New lawsuit could delay opening of Vikings stadium

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The Vikings will play two years at the University of Minnesota’s open-air stadium.  Unless it’s three years.

Via Jim Adams of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, a legal challenge to the sale of bonds threatens to significantly delay the project.

“Major problems will result from any significant delay,” Michele Kelm-Helgen, chairwoman of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority, said at a Sunday news conference, per Adams.  “We will be short $28 million if we are not able to pay our bills [without bond proceeds] … by the end of the month.  Architects and Minnesota companies have done work in the past month and submitted bills due at the end of January.”

Kelm-Helgen believes that, if the bond revenue isn’t available by January 23, the project will be delayed by a full year.  And while the Metrodome has yet to be dismantled, the day of deflation is only five days away.

A trio of Minneapolis resident have filed the lawsuit, claiming that the sale of bonds violates the law because the repayment will depend in part on the funneling of Minneapolis sales tax revenues without a public vote.  The lawsuit apparently makes the arguments that were expected back in 2012 based on an effort to skirt a Minneapolis City Charter provision that requires a referendum for any contribution in excess of $10 million to a sports facility.

The problem for the current lawsuit is that the arguments previously have been made in a different lawsuit, and they’ve failed (pending appeal).  The latest legal challenge nevertheless has triggered a decision to delay the bond sale pending what the powers-that-be hope will be an expedited ruling from the Minnesota Supreme Court, where one of the justices is Vikings Hall of Fame defensive tackle Alan Page.

Maybe the Vikings are destined to join the Minneapolis Lakers in L.A., after all.

61 responses to “New lawsuit could delay opening of Vikings stadium

  1. The three people who filed the lawsuit are probably just Packer fans who are jealous of the Vikings getting a brand new state-of-the-art stadium. They should just go home and be quiet.

  2. Cut it out haters, it’s not as if big public projects don’t always inspire scores of people to try to get their hands in the cookie jar, including lawyers and other folks hoping to get a generous settlement.

  3. Hey if the billionaire would pay for his own stadium the way Kraft did this wouldn’t be a problem.

    The massive greed of the owners is what’s slowing this project down.

  4. Minnesota is safe. L.A. doesn’t want the cruddy no future prospects always in turmoil no QB team anyway.

  5. jimmysee says:
    Jan 13, 2014 10:21 AM
    Minnesota is safe. L.A. doesn’t want the cruddy no future prospects always in turmoil no QB team anyway.

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    Good point. L.A. does have standards.

  6. Ahhhh. Public funding for private businesses that offer little or no financial return for the taxpayers pisses me off to no end. A billionaire’s welfare.

  7. diveleft says:
    Jan 13, 2014 10:01 AM

    “The three people who filed the lawsuit are probably just Packer fans who are jealous of the Vikings getting a brand new state-of-the-art stadium.”

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    That’s hilarious…the idea that Packers fans would be jealous of anything when they have a relic like Lambeau. lol Nice try…

  8. sdsmooth says:

    Good point. L.A. does have standards.
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    Yeah worst fans in the country. Their sole goal is to be seen posing at the game and then most of them get the heck out of Dodge at halftime before they get stuck in traffic.

  9. suckittrebek76: “Ahhhh. Public funding for private businesses that offer little or no financial return for the taxpayers pisses me off to no end. A billionaire’s welfare.”

    Not so much welfare as extortion (as in “Build me this new stadium or I’ll move the team somewhere that will”). Most politicians fall for it simply out of fear that if they say no and the team moves, they’ll get blamed for it.

  10. “The three people who filed the lawsuit are probably just Packer fans who are jealous of the Vikings getting a brand new state-of-the-art stadium. They should just go home and be quiet.”

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    The Packers have been playing in their “open air stadium” since 1919 and it works as advertised, thank you very much.

    Admittedly, there was no air pillow over Lambeau that collapsed and dumped tons of snow on the 50 yard line like it did at Minnesota (YouTube classic), so we are indeed jealous.

  11. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says:
    Jan 13, 2014 9:52 AM
    That last line was a gratuitous cheap shot that half the commenters were going to say anyway.
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    Not only that, it’s also a cheap way to rile up both sides for increased clicks/comments.

  12. For those that care, three malcontents who have been harping about the stadium ad nauseum for the last 3 years filed a Writ of Prohibition with the MN Supreme Court — a legal procedure that has about as much of a chance at success as a Packer player winning MVP of this year’s Pro Bowl (hint: no Packers were named to the Pro Bowl).

  13. As usual packer fans have nothing else to do, hilarious. An NFL team generates tons of business revenue and government taxes. The dumb person who doesn’t think otherwise is very ignorant, do some research before you post such dumb comments, unfortunately that goes for far too many commenters here and everywhere. If it wasn’t true the government officials would not continue to give them the incentives and tax breaks, the numbers are proven. To those 3 people and their ilk, go away and find something worthwhile to do and take Kluwe with you.

  14. Yes, us Packers fans sure have a lot to be jealous about.

    We have a state of the art 80,000+ capacity stadium.
    We have 13 world championships.
    We don’t have a crooked owner threatening to move the team if he doesn’t get what he wants.
    We have smarter fans.
    We have cleaner air.

    Feel free to add to the list…

  15. NFL to Minnesota- ” Want to be the LA Vikings with a different owner?”
    Though I agree with the fans not footing the bill on stadium construction. Some public money, or land grants are ok with me, but footing the whole, or even half the bill is wrong.

  16. When I saw the word “lawsuit” I just assumed it was another Steelers’ fan trying to get the London beatdown nullified on jurisdictional grounds.

  17. What a pathetic franchise.

    No wonder their fans brag about divisional titles and not Super Bowls…

    AND I guess this is the begining of the DYNASTY that Viking fans are talking about

    L O S E R S !

  18. The Packers have been playing in their “open air stadium” since 1919 and it works as advertised, thank you very much.

    Admittedly, there was no air pillow over Lambeau that collapsed and dumped tons of snow on the 50 yard line like it did at Minnesota (YouTube classic), so we are indeed jealous.

    AND YET LAMBEAU WILL NEVER HOST A SUPER BOWL. by the way cowboy stadium (att field) is state of the art. they actually have seats not aluminum benches that wi fatties can barely squeeze into

  19. Anybody have any thoughts on how they will re-align the NFC North if the Vikes move to LA?

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    Fairly easy-move the Vikings to the NFC West, Rams to the NFC North.

  20. “Anybody have any thoughts on how they will re-align the NFC North if the Vikes move to LA?”

    My guess is the St. Louis Rams would leave the NFC West, be replaced by the LA Vikings, and replace them in the NFC North…an even swap.

  21. suckittrebek76: “Ahhhh. Public funding for private businesses that offer little or no financial return for the taxpayers pisses me off to no end. A billionaire’s welfare.”

    Tell that to Joe Schmo who owns the bar two miles from the stadium, tell that to the guy that owns the non chain motel that depends on those games to break even each year, tell that to the retailer the profits b/c of the 10 games per year. And don’t forget the hundreds of people that are employed directly or indirectly b/c of a stadium/sports franchise. I am sick and tired of non sports fans that think the taxpayer doesn’t benefit from a public funding of a stadium. It is a trickle down effect that benefits a lot more than you expect. I live in Green Bay and I was happy to vote for the .05 percent sales tax in 2000 for the Lambeau Expansion. Really, who the hell is going to notice an extra 1/2 cent on a dollar spent. I surely don’t. You are going to preach, it is a principle blah blah blah blah.

  22. The Packers have been playing in their “open air stadium” since 1919 and it works as advertised, thank you very much.

    Admittedly, there was no air pillow over Lambeau that collapsed and dumped tons of snow on the 50 yard line like it did at Minnesota (YouTube classic), so we are indeed jealous.

    it has worked as advertised. usually one and done in the playoffs there

  23. Doesn’t surprise me at all. Things like this happen all the time in the state of Minnesota and this whole project has just been a cluster from the word go.

  24. Yea – and everyone keeps making fun of the stock sales. Minnesota’s approach is so much better.

  25. A delay would be OK, but I don’t want the Vikings to move away. Three years outdoors will keep them at the bottom of the division for a good long while. By that third year, the game against the Packers will have 75% attendance by Packer fans….or more.

  26. This is a complete travesty, and it’s 100% the fault of the legislature in Minnesota. They signed and approved the bill. Then, when they realized that their ideas for THEIR part of the funding were coming up short, they started throwing up all these road blocks.

    And, oh-by-the-way, they’ve already broken ground for the new stadium, and the Metrodome is already being demolished.

    Nice pointless delays, Minnesota bureaucrats!

  27. team is not moving, these idiots will go home mad in a couple days, stadium construction will stay on schedule.

  28. There’s gonna be some sleepless nights for the pitiful lavender Larry toads. I’m gonna pray this is true. Couldn’t happen to bigger bunch of arrogant jerks.

  29. I love this! Heard countless times from the purple trolls about the purchase of Packer stock (which was basically a donation) to suppor the franchise and keep it viable for at least my lifetime while helping to alleviate mandated taxes on the general public. Yet the mouths that roar are again in hiding with another schism because of lack of support for the dysfunctional franchise. Since the end of the season there must have been a half dozen articles regarding the vikings and not one has been positive. Tell us again why its such an attractive destination for a new coach? I need another good laugh today.

  30. i promise this the vikings leave MN and a few of the res will also that is a absolute promise!! but not before suing the hell out of this state new appointed pos

  31. impeachment NOW this is 100% a dumbass showing her votes were bought by the ones that need to f o and d

  32. The city of Mpls made out like bandits on this deal with only putting in $150 million and getting money for renovating target center, they’ll get all the 100’s of millions of revenue into their city for hosting NCAA events, a Super Bowl, other major events etc… And this idiot wants to risk it??? Good luck becoming to most hated person in Minnesota if this kills the deal.

    After going to the final game two weeks ago and all there is so far is a giant hole next the stadium, no foundation has been layed yet and no concrete poured and the dome is still intact, how is this stadium going to be ready in 2 1/2 years when it takes at least 3 yrs to build an NFL stadium??

  33. I don’t get it. Vikings fans have assured me that it was smooth sailing with the stadium.

    Right after they told me that Adrian Peterson would be MVP, Ponder will build on his momentum from last season, the vikings three 1st round draft picks would have more impact than anyone the Packers drafted, and that the Vikings would sweep the Packers en route to winning the division this year.

    So… what gives?

  34. I’m sure it was discussed before, but honestly, the state of MN should have looked for an opporutnity to buy the Vikings and then financed a stadium so the state, itself, could continue to harness revenue inperpetuity. It’s really not that far-fetched. Missed opportunity.

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