?

    Sounds like Ziggy wants to move
    Skol L.A.

  59. jackfnburton says: Oct 21, 2011 6:38 PM

    Well, if the state doesn’t want the Vikings, then maybe the Vikings should move to another state that does.

    I guess it’s that simple.

  60. ccslick says: Oct 21, 2011 7:40 PM

    Viking fans let them go to LA. Its a win win for you, you can stop being such pathetic losers and regain your birthright and be fans of the Super Bowl Champion GREEN BAY PACKERS.

  61. numberoneinthehoodg says: Oct 21, 2011 8:06 PM

    The vikes have paid $1 for rent on that hole they play in for the past four years. Granted, they weren’t allowed to capitalize on certain sponsorships but they avoided a lot of taxes as well. So if the government thinks that “giving” them that hole is acceptable is an insult to anyone with a minimum of half a brain.

    I want the Vikes to stay in Minn…… but this is insulting.

  62. dd393 says: Oct 21, 2011 8:30 PM

    It’s like not being interested in a 1972 AMC Gremlin.

  63. threedeep1998 says: Oct 21, 2011 8:51 PM

    Vikings may leave but I’ll never root for Green Bay. Never. Ever.

  64. 1stngoal says: Oct 21, 2011 9:14 PM

    Me thinks the governor is in C.O.A. Mode (Cover Your Ass Mode) by calling this special session knowing full well that any taxpayer funding plan has about a snowballs’ chance in hell of getting through the legislature…. I hate to see any city lose its NFL franchise, and it would be a negative for the league as a whole to lose the Vikings and their divisional rivalries, but considering the problems states are having today with budget deficits and a long, slow economic contraction, I don’t see how this gets done. Maybe I am just being pessimistic…

  65. mediasloppy says: Oct 21, 2011 9:14 PM

    Give the Stadium to the Vikings? lol, that’s the biggest joke yet. That place is awful and it would have to be torn down to the very foundation. It would be the same cost to tear down and rebuild if not more. They’d have to knock down other building to make room for a bigger footprint and tailgating. That offer is a total JOKE!

  66. 1stngoal says: Oct 21, 2011 9:17 PM

    1stngoal says: Oct 21, 2011 9:14 PM

    Me thinks the governor is in C.O.A. Mode (Cover Your Ass Mode) by calling this special session knowing full well that any taxpayer funding plan has about a snowballs’ chance in hell of getting through the legislature…. I hate to see any city lose its NFL franchise, and it would be a negative for the league as a whole to lose the Vikings and their divisional rivalries, but considering the problems states are having today with budget deficits and a long, slow economic contraction, I don’t see how this gets done. Maybe I am just being pessimistic…
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    Oops.Correction: that would be C.Y.A.

  67. theravenlives2 says: Oct 21, 2011 9:18 PM

    Vikings leave MN, I am done with the NFL. I know they’ll really miss me, but you can’t even make this stuff up: the team isn’t going to leave because it’s losing money or doesn’t sell out games or have the support of it’s fans. No, it’s going to leave because it’s not making ENOUGH money in comparison to the rest of the teams.

    The epitome of greed.

    ================================
    Dude, where have you been? I’m a Ravens fan, and even I’LL admit that Cleveland supported the Browns. It’s about the stadium, stupid! It’s always about the stadium.

    I laugh when I read the comments about Wolf on here. : “Why doesn’t he build it himself?” The question should be, “Why WOULD he build it himself, when L.A. will build it FOR him, and he can triple his profits?” Wolf has offered to chip in $400 million. Trust me, we’d of taken that deal in a minute here in Baltimore when the Colts were leaving.

    Here’s the deal, folks: Build him the stadium, and the Vikings stay. Refuse, and they leave. I wouldn’t presume for a minute to tell the people of Minnesota how to spend their tax money. That’s your decision.

    Just don’t bitch when they are gone if you say no.

  68. bjtmeyer says: Oct 21, 2011 9:19 PM

    It seems like the money raised could be used on something better than building a new stadium.

  69. jsally430 says: Oct 21, 2011 9:21 PM

    Do people forget the metrodome worked just as well for the gophers as well. They got a new stadium and the gophers haven’t. Been good in nearly 50 yrs. The vikings made it to the nfc championship game. Minneapolis lost 80 million in revune when the game had to be moved to detroit. People/legislature dont realize this. Also people dont know that the vikings don’t get any of the money from concessions the met council makes all that money. Also is zygi any different from a housing developer which alot of us Probably live in

  70. theravenlives2 says: Oct 21, 2011 9:38 PM

    Viking fans let them go to LA. Its a win win for you, you can stop being such pathetic losers and regain your birthright and be fans of the Super Bowl Champion GREEN BAY PACKERS.

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    See, that’s another myth:

    When the Colts left Baltimore, the Redskins ran an ad in the Baltimore Sun that basically said, “Welcome! Since you’re all Redskins fans now…”

    I can assure you that I would rather poke myself in the eye with a hot fireplace tool than EVER root for the Foreskins, and they play 34 miles from my house! One of the local TV commentators said it best: “I wouldn’t root for the Redskins if the landing gear was stuck on final approach!”

  71. anacherforester says: Oct 21, 2011 11:21 PM

    Legislators completely unclear on the concept.

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