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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.

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  1. frankgarrett says: Dec 3, 2013 1:54 PM

    waste of $

  2. 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.

  3. ad2k13 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:56 PM

    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.

  4. crs334 says: Dec 3, 2013 1:57 PM

    Looks like it’s gonna be a hell of a venue, if only the suits didn’t charge the common fan 6 months rent to see a game

  5. sevensixtwonato says: Dec 3, 2013 2:01 PM

    Queue the “No public funds for billionaires” speak.

  6. sevensixtwonato says: Dec 3, 2013 2:02 PM

    Oh and the inevitable “law will be revoked, and team will go to LA” troll post as well.

  7. blahblah1000 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:04 PM

    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

  8. doctorrustbelt says: Dec 3, 2013 2:05 PM

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

    GOOGLE: WSJ/Bengals Stadium/mike brown

  9. northpackalacky says: Dec 3, 2013 2:05 PM

    What’s wrong with the Metrodome?

  10. contra74 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:07 PM

    WOOOHOOOO

  11. Carl Gerbschmidt says: Dec 3, 2013 2:07 PM

    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.

    ———

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

  12. 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

  13. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 3, 2013 2:07 PM

    Here they will honor the great Viking tradition of never really amounting to much.

    >

  14. 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!

  15. pillowporkers says: Dec 3, 2013 2:09 PM

    Can’t wait until this thing is up and running. Down with the crappy dome!!

  16. expertop says: Dec 3, 2013 2:11 PM

    Zygi kinda looks like a muppet, doesn’t he?

  17. ruvelligwebuike says: Dec 3, 2013 2:13 PM

    This one won’t implode when it snows, right?

  18. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 3, 2013 2:13 PM

    Hopefully moving into a new stadium will remove the curse that has prevented this franchise from reaching the Super Bowl since 1977. The curse of never winning one will be with us forever, but it would be nice to play in one again.

  19. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Dec 3, 2013 2:14 PM

    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!
    ____

    You’ll be lucky to fill your own stadium for your next game. Didn’t you see everyone leaving early at their last game?

  20. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 3, 2013 2:17 PM

    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.

  21. imaduffer says: Dec 3, 2013 2:20 PM

    It is so much eaiser to build a stadium when there is 4 feet of snow on the ground and it’s -20.

  22. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 3, 2013 2:21 PM

    I applaud anyone who breaks ground and shovels. It’s one of my favorite pastimes, along with sewing.

  23. dahmergeinteam says: Dec 3, 2013 2:25 PM

    Carl and four other men will watch one man dig a hole, and I hope it will be me doing the digging.

  24. fr0sted21 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:26 PM

    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

  25. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:27 PM

    “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.

  26. packerfansarefat says: Dec 3, 2013 2:28 PM

    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.

  27. taintedsaints2009 says: Dec 3, 2013 2:30 PM

    whens the first game at the new stadium??!!!
    whooooooooooo!!!!

    (if you listen to 93x, you get it)

  28. anicra says: Dec 3, 2013 2:30 PM

    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.

  29. ruvelligwebuike says: Dec 3, 2013 2:31 PM

    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?

  30. packerbackernj says: Dec 3, 2013 2:37 PM

    Remember when the roof collapsed and it looked like god was taking a crap on the field of the metrodome…good times.

  31. 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.

  32. stellarperformance says: Dec 3, 2013 2:50 PM

    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.

  33. Jikky Jax says: Dec 3, 2013 2:52 PM

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

    —–

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

  34. Jikky Jax says: Dec 3, 2013 2:54 PM

    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.

    ——-

    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.

  35. thestrategyexpert says: Dec 3, 2013 2:54 PM

    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.

  36. whatjusthapped says: Dec 3, 2013 3:07 PM

    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.

  37. 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.

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

  38. frank booth says: Dec 3, 2013 3:11 PM

    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
    ==================================
    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.

  39. khmer379 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:11 PM

    All nfc north team will be envious when they play here

  40. jmorand47 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:22 PM

    I enjoy reading all the Packer fan negative comments on this page. Looks like misery loves company.

  41. macneil4025 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:23 PM

    Skol Vikes, this was long overdue! The metro-dump was terrible!

  42. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:24 PM

    Instead of Championship trophies, the Vikings get participant ribbons. Because every team, no matter how hapless and tasteless, is a “winner”.

  43. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:25 PM

    Will Jared Allen have to go on TV to plead with Viking fans to buy tickets to the new stadium?

  44. obsessedvikingfan says: Dec 3, 2013 3:27 PM

    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.
    ____
    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.

  45. shoddymnbridgerepair says: Dec 3, 2013 3:38 PM

    I hope they are using an out of state contractor.

  46. granadafan says: Dec 3, 2013 3:42 PM

    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!

  47. deltaoracle says: Dec 3, 2013 3:52 PM

    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?

  48. contra74 says: Dec 3, 2013 3:55 PM

    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.

  49. golforepar says: Dec 3, 2013 4:03 PM

    Are the vikes planning on “wasting” any money building a trophy cabinet in the new stadium? They never needed one before!

  50. sevensixtwonato says: Dec 3, 2013 4:42 PM

    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.

  51. tokyosandblaster says: Dec 3, 2013 4:51 PM

    This mecca of minneanderthals will be a failure as well.

    It will sit half empty for most games, besides the GB game, when 75% of the fans will be Packers fans.

  52. Frazier28/7 says: Dec 3, 2013 5:25 PM

    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!

  53. gtodriver says: Dec 3, 2013 5:52 PM

    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.

  54. packmanfan says: Dec 3, 2013 7:20 PM

    Are they going to learn this time to NOT install an inflatable roof?

  55. 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..

  56. frank booth says: Dec 3, 2013 8:10 PM

    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.

  57. frank booth says: Dec 3, 2013 8:44 PM

    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.

  58. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 3, 2013 9:03 PM

    Breaking ground on the new stadium reminds me of the times the roof broke on the old one.

  59. ruvelligwebuike says: Dec 3, 2013 9:03 PM

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

  60. toes110 says: Dec 3, 2013 10:12 PM

    nothing personal frank, just preaching the facts… do like the unbaised approach you bring… refreshing

  61. pack13queens0 says: Dec 3, 2013 11:08 PM

    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.

  62. stellarperformance says: Dec 4, 2013 11:00 AM

    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.

  63. filthymcnasty1 says: Dec 5, 2013 9:55 AM

    It will be a stadium fit for their cellar dwelling team.

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