Vikings stadium will be losing some bells and whistles

To no surprise, the new Vikings stadium will cost more than originally imagined, as envisioned.  So they’ll come up with a way to cover the extra costs, right?

Actually, it’s officially time to start throwing stuff out of the balloon basket.

According to Richard Meryhew of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, features are being trimmed from the new stadium.

Initially at risk are a 400-stall parking garage to be located a block north of the stadium, a skyway linked to a ramp a block south of the stadium, two large escalators, and up to 40 feet from the height of pivoting glass doors to be located at the main entrance.

“We only have $975 million in the budget, and there’s only so many things you can get under that number,” Vikings V.P. of stadium wrangling Lester Bagley said.

The Vikings have advanced $13.1 million to fund the cost overruns, and a $62 million contingency fund exists.  Still, the message is that the powers-that-be won’t find a way to make the right stadium — but to make a stadium at the right cost.

Apparently, those Stadium Builders Licenses don’t go as far as they used to.

54 responses to “Vikings stadium will be losing some bells and whistles

  1. I’m not going to miss any of those features. You really think they aren’t making the right stadium without 40 additional feet added to the glass doors? As long as they’re tall enough to get in without ducking, they should be fine.

  2. @mvp

    I agree totally. The highest costs of building a stadium are the steel costs. Obviously, building a roof adds considerably more steel. Scratch the roof, suck it up, and keep all the other amenities.

  3. The process is called value engineering. You can’t scrap the roof to the stadium, because it doesn’t make sense to build a billion dollar stadium for only 10 days worth of events. The roof makes it viable because the project is in Minnesota (duh). Also, you never, ever dip into contingency this early in a project. Won’t even be on the table.

  4. As long as it means I won’t be hammered anymore than I’m sure we ultimately will be in Hennepin County due to the City’s poor negotiation of the deal, I’m fine.

  5. “We only have $975 million in the budget, and there’s only so many things you can get under that number,” – It is truly fascinating (and nauseating) how some people live in a radically alternate universe from the rest of us.

  6. Are you seriously bashing a team for cutting some of the frills to try and stay under budget? Seems better than most people today that just borrow rather than stay within their means.

  7. Say goodbye to the Superbowl without some of these items. Premium parking and a skyway to keep the big wigs from having to go outside are just the things this stadium must have to compete for that. Time for Zygi to write a check

  8. 400 garage spaces with a walk over, who do you think will be able to get one of those slots? Bill

  9. who cares. the at home experience is miles ahead of the stadium experience anyway. the best part is that once the Vikings have embarrassed themselves so badly it angers me (usually by half) I can turn the channel and watch real football teams compete.

  10. They should cut whatever needs to go in order to pay for a roof that’s retractable. It’s a travesty that two teams from the black and blue division play indoor football.

    Although Metlife Stadium blows and is an ugly tuna can of a stadium, I’m glad they couldn’t afford a roof.

  11. Sports world meet reality. Unlike those reps and senators who sit in sound proof booths, the rest of reel and deal while veterans prepare for their next election.

    So pols kiss those babies and dupe us, because here it is being manifested in sports and at least you will get your backpay.

  12. Looks like the worlds biggest bread box. Except its crooked. Straighten it up! I guess that’s “architectural elements”. Those seat licenses will be very expensive. SKOAL LOSERS!

  13. Have the Vikings looked at their team lately?

    They have average wideouts, a bad defensive backfield, and three average to below average quarterbacks.

    They also have an above average pass rush and d-line and one of the greatest running backs in NFL history…

    Why the hell would they want to play in a dome?

  14. wipackman1265 says:
    Oct 10, 2013 1:30 PM
    Minnesota Vikings do NOTHING the best. Why start now. ??? Losers !!!

    —————————————————-

    The one thing da peckers do best is find ways to blame anything except themselves when they lose a game. One example: Favre’s playoff game with a season’s worth of INTs (in STL) was the result of the refs cheating….

  15. I got an idea, they could sell pull tabs at the local bars to raise the additional revenue. Oh that’s right, it didn’t work the first time.

    I have a hard time believing that the Vikings can’t come up with the extra cash. Look at all the money they are saving; no trophy case needs to get built, they won’t need to add on to the hall of fame, and they can host the Superbowl in 2018 without any fear of the possibility of home field advantage.

  16. Yeah, we lose a parking ramp and skyway — I think the sky is certainly falling. Of course, it’s not convenient or as near attention-grabbing to mention the huge ramp going up in the adjacent development a block away that will serve the same purpose.

  17. “We only have $975 million in the budget, and there’s only so many things you can get under that number,”

    EXACTLY what I said when I bought my first house. Word. For. Word.

  18. Short on cash? Sell the naming rights to Spielman and Leslie’s Three Ringless Circus. Problem solved.

  19. I can’t remember the last time any of these stadium projects attempted to stay on budget by cutting down the wish list. Kind of refreshing to see. Usually the budget number is seen as a minimum.

  20. Offer three seat width options at increasing price ranges…..XL….XXL…and XXXL. All their fans will have to get the XXXL or they will have no place to sit. Done deal.

    They can also save several million dollars by eliminating the phoney pumped-in crowd noise audio equipment. It is a luxury they’ll have to live without. The Viking fans have enjoyed the ability to eat their three or four footlongs and slurp their 84 OZ “diet” sodas while the audio did their cheering for them. They didn’t have to stop or put anything down. They called it …”livin’ large.” It’ll be a big change, but anything for the team…right?

  21. Always refreshing to hear Packer fans comment. Almost as refreshing as hearing people that will never spend a penny on professional sports complain how they’re being “forced” to pay for professional sports.

  22. It’s not that the Vikings want a stadium with a roof, it’s that the government here wants a roof so this stadium can be a year round venue for other activities as the dome has been for years. They Vikings loved the idea of no roof, they used to have one back in the day. It’s the local government that was adamant about making sure the stadium has a roof or they wouldn’t have approved the building of it anyways.

  23. the dome in the cities is not up to standard, they are not getting a stadium due to there standings in the nfl, enough already about maybe they should win a super bowl first, cause the state of MN would lose the team, which us Viking fans dont want,

  24. It’s so cute to see the trolls and simps fighting over the wisdom behind $1B decisions. Yes, this entire project should be based around either A)the 2013 Minnesota Vikings, as represented in Madden 25 or B) their number of Super Bowl wins. What other factors could there be?

  25. “jm91rs says: Oct 10, 2013 1:33 PM
    Are you seriously bashing a team for cutting some of the frills to try and stay under budget? Seems better than most people today that just borrow rather than stay within their means.”
    ==============================================

    Most don’t fleece and extort the taxpayers to build their lavish homes or businesses like the Wilfs did. That’s why they deserve the scorn they’re getting.

  26. Shouldn’t they be asking the taxpayers what they would like to cut out of the budget? Although I have a feeling Wilfy would be losing his 4000 sq ft owners box complete with its own steakhouse and casino.

  27. Why are they cutting “extras” to stay under budget instead of letting the cost overruns ride?

    Because the stadium deal specifies that cost overruns are the responsibility of the Vikings organization and the ownership group.

    I won’t miss the 400 stall premium ramp with skyway, or the 40 feet of glass. However the Vikings were bragging up the incredibly huge pivoting glass doors as a distinguishing feature of their new stadium.

  28. I have a better idea, forget the groundbreaking and move to Los Angeles. Minnesota is full of Packer fans anyway. The Vikings phony sellout streak is the result of corporations buying over 5,000 tickets for every game except when the Packers are there. Hopefully then I’ll be able to see every Packer game on TV for free like it should be. Minnesota stations discriminate against the Packers & would rather show infomercials.

  29. Thats a great idea to have the vikings sell worthless stocks, just like another NFCN team has done it, I just hope it wont take multiple generations for the stock holders to realize that they are infact holding to the equivalent of toilet paper… but I guess if i was living that that joke of a state, I would feel the need to buy “stock” in Wisconsin’s only profitable company.

  30. toes110 says:
    Oct 10, 2013 5:15 PM
    Thats a great idea to have the vikings sell worthless stocks, just like another NFCN team has done it, I just hope it wont take multiple generations for the stock holders to realize that they are infact holding to the equivalent of toilet paper… but I guess if i was living that that joke of a state, I would feel the need to buy “stock” in Wisconsin’s only profitable company.

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    We know you all wish you were us. Unfortunately, someone has to be unpopular, uneducated state. At least you guys win those distinctions.

  31. Wish we were you? Yeah if I was hoping to go to a tractor pull, or a ho down.. How is the economy doing over there in that wasteland? I’m guessing still ranked well behind the great state of Minnesota.

  32. “Initially at risk are a 400-stall parking garage to be located a block north of the stadium.”
    ———————–
    Might be a really good idea…
    I don’t wanna get jumped in a parking garage by people who refer to Minneapolis as murder-apolis.

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