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Vikings now considering site near Metrodome

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With the proposal to build a new Vikings stadium at the site of the Metrodome likely requiring the team to spend three seasons at TCF Bank Stadium on the campus of the University of Minnesota, a site close to the Metrodome is now being considered, according to the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  This approach would allow the Vikings to stay in the Metrodome while the new stadium is built.

But, like every other potential solution to the Vikings’ stadium dilemma, there’s a major problem.  An owner of a piece of land that would be covered by the new facility isn’t interested in selling.

Still, look for the parties to attempt to work this out, especially since it will cost the Vikings an estimated $48 million to spend three seasons at the 51,000-seat open-air stadium where the Golden Gophers play college football.

“We’re trying to be smart about making that work, and it’s in everybody’s best interest to limit or eliminate any time spent playing at the university,” Vikings V.P. Lester Bagley told the Star Tribune.

Absent a meaningful solution, the team could still limit or eliminate the time spent playing anywhere in Minnesota.

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39 Responses to “Vikings now considering site near Metrodome”
  1. jfiling says: Jan 31, 2012 12:06 AM

    Great. Cue the a-hole politicians lining up to use eminent domain to solve this “problem”, and the sycophants cheering them on.

  2. eegwaybeegway says: Jan 31, 2012 12:41 AM

    The writer of this piece is nothing but a fear monger who has a buddy-buddy relationship with members of the Vikings front office. Pathetic.

  3. pack13queens0 says: Jan 31, 2012 12:44 AM

    Just move to Los Angeles so I can watch the Packers (America’s Team) without needing Sunday Ticket.

  4. rollteal says: Jan 31, 2012 12:58 AM

    Something needs to happen sooner then later with this !!

  5. gberg09 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:04 AM

    I would love to see them play at TCF for awhile. I was at the game there last year and it is definitely one of the most fun games ive ever been to. Even though we got throttled. Very cool atmosphere.

  6. adsbad28 says: Jan 31, 2012 1:06 AM

    Minnesota politics are such a joke!! The Vikes have been trying for a decade now to get a new stadium. The state said find a local partner they did then the state basically said not good enough. Then when it gets down to the wire Minneapolis gets in to the mix FINALLY because they want the revenue for themselves not another county. I love the Vikings but what a joke of a state. They let there state shut down, bridges fall and now a possibility of a NFL team moving before they start to do anything what a JOKE!!

  7. skolvikes says: Jan 31, 2012 1:43 AM

    Didn’t stop the Twins, ain’t Eminent domain great?

    In all reality, I wouldn’t doubt if this was something fabricated by the Star Trib themselves, they own much of the land near the metrodome and are desperate to sell.

    http://finance-commerce.com/2011/12/star-tribune-keen-to-sell-land-near-metrodome/

  8. ballsooharduniversity says: Jan 31, 2012 1:49 AM

    so when do they move to LA?

  9. vikingsallday28 says: Jan 31, 2012 2:53 AM

    Cmon let’s get this done!!!!!! Im sick and tired of all this jackin!!!!! Vikings need a nice outdoor stadium, which would give us a huge advantage for years to come!!! Skål Vikings!!!!!

  10. vincentbojackson says: Jan 31, 2012 3:53 AM

    Also considered… a site near LA’s Staples Center.

  11. thatobnoxiousguy says: Jan 31, 2012 4:33 AM

    Eminent Domain

  12. morebrocato says: Jan 31, 2012 5:28 AM

    Wasn’t there a recent Supreme Court decision that permitted the eminent domain of one person’s private property for anothers private enterprise that is intended for the public good..?

    Kelo v. City of New London

    Perhaps it’s not ‘that much’ of a problem (anymore).

  13. jenniferxxx says: Jan 31, 2012 7:32 AM

    Aren’t there some poor areas they can just bulldoze down … so billionaire Zygi can become even richer?

  14. joker65 says: Jan 31, 2012 8:03 AM

    Personally, I would love for them to play outdoors again.

  15. clivus63 says: Jan 31, 2012 8:07 AM

    The new stadium belongs in Bloomington, across from that ugly mall!!!

  16. elkmoundsucks says: Jan 31, 2012 8:16 AM

    Have fun with your “Downtown” Minneapolis Experience 10 – 12 days a year Vikings fans. NO tailgating, $7 dry burgers on Kirby Pucket Way, your one hour wait to exit the 4th floor of a parking ramp, etc.

    A new stadium is an opportunity to provide a real game day experperience. Having Baseball and Basketball in a downtown setting makes sense; more games, less people at each game, it does boost the downtown economy. It doesn’t make sense for NFL Football. What the Patriots did in Foxboro, MA would work awesome in Arden Hills.

    Don’t let the Minneapolis Fat Cats dictate your NFL experience. They will ensure their pockets are lined while you dodge light rail cars walking from the $30 ramp to the new Humpty Dome.

  17. ampats says: Jan 31, 2012 8:22 AM

    As a kid, I remeber the Purple People Eaters, Bud Grant etc when the Vikings played outdoors in Bloomington in near zero games.

    The Vikings should build an outdoor stadium and create an advantage as they build their team going forward to the elements . Minnesota does not need to build another indoor rolller rink as Mike Ditka used to refer to the Metrodome.

  18. 1captain1 says: Jan 31, 2012 8:23 AM

    Expand the NFL by 2 teams and give LA one and London the other!

    Then create state side facilities for the London Franchise and have them travel here for 4 game road stretches.

    PROBLEM SOLVED and money made!

  19. gb4mn0 says: Jan 31, 2012 9:03 AM

    It wouldn’t be surprising for MN to grab land under the guise of “for the greater public good” by employing the tyrannical law of “eminent domain.” But given the pitiful losing history of this 3rd rate, slip-shod expansion franchise can you legitimately make an argument that a new stadium is for the “the greater good” for anyone other than the mental health providers who rake in millions consoling the feeble minded vikequeen fans?

  20. ketchupaholic says: Jan 31, 2012 9:37 AM

    At what point will the SYUPID people/Politicians in Minnesoata wake the “F” up? Sty away from Downtown! That area is terrible! Anybody who has went to a game there, then visited a real stadium experience, and I hate to say Lambeau field and tailgating could never fathom why on earth you wouldn’t want to replicate/improve that type of environment. I’d rather have the Vikings in LA that back downtown where 20 years later they will be crying for a new stadium!

  21. technovike says: Jan 31, 2012 9:58 AM

    The Vikings have a solution in Arden Hills.

    They said get a Local partner. So the Vikings did. They didnt say get a Minneapolis partner. They’re backing out on the their end of the deal.

    Instead they’re still trying to work out a stadium in Minneapolis. Theres a reason Block E is dead, a stadium will not revive this area either, the Metrodome was suppose to do that back in the 80s, what did they ever build or do after the stadium was built down town? its a dump. Stop Pumping Money Into this Area! Give Arden Hills the financing ability and work out the Arden Hills deal.

    Build it without a roof to lower the cost, bring in the MLS team that Wilf wants, and renovate it with a retractable roof later. If theyre willing to put the vikings at tcf for 3 years whats the difference of having an open air stadium for 3 years.

  22. technovike says: Jan 31, 2012 10:04 AM

    The real problem is Star Tribune’s interests in the matter. They have been negative on Arden Hills since day one.
    I would Boycott that paper as a Minnesotan. im sure they claim toe be “Fair and Balanced” as well.

  23. mooseknuckle says: Jan 31, 2012 10:06 AM

    Well, another day and another packer vagina (gbsucks4mno) is posting on a vike thread.

    Don’t worry your food stamps and welfare check will arrive in a few days so you can go buy your schlitz beer and cozy up with your sister.

  24. threed61 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:29 AM

    Eminent domain is not an option. Following the supreme court’s wrongheaded decision, Minnesota law was changed to prevent the stealing of a private persons property for the benefit of another private party.

  25. fngs1 says: Jan 31, 2012 10:47 AM

    Not a Vike fan, but why not build an open air stadium? The weather for the last couple of years have not been that bad. Look at GB game, it was like 30 degrees for that game. Look at the temp for the Twin City’s this week, 40 degrees all week. The hard core fans will go to the game if it’s inside,or outside.

  26. deconjonesbitchslap says: Jan 31, 2012 10:56 AM

    just move them. nobody gives a damn about the vikings.

    This city is Ricky Rubio town now. Ole!

  27. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 31, 2012 11:03 AM

    So the Vikings need to buy some land to build their stadium and the owner isn’t interested in selling. What’s he going to say? He obviously wants to negotiate the best price he can. Throw enough money his way and he’ll play ball.

  28. Little Earthquake says: Jan 31, 2012 11:05 AM

    If the team plays outdoors, maybe it’ll grow some hair on its chest and win a championship.

  29. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Jan 31, 2012 11:07 AM

    Every time there’s a Viking stadium story, half the comments are about building an open-air stadium. Please give it up, people. An open-air stadium makes no financial sense because they couldn’t house the other events they need to justify the expense of building the thing, including a Super Bowl and a Final Four. If you want to watch football outside, go to a Gopher game.

    And that cold weather didn’t seem to help the Packers much this year.

  30. tremoluxman says: Jan 31, 2012 11:39 AM

    Do a Google Map search on the Arden Hills site and then for downtown Minneapolis. Then come back and tell me which site is the best option. I’d bet money 99% would vote for Arden Hills. It’s less than 10 minutes from either downtown St. Paul or Minneapolis.

  31. joe.attaboy says: Jan 31, 2012 12:13 PM

    @LittleEarthquake:
    If the team plays outdoors, maybe it’ll grow some hair on its chest and win a championship.

    Wait a minute. The Vikes played in four Super Bowls while still playing outside, and never won any of those.
    Those guys were pretty hairy, IIRC.

  32. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 31, 2012 12:50 PM

    Either they find a site they want and determine the costs to build there or determine what they can afford and build one on a site that fits the budget.

    Every 3 days the vikings are considering yet another site for a 64,000 seat stadium to replace a 64,000 seat stadium. No politician is going to jump in and help this floundering franchise that cannot determine what they want from one week to the next.

    A billion dollars plus 30 years of interest is a lot of money to pay for a same size stadium. The people financing this governmental boondoggle don’t want to deal with flakes that change their mind so often.

    If they had done any research at all they would determine that much more profit can be made by being the first international franchise.

    It is time to relocate to Mexico City or Guadalajara where they already have larger stadiums built, larger fanbases, and more money than Minnesota.

    Being the first franchise south of the border would get a whole country behind them.

    In Minnesota they can’t even sell 50,000 season tickets.

  33. fngs1 says: Jan 31, 2012 4:43 PM

    joe.attaboy says:Jan 31, 2012 12:13 PM

    @LittleEarthquake:
    If the team plays outdoors, maybe it’ll grow some hair on its chest and win a championship.

    Wait a minute. The Vikes played in four Super Bowls while still playing outside, and never won any of those.
    Those guys were pretty hairy, IIRC.
    ———————————————————-
    So they went to 4 SB when they played outdoors, and none when they played indoors. Even though they lost, they still got to the big game. Build an open air stadium.

  34. contra74 says: Jan 31, 2012 4:52 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 12:44 AM
    Just move to Los Angeles so I can watch the Packers (America’s Team) without needing Sunday Ticket.
    ———-
    LOL at the packer fans who woke up from their hangover after their team went one and done haha.

    Americas team huh…really? Heads up, your high horse took off with the Giants after they came and ripped you a new one in a town that ceases to be relevant to America once the season is over. Sit down and be quiet little divas.

  35. skolvikesskol says: Jan 31, 2012 11:42 PM

    As a lifelong minneapolis resident, ticket holder and RUBE. I dont care where they build it or if it has a roof or tailgaiting or who geta rich off the whole deal… As long as no public funding is used… Unless of course the state, county and city will subsidise my next business venture….

  36. pack13queens0 says: Jan 31, 2012 11:45 PM

    @contra74-At least the Packers still have rings. And the Vikings aren’t even relevant to the State of Minnesota even when they’re winning. They’ve needed corporate bailouts to sell out playoff games. And yes, the Packers are in fact America’s Team.

  37. knucklehead93 says: Feb 1, 2012 8:34 AM

    “America’s Team” is the Cowboys.

    It’s just like a Packer fan to say something 100% unoriginal. Keep up the good work.

  38. contra74 says: Feb 1, 2012 12:35 PM

    pack13queens0 says:
    Jan 31, 2012 11:45 PM
    @contra74-At least the Packers still have rings. And the Vikings aren’t even relevant to the State of Minnesota even when they’re winning. They’ve needed corporate bailouts to sell out playoff games. And yes, the Packers are in fact America’s Team.
    ————-
    LOL keep it up, everyone on here loves good laughs hahaha. Now that the Packers are nobodies this season I guess its back to bashing the Vikings huh? Howd that explosive offense with a 15-1 regular season record work out for you? And no, the Packers are not “in fact” Americas Team. That title belongs to the Cowboys. First packer fans are ‘shareholders’ and ‘owners’ of an NFL team which now all of a sudden is “Americas team”. What else can you pile onto this lump of BS!?

  39. pack13queens0 says: Feb 1, 2012 6:18 PM

    Packers have always been America’s Team. If the Cowboys are, why are there more Packer fans in Texas than Cowboy fans in Wisconsin? A lot more Packer fans in Minnesota than Viking fans in Wisconsin as well.

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