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Vikings apparently warming up to Minneapolis locations

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On Christmas, Peter King reported that the Vikings will get a new stadium in Minnesota; he said it’s no longer a matter of “if” but “when.”

Still, the “where” remains unknown.

The Vikings long have preferred a rural site, at an abandoned World War II ammunition plant in Arden Hills.  Last year, a celebratory press conference announcing a deal to build the stadium there had a premature feel, and for good reason.

The powers-that-be have nudged the Vikings toward keeping the stadium in an urban setting, and the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports that the owner Zygi Wilf has indicated privately to political leaders that the team is warming up to the possibility of a new stadium in Minneapolis.

Though Wilf apparently has little interest in a new venue at the site of the Metrodome, Senator David Senjem said that Wilf showed politicians maps detailing the manner in which a new stadium would fit in two other Minneapolis locations, including a site closer to Target Field, where the Twins currently play.

The Vikings’ Metrodome lease has expired, but the annual legislative session opens January 24.  It’ll be important to move quickly, especially since the Vikings currently are fair game to be wooed by other cities.

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26 Responses to “Vikings apparently warming up to Minneapolis locations”
  1. vikingsinla says: Jan 4, 2012 10:37 AM

    Griffin is going to feast on the NFC West!

  2. test2402 says: Jan 4, 2012 11:13 AM

    Griffin will be feasted on by Tim Tebow.

  3. jimnsota says: Jan 4, 2012 11:15 AM

    I dont see the Vikes taking RG3 even though they should. Im on board with Blackmon or Kalil its the arena football league.Defense is useless highest score wins.

  4. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 4, 2012 11:28 AM

    I know there are no cities in West Virginia, but being 10 minutes outside an urban area does not make a location “rural.” Arden Hills is a suburb. You make it sound like they want to build the stadium in Mayberry.

  5. smyant says: Jan 4, 2012 11:33 AM

    Rural? Arden hills is 15 minutes frOm downtown Minneapolis. It’s hardly “rural”.

  6. khmer379 says: Jan 4, 2012 11:35 AM

    Good! Minneapolis sound better then Los Angelas

  7. Derty Ernie says: Jan 4, 2012 11:50 AM

    I see the vikes having no choice but to take RG3.
    There game playing has always been to have a fast back plus a QB that can run also to freeze defenses like Detroit and Chicago from rushing the passer all day long.
    Neither Ponder nor Webb have shown that ability. Webb becomes a receiver next year, ponder the back up and RG3 the man who changes everything.
    Besides its the RG3′s that put people in the seats not some Offensive Lineman.

  8. Derty Ernie says: Jan 4, 2012 11:53 AM

    The irony may be that Mr Luck doesn’t go number 1. His last six games were not that spectacular. Cam Newton came from behind to grab the number one pick last year. Me thinks RG3 goes first and or Indy trades the pick for two number twos and starts the massive rebuilding and keeping Manning for three more years?

  9. johnnyb216 says: Jan 4, 2012 11:56 AM

    Wolf is a real estate investor who more than likely only bought the team because he knew they needed a new stadium and knew he would get boat loads of taxpayer money to build one. So basically he’s getting the taxpayers to pay for half of his real estate investment. Tell me any other private business that could get the public to pay for their new facility.

  10. purpleman527 says: Jan 4, 2012 12:03 PM

    “It’ll be important to move quickly, especially since the Vikings currently are fair game to be wooed by other cities.”
    —————————————–
    So, we’ve had about a year’s worth of stories saying that the Vikings are likely leaving Minnesota for L.A., to now being “far game to be wooed by other cities”?

    What the fudge?

    Just as I predicted.

    The Vikings will remain in Minnesota.

  11. pimpbot3000 says: Jan 4, 2012 12:11 PM

    The Vikings don’t need to worry about putting butts in seats. They’ve sold out every game for 13 years straight. They need to worry about keeping them there. Winning will do that. A QB on his back or hurt will not do that. So getting the OL fixed is paramount. Or getting a stud WR who can score points along with Percy would also help.

  12. purpleman527 says: Jan 4, 2012 12:24 PM

    Wow. That’s great news.

    Based on everything I’ve heard, I thought the Vikings were moving to L.A.

  13. randallcobb says: Jan 4, 2012 12:25 PM

    Two words. Justin Blackmon. He’ll fill seats anywhere.

  14. ketchupaholic says: Jan 4, 2012 1:10 PM

    THE ABSOLUTE WORST Place they can put it is in downtown Minneapolis!!!!!!!!! There is no place to tailgate, what a huge mistake if it is done. Arden Hills is the best place! Get away from that city!

  15. blaz0037 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:49 PM

    No chance the Vikes use their 1st rounder on a QB. Not RGIII, not even Luck (if they could). No chance, zero, zip, nada.

    Anyone who says otherwise simply doesn’t understand the game.

  16. blaz0037 says: Jan 4, 2012 1:52 PM

    not “if” but “when”.

    You hear that you California nutjobs? You won’t be getting our Vikings. You will have to find a way to live with the other 15 pro franchises in your state.

    So sad. You had your chance with the raiders and the rams and you blew both opportunities. Nobody outside of California feels bad for you.

    Enjoy your Clippers, CP3 will be gone in 2 years.

  17. borisbulldog says: Jan 4, 2012 1:56 PM

    Sadly, the Vikings don’t have the balls to build an outdoor stadium like the old Bud Grant days!

  18. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 4, 2012 2:19 PM

    Noooooo!!!! Arden hills.

  19. minnyfan4life says: Jan 4, 2012 2:28 PM

    I would prefer to have the new stadium in a more rural setting but either way I’m just happy to keep them here. I really can’t imagine the vikes anywhere but MN.

  20. yevrag3535 says: Jan 4, 2012 2:34 PM

    Hope the Vikes fold, they are a joke. Please go away and take new or used field with you…

  21. cliverush says: Jan 4, 2012 3:22 PM

    Stadiums belong in the city. Look at Philly and Pitt. Wish the Pats played in the city. The Krafts tried but the pols lied and blew the whole thing so they returned to the land they owned.

  22. sevensixtwonato says: Jan 4, 2012 3:23 PM

    borisbulldog says:
    Jan 4, 2012 1:56 PM
    Sadly, the Vikings don’t have the balls to build an outdoor stadium like the old Bud Grant days
    ————————————————–

    Who would go watch them? The only time I am outside when its cold is for cold weather training or giving some furry critter high speed lead poisoning. Ill watch my football on climate controlled comfort thank you very much.

  23. 7ransponder says: Jan 4, 2012 10:47 PM

    sevensixtwonato says:
    Jan 4, 2012 3:23 PM
    borisbulldog says:
    Jan 4, 2012 1:56 PM
    Sadly, the Vikings don’t have the balls to build an outdoor stadium like the old Bud Grant days
    ————————————————–

    Who would go watch them? The only time I am outside when its cold is for cold weather training or giving some furry critter high speed lead poisoning. Ill watch my football on climate controlled comfort thank you very much.
    —————————

    I would. You cold weather sissies need to head south and leave the tailgating, snowmobiling, skiing/boarding, snowshoeing, and ice fishing for the real men.

  24. teamnorsecore says: Jan 5, 2012 4:51 AM

    yevrag3535 says:
    Jan 4, 2012 2:34 PM
    Hope the Vikes fold, they are a joke. Please go away and take new or used field with you…
    ……
    Wow, what a pathetic comment. I hope you fold……forever.

  25. sevensixtwonato says: Jan 5, 2012 11:52 AM

    Jan 4, 2012 3:23 PM
    borisbulldog says:
    —————————

    I would. You cold weather sissies need to head south and leave the tailgating, snowmobiling, skiing/boarding, snowshoeing, and ice fishing for the real men.

    ————————————————-

    Really, hump around in the cold in Afghanistan and tell me you like the cold when you get home….

  26. dwhitehurst says: Jan 18, 2012 12:03 AM

    Well, if Chicago and Green Bay can handle the cold, why can’t the Minnesota fans, you know, with all the Scandinavian blood? And no, on average, it is not any colder, at least not in comparison to Green Bay.

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