Vikings break ground on new stadium

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The Vikings have finally broken ground on their new stadium, on a date when in some years the local ground would have been unbreakable.

What a day,” owner Zygi Wilf said at the ceremonial hard-hats-and-fake-shovels event, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune.  “It was always our intention to bring a championship and a stadium [to Minnesota].  We are embarking on our way to both.”

The embarking will get take a while.  The Vikings will spend 2014 and 2015 playing outdoors, and the University of Minnesota’s stadium.

Governor Mark Dayton, who helped pass the stadium legislation, declared, “[I]t’s truly a historic day for the state of Minnesota.”

It’s historic in large part because the public-private partnership has helped Minnesota avoid losing its NFL team, in the same way it lost an NBA team (the Lakers) and an NHL team (the North Stars).  The powers-that-be were smart enough to know that, while the NBA and NHL eventually returned, the NFL likely wouldn’t have come back.

Now, the NFL is staying — and the Super Bowl could be returning.  History will truly be made if/when the Vikings actually play in one, again.

And win one, for a change.

63 responses to “Vikings break ground on new stadium

  1. To all the haters that kept telling us Vikings fans that the franchise should and will move to Los Angeles: This shovel load is for you. SKOL.

  2. Fun fact:

    The Metrodome, is the country’s only public stadium that does not rely on a continuing tax subsidy to finance operations, maintenance or debt payments.

    “Remember you wanted this!”
    -Jack Reacher

  3. So…. Minnesota residents…. how much is this costing ya?!?

    GOOGLE: WSJ/Bengals Stadium/mike brown

  4. Now, the NFL is staying — and the Super Bowl could be returning. History will truly be made if/when the Vikings actually play in one, again.

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    Super Bowl? Vikings? HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA. I see what you did there.

  5. I can’t wait for this great stadium to be built.

    Let’s use this comparison to describe it:

    This new stadium will be the White House

    Lambeau stadium will look like a Wisconsin trailer home

  6. They need to be sure it’s big enough to accommodate all the Packer fans that will be there during Packers-Vikings week. It’ll be a sea of green and gold, and we don’t want any Cheeseheads to miss out on the fun.

    Green Bay will have nine home games!

  7. f1restarter says:Dec 3, 2013 2:08 PM

    They need to be sure it’s big enough to accommodate all the Packer fans that will be there during Packers-Vikings week. It’ll be a sea of green and gold, and we don’t want any Cheeseheads to miss out on the fun.

    Green Bay will have nine home games!
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    You’ll be lucky to fill your own stadium for your next game. Didn’t you see everyone leaving early at their last game?

  8. It’s going to be hard to replace Adrian Peterson and he’s running out of time. This team should have tried to win one with him before his career ended. They don’t look like a team that is going to get better in the near future to the point that they can compete for a SB.

    They have 3 incompetent opponents in their division, and all 3 are kicking their ass. That’s not good. That’s just losing while being lost.

  9. thestrategyexpert – They should have tried to win one with him before his career ended (and has his career ended?)? They’ve been trying, it hasn’t worked. What do you think they’ve been playing the games for?

    Smh

  10. “It was always our intention to bring a championship and a stadium [to Minnesota]. We are embarking on our way to both.”

    ********************************************

    At 3-8-1 they are well on their way to a championship???????

    Maybe he’s been drinking with Jerome Simpson.

  11. Great day…Let’s rebuild this program….great to see my kids will be able to cheer the Vikes for years to come!!

    As for “firestarter’s” comments: “they need to build it big enough to accommodate packer fans”……yes, the seats may have to be twice the size of normal fans.

  12. Made a huge mistake keeping the stadium in Mpls ( I live in St Paul) The Arden hills location could have had a football mecca with tailgating (a real parking lot) + multiple routes to the stadium. Instead 20 more years of crappy parking, no real tailgating and stadium crammed into half dead side of Mpls.

  13. You can count on selling out the first season in minutes. The next year, ClearChannel will be buying up the tickets to avoid blackouts like they always have. Frontrunners and bandwagon fans flocking to whatever is flashy and new. Honor, loyalty, respect, and courage are concepts foreign to the Minnesotan. Target Field ring a bell?

  14. You’ll be lucky to fill your own stadium for your next game. Didn’t you see everyone leaving early at their last game?
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    That’s the dumbest thing I’ve seen on this forum in awhile. Their last game was in Detroit. Also, have you ever seen Lambeau with one single empty seat at game time? Every game is sold out and there’s a 35-year waiting list for season tickets. Hottest ticket in the NFL, doesn’t matter who they’re playing or what their record is.

  15. Take a look at the photo above. I’m pretty sure the inventor of the phony nose and glasses sold at novelty stores was working with this guy when he came up with the idea. No wonder he’s a millionaire…they sold a bunch of ’em.

  16. expertop says:
    Dec 3, 2013 2:11 PM
    Zygi kinda looks like a muppet, doesn’t he?

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    Yes, except the kind of muppet who wouldn’t be above burying a body (or two) in the concrete of his new purple palace….

  17. maestro71 says:
    Dec 3, 2013 2:46 PM
    You’ll be lucky to fill your own stadium for your next game. Didn’t you see everyone leaving early at their last game?
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    That’s the dumbest thing I’ve seen on this forum in awhile. Their last game was in Detroit. Also, have you ever seen Lambeau with one single empty seat at game time? Every game is sold out and there’s a 35-year waiting list for season tickets. Hottest ticket in the NFL, doesn’t matter who they’re playing or what their record is.

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    I assume he meant the last home game (Packers/Vikes). I was there and I’m sorry to say that the only fans I saw leaving were fellow Vike fans. Not yours truly, of course, I stayed and took the (mostly in fun) abuse from Packer fans once Green Bay came back and tied the game.

  18. frosted21:

    Well it’s a matter of perspective. Of course we can assume all 32 teams technically “try” to win a SB. But in my analysis if a team doesn’t make smart GM and coaching decisions, then that doesn’t qualify as a “legit” effort.

    In my mind, to “try” in a professionally competitive environment = “try with logic and good football work and mentality”.

    That’s “trying”, anything else is total failure, and I see the Vikings as not even “trying”.

    The choices of Spielman and Frazier are just not good enough and they aren’t putting in enough effort to figure out what they are doing wrong between the two of them. I just think of them as regular losers. I don’t respect weak football minds like what these 2 guys have.

  19. A new stadium might get you considered for hosting a Superbowl, the fact that the Vikings are so lousy increases the chance because the last thing the NFL really wants is a team to play in their own home stadium during the Superbowl. Fat chance of that happening this year with the Superbowl in NJ and the Jets and Giants tanking.

    The Vikings are only a QB, a decent secondary and few O-line man away from that so let’s revisit the subject in the spring after the draft when we all play the annual Spring Paper Championship, a prize claimed every spring by the fans of the vikings.

  20. thepftpoet says:
    Dec 3, 2013 2:07 PM
    I can’t wait for this great stadium to be built.

    Let’s use this comparison to describe it:

    This new stadium will be the White House

    Lambeau stadium will look like a Wisconsin trailer home

    ——————————————–

    Oh please……

    Lambeau is the most historic and revered stadium in the NFL, and that will never change.

    The problem with the Vikings is ……. you can polish a turd all you want- but its still a turd.

  21. thepftpoet says: Dec 3, 2013 1:56 PM

    The best stadium in the NFL for the best team in the NFL.

    The Minnesota Vikings are the most decorated franchise in the league, live with it
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    Care to elaborate on that? In their division alone, they are tied with the Lions in Super Bowl Wins with zero, have the least amount of championships and the least amount of Hall of Famers and are second in their division in MVP players. Live with it.

    The best team in the NFL is not 34-41 over the last 5 years, nor is the best team in the NFL 3-8-1 this year. Live with it.

    I’m sure the stadium will be great. After the 1st year, Minnesotans aren’t going to want to pay the ticket costs, which are going to be extremely high, given all of the private investment in the stadium. Should be interesting.

  22. maestro71 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:46 PM

    You’ll be lucky to fill your own stadium for your next game. Didn’t you see everyone leaving early at their last game?
    —————
    That’s the dumbest thing I’ve seen on this forum in awhile. Their last game was in Detroit. Also, have you ever seen Lambeau with one single empty seat at game time? Every game is sold out and there’s a 35-year waiting list for season tickets. Hottest ticket in the NFL, doesn’t matter who they’re playing or what their record is.
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    You are correct. Every game is sold out. Yes, you are correct that there is a waiting list for season tickets.

    BUT!!!!! You fail to mention that A LOT of tickets are bought just to resell. You can go online and get tickets for EVERY Packer game. If they were so cherished, there would never be a ticket available.

    It is such a big deal to have season tickets that people have them and DON”T USE THEM!!! They sell them.

    So don’t go thinking that every seat is full or at least full of Packer fans.

    Just because there is a waiting list, doesn’t mean these people use the tickets for themselves.

  23. sevensixtwonato says: Dec 3, 2013 2:01 PM
    Queue the “No public funds for billionaires” speak.”

    Right after the pro taxpayer funds for billionaires speak!

  24. Sorry Zyg, you’ll have to settle for just the stadium.
    Although I suppose someday they’ll manage to win another of those sad little “Division Champs” banners that they tried to use to make the Humpty Dump look nice. I mean, there’s only four teams, right? Accidents do happen.
    Oh, and does anyone else think that logicalvoices has become a Viking fan using the pftpoet handle?

  25. mvp43 says:
    Dec 3, 2013 3:10 PM
    thepftpoet says:
    Dec 3, 2013 2:07 PM
    I can’t wait for this great stadium to be built.

    Let’s use this comparison to describe it:

    This new stadium will be the White House

    Lambeau stadium will look like a Wisconsin trailer home

    ——————————————–

    Oh please……

    Lambeau is the most historic and revered stadium in the NFL, and that will never change.
    —–
    Oh whats that…high school bleacher style seats with one packer fan spilling over into 3 seats? Yea I will pass on that amazing experience.

  26. Oh please……

    Lambeau is the most historic and revered stadium in the NFL, and that will never change.
    ——————————————

    Yeah, because I want to watch a team play outside in Minnesota in the winter. People in Wisconsin put up with it, but in Minnesota Vikings fans know enough to come in out of the rain. That, and we’re not poor so we can afford to contribute to have nice things.

  27. Long time coming, never thought it would, and that stadium will bring in $300-400 million in revenue thanks to all the awesome events it’ll hold, even as soon as a 2018 super bowl. The home team probably won’t be in it, but it wont be in Los Angeles either.

    Thats awesome, the Los Angeles Vikings were as close to happening as a female packer fan quitting another diet remedy. Which happens all the time. I also hear to new stadium will have wider seats so we’ll be able to make even more money off those fools for the one game a year, excellent! They’re so stupid they even put up $250 for useless toilet paper that makes them an NFL ‘owner’ Hahahahaha!

    Enjoy the bright coffin of new age Minnesota Viking football, when the sun turns orange and the autumn light fills the stadium it’ll be the harbinger of the opponents doom. I’ll be up in level 5 cause I’m not paying $10,000 psl! But I’m going to loe taking an escalator to level 5! Skol!

  28. maestro71 says:

    Also, have you ever seen Lambeau with one single empty seat at game time? Every game is sold out and there’s a 35-year waiting list for season tickets. Hottest ticket in the NFL, doesn’t matter who they’re playing or what their record is.
    ______________________________

    Keep drinking the green and gold koolaid… 😉

    The next sold out game at Lambeau Field will be the very first one.

    Point of reference – Current capacity at Lambeau is 80,750.

    The average official attendance to Packer games this year is 78,005. That’s 2,745 unsold tickets (on average) for each game.

    Official attendance to the Packer/Viking game last month was 77,871.

    If it weren’t for the Viking fans in attendance – there would have been thousands of additional empty seats – because the Packer fans aren’t attending.

    I expect that official attendance to this weekend’s game against Atlanta will be much lower.

  29. Did you know that The Great State of Minnesota has the 5th fastest growing economy in the country, while that cesspool of poverty and shame to the east is ranked 34th. The Great State of Minnesota is also ranked the 8th for future business growth while the “state” to the east is ranked 38th.. Its no doubt the residents of that purgatory to the east depend of the Great State of Minnesota for Jobs, Medical care, Non-obese woman and hope…… You can claim that your “states” one profitable company is more successful than our football team, after that…………….. yeah not much… Once again the Great State of Minnesota is proven superior..

  30. toes110 says: Dec 3, 2013 7:33 PM

    Did you know that The Great State of Minnesota has the 5th fastest growing economy in the country, while that cesspool of poverty and shame to the east is ranked 34th. The Great State of Minnesota is also ranked the 8th for future business growth while the “state” to the east is ranked 38th.. Its no doubt the residents of that purgatory to the east depend of the Great State of Minnesota for Jobs, Medical care, Non-obese woman and hope…… You can claim that your “states” one profitable company is more successful than our football team, after that…………….. yeah not much… Once again the Great State of Minnesota is proven superior..
    ==================================
    I’m not from Wisconsin. I really like Minnesotans, precisely because they typically don’t act like the poster who wrote the above drivel.

  31. gto driver-

    You’re wrong. Attendance and selling out are two different things. There are always no-shows, where seats are sold and people don’t show up to games. Theoretically, you can sell out a stadium and have zero attendance, and 100% no-shows.

    The Packers have been selling out since 1960. The Vikings have been selling out since 1997.

    The Packers average 97% attendance, the Vikings average 95% attendance.

  32. Pardon that odd double speak at the end of that post. Ron Gardenhire stole my phone and posted that.

  33. This is a sad day in the NFL. It would have been better to see a groundbreaking in Los Angeles where they would have actually had real fans instead of corporate sponsors who bail them out to avoid a blackout.

  34. contra74 says:
    Dec 3, 2013 3:55 PM
    Oh whats that…high school bleacher style seats with one packer fan spilling over into 3 seats? Yea I will pass on that amazing experience.
    ////////////////////////////////////

    Great! The Game Day experience just got better. One thing we don’t need is yet another drunken mouthy Viking fan.

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