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Vikings now “optimistic” about Metrodome site

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Two days ago, the Vikings were “extremely frustrated” by Governor Mark Dayton’s decision to propose a new football stadium in Minneapolis.  Then, owner Zygi Wilf reportedly was willing to “reluctantly accept” the situation.

Now, the five stages of grief have yielded to apparent giddiness.

Per the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Wilf said Wednesday that he’s “optimistic” about a stadium built on the location of the team’s current venue, even though the team holds out hope for the preferred location at Arden Hills.

The comments came after a three-hour meeting between Wilf, Dayton, legislative officials, and city officials.

“We’re a lot further than we were a few hours ago,” Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak told the Star Tribune after the meeting.

As to Arden Hills, it appears that the Vikings are keeping that option alive solely as leverage to get the best possible deal in Minneapolis.  If so, that’s about the only leverage the Vikings have.  The team without a current lease to play football in any stadium has until February 15 to inform the league of an intention to relocate, and there currently is no evidence that the Vikings are talking to any city not situated in the Land of 10,000 Lakes.

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37 Responses to “Vikings now “optimistic” about Metrodome site”
  1. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:28 PM

    Funny how being able to screw the taxpayers our of hundreds of millions of dollars makes you “suddenly optimistic”.

    Its time to end this sort of corporate welfare. Long past time.

  2. baous says: Jan 26, 2012 1:28 PM

    I’m a die-hard Vikings fan, and I want them to move to LA, but that’s also cuz I’m Miami born and bred. Forget Minnesota, let’s become the LA Vikings!

  3. Alohamrhand says: Jan 26, 2012 1:29 PM

    of course they are,when that’s your only option and you’re trying to get the public on your side of course you’re optimistic.

  4. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 26, 2012 1:30 PM

    Okay, but as far as I can tell, there’s still no viable way of funding it from either the city or the state.

  5. badtimeoutcaldwell says: Jan 26, 2012 1:31 PM

    Just tell us if/ when a deal gets finalized… Enough with the on again/ off again rumors

  6. skolby says: Jan 26, 2012 1:33 PM

    Now let’s save some $$$ and forget about putting a lid on it. We MUST get back to playing football outside like MEN if we want to get serious about winning a CHAMPIONSHIP!

  7. ugk612 says: Jan 26, 2012 1:36 PM

    Just get it done already, will ya?!

  8. 4gone says: Jan 26, 2012 1:50 PM

    Still doesn’t make sense to me. Not even the Vikings fans who come to this football website want to put 0.01 of a penny toward keeping their football team – why in the heck are the Vikings not talking to LA??? Not as a leverage play, but as going somewhere they are wanted??

  9. ruvelligwebuike says: Jan 26, 2012 1:59 PM

    Mark Dayton and the Minnesota Legislature’s dream day of Minnesota football….

    First, Dayton has the U of M AD call up North Dakota State. “Hey guys, how would you like to come down here and nationally embarass the “home” team again?” ND is hesitant…”Well, we wanted some tougher competition and national exposure, so we just booked with Prairie View A and M…but I guess we’ll kick the crap out of you again.”

    Down 24-7 early in the third, a puff of smoke! Out comes the Guthrie Theatre players, doing interpretive dance routines to the tune of $10 million of state money. The Gophers re-emerge…BUT A TWIST!!! It’s actually the Vikings dressed up in Gopher uniforms! They rally against the tough ND State squad, but fall short 38-35.

    Afterwards, the night is celebrated in Minnesota tradition. Half a glass of Minnesota’s finest imported wine, Beringer Founders Estate 2010 Vintage, and the usual topics of conversation. “Those North Dakota hicks…they’ve never even SEEN interpretive dance! Have you tried that new Indian restaurant…yuck…no ketchup anywhere! Man, those hicks…they just don’t know art and high class culture like the Paris of the Midwest. Did you see the new neighbor? What a complete tool. He drives a truck…does he not know how green we are? We’re going to bring them some hotdish to introduce ourselves tomorrow.”

  10. contra74 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:01 PM

    4gone says:
    Jan 26, 2012 1:50 PM
    Still doesn’t make sense to me. Not even the Vikings fans who come to this football website want to put 0.01 of a penny toward keeping their football team – why in the heck are the Vikings not talking to LA??? Not as a leverage play, but as going somewhere they are wanted??
    ——–
    I live in LA and guess what, I dont believe anyone has asked if we (yes Packer fans, I can say we because i actually live here unlike your claims to owning a team) actually want a team here. USC and UCLA are our teams here as are the Lakers and the Dodgers. We also have the Kings (hockey) and Galaxy (soccer, yea had to throw it in there). Its kinda crowded here and as much as I would love to have my Vikings in LA I believe they are best suited staying up in MN where they belong. Its a win-win for ME if they leave or stay but its selfish of me to wish for them to come to LA. Get the deal done!

  11. pistolsmoke says: Jan 26, 2012 2:10 PM

    MN is where the Vikings belong. Great history, great rivalries with Packers, Bears. However, I am sick of the articles about it. Let me know when it’s final. The Vikings are wanted in Minnesota. You just hear comments from liberals who think “The man” is always out to get them.

  12. rejo0203 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:14 PM

    If anyones not interested in keeping the team in MN then they are not real Vikes fans. It s unfortunate that the metrodome site is the preffered option for the legislature. Arden Hills offers tailgaiting and further development opportunities, dome site offers ………nothing!

  13. mattolikesthevikes says: Jan 26, 2012 2:30 PM

    baous says:
    Jan 26, 2012 1:28 PM
    I’m a die-hard Vikings fan, and I want them to move to LA, but that’s also cuz I’m Miami born and bred. Forget Minnesota, let’s become the LA Vikings.
    ________________________

    Diehard Vikings fans or any other team don’t wish for their team to move, even if you live in Miami. The Vikings are Minnesota!!!!

  14. trojan33sc says: Jan 26, 2012 2:30 PM

    This continuous flip-flopping needs to stop, just go to LA and get it over with !

  15. trollhammer20 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:32 PM

    If it means more cool old-stadium implosion videos, like when they blew up the Kingdome, I’m all for it.

    Vikings would be a dumb name for a team located in SoCal, anyway.

  16. jdevs73 says: Jan 26, 2012 2:44 PM

    3 words: Open Air Stadium!!

    Nuff said

  17. budgrant4prez says: Jan 26, 2012 2:46 PM

    @trollhammer20

    legally they can’t use the viking name anyways… so don’t worry about it. The VIKINGS are staying in Minnesota. move your attention to the RAMS

  18. irishnativeson says: Jan 26, 2012 2:46 PM

    I understand that this subject has a political undercurrent to it, however, I would really prefer it if we stick with the sarcasm and mockery of comments and allegiances, it kinda breaks up the day for me.

  19. fwippel says: Jan 26, 2012 3:02 PM

    Here’s what I want to know: if the Metrodome is torn down and rebuilt, will that clause that Mike Lynn had built in for himself 30 years ago that gives him a cut of the proceeds from each season still be in effect?

    I’m sorry, but Mr. Wilf is allowing himself to be shafted by Dayton and the other politicos in Minnesota. A rebuilt Metrodome sounds like a recipe for the team to once again settle for second best. Wilf’s motto should be ‘Arden Hills or bust’.

  20. tombradysponytail says: Jan 26, 2012 3:07 PM

    “Five years ago, the team was harshly criticized by Anoka County officials after negotiating a tentative agreement for a stadium in Blaine and then backing away to explore building in Minneapolis.”
    —-
    I bet Zygi wishes he had that deal now. Maybe he shouldn’t have stabbed Anoka Co. in the back. Enjoy Metrodump 2.0 and tailgating in a parking garage…

  21. glenne81 says: Jan 26, 2012 3:07 PM

    they are getting exactly what they want and used these other locations to pull it off. the dome site was the only site, ever. but through the leverage of the other sites they got the politicians to say it and they dont look like they T-Bagged Arden Hills. Absolutely Brilliant!!!!! Say what you want. but this is a absolutely great example of american business in action!!!

  22. jimmysee says: Jan 26, 2012 3:16 PM

    This is still a mess.

    So Vikes move outdoors for a few years — then back indoors?

    I could see the team doing way better outdoors — then the new stadium opens and wham — it’s back to the same old thing.

  23. jimmysee says: Jan 26, 2012 3:18 PM

    In SoCal — the team could still be the Vikings named after the high-end stoves in movie stars’ homes out there.

    But they’d need new helmets with gas burners on them.

  24. prior0knowledge says: Jan 26, 2012 3:40 PM

    If I was Wilf, I would swallow the cost and pay for it myself in Arden Hills. You get to keep all the profits and concessions, plus you get all the side profits yourself from restaurants, hotels, etc.

    AND if you build a domed stadium you get a super bowl once every decade.

  25. purpleman527 says: Jan 26, 2012 3:43 PM

    But Wait.

    The stories earlier in the day about the Vikings and the Rams, had references about BOTH teams going to L.A.

    What gives?

  26. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 26, 2012 4:02 PM

    For everyone who wants an outdoor stadium, that would make it impossible for the public to recoup their investment. No Super Bowl, no Final Four, no college baseball games, no monster truck rallies, no winter activities of any kind other than maybe a hockey game.

  27. bozosforall says: Jan 26, 2012 4:31 PM

    jimmysee says:
    Jan 26, 2012 3:18 PM
    In SoCal — the team could still be the Vikings named after the high-end stoves in movie stars’ homes out there.

    But they’d need new helmets with gas burners on them.

    __
    Then again, once the Raiders move back to LA, the Packers could be moved to the Bay Area and keep their old name…with two guys having sex on their helmets.

  28. barnsey021 says: Jan 26, 2012 4:47 PM

    baous says:
    Jan 26, 2012 1:28 PM
    I’m a die-hard Vikings fan, and I want them to move to LA, but that’s also cuz I’m Miami born and bred. Forget Minnesota, let’s become the LA Vikings!

     48 256 

    No die hard Vikes fan heils from Miami and wishes them to leave the great state of Minnesota. Skol

  29. rugdog100 says: Jan 26, 2012 4:48 PM

    Mike —

    What you failed to mention is why Wilf went from “extremely frustrated” to “reluctantly accept” to “optimistic”.

    By building on the Metrodome site, they would have to play at TCF Field, which seats less than 50,000 (lost revenue for 3 years). Plus, the field would have to be upgraded to NFL standards, including tearing up the turf and installing a heating system underneath. That total comes to $67 million – the plan left that responsibility in the Vikings lap. If Wilf’s optimism has increased, it’s due to Dayton or another entity stepping up and covering the upgrades/shortfall.

    You should write the entire story, otherwise it’s just a bunch of smart-aleck comments given out of context.

  30. theytukrjobs says: Jan 26, 2012 5:02 PM

    How on earth can you fund a stadium in this economy. Even though the stadium will not be paid for through taxes, the total amount of state and local contribution still amounts to dang near half of a tenth of a percent of the budget, if it were part of the budget.

    Think of the Children! Oh the humanity!

    I’d rather our state loses money, credibility, and personal entertainment value than have one billionaire benefit here. I want all billionaires OUT of MN. For Good!

    We need to give funds to people in need to attract hundredaires, not billionaires.

  31. buffaloviking says: Jan 26, 2012 5:07 PM

    All the people that dont want the State of Minnesota or City Of Minneapolis to pay for the stadium, Pack your belongings and move with them becuase you will really be pissed when the taxes get even higher, obviously you arent well versed in Checks and Balances.
    Dayton will get the millions of dollars lost from all the people that didnt want public funding, I really dont think the Wolves and Twins will make the loss of revenue. Get over it and move on. Go Vikes, cant wait to sit my butt in a new stadium to cheer on the MINNESOTA VIKINGS in MINNESOTA. Thanks Ziggy for helping make the possible.

  32. vikingsrube says: Jan 26, 2012 5:28 PM

    For everyone out there that says that Vikings fans don’t care about their team and that they should just move to L.A., and the politicians in Minnesota who are against a stadium, there is a major flaw to your logic. The Minnesota Vikings are a REGIONAL team (not just a Minneapolis team), and the vast majority of the fans do not get a say as to what happens to this team. I guarantee that on Sundays that there are more fans that traveled over 100 miles in that stadium than there are people from the Minneapolis Metropolitan area. I can attest to this first hand as I drive I94 on game days and see nothing but streams of cars with people covered in their purple from Bismarck, North Dakota all the way to Minneapolis. And let’s not forget all the fans coming from Iowa, South Dakota, and northern Minnesota.
    And to you politicians that are trying to block this stadium, just think of all the money that you will be losing by pushing these loyal fans to spend their money elsewhere if this team were to leave, because I for one would not waste another dollar, or second of my life in that joke of a city if the Vikings were gone.

  33. vikingsrube says: Jan 26, 2012 5:31 PM

    I don’t care when, where, or how Minnesota, just get it done!!

  34. rugdog100 says: Jan 26, 2012 6:07 PM

    @theytukrjobs — Melodramatic much?

  35. prplpuzzetrz says: Jan 26, 2012 6:16 PM

    Sometimes it’s horribly painful to remain a diehard Vikings fan! Thick or thin , like it or not……. They are our team, and it’s a blessing for
    A community to have a professional football franchise! There is a ton of history within this organization and the rivalries are fantastic with Chicago, and Green Bay….. Detroit as well.
    It would be a blast to the whole league if the Vikings were transplanted. Hearing some of the ignorant comments is saddening. Nobody with a passion & understanding of football would want that to happen. Only idiots who have nothing intelligent to say make those get rid of them already comments.
    Where has the class in people gone? It’s a shame to be a football fan on any level and have morons like some of you be fellow
    Fans that take this sport to a low level !!!

  36. detroitcityryda says: Jan 26, 2012 10:50 PM

    I want the grads to b green when he die for his soul shall perish into air which thick wind prevail .

  37. vikefan says: Jan 27, 2012 4:44 PM

    Think of the Children! Oh the humanity!

    I’d rather our state loses money, credibility, and personal entertainment value than have one billionaire benefit here. I want all billionaires OUT of MN. For Good!
    ——————————————————-
    the very reason our state sucks, u have no logic

    u think because a stadium wont get built the money will go elsewhere? u think the state of MN will raise taxes to take care of the children? hello? billionairs ARE INVESTORS!!

    you need to consider relocating to alaska where there are no pro franchises & residents get subsidies off oil sales. its not in mn…..u’d rather see the state lose money than see the state benefit from such an organization staying. seriously, u cant fix stupid.

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