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Site near Metrodome would require one season at TCF Bank Stadium

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Replacing the Metrodome with a new Vikings stadium would require the team to spend three seasons playing at the University of Minnesota’s TCF Bank Stadium.

The latest proposal to build the venue adjacent to the Metrodome would shrink that number to one season, according to Sid Hartman of the Minneapolis Star Tribune.

Hartman writes that the new stadium would be “modeled after” Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, a domed facility which has a retractable roof.  Before it can be built, however, Hartman says that the Minneapolis City Council will have to cooperate.

With no other viable proposals currently on the table, lack of cooperation from the City Council could be the catalyst for relocation.

Governor Mark Dayton puts the chances of the project at 50-50, largely due to the fact that it’s an election year.  He’s hopeful that, if it doesn’t happen in 2012, it’ll happen in 2013.

Hopefully, the Vikings will still be around by then.

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25 Responses to “Site near Metrodome would require one season at TCF Bank Stadium”
  1. 49erstim says: Feb 9, 2012 10:50 AM

    Why would they have to move out of the Metrodome for 1 year?

  2. rugdog100 says: Feb 9, 2012 10:54 AM

    Sid might be wrong on the one year at TCF Stadium. I’ve heard it would be 2-3 games at TCF. That would eliminate the need for installing heat coils under the turf, as they’d be done prior to winter setting in.

  3. AlohaMrHand says: Feb 9, 2012 10:59 AM

    They could stomach 8 games there for a year.And yes it will only be 8 ,this team ain’t going to the playoffs anytime soon.

  4. bjtmeyer says: Feb 9, 2012 11:19 AM

    I never understand why stadiums nowadays even have retractable roofs. I hardly ever see the roofs open and they are always closed.

  5. minkytails says: Feb 9, 2012 11:22 AM

    I guarantee if Dayton was running for reelection this year, he would not be a supporter of a stadium.

  6. 97tahoe says: Feb 9, 2012 11:26 AM

    Getting VERY tired of this entire situation. GET IT DONE!!!!!! The Arden Hills site is by far the best site for the new stadium, but politics are involved, so we all know what that means….

  7. rgledz says: Feb 9, 2012 11:37 AM

    Worthless, gutless politicians……..they can’t make a tough decision because they’re more concerned about their political careers. Do your damn jobs and get this rolling one way or the other for crying out loud! You’re are an elected official who’s job it is to make decisions on what happens in the state. Quit embarrassing the state of Minnesota and get on with it.

  8. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 9, 2012 12:32 PM

    I’m getting tired of the “hopefully, they’ll still be around by then” bit. Where are they going to go? They have to announce they’re moving by Wednesday to not play in Minnesota next year, and where are they going to go? LA isn’t ready for a team next year and Goodell already said they’re planning on expansion teams for that market. It looks like the lease goes through 2012 anyway. The stadium will get done; they’re just going to take their sweet time to get it done.

  9. elkmoundsucks says: Feb 9, 2012 12:38 PM

    I still don’t get it. Why build a NEW stadium right next to the old one? Why not refurbish the old one? That would have to save a few hundred million, right?

    If you are going to build a new stadium, build it in Arden Hills where a game day experienc can be had, void of parking ramp hell, and steep priced vendor food/parking. Nobody is throwing the football around in a parking ramp, while waiting for their hamburgers and brats to be served!

    8 – 10 days each year in a downtown setting doesn’t justify building a NEW stadium. Keep the old dome for the other 200 events which happen there (RV shows, high school/college baseball games/etc.). Put an open air stadium in Arden Hills for the Vikes!! Let the tailgating begin!

  10. mnfan1 says: Feb 9, 2012 12:53 PM

    Jesus I’m sick of this talk. Please get it done. They were against Target Field before it was built, but now that its the gem of all new baseball fields you don’t hear any complaints. This would be the same, please get it done

  11. grandsonofcoach says: Feb 9, 2012 1:01 PM

    Let me guess. The land next to the metrodome is the same land owned by the star trib that employs Sid

  12. allmnsports says: Feb 9, 2012 1:25 PM

    Take down the signs on our borders that say WELCOME TO MINNESOTA, YOU NEED HELP and build it in Arden Hills. No referendum needed when they raise taxes for every other program in the state. Go Ramsey County

  13. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 9, 2012 1:35 PM

    elkmoundsucks says:
    Feb 9, 2012 12:38 PM
    If you are going to build a new stadium, build it in Arden Hills where a game day experienc can be had, void of parking ramp hell, and steep priced vendor food/parking.
    _____________

    Good screen name, dude, but you may be drinking what a certain denizen of Elk Mound does if you think you’re not going to pay $20 to park and $8 for a beer in Arden Hills.

  14. tombradysponytail says: Feb 9, 2012 1:42 PM

    Before it can be built, however, Hartman says that the Minneapolis City Council will have to cooperate

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    Ha. Have you seen any quotes from the Mpls City Council lately? The majority of them have zero interest in spending $1 on this.

  15. ilovefoolsball says: Feb 9, 2012 2:03 PM

    What a waste…

    what a waste of A.P.’s prime years on that garbage team.

    He’ll be the new Barry Sanders and we’ll always wonder what he could’ve done if he would’ve been on a contender.

    He was on a contender for one year, but the Saints and Favre ended that dream.

    Seems like only yesterday the Vikings were a competitive team.

  16. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 9, 2012 2:30 PM

    tombradysponytail says:
    Feb 9, 2012 1:42 PM
    Before it can be built, however, Hartman says that the Minneapolis City Council will have to cooperate

    ___________

    Ha. Have you seen any quotes from the Mpls City Council lately? The majority of them have zero interest in spending $1 on this.
    _____________

    I wonder if Zygi has any friends with interesting nicknames from New Jersey who could help persuade the city council members to vote the right way on this.

  17. dicecoldsr says: Feb 9, 2012 2:52 PM

    I’m glad to see there are still die-hard Vike fans out there. I’m so tired of the fair weather crap. This team is on the right path. Stop second guessing their every move. It’s unfortunate we got this stadium issue hanging over our heads but I am confident it will be done. I’m no prophet and there are no guarantees in life, but I promise you this, we will have our day in the sun.

  18. patsfiend says: Feb 9, 2012 3:57 PM

    No way does MN let this team go anywhere. Ziggy… get it done, man. Call up Bob Kraft… he can tell you a think or two about building your own stadium (in the parking lot, next to the old stadium, without having to play a single game elsewhere.)

  19. trevor123698 says: Feb 9, 2012 4:12 PM

    They literally just opened a baseball stadium for the twins. Why the hell did they not just make that a stadium for both teams and design it to be something like the old polo grounds so its good for baseball and football. It amazes me how wasteful, dumb, and greedy society is.

  20. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 9, 2012 4:32 PM

    trevor123698 says:
    Feb 9, 2012 4:12 PM
    They literally just opened a baseball stadium for the twins. Why the hell did they not just make that a stadium for both teams and design it to be something like the old polo grounds so its good for baseball and football. It amazes me how wasteful, dumb, and greedy society is.
    ___________

    Go back to 1950. Shared stadiums can’t generate the revenue necessary to survive in today’s major sports leagues. I don’t like it but I accept it.

  21. trevor123698 says: Feb 9, 2012 5:04 PM

    Shared stadiums dont generate the same revenue, but they ask for tax payer money to build the stadium, without (I believe, could be wrong on this) ever paying money back to the taxpayers. If they need taxpayer money to fund the stadium then the team should have no ownership over the stadium. If these teams need hundreds of millions from taxpayers they are clearly not making enough money to build massive stadiums on our dime.

  22. thankheavenfornumberseven says: Feb 9, 2012 6:33 PM

    trevor123698 says:
    Feb 9, 2012 5:04 PM
    Shared stadiums dont generate the same revenue, but they ask for tax payer money to build the stadium, without (I believe, could be wrong on this) ever paying money back to the taxpayers. If they need taxpayer money to fund the stadium then the team should have no ownership over the stadium. If these teams need hundreds of millions from taxpayers they are clearly not making enough money to build massive stadiums on our dime.
    __________

    This will be a publicly owned stadium that will be about 1/3 privately funded. The Vikings will make money off of it but they won’t own it. The public also makes money through other events hosted at the stadium, sales taxes from money spent in and around the stadium, and income taxes from millionaire players. Even if they don’t break even through direct economic benefits, the public also gets the less tangible benefits of having an NFL team, which is a nice thing for the people who live there.

  23. allmnsports says: Feb 9, 2012 6:51 PM

    The only difference between cororate welfare and personel welfare that taxpayers pay for is on the corporate side the state receives tax dollars back from sales, payroll tax, and income tax. Personel welfare does not generate and tax income.

  24. trevor123698 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:09 PM

    lol I feel like they have got a system for generating income on personel welfare though. They like this system too, because it lets them manipulate society in through invaluable method.

  25. trevor123698 says: Feb 9, 2012 7:10 PM

    Funny thing is we all love it and call it freedom.

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