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Formal proposals for Vikings stadium due today

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As the process of getting a new Vikings stadium built in Minnesota moves toward official consideration by the Legislature, any and all proposed plans for a new venue must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. CT on Thursday.

According to the St. Paul Pioneer Press, there’s an eleventh-hour contender.

The city of Shakopee (it’s not easy resisting a juvenile remark here) and its 32-year-old, newly-arrived mayor, Brad Tabke, hope to get into the bidding.  “We think that this stadium is one of the easiest solutions.  We know that there are a lot of problems with other locations,” Tabke said at a news conference on Wednesday.

“The timing is obviously difficult,” Vikings spokesman Jeff Anderson said.  “It’s our belief that it’s time to narrow the sites down to one rather than add additional locations.”

The other proposals will include the team’s preferred location at Arden Hills, Ramsey County, and only one possible project in Minneapolis.  Unfortunately for the Vikings, Minneapolis plans to submit the one proposal that the Vikings dislike the most:  a $907 million renovation of the Metrodome.

During senate hearings late last year, the powers-that-be twisted the team’s arm to consider Minneapolis locations, and the Vikings were warming up to two possibilities.  With Minneapolis submitting the one the Vikings don’t want, the entire process has an even more awkward feel as it moves toward a build-or-get-off-the-bidet moment.

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36 Responses to “Formal proposals for Vikings stadium due today”
  1. txxxchief says: Jan 12, 2012 7:56 AM

    Maybe they could name the new stadium Casa de Pe-pe.

  2. factoryofsadness says: Jan 12, 2012 7:57 AM

    Minnesota does not deserve even one NFL team…Why are we talking about giving them another? UNBELIEVABLE….THIS IS NOT NEW YORK!!!

  3. clivus63 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:08 AM

    Put the stadium back in Bloomington where it belongs!!!

  4. test2402 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:16 AM

    Tim Tebow stadium.

  5. harleyrider1973 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:16 AM

    for 907 Million you could build a new one from scratch. and then you could design it the way you wanted to.

  6. fwippel says: Jan 12, 2012 8:18 AM

    If the state insists on renovating the existing Metrodome, they can kiss the Vikings good-bye.

    Wilf is bound to get a much better offer from another city, in another state. Who could blame him for taking the best offer out there. Minneapolis has spent the last 15 years putting the team on hold, and not they’re trying to go the ‘el-cheapo’ route to keep the team. Pathetic.

  7. ninefingers9 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:18 AM

    (it’s not easy resisting a juvenile remark here)
    ———
    Whats so hard? You and Rosenberg make juvenile remarks on this site at least 20-30 times a day!

  8. garyman1 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:34 AM

    Just get ‘er done already…. Geez

  9. kcfanatic says: Jan 12, 2012 8:35 AM

    Why even entertain them? Vikings should tell them it is Arden Hills or its la.

  10. randomjim says: Jan 12, 2012 8:46 AM

    I like how mayor r.t. ryback told them that Mpls. was out of the running & now they are back w/ more than 1 proposal. gov. mark dayton stated he was “site neutral” but now his administration is giving b.s. reasons why it should e in Mpls.
    I hope next election Wilf donates a lot of money to whomever runs against them.

  11. jgreeds says: Jan 12, 2012 8:49 AM

    @factoryofsadness

    You’ve got to be kidding. Typical moronic Browns fan. Living in Ohio, I come across these poor fools every day. One of the few franchises Vikings fans can actually talk crap about.

  12. sterling7 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:50 AM

    Build the stadium in Arden Hills or Shakopee, anywhere but not Minneapolis-they definitely don’t deserve it. Minneapolis has pissed on the Minnesota Vikings for over a decade and if this were my team I would build it ANYWHERE in the state of Minnesota except Minneapolis or I would leave. As for the Vikings-what’s up with taking so long on the coaching changes? U NEED a secondary coach as well as a defensive coordinator and linebacker coach (see Singletary’s problems), they need to be made and now, players need to know what direction the team is heading in and us fans want to see some serious action-thank you!

  13. ninefingers9 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:50 AM

    Minnesota does not deserve even one NFL team…Why are we talking about giving them another? UNBELIEVABLE….THIS IS NOT NEW YORK!!!
    ———–
    Who is talking about giving them another team? Its talk about a new stadium. Stay away from the adults conversation if you cant keep up!

  14. mnjoemama says: Jan 12, 2012 8:50 AM

    Factory of sadness ! Seriously get with the program . 2 stadiums ? Dude do yourself a favor and stop posting. Go vikes

  15. lasher1650 says: Jan 12, 2012 8:59 AM

    factoryofsadness says:
    Jan 12, 2012 7:57 AM
    Minnesota does not deserve even one NFL team…Why are we talking about giving them another? UNBELIEVABLE….THIS IS NOT NEW YORK!!!
    _______________________________________________

    Um . . . . hello? Nobody is talking about a 2nd team in MN, the new stadium would be to preserve the Vikings presence in MN. Get a clue.

  16. rugdog100 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:07 AM

    RE: “The city of Shakopee (it’s not easy resisting a juvenile remark here)”.

    I don’t think you know how to pronounce it, genious. Phonetically, it’s pronounced: SHOCK-o-pee

  17. rugdog100 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:08 AM

    genius, that is…

  18. greatminnesotasportsmind says: Jan 12, 2012 9:14 AM

    They wouldn’t renovate the metrodome. The new stadium would be on the metrodome site, but the some would be torn down. If that is the site that wins out, the Vikings would take it, but it would cost the Vikings more. They would have to pay for renovations at TCF Bank stadium, which was built 3 years ago.

    The Bank needs heated under ground coil, so the field play turf would need to be replaced after that.

    The legislature doesn’t allow alcohol sales at TCF so the Vikes would take a mega hit there.

    TCF Bank would need to add more seats to the stadium which was built, with the mind of eventual expansion for seating.

    The problem is the legislature built that stadium on the cheap and its going to bite them in the behind.

  19. ejmat2 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:45 AM

    So they want to renovate the Metrodome for $907M when they could just build a new state of the art stadium for just $2M more? Things that make you go hmmmmmmmmmmm!

  20. 97tahoe says: Jan 12, 2012 9:47 AM

    Let’s clarify a couple of issues here:

    No one has talked about a second team in Minnesota.

    The Metrodome will not be renovated. There is a proposal to tear it down and re-build the new stadium on the current metrodome sight.

    The Vikings are asking for public money to help build the new stadium. So unless the Wilf’s want to fund the entire project, they really dont have a say in where the stadium is built.

  21. ejmat2 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:48 AM

    factoryofsadness says:
    Jan 12, 2012 7:57 AM
    Minnesota does not deserve even one NFL team…Why are we talking about giving them another? UNBELIEVABLE….THIS IS NOT NEW YORK!!!
    ————————————–
    …and this post is not that smart. Who said anything about giving MN a second team? Do you have a link to this because this is news to me.

    On your other ridiculous statement about them not deserving one team. Care to elaborate why? They have a good history there and they have sold out every game for 14 straight years. They deserve a team as much as anyone.

    So use all the caps you want because it only points out how moronic your post is.

  22. glac1 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:49 AM

    a day late and a dollar short. The ship has sailed.

  23. elboriqua176 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:54 AM

    if anyone here thinks that they are going to put the stadium anywhere else but arden hills, and all the rich ass people they have there, you are as high as ziggy wolf was when he chose to go with the whole perverted 70′s french man style! This is all about the money and the fans are not even in the equation.

  24. gripless says: Jan 12, 2012 10:00 AM

    The problem is this state sucks. Once the final piece of this gets dicked up like everything else the state touches, then the Wilf’s will sell the team. New ownership will probably play one year in MN until they secure their long term deal and then this state will be left with another departing sports team. As aside note, who needs several thousand good paying jobs for the next 2-3 years. Pay for entitlements instead of debt service on a stadium! I just want to know if I can transfer my season ticket ownership to the new city?!

  25. technovike says: Jan 12, 2012 10:10 AM

    my question is, if the vikings are forced to rebuild on the metrodump site, will Wilf still contribute over 450 million to the project? a site he does not want? and thats a money drain for at least 4 years as “greatminnesotasportsmind” says

    how much would an open air stadium cost to build? i would think for a 750 mil tag you could get a pretty fancy stadium with the option to add a roof later. and if the shakopee proposal reduces the cost even more since there wont be any cleanup or road construction needed like in arden hills (which imo should be a separate cost from the proposal since both will be needed regardless of a stadium). i say lets get this thing built!

  26. alewatcher says: Jan 12, 2012 10:34 AM

    rugdog100 says: Jan 12, 2012 9:07 AM

    RE: “The city of Shakopee (it’s not easy resisting a juvenile remark here)”.

    I don’t think you know how to pronounce it, genious. Phonetically, it’s pronounced: SHOCK-o-pee

    ————–

    Sounds like something involving an electric fence, several beers, and a walk in the dark.

  27. jimmysee says: Jan 12, 2012 10:42 AM

    Build a stadium in Eau Claire, WI and be done with the MN b.s. games.

    If the Jints and Jets can play in N.J., the Vikes and their fans can make the 50 mile run east to Eau Claire.

  28. cags777 says: Jan 12, 2012 10:51 AM

    What worries me about this is that Gov. Mark Dayton and legislators are going to make the wrong decision in terms of where a new stadium is going to go (the Metrodome site). And then they’re not going to vote on a stadium package until the end of the legislative session in May (it’s what they always do).

    I have emailed Dayton and key legislators making the stadium decisions numerous times throughout the process and have told them the following:

    1) Build on the Arden Hills site. It’s expensive, but it finally cleans up the area and puts construction workers back to work building new buildings and improving roads along I-35W, I-694, and Highway 10.

    2) The Metrodome poses too many problems not just for the Vikings, but for the University of Minnesota. It would cause the Vikings to play at TCF Bank Stadium for three years and take a financial hit. It would also create way more traffic and parking headaches for Vikings fans, along with U of M students and faculty. But most importantly, TCF Bank Stadium is not an NFL-ready stadium and could not serve the team for three seasons without some serious upgrades. And there’s not guarantee they’ll fix existing issues inside the Metrodome that made the Vikings ask for a new stadium in the first place (narrow concourses, lack of bathrooms, obstructed viewing along the upper deck, and an inflatable roof that could collapse at any time).

    As for the latest proposal, it’s a bold idea at the last minute. But I can’t say that I hate it. My only issue is transportation would be a nightmare along US-169 and Highway 101. But like the Arden Hills site, this does set itself up to be a nice job creation bill that could keep construction workers on the job a lot longer than any of the Minneapolis sites. And it’s a site I could see the Vikings contributing a lot of money to compared to any of the Minneapolis sites.

    Either way, let’s just get this done and get it done right away.

  29. minnesconsin says: Jan 12, 2012 11:08 AM

    shakopee is interesting, i wish they’ been involved sooner. if they somehow pull it off, it’d be an incredible coup.

    The tribes are objecting to the prospect of off-reservation gambling anywhere in the state — having it come to Cantebury Park, just 4 miles away from Mystic Lake Casino, would be crippling. They’d see additional traffic to the hotel on game weekends, but their in ability to serve alcohol would crush their gaming business.

  30. drbob117 says: Jan 12, 2012 11:38 AM

    The Vikings should just respond.. Arden Hills or LA.. you have 18 more days to pass the Arden Hills bill; Feb 1, we move to LA.

  31. gbiscottagecheesefatties says: Jan 12, 2012 12:02 PM

    Arden Hills is dead and has been for over a month so please stop mentioning it…

  32. mj5150 says: Jan 12, 2012 1:33 PM

    elboriqua176 says:
    Jan 12, 2012 9:54 AM
    if anyone here thinks that they are going to put the stadium anywhere else but arden hills, and all the rich ass people they have there, you are as high as ziggy wolf was when he chose to go with the whole perverted 70′s french man style! This is all about the money and the fans are not even in the equation
    ___________________________________

    WTF drugs are YOU on???? The fans WANT Arden Hills and it will most likely end up in MinneCRAPolis which won’t solve the traffic and parking issues.
    Oh yeah and it’s Ziggy Wilf not Wolf dumba**

  33. mediasloppy says: Jan 12, 2012 1:53 PM

    You can tell the Mayor of Shakopee is very new to office. Every other person in the vicinity has been bribed by the Casinos to stay away from any revenue that has to do with gambling for State revenue…

  34. skolvikesskol says: Jan 12, 2012 2:29 PM

    So much hate…. I dont get it… Its pretty simple… Zig shld build it just like ny and dal… Done and done

  35. vikesfansteve says: Jan 12, 2012 6:22 PM

    Just get it done already.

  36. oldcracker says: Jan 12, 2012 8:17 PM

    So, the out-of-work and minimum-wage worker bees of Mn get to subsidize the billionaire owner so he doesn’t move to LA…where he’ll be subsidized by the out-of-work and minimum-wage worker bees of southern Calif.?

    We, the “fans” are supposed to have blind loyalty to the owner who would yellow rain all over us for the right number of dollars offered by other sheep? Look at how Irsay & Modell handled their “fans.”

    No, I think I’ll add another truck, expand my garage, or add some help before I buy another billionaire playpen.

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