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Vikings stadium supporters descend on State Capitol

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With the Minnesota House of Representatives taking up a bill that would build a new stadium for the Vikings, supporters of the effort are gathering at the State Capitol for a series of rallies.

A combination of Vikings fans and construction workers have shown up to push for the passage of the bill.  Opponents have yet to make an appearance.

Minnesota’s a can-do state,” Governor Mark Dayton told the crowd, via the Associated Press.  “We’ve been successful because we say, ‘Yes we’re going to move ahead.  Yes, we’re going to create more jobs.  Yes, we’re going to do the things we want to do to remain vital and strong.’”

Players are expected to show up on Monday afternoon for another rally, as the House moves toward a vote.

A vote may not happen until after midnight.

I’d better take a nap at some point this afternoon or I’ll never make it that long.

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47 Responses to “Vikings stadium supporters descend on State Capitol”
  1. contra74 says: May 7, 2012 3:10 PM

    What is interesting is that even if the House passes it then it still has to go through the Senate. The Senate could very easily say no which would then have it start all over with the House. Who knows what kinds of deals the House is making with the Senate in order to save face.

  2. chris465 says: May 7, 2012 3:10 PM

    Up for discussion on the house floor, now. PASS IT!

  3. glac1 says: May 7, 2012 3:11 PM

    It’s only a game gentlemen… The state needs to concentrate on “bigger problems” like deficit spending, jobs, education and roads….

  4. contra74 says: May 7, 2012 3:11 PM

    Opponents have yet to make an appearance.
    ——
    They already made multiple appearances on the House floor.

  5. charism4 says: May 7, 2012 3:14 PM

    The team will be in Minnesota unless De Smith picks up negotiations on the construction unions behalf.

  6. TSizzleBallSoHard says: May 7, 2012 3:14 PM

    All 1oo of them? lol. Jk Vikings fans. I hope you guys get to keep your team in Minnesota but at the same time it sucks that it’s in the hand of politicians. I think they’ll send your team packing unfortunately.

  7. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 7, 2012 3:15 PM

    The Vikings never win the big one, so it’s hard for me to be optimistic on this.

  8. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 7, 2012 3:16 PM

    Go Lynx!

  9. rugdog100 says: May 7, 2012 3:17 PM

    Big turnout at the MN Capital bldg. by Viking fans and construction workers union… they’ve been there since 6:30 a.m. and many observers say the chants “Build it!” and Vikings fight song are echoing through the chambers louder than they can ever remember. Awesome fans. Opponents are once again no-shows (as they have been for weeks now). Video: http://twitvid.com/4BDN3

  10. brian1413 says: May 7, 2012 3:20 PM

    They won’t let the people vote on because it won’t pass and now they try this. Stadiums are not a profitable venture if they were Mr.Wilf would do this on his own, but it isn’t so he won’t.

  11. trollhammer20 says: May 7, 2012 3:21 PM

    Did any of them carry signs that say “Yes, raise the ____ out of my taxes so the Vikings can stay!”?

  12. jimiinpa says: May 7, 2012 3:22 PM

    hundreds show up , thousands stay away

  13. rugdog100 says: May 7, 2012 3:24 PM

    Christian Ponder, Brian Robison, John Sullivan & Kyle Rudolph join Viking fans at the MN Capitol: http://yfrog.com/odpf8hyj

  14. ejmat2 says: May 7, 2012 3:24 PM

    glac1 says:
    May 7, 2012 3:11 PM
    It’s only a game gentlemen… The state needs to concentrate on “bigger problems” like deficit spending, jobs, education and roads….
    —————————————
    And a good way to do that is by funding the stadium so it brings in more revenue and tourism. The Vikings staying in Minnesota is your BIGGEST problem right now in the state. If they leave, how do you think the state will pay for all of the above? By raising taxes which would put even more problems on the economy.

  15. zaggs says: May 7, 2012 3:28 PM

    “A combination of Vikings fans and construction workers have shown up to push for the passage of the bill.”

    Pretty sure they’re one in the same, and paid by Dayton to show up.

  16. demo1984 says: May 7, 2012 3:29 PM

    glac1 says:
    May 7, 2012 3:11 PM
    It’s only a game gentlemen… The state needs to concentrate on “bigger problems” like deficit spending, jobs, education and roads….

    Yes it is only a game, but your line of thinking along with others that think like you forget one thing. This is not a Minnesota Vikings Stadium owned my the Vikings, it is the state of Minnesotas stadium that will be used by the Vikings 10 or 12 times a season by them. The rest of the year it will host concerts, monster truck shows, NCAA tourneys, a super bowl, motor cross events etc. The building of the stadium creates jobs, the daily operation of the stadium creates jobs. How much revenue do you think a super bowl will bring to the Minneapolis St. Paul area ? So are under the assumption that this will be a Vikings stadium owned by Ziggi and the Vikings. If built I would guess it will be used for football the least of all events. Football will of course be the biigest revenue earner but this is not simply a football stadium.

  17. pattersonconsulting says: May 7, 2012 3:33 PM

    Is this site sponsored by the Vikings and the NFL? Its completely biased on the issue of a new stadium in MN. Story after story you choose to report only the portions that benefit the Vikings, despite the reality. Very poor reporting, you should be ashamed.

  18. textexington says: May 7, 2012 3:36 PM

    I betcha VWO LARPers Syd Davy and KARLA “Sir Death” HEINRICHS are there dressed in full Dungeons and Dragons battle gear!!!Freaks.LOLZ.

  19. jimmysee says: May 7, 2012 3:40 PM

    Glad to see this — warms my heart — go for it! — citizen action — like in Wisconsin when they occupied the capitol over Walker’s horrible policies.

  20. furedmccombs says: May 7, 2012 3:41 PM

    trollhammer20 says:
    May 7, 2012 3:21 PM
    Did any of them carry signs that say “Yes, raise the ____ out of my taxes so the Vikings can stay!”?

    They don’t have to because the bill doesn’t call for a raise in any taxes what-so-ever…

    glac1 says:
    May 7, 2012 3:11 PM
    It’s only a game gentlemen… The state needs to concentrate on “bigger problems” like deficit spending, jobs, education and roads….

    Since there is a budget surplus being projected, and this will create jobs there’s two of your issues dealt with. Road construction is at an all time high the last couple years…so there’s another. That leaves education, which the party in power often uses as an insult and they’re the ones that are the most against the stadium…besides; Do you think they would be “expanding gambling” for education?

  21. tmkelley1 says: May 7, 2012 3:42 PM

    Well, the nice thing about Minnesota doing this is, Michelle Bachmann is not there. I’m convinced the folks of the 6th Congressional District voted her into Congress to get her out of Minnesota!

    I hope the representatives come to their senses and make this stadium happen for all the citizens’ benefit.

  22. almighty1 says: May 7, 2012 3:45 PM

    pattersonconsulting says: May 7, 2012 3:33 PM

    Is this site sponsored by the Vikings and the NFL? Its completely biased on the issue of a new stadium in MN. Story after story you choose to report only the portions that benefit the Vikings, despite the reality. Very poor reporting, you should be ashamed.
    ——————————
    Yeah, a football website supporting football. That is messed up. Profootballtalk needs to stay impartial on football. Otherwise the national media won’t give it its respect.

  23. khmer379 says: May 7, 2012 3:46 PM

    It will be a tight one but at the end it will pass barely but it will get pass you heard it here first thank me later for the prediction later lol

  24. tombradysponytail says: May 7, 2012 3:46 PM

    Okay, that graphic is from the ARDEN HILLS PROPOSAL!!!! It’s been months since Mpls scr#wed over Arden Hills and in that time they can’t even be bothered to draw a picture of what this People’s Stadium might look like?

  25. stavreafavre says: May 7, 2012 3:47 PM

    A billion $, give or take, to build a “state of the art” stadium which in 20 years will have to be torn down and replaced because “it’s no longer competitive.” Why is anyone hesitating? And when does spring arrive in Minnesota?

  26. ttomfor1 says: May 7, 2012 3:49 PM

    glac1 says:
    May 7, 2012 3:11 PM
    It’s only a game gentlemen… The state needs to concentrate on “bigger problems” like deficit spending, jobs, education and roads….

    Besides the revenues it bring in at other places, what in the hell am I going to do on my day of rest (ever Sunday during the NFL season) There is something to be said about keeping them here even if it is for just the proverbial quality of life. Minnesota isn’t that attractive to begin with, I would certainly hope one thing I can do is still cheer for my instate team whether it be me going to the new stadium and spending my money there and pouring money into the economy or just sitting at home on a Sunday (buying items to grill at home which I don’t do too often other then game day), I find ways to put money back into the economy even if I’m not at the games. This needs to be passed. I am sick of this economy, the wars etc etc, the Vikings to me are my one thing that keep my sane for half the year

  27. iluvbears says: May 7, 2012 3:51 PM

    Someone remind me again why we let the Political Poindexters decide the fate of our professional sports teams?

  28. thepvyharvin says: May 7, 2012 3:59 PM

    It’s only a game gentlemen? It’s a way of life FOOL! That is why I’m here at the Capital now doing my part! Go Vikings!!!

  29. textexington says: May 7, 2012 4:02 PM

    Who cares!?! It’s the Viqueefs.LOLZ.

  30. drozman says: May 7, 2012 4:04 PM

    brian1413 says: May 7, 2012 3:20 PM

    They won’t let the people vote on because it won’t pass and now they try this. Stadiums are not a profitable venture if they were Mr.Wilf would do this on his own, but it isn’t so he won’t.

    _____________________________________

    Why would he pay to build it? It is a loss for the owner, but a huge revenue booster to the local economy, workforce, and moral. It is a positive for the community and gives the state some influence and control over the venue.

  31. klunge says: May 7, 2012 4:05 PM

    Just when you didn’t think Vikings fans can’t get any lower, they descend!
    I guess it sounds better than “Viking stadium supporters go down on Capitol Hill”! Although sometimes that does tend to help get a bill passed.

  32. Little Earthquake says: May 7, 2012 4:09 PM

    Let’s see if the Wilfs pony up the same percentage as Herb Kohl does for his Milwaukee Bucks arena. (Doubtful.) Vikings need to be sold to ownership that actually cares about Minnesota and the team.

  33. purplekoolaid1 says: May 7, 2012 4:11 PM

    When you take a nap, do you take your toupee off or does it stay on?

  34. contra74 says: May 7, 2012 4:12 PM

    textexington says:May 7, 2012 4:02 PM

    Who cares!?! It’s the Viqueefs.LOLZ.
    ——–
    Again, only 13 year old girls use the Z at the end of LOL. Thanks for supporting the Vikings with your clicks!!!

  35. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 7, 2012 4:20 PM

    Patrick Kessler‏@PatKessler
    “Amendment to increase team share for #Vikings stadium from $427m to $532m is adopted. Also reduces MN share from $398m to $293m.”
    —–

    How’s your stadium coming?

  36. lanflfan says: May 7, 2012 4:21 PM

    As an LA fan, I fully endorse Minnesota keeping the Vikings. I really don’t care if we ever get another team, as long as I can watch on TV I’m good. I don’t really want another non-expansion team (yes I know the NFL isn’t expanding…for now).

  37. squared80 says: May 7, 2012 4:23 PM

    glac1 says:
    May 7, 2012 3:11 PM
    It’s only a game gentlemen…
    —————————-
    You are 100% incorrect. Football is a game. the NFL and the Vikings are a lot more than that, on so may levels I don’t know where to begin. I won’t call your post stupid, but Iwill call it ignorant, because you obviously have no idea what you’re talking about.

  38. erod22 says: May 7, 2012 4:24 PM

    It’s a blue state.

    They’ll vote it down, create 100 new entitlements, then go bankrupt like California, New York, etc.

  39. thankheavenfornumberseven says: May 7, 2012 4:29 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:May 7, 2012 4:20 PM

    Patrick Kessler‏@PatKessler
    “Amendment to increase team share for #Vikings stadium from $427m to $532m is adopted. Also reduces MN share from $398m to $293m.”
    —–

    How’s your stadium coming?
    ___________

    Why don’t they just make an amendment to have Zygi pay for the whole thing? I’m sure it would pass then (although it would be close).

  40. NFL In L.A. says: May 7, 2012 4:29 PM

    Stadium Bill will pass. Rams are headed to Los Angeles.

  41. rcunningham says: May 7, 2012 5:00 PM

    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    May 7, 2012 4:20 PM
    Patrick Kessler‏@PatKessler
    “Amendment to increase team share for #Vikings stadium from $427m to $532m is adopted. Also reduces MN share from $398m to $293m.”
    —–

    How’s your stadium coming?

    Are you the same guy who calls into KFAN all the time?

  42. jimiinpa says: May 7, 2012 5:19 PM

    the all the people why say ” who cares , it’s the Vikes ” this could have a trickle down effect with your team in the future. well except Green Bay.

  43. vikingsteve84 says: May 7, 2012 5:19 PM

    I wish I could support my favorite sports team but I’m stuck here in Ohio. I just pray that we get this cleared up as soon as possible. The worst part is that Minnesota is a pretty rich state but they are to stingy to spend the money needed to get the Vikes a stadium they’ve deserved for the past 5. I’m mean for goodness sake the roof got caved in from snow and they expect them to play there for for the next 5 years!? Complete and utter bull! All Vikes fans who LOVE THEIR TEAM stand up and tell your state. YOUR VOICE COUNTS!!!!!!

  44. PriorKnowledge says: May 7, 2012 5:27 PM

    The main reason to vote for the stadium is to keep the vikings in Minnesota. Other than snow, how many other things does Minnesota have to be proud of? So the vikings are a point of state pride. Whether they win or lose, a large number of people in the state root for them, identify with them, and love them. This is a quality of life thing. This is part of what makes Minnesota Minnesota. Not every state has an NFL team. With the size of the Minnesota market, it will not be easy to get another one if they lose this one.

    How many people utilize all the things the state spends money on? Schools? Some people have no children. State parks? Some people don’t go and don’t care. Public transportation? Many people own cars. I could go on and on. Not everyone cares about the vikings, but because a significant number of Minnesota citizens do, it is costs effective to ensure the vikings stay.

  45. AlohaMrHand says: May 7, 2012 5:32 PM

    All the while Zygi is negotiating a deal to bring the Vikings to sunny LA.

  46. Carl Gerbschmidt says: May 7, 2012 5:59 PM

    rcunningham says:
    May 7, 2012 5:00 PM
    Carl Gerbschmidt says:
    May 7, 2012 4:20 PM
    Patrick Kessler‏@PatKessler
    “Amendment to increase team share for #Vikings stadium from $427m to $532m is adopted. Also reduces MN share from $398m to $293m.”
    —–

    How’s your stadium coming?

    Are you the same guy who calls into KFAN all the time?

    They call me. Go Packas!

  47. tweeter75 says: May 7, 2012 6:41 PM

    And you won’t see the opponents to the bill rallying support against the bill. They have an election coming in November. For a good portion of the Republicans, that’s their #1 priority right now….getting another term. That’s why they don’t speak out about the bill or have the courage to vote yes or no. That’s why this has been going on endlessly now.

    Take speaker Zellers for example. He’s been giving the run around for months about his support or opposition to the bill. He’s been lurking in the shadows trying to derail the bill any way he can. When he did finally speak out late last week, he made a total idiot out of himself in the Minnesota press. He’s an example of what’s going on at the capitol right now.

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