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Report: Vikings may accept Metrodome site for new stadium

Zygi Wilf AP

The Vikings say they’re “extremely frustrated” by Governor Mark Dayton’s decision to push for a new stadium at the site of the Metrodome, where the team has played since 1982.

According to one report out of Minnesota, it appears that owner Zygi Wilf could simply be working his way through the five stages of grief.

Charley Waters of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports that Wilf will “reluctantly accept” the Metrodome site, but that nothing is final.

Building a new stadium at the Metrodome site would mean that the Vikings would have to play elsewhere for multiple seasons.  The “elsewhere” would be the open-air facility where the University of Minnesota plays.

The Vikings hosted the Bears there in December 2010 for a Monday night game after the roof of the Metrodome collapsed.

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  1. yevrag3535 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:37 PM

    Who cares, he will make millions.

  2. war27 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:39 PM

    Awesome. The NFL needs football outside in Minnesota. Even if it’s only for a few years it’s a good thing.

    Who is going to pay for the upgrade on the U of Minnesota field? Didn’t they say in 2010 that their isn’t any type of heating system under the turf?

  3. randomjim says: Jan 24, 2012 9:40 PM

    I stopped reading after I saw Charlie Walters.

  4. nfceastisbeast says: Jan 24, 2012 9:42 PM

    They should play outdoors, the ultimate home field advantage. many chilhood memories of the old Vikes in Metropolitan Stadium. Of course that’s easy for me to say, I watched from the warmth of my family home! But man I loved those teams..Fran the Man, Chuck Foreman, Mick Tinglehoff, Paul Krause.

  5. tomtravis76 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:42 PM

    The owners should be paying for their own stadiums and the states should be giving them taxbreaks, so they will stay in town.

    Irsay took the Colts out of Baltimore in the middle of the night because of a fight over a stadium, well the state of Maryland spent more money trying to get an NFL team back to Baltimore than it would have cost to build the stadium.

  6. chad478 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:46 PM

    They need an open air stadium anyways

  7. pacificamjr says: Jan 24, 2012 9:49 PM

    this organization is a dump. how could you be a vikings fan? hell, im a Lions fan and even I feel sorry for you clowns!

  8. whitecastleisafoodgroup says: Jan 24, 2012 9:54 PM

    Zygi, I think your “five stages of grief” have already come and gone.

    In no particular order: Brett Farve, Donovan McNabb, Brad Childress, Chris Cook, Everson Griffen, … actually I guess we could go on for several more stages :/

  9. dragonfly99 says: Jan 24, 2012 9:57 PM

    Zygi should be happy the average taxpayer will have to pay for his stadium at any location. If he doesn’t like it, then he should pay for it himself and he could build it wherever he wants.

  10. devrick says: Jan 24, 2012 9:57 PM

    Maybe they could play a couple seasons at the L.A. Coliseum while they’re building something new in Minneapolis…

  11. jessethegreat says: Jan 24, 2012 9:58 PM

    Gophers should demand a ton for renting their stadium to the Vikings. Supply and demand, so where else would the Vikings play if the Gophers declined allowing them to use their stadium?

    Perhaps returning students tuitions to the U of M the next few years will be picked up by the Wilfs?

  12. gdeli says: Jan 24, 2012 9:58 PM

    No open air stadium. I’m not gonna freeze my butt off outside over football jeez. I can watch on the big screen at home and eat and go to the bathroom when i please. Make it comfortable(metrodome seats suck-no leg room) and play welcome to the jungle, etc and people will enjoy themselves more. Plenty of security so families don’t hear our fans abusing their own players. That was nuts. Your own team? yes, ziggy makes 100-200 million in team equity.

  13. benmci says: Jan 24, 2012 10:01 PM

    Joe Kapp says “the weather outside is delightful”

  14. gdeli says: Jan 24, 2012 10:02 PM

    just in…have prince fielder pay 1/4 of it! 9yrs=214 MILLION bucks! problem solved. Plus his investment will pay him back up to 300 million? ha

  15. ErikW65 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:02 PM

    So Ziggy Wilf doesn’t get to profit off the real estate he bought around the alternate site? I’m so sorry to hear that!

  16. vikings4life22 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:03 PM

    Dear Zygi,

    As a season ticket holder for 14 seasons and a tax paying Minnesotan, take what we give you (Metrodome Site) or finance your “preferred” site, Arden Hills, on your own like Robert Kraft did with the Patriots. There is plenty of opportunity for you to revamp the south end of downtown and turn it into the game day experience you have envisioned.
    You have one of the most loyal fan bases in the NFL. Please don’t disrespect us Vikings fans by pulling the we might move the team elsewhere card. We deserve more than that and I’m quite confident a man with your business aptitude will find a way to make money hand over fist no matter where they build the stadium. We have welcomed you as an outsider with open arms, please return the favor by doing the right thing.

    Yours,

    Vikings Fan

  17. trbowman says: Jan 24, 2012 10:04 PM

    The Vikings stadium process has been about as painful as watching the state of the union.

  18. timegambit says: Jan 24, 2012 10:04 PM

    They built that damn thing back up just to blow it up again?

    Pick some new ground! You’re obviously pissing some supernatural force off.

    People don’t just take knee’s like that or have too many men in the huddle with the season in the balance.

    Poltergeist 4: The Metrodome. Rated X

    Starring…. Chris Rock as Leslie Frazier.

  19. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 24, 2012 10:15 PM

    I was rooting for Arden hills but would be happy as long as they stay

  20. steviaquinn says: Jan 24, 2012 10:16 PM

    Just move to LA. Be done with this city that doesnt want you

  21. duluthvikesfan says: Jan 24, 2012 10:19 PM

    I know that the team doesn’t want to have to use TCF Stadium for various reasons (small capacity, needed improvements to meet NFL standards, ect..). But if this happens, I will buy season tickets in a heart beat to get to watch the Vikings be an outdoor team again even if it is only for a couple of seasons!

  22. donttazemebro says: Jan 24, 2012 10:21 PM

    maybe they can use Target Field.The Twins don’t play past September anyways.

  23. falstaff1962 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:26 PM

    Shooter is about as reliable as Sid Hartman. I think I’m more plugged in than those idiots are.

  24. gergie1957 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:30 PM

    @pacificamjr says:
    Jan 24, 2012 9:49 PM
    this organization is a dump. how could you be a vikings fan? hell, im a Lions fan and even I feel sorry for you clowns!

    Don’t feel sorry for Us Viking fans. We’ll be just fine.

  25. rtk23 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:31 PM

    Why does it have to be a dome?

  26. jefferee101 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:42 PM

    Piss off, Zygmunt. You’ll accept whatever the f#x%h* MN offers you, and if you don’t like it, don’t let the door hit ya where the good lord split ya!

  27. frownifdown says: Jan 24, 2012 10:46 PM

    @War27 The Gophers stadium does have heating coils, but because the stadium hadn’t been used in awhile so the field was frozen and wasn’t able to warm up in time for the game.

  28. cali49er707 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:48 PM

    that guy has a mustache for porn

  29. brewcrewfan54 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:51 PM

    When you’re getting taxpayer money that will allow you to make millions of dollars you don’t complain about location you say thank you and shut your damn mouth.

  30. rgledz says: Jan 24, 2012 10:59 PM

    @ frownifdown…

    It does NOT have heating coils under the field. How ludicrous is it to say that it was too frozen to heat……dear God! When they played that one game there they were using huge flame heaters to warm the field. They had tarps over the top to try and retain the heat until game time, then it refroze when they removed the tarps. The Vikings will have to pay 50 million dollars ( heating coils included in that price) to get the college stadium up to NFL standards. Don’t comment on things that you know nothing about.

  31. vikesandravens78 says: Jan 24, 2012 10:59 PM

    If this does end up being the case, the Vikes should petition the league to let them wear their old school throwbacks for all of their home games while they play outside. But please, get it done already!

  32. stoney18 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:00 PM

    How is this state/team relevant? Maybe if they played outdoors they would have the intestinal fortitude of the original team. Remember? The one good enough to get to the Super Bowl. Other northern teams play outdoors and do quite well (you know, perennial winners like Packers, Patriots). Maybe some game in Gopherdom for a couple of years would help.

  33. realitypolice says: Jan 24, 2012 11:02 PM

    yevrag3535 says:
    Jan 24, 2012 9:37 PM
    Who cares, he will make millions.
    ========================

    You’re right. If he stays there he’ll make millions.

    If he goes to LA he’ll make billions.

  34. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 24, 2012 11:04 PM

    Wilf and his ownerhip group can’t afford to build their own stadum. The vikings are hundreds of millions of dollars in debt now. They are reduced to just begging for another cheapo stadium.

    Wilf and his ownership group do not have the votes of the owners to move the franchise to Los Angeles.

    They ought to be looking at other markets where they can at least sell 50,000 season tickets unlike Minnesota. In Minnesota they don’t want a stadium larger than 27th in the league as then they would be facing blackouts that can’t be handled though corporate sponsors buying the minimum tickets the way they keep doing now.

    Moving to Mexico City or Guadelajara and becoming Mexico’s team is the thing to do.
    They can sell 50,000 season tickets there easily and the stadiums are already built.

    It makes economic sense. Go where the audience and money are (not Minnesota). Flights to Mexico are shorter than from one US coast to the other.

    The first international team, the Guadalajara vikings!!

  35. cowboyscanada says: Jan 24, 2012 11:09 PM

    Well at least the Cowboys problems are only on the field, and not a debacle off of it,,,good luck minny,,you’ll need it!!

  36. rollteal says: Jan 24, 2012 11:10 PM

    Ok, I’m a Jacksonville fan and I would like to see the Vikings stay in Minneapolis. The Vikings have more then 50 years of history in that region with Loyal & passionate fan-base. It would be a great shame to see that torn apart because of greed. But maybe a stupid question but why can’t TCF Bank Stadium be modified and used ?

  37. rambo888 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:11 PM

    Go outside that’s the way it was in the 60’s and 70’s when they won the most game.

  38. isu1648 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:13 PM

    Charley Walters also said less than 2 weeks ago that Zygi Wilf “had the gall to send out season ticket renewals to season ticket owners with no playoffs on the horizon”.

    Yes, Charley, that is how sports works, welcome to America. Spoiler alert, i also put down my Twins season ticket deposit before they even lost their 99th game of 2011. Every team in every league in the country sends out renewals.

    Walters doesnt know jack about sports, he should be looked as as a sports gossip columnist at best.

  39. mnsadsportsfan says: Jan 24, 2012 11:16 PM

    I hope they move on. I am sick and tired of the elected officials caving in. LA queens

  40. isu1648 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:25 PM

    Vikings4life22:

    Why should Zygi pay for the whole thing, when the goverment makes more money off of the Vikings ($26 mil/year in income tax alone) than he does?

    The state is run like a high school United Nations club, a bunch of amateurs. They have approved 29 referendum-free tax hikes since 2003, including $300 million for Guthrie theater, $350 for Target field, etc. But they are leaving the Vikings out in the cold saying that tax hikes require a referendum, with no explanation. that is absolute bush league.

    And if the state want to mistreat the Vikings to the extent that they leave, the state will have a $26 million deficit to fill each year for money they were supposed to get from the Vikings. And guess where its coming from…a tax hike.

    So in the end, Minnesotans will spend $26 million per year in taxes to drive the team away, compared to the $11 million they could pay to keep the team and build it a first class facility in Arden Hills.

    Nice going Minnesota Legislature. Youre really earning your paychecks.

  41. purplekoolaid1 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:28 PM

    And the Vikings will be horrible for multiple seasons, so who cares where they play?

  42. themonster49 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:29 PM

    Ok, this will come back around to the Vikings.

    The 49ers should have built their stadium where Candlestick its, I would say or somewhere in the city but it is kind of cramped in San Francisco. They didn’t, now they’re fans have to drive south to Santa Clara.

    Learn a lesson from this Vikings, bitch and try to get one kind of close to where you’re at, or just build one right where the current one sits. I don’t know where the state team the Minnesota Vikings play exactly in relation to their capitol or near most of their local fans, but this don’t make the same mistake the Niners are making.

    Stay in the same spot, be men and man up. This is football, it will live longer than you, don’t ‘make’ anyone accept anything new or different because you are one of the few teams whose name should never be coupled with leaving or quitting. Just because you lost this year doesn’t mean you have to give up on yourself and everyone around you.

  43. kokothemonkey says: Jan 24, 2012 11:43 PM

    “Maybe if they played outdoors they would have the intestinal fortitude of the original team. Remember? The one good enough to get to the Super Bowl. Other northern teams play outdoors and do quite well (you know, perennial winners like Packers, Patriots).”

    What an asinine thing to post. I guess it’s a mystery how the Saints, Colts and Rams got the “intestinal fortitude” to win the Superbowl. In the case of the Colts, we’re talking about a team who ranks among the top of the league in winning percentage over the last decade. Last time I checked the Bills play outdoors and they haven’t been relevant since Doug Flutie was their quarterback. But boy, they sure have some guts.

  44. lennydpocketqb says: Jan 24, 2012 11:50 PM

    Zygi… Baby… The good people of Minnesota hates your team. Move to L.A.

  45. meatloaf025 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:51 PM

    I love Minnesota but I we are not capable of understanding the importance of a new stadium in the suburbs we don’t deserve the team. Mr. Wilf, take your team out. Eventually we will realize our lost and will pay 2 billion to bring a new team.

  46. djp4381 says: Jan 24, 2012 11:54 PM

    As long as I can drink at TCF I’m cool.

  47. leatherhelmets says: Jan 24, 2012 11:57 PM

    The warm blooded Minnesotans are ready to party in the streets like it were the Norde Mardi Gras, because they will get their Stadium any second now.
    Can’t you feel the energy? When people give like they do, they get back a thousand fold.

    Their unrelenting generosity and true openness is traced back to Scandinavia where neighbors hug, and people treat strangers to food and drink. Now we see why you are ready to celebrate. It was just a matter of time.

    We are with you Minnesota! Bravo!

  48. war27 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:00 AM

    From everything i just read rgledz is 100% correct.

    The field doesn’t have a heating system because the latest games are played there is early/mid november.

  49. heimerz says: Jan 25, 2012 12:18 AM

    @bobnelsonjr

    The Gudalajara Vikings? Yeah that’s a great idea for Mexico and its long historic connection to Scandinavia and the Vikings.

    I don’t understand why so many fans from other teams say they want the Vikings to move. I wouldn’t want any team to move from their home state. I might hate the Packers but I would never want them to leave Wisconsin . It would destroy the long standing rivalries of the NFC North and make the NFL poorer for the loss.

  50. bucman3 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:35 AM

    Every team should play outdoors !

  51. notalib says: Jan 25, 2012 12:43 AM

    The Viking should just pack their bags and leave. Minnesota does not respect them, they treat them like a cousin who you just tolerate because mom says you have to.

  52. dtrb10 says: Jan 25, 2012 12:44 AM

    Who cares as long as it’s here. By the time it’s finished they might actually be getting better. I would I imagine a few years if high draft picks. I don’t care how much they suck as long as they win or lose in mn where they belong!!

  53. jimmysee says: Jan 25, 2012 12:55 AM

    No “average” taxpayers should pay for the stadium — only exceptional ones.

  54. silverandblack052099 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:03 AM

    Just move to Los Angeles already.

  55. grannyvi4 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:04 AM

    @jessiethegreat:
    Gophers should demand a ton for renting their stadium to the Vikings. Supply and demand, so where else would the Vikings play if the Gophers declined allowing them to use their stadium?

    Perhaps returning students tuitions to the U of M the next few years will be picked up by the Wilfs?
    ——————————
    Really? REALLY???? Sorry, but your new Goofer stadium was also paid for with tax $, a stadium the U didn’t actually need. In fact, the U gets puh-lenty of tax $. You wanna talk tuition? How about directing your comments to the U President (who’s in the process of refurbishing his mansion) and the Board of Regents?

    People seem to forget that the state had to step in to save Dayton’s family business about 20 years ago.

  56. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 25, 2012 1:21 AM

    The best part about building on the Metrodome site is they have to blow up that dump! I’m going to get a front row seat for that!

  57. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 25, 2012 1:22 AM

    @bobnelsonjr –

    Why don’t you move to Mexico City?

  58. frownifdown says: Jan 25, 2012 1:28 AM

    rgledz says:
    Jan 24, 2012 10:59 PM
    @ frownifdown…

    It does NOT have heating coils under the field. How ludicrous is it to say that it was too frozen to heat……dear God! When they played that one game there they were using huge flame heaters to warm the field. They had tarps over the top to try and retain the heat until game time, then it refroze when they removed the tarps. The Vikings will have to pay 50 million dollars ( heating coils included in that price) to get the college stadium up to NFL standards. Don’t comment on things that you know nothing about.

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

    Ok so I was wrong, but you don’t need to be a jerk about it. Not a big deal, just say that there are heating coils and move on. Why be a douche about it? I was just remembering it wrong, doesn’t mean I know “nothing” about it. Some people on here get so upset about this stuff. Jeez.

  59. classygentleman7 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:28 AM

    I gotta hand it to the Wilfs, they seem very committed to Minnesota. After all this strong-arming, political mess, most owners would have told the state legislature to go screw themselves and move to the second biggest market in America. I respect his committment to Vikings fans.

  60. frownifdown says: Jan 25, 2012 1:30 AM

    What’s with all the comments on how much the Vikings suck and “how can you even be Vikings fans?”

    Maybe I’m in the minority, but I don’t like a team because it’s good. I was born a Viking fan and I’ll be one for the rest of my life, whether they are bad or good, even though it’s been mostly bad for me. Am I jealous of teams that frequently win like the Patriots, Steelers, or Packers? Sure, it’d be awesome to have such high expectations every year, but no way would I just stop being a Viking fan because they aren’t very good. Yah my team sucks right now, but things change quickly in the NFL. Who knows where anyone will be in 5 years?

  61. jessethegreat says: Jan 25, 2012 1:39 AM

    GAYrannievi4,
    I wouldn’t care so much, except when the Gophers were planning to build the new stadium, the Vikings declined sharing a stadium with them and sharing the expenses. It would have been a win-win for both teams, but the Vikings felt they were too good to share with the Gophers and declined.

    Now they want to come crawling back asking to share the stadium they refused to build together?

    The U should demand the entire cost of the construction for the stadium to rent it to the Vikings until their new stadium is build.

  62. jessethegreat says: Jan 25, 2012 1:42 AM

    @GAYrannievi4,

    If you think the Gophers didn’t need a new stadium, what are the Vikings making a fuss about getting a new stadium for? Where were they going to play football? Let me guess, Target Field? The Excel? Target Center?

  63. dabaum2 says: Jan 25, 2012 1:55 AM

    I know both sites, and having lived up by Arden Hills I think it would be great to get the Vikings out there. It sickens me to think the Downtowners are now demanding that the stadium be built down there. They didn’t seem to be working to get anything done, and then when there was some initiative up north, then they scramble? And now Gov. Date..ummmh demands what? Did some money change hands downtown again? Why was the U field and the twins ones completed before the Vikings? The Vikings are way more popular!

  64. johnnyb216 says: Jan 25, 2012 2:10 AM

    Granny,
    Actually, if the gophers didn’t need a new stadium, then why do the vikings? They played in the same place!! I guess we should chalk that up to good old fashioned Minnesota logic. Like I said earlier, that state could eff up a wet dream.

  65. blackbelt4d says: Jan 25, 2012 2:35 AM

    I stopped reading at “Charley Walters”

    The Onion and Weekly World News have more credibility than Charley Walters and its not even close.

  66. vikesfansteve says: Jan 25, 2012 4:00 AM

    The thing is that Mondale & Dayton are trying to bypass legislature by having the MN Sports Commission take control of the project. The same Commission that takes most of the revenue from the Metrodome right now & will result in the same problem Zygi is currently having that he isn’t bringing in large sums of revenue like other owners do from their stadiums. It will be a brand spanking new stadium but Zygi will only see pennies on the dollar. He isn’t going to go for it. MN is going to force the Vikings to leave. It is unbelievable.

  67. eeeeeeetme says: Jan 25, 2012 7:03 AM

    What a LOSER organization. It’s appropriate that they play under a collapsible Circus tent. Sheesh, Move to LA already and ditch these footbal indifferent hillbillies.

  68. smokehouse56 says: Jan 25, 2012 7:55 AM

    eeeeeeetme, does that mean you’re not a hillbilly? What a damn sanctimonious statement.

  69. bigbluefan1 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:02 AM

    I am so glad that Ziggy did not get his dream and that was to buy 50% of the Super Bowl bound Giants.

    I do have to ask not being from the area why don’t they do what was done at the Meadowlands and Build the new place next to the old one right in the parking lot.
    It made parking a royal pain in the butt but it worked
    And of course that was all they got from the state the land
    The Giants and the jets paid to build the place
    The state gave up the land and fixed up the roads.
    That was a real stimulus package private sector money providing jobs to the private sector.
    And yes we have PSL fees but as a fan I paid it as I wanted the seats if your not a fan you do not pay it.

  70. brett76 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:04 AM

    Here is a bit of reality….U of M stadium can be expanded to almost 80,000 seats. The only reason the field was so bad for the game against the Bears was because it had been covered & unused for over a month.

    What the state, Gophers & Vikings really need to do is expand that stadium to full capacity & have the Vikings & Gophers share it. Absolutely no reason to build another new stadium there when that one is great & it only used a few months a year & quite honestly, it is more then the Gophers actually need.

  71. sterling7 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:07 AM

    The Vikings will get a stadium but unfortunately it will be in Minneapolis, unfortunate because as a life long resident of Minnesota I can honestly tell you Minneapolis sucks- mainly their mafia politicians and the way they bullied the Vikings over the last decade plus-what a bunch of goons. However let’s not overlook the team. Leslie Frazier has to be the only coach in the history of the planet to retain his position coaches for doing a lousy job while hiring new coaches. At the same time he fires the only productive coach (defensive line coach Karl Dunbar) who for the most part were holding up their end? I believe that the Vikings will be lucky to win six games next year and look for Leslie and his “friends” to be job hunting this time next year-As a life long Viking diehard since 1968 I would love to be wrong!

  72. fwippel says: Jan 25, 2012 8:08 AM

    Wilf doesn’t have to stay in Minnesota, and I quite frankly don’t understand why he’s committed to doing so. The twin cities and the state are not willing to work with the owner to reach a suitable solution. If Wilf isn’t going to be happy with the new stadium location, he’s not going to be happy when it’s built either.

    It’s time for the Wilf’s to start shopping for a new home, outside the state of Minnesota. Zygi can get a better offer from several other cities, and it’s time the team started a serious effort to do so. The twin cities (and the state for that matter) have proven themselves both incapable and unwilling to keep an NFL franchise.

    It’s time for the Vikings to find a new home, one that actually cares about keeping an NFL franchise.

  73. deadmanwalking47 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:13 AM

    pro football should be played outside regardless of the temperature or conditions! as bad as the vikings are,it may even help them win a few more games.

  74. allmnsports says: Jan 25, 2012 8:22 AM

    Contacted my rep. Dave Senjem via e-mail concerning the Arden Hills referendum with no response back yet. Zygi has signed quality players [ Hutchison, Allen, and Peterson to lucrative deals ] Its time for the Viking Fans to contact their representatives and ask them for answers.

  75. gmen1987 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:27 AM

    gdeli says:
    Jan 24, 2012 9:58 PM
    No open air stadium. I’m not gonna freeze my butt off outside over football jeez. I can watch on the big screen at home and eat and go to the bathroom when i please. Make it comfortable(metrodome seats suck-no leg room) and play welcome to the jungle, etc and people will enjoy themselves more. Plenty of security so families don’t hear our fans abusing their own players. That was nuts. Your own team? yes, ziggy makes 100-200 million in team equity.

    ===================================
    You are an embarrassment to your fellow Viking fans and to the NFC fans north fans in general. Wimp.

  76. hodag54501 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:30 AM

    Others have said, and I reiterate: why not expand U-M stadium, add skyboxes, and save Minnesota taxpayers?
    Is it sheer vanity?

  77. elkmoundsucks says: Jan 25, 2012 8:32 AM

    I think I said a couple of months ago, that Minneapolis would eventually get in the game as “the only solution” and make Vikings fans deal with having the same crappy downtown Minneapolis game-day experience they had with the Metrodome.
    How would it be different, a few extra bathrooms and an Hall of Fame attached to it? If it isn’t in Arden Hills what is the point of buidling a new stadium? The value of the Vikings will not appreciably go up if there is another downtown stadium… If the new stadium isn’t in arden hills, why wouldn’t Ziggy move the team to LA and double the value of the team? Hugely Successful business men dont’ usually make poor decisions.

  78. dickroy says: Jan 25, 2012 8:33 AM

    Just stay in Minnesota Vikings!!

  79. vikingfresh says: Jan 25, 2012 8:34 AM

    Does anyone Know if the state Minnesota or the Wilfs Own the Vikings name and Logo? Just wondering if the Wilfs decide to move the team if they get to keep the name.

    I do not think many of you realize that the Wilf’s are good owners. They actually care about this team and this city. I’ve read damn near all of the recent posts and disgusts me how jealous some are that the Wilf’s are wealthy people. Seriously get over it. Does anyone actually realize how much more revenue this franchise would generate in Los Angeles? It is the 2nd largest media market in the country. If it was all about the money the Wilf’s would have jumped ship there first chance.

    I just think we need to give these guys a little more credit than we are. They are doing everything they can to keep the Vikings in Minnesota. At this point it saddens me to say this but if the Wilf’s want to move this team, I think they have every right to do so. Believe me I do not want this to happen but this Organization has been getting the short end of the stick by the state for too long. If the vikings leave Minnesota I would bet everything I have that the NFL would never even consider putting another team here.

    Wake up people. If you want our Vikings to stay here then make phone calls to the Governor’s office. Remember how many jobs the Vikings provide for the city. Remember how many jobs the building of a new state of the art stadium would provide to the city and state. Think about the other things that come with having a brand new stadium that will bring more money to the city and state. The Superbowl alone is an enormous cash grab for all local business’s.

  80. dan7800 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:37 AM

    Wasn’t football meant to be played outdoors, on grass, in any kind of weather?

  81. das14 says: Jan 25, 2012 8:52 AM

    This whole process has been a PERFECT representation of what it’s like to live in Minnesota.

  82. bangitfootball says: Jan 25, 2012 8:53 AM

    Zygi either STOP WHINING or open up your own checkbook like Jerry Jones and finace it yourself. Your lucky your even getting a new stadium.

  83. Little Earthquake says: Jan 25, 2012 8:55 AM

    The story here is that a kajillionaire might not get what he wants for once.

    Minneapolis is a great city – I hope the Vikings play downtown – and outside!

  84. notalib says: Jan 25, 2012 9:14 AM

    The Wilfs own everything about the team the state of Minnesota would have no say if they decide to move,

  85. buffaloviking says: Jan 25, 2012 9:41 AM

    All you people pissin and moaning about Ziggy and all his money, GET OVER IT, hes rich, thats his business, if you want to be rich, take a chance, stick your neck out and make some choices. When you people go out and buy something you want the best price too, its common sense. If you think Minnesota has money issues now wait until Ziggy leaves and takes all his money with him to a new location and that city gets all the revenue that Minnesota should get. Where will all your revenue come from then, I guess then you will have something else to piss and moan about,

  86. isu1648 says: Jan 25, 2012 9:50 AM

    For everyone asking why the Vikings cant just share TCF Bank Stadium at U of M, here are a plethora of reaosns, let me know if I should keep going:
    – The stadium is on a college campus. no NFL team should be relegated to a college campus.
    – There is NOOOO parking. the parking situation is so dire that if often ruins the time you spent at the stadium. This is by far the most serious issue. Just imagine going to an NFL game where there is no parking (aka, less than 1000 spots at the stadium).
    – Because its on campus, the stadium is DRY. yep, no alcohol, period (didnt even change that for a U2 concert).
    – The stadium is owned by the U, and the vikings would be at their mercy regarding schedules, decision making, etc. The NFL would never stand for that long-term.
    – The stadium’s revenue ability for the Vikings is worse than the Dome, the NFL would never allow it long-term.
    – The outdoor stadium would need to be completely overhauled to be able to handle cold weather NFL games in December.

  87. theytukrjobs says: Jan 25, 2012 9:58 AM

    I’m an MN resident and die hard Vikes fan. Hate to say it but we deserve to have the Vikes play somewhere else for the two years while they build the stadium.

  88. knew8411 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:10 AM

    Zygi should be happy the average taxpayer will have to pay for his stadium at any location. If he doesn’t like it, then he should pay for it himself and he could build it wherever he wants.

    This belief bother’s me….yeah the ppl of Minnesota will pay for a % of the cost of this stadium….but the team is paying almost half of the cost (which is more than most teams have paid for new digs)….the team will also be on the hook to pay for the upgrades to the UofM stadium, to NFL standards.
    The public will more than make their $ back, through other events that will be held at this venue, taxes from the NFL games played there ect.

  89. minnesconsin says: Jan 25, 2012 10:53 AM

    isu1648 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 9:50 AM

    – There is NOOOO parking. the parking situation is so dire that if often ruins the time you spent at the stadium. This is by far the most serious issue. Just imagine going to an NFL game where there is no parking (aka, less than 1000 spots at the stadium).

    —————-

    There are over 20,000 spots in University-owned lots, ramps, and garages on the East Bank campus. The stadium is also served by multiple bus lines, and will be served by Light Rail in the very near future.

    That said, many of those parking spots are perpetually occupied, and it does suck trying to navigate Dinkytown on a gameday.

  90. dukemarc says: Jan 25, 2012 12:50 PM

    The important question is whether or not the University will let them serve beer at the games.

  91. pkrjones says: Jan 25, 2012 1:00 PM

    Why on earth would Zygi “reluctantly agree” to such a stoopid proposal? The capacity of the Humpty Dome is 64K, and of the Golden Gopher stadium is only 50K. Every home game, assuming the fans support the team and sellout every game, would lose 14K paying customers. The visiting team gets 40% of the gate receipts… so EVERY visiting team is losing over $550K when playing the Vikings. I certainly would HOPE that Zygi can imagine/act on an alternative plan.

  92. vikefan says: Jan 25, 2012 1:42 PM

    the true reasoning for a new stadium is more suite sales, parking, & concessions revenues for the Vikings organization to be on par with the rest of profitable NFL teams. If the Vikings cannot get (and i dont know how they could) extra space to build parking lots for tailgating, design the stadium to their specifications regarding more suites & seats, & more concessions/restrooms areas AND the facts that they will lose revenue/tixes saless/alchohol sales/ pay out of pocket for stadium readiness & upkeep, pay U of M to change schedules for volleyball, hockey, basketball, etc., i do not see a smart businesss man accepting this offer. they would pay over $50 million in stadium readiness alone, not to mention lost revenue of 15,000 tix per game, concessions for 3 yearsto, and any sponorships cause the U already has there own. Aint no way Zygi says yes to anything unless Met commision runs new digs but Vikings take 90% of vikings game revenues, otherwise a major revenue loss all the way around.

    Just chalk another brilliant decision to state legistature & leadership. When all were bitching bout making sure TCF Bank was paying enuff $ in sponsorship to let taxpayer get best deal, no one was thinking bout the major “what if” factor if it was ever needed for an NFL event. Yes the state stuck it to taxpayers for Guthrie, Twins, U of M, etc. Geez god forbid they make 1 more mistake and help the Vikings, the organization with the largest fan base in market, with highest tv ratings in market, that genereates the most tx revenue in market, etc. i just cannot believe the true utterly clueless idiots that attempt to lead out state into the complete crapper that it has become. and if any of you thing the state has a budget gap and govt shutdown last year, how is losing one of the largest companies & tax bases gonna help?!!!

  93. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 25, 2012 2:08 PM

    bigbluefan1 says:
    Jan 25, 2012 8:02 AM
    I do have to ask not being from the area why don’t they do what was done at the Meadowlands and Build the new place next to the old one right in the parking lot.
    ________

    It’s a pretty small parking lot so I doubt there’s enough space. I also think they believe they can save money by using the foundation of the existing stadium.

  94. freedubay says: Jan 25, 2012 2:49 PM

    No NFL team is moving to LA. First all there is no stadium to play in LA.

    A team moving to LA will not receive money from Naming Rights, Suites, Concessions, advertising and most all all PSL’s.

    The groups that would like to build a stadium will use the above money to build the luxury stadiums and will not have any money to purchase the teams.

    The market is saturated with teams. No city can afford to build a modern 1 billion$ + stadium.

  95. freedubay says: Jan 25, 2012 2:54 PM

    knew8411 says: Jan 25, 2012 10:10 AM says”

    The public will more than make their $ back, through other events that will be held at this venue, taxes from the NFL games played there ect.

    –If that is the case no public money should be needed and the NFL and Vikings should be able to pay for the stadium themselves.

  96. stavreafavre says: Jan 25, 2012 3:53 PM

    No circus in the history of the planet ever had so many clowns connected with it.

  97. dumplingsrbrown says: Jan 25, 2012 4:29 PM

    After years of working and pushing for a new stadium deal it seems obvious the Vikings should pack up and leave. It appears that Minnesota needs to invest the money back into the school systems rather than the NFL because very few have any idea about basic business sense, supply and demand or simple economics. It’s all been sad to watch.

  98. trapshoot says: Jan 25, 2012 5:16 PM

    They aren’t having the success in holding the state at ransom that they had hoped for.

  99. isu1648 says: Jan 25, 2012 11:03 PM

    Freedubay:

    The state will ate its money back from taxes on player income, merch, tix, etc. that is not revenue that is available to the Vikings, so they can just “build iron their own”.

    The state profits significantly from the Vikings, and will profit more so with a new stadium. The state has a responsibility to pay for their fair share. They make $26 million per year on the player income taxes, they can put $11 mil per year towards a stadium.

    Or just let the $26 million a year move to LA and make Minnesotan tax payers make up the difference.

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