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Minnesota Supreme Court clears path for new Vikings stadium

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A lawsuit filed last week prompted the powers-that-be to temporarily pull the plug on a bond sale that will help fund the construction of the new Vikings stadium.  The delay prompted concerns that the opening of the new venue could be pushed back by a full year.

There will be no further delay.  According to Janet Moore of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Minnesota Supreme Court has dismissed the lawsuit.  The five-page ruling pointed out that the persons who are trying to block the project have separate litigation pending that, if successful, would potentially result in an award of monetary damages.

The controversy stems from the use of more than $10 million in Minneapolis taxpayer funds without a public vote.

Earlier in the day, Governor Mark Dayton raised concerns that the lawsuit may not simply delay the project but kill it.

“All that’s being jeopardized because three people still don’t like the project,” Dayton said. “We’re always going to have controversial projects. . . .  At some point, you’ve got to say OK, in a democracy, the project’s got to be able to go ahead, or people suffer, and people are going to suffer the very serious consequences of this project being derailed, and it could happen very quickly if we don’t get a very quick response from the Supreme Court.  I realize that’s asking a lot of them, that’s much faster than they usually can proceed.  But this is a very urgent situation.”

The Minnesota Supreme Court has agreed.  And the Vikings will be playing in their new stadium come 2016.

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46 Responses to “Minnesota Supreme Court clears path for new Vikings stadium”
  1. InFact says: Jan 21, 2014 6:22 PM

    Excellent news….By 2016, only 3,900 more lawsuits will have been filed to kill the stadium.

    Christian Ponder will have thrown nearly as many interceptions.

  2. smartestpackerfan says: Jan 21, 2014 6:23 PM

    Why don’t they just sell a ton of worthless piece of paper for $250?

  3. braven4evr says: Jan 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    Wonder how those three people will feel when the Vikings pack up and move to LA like the Lakers. Maybe they will come up with the revenue lost in that area.

  4. purpleguy says: Jan 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    This was nothing more than an attention-grabbing sideshow, meritless and procedurally flawed lawsuit filed by three local gadfly non-attorneys (no attorney would do it for them), two of which are unemployed and have nothing better to do. Completely clueless — much like the average Packer fan that posts on PFT Viking articles.

  5. ariani1985 says: Jan 21, 2014 6:31 PM

    Haha green bay! We get a new play pen while you reside in an old college dump!

  6. weepingjebus says: Jan 21, 2014 6:33 PM

    “people are going to suffer the very serious consequences of this project being derailed”

    Seems to me that the greatest likelihood of harm lies with inflicting more Vikings games on an unsuspecting public.

  7. guitarfreak21 says: Jan 21, 2014 6:33 PM

    It’s just a few nobody’s from nowhere with an insignificant political role, who wanted to be in the limelight.

  8. abqhawk says: Jan 21, 2014 6:39 PM

    Lol, mega bucks for a new stadium won’t change a thing, the Vikqueens will still stink!

  9. binkystevens says: Jan 21, 2014 6:43 PM

    Stadiums don’t have roofs. It’s a dome.

  10. pillowporkers says: Jan 21, 2014 6:43 PM

    Get out of the way opposition. This stadium is getting built.

  11. duluthvikesfan says: Jan 21, 2014 6:43 PM

    The reason they don’t just sell a ton of worthless pieces of paper for $250 each is because the Packer fans in Wisconsin are the only fans in the league dumb enough to buy them!

  12. scoboscobs says: Jan 21, 2014 6:47 PM

    Love having Alan Page on our side!

  13. f1restarter says: Jan 21, 2014 6:47 PM

    Just remember: new stadium or not, your team is STILL inferior to the 13-time World Champion Green Bay Packers.

  14. purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Jan 21, 2014 6:49 PM

    “Why don’t they just sell a ton of worthless piece of paper for $250?”

    Hilarious!! I think they don’t sell them because Minnesotans aren’t naive enough to buy them.

  15. kanemoney says: Jan 21, 2014 6:51 PM

    Boo to it being a dome. Football is meant to played outside. As someone who lived is MSP for a year and went to a few Vikings games in the dome… thank god the metrodome is coming down.

  16. deflateddome says: Jan 21, 2014 6:55 PM

    I still believe the best method to build a stadium is a 2 cent mixed drink tax bar tax. Many projects were funded well this way.

    Even in Green Bay, if they instituted a policy like this they could actually have a building over three stories high by now…

  17. jrmbadger says: Jan 21, 2014 6:57 PM

    “We’re always going to have controversial projects. . . . At some point, you’ve got to say OK, in a democracy, … ”

    Perhaps Dayton needs a civics refresher.

    The US is not a democracy. We are a republic. There is a distinction. Normally the distinction is generally ignored, however, in this case, its ironic.

    In a true democracy people vote on each law directly. In a republic, people vote for representatives who then vote on the laws. Minnesota (and the Federal Govt) is a Republic.

    The irony is that if this were indeed a democracy, the people of Minnesota would have voted on the measure and the plaintiffs would not be suing (they were suing because of the lack of a public vote).

  18. whatjusthapped says: Jan 21, 2014 7:00 PM

    The misuse of $10 million without a public vote is the least of their problems. The PSL notices will soon go out and the average Viking fan will soon have the same experience as the Viking players in terms of taking up the ….. and yes it will hurt.

    Meanwhile, Wilf’s are looking to recoup the nearly $90 million they owe from the fraud case and the Vikings are going to serve as their ATM. The average Viking fan should be very concerned, last place finishes, no franchise QB and now sky rocketing ticket prices to see an inferior product. Nobody deserves this, not even a Viking fan.

  19. garyman1 says: Jan 21, 2014 7:03 PM

    As a Packer fan, I applaud. A healthy Viking team in a new stadium is great for the NFC North. Now please QUIT piping in fake crowd noise during the games.

  20. josiewales69 says: Jan 21, 2014 7:10 PM

    if your not a vikes fan that’s fine. I will always be one no matter what all the haters say about our team. its easy to say your a loyal fan of a team that has won championships. some years suck some years are good and sometimes its heart breaking but that’s what its all about. it will happen , maybe it wont happen. I for one will be tuned in every week because I like it so nothing you little kids to the east say matters not. do you know what the best thing to come out of Wisconsin is………………….. highway 94

  21. gb4mn0 says: Jan 21, 2014 7:19 PM

    Big deal! Their new “Monument to Their Stupidity” undoubtedly will cave in after a couple of years just like the I-35 bridge and the metrodump did. It’ll be built as flimsy as their predictions of a football dynasty.

  22. deflateddome says: Jan 21, 2014 7:24 PM

    Enjoy the fish boils…

  23. stew48 says: Jan 21, 2014 7:29 PM

    You know, Packer whatevers, you do get a bit hard to take. This is 2014, and about the only measuring stick used today is SB’s. You come out a little light for all your wind bagging. And yes, I remember Hornung, Starr and 3-yard Taylor. It is different now, so please mature a bit and not be so utterly boring. This Steeler fan really knows the suffering that loyalty brings, so just stuff it, will you?

  24. jcbadger34 says: Jan 21, 2014 7:36 PM

    I love how Vikings fans make fun of Packers fans for buying “fake stock” to help the team make improvements to the stadium.

    When Vikings fans (and everyone else in Minnesota) are paying for the stadium out of their tax dollars. And they don’t even get a piece of paper or a trip to the stadium for their money.

    Well, I guess they do get a piece of paper. The one from the billionaire owner that informs them how much those PSLs are gonna cost.

  25. purplengold says: Jan 21, 2014 8:04 PM

    Scrap the dome and make it outdoors like the old days when Bud Grant was coach.

  26. harrisonhits2 says: Jan 21, 2014 8:34 PM

    Welfare for billionaires, just plain sickening.

  27. purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Jan 21, 2014 8:40 PM

    “Piping in fake crowd noise” huh? Fairly confident that hasn’t happened since 2000 when they banned fans from bringing in artificial noise makers like my sweet purple trumpet. If you thought the dome was loud, wait til this place is up and running. With all that glass the sound is going to be jumping around and making the stadium rock. Soon Rodgers will be done and gb will not be able to sell out Thanks to their several additions that turned historic lambeau into just another modern venue… not like you need a corporate sponsor to sell out a playoff game or anything.

  28. sdsmooth says: Jan 21, 2014 8:45 PM

    Just like the Beverly Hillbillies. Nice beautiful new stadium. Too bad the Clampett’s are moving in.

  29. purplezimmerpride says: Jan 21, 2014 8:50 PM

    This is great news!!! Even if $763 million for an empty trophy case is a bit much. Anyway cheers to the house that Ponder built!

  30. gb4mn0 says: Jan 21, 2014 8:59 PM

    Go ahead lavender Larry toads and run off at the mouth all you want about you new this and new that and we’re building a football dynasty but the facts are facts and the fact is if it wasn’t for the Packers, Bears and other founding teams of the NFL your pathetic Johnny come lately team wouldn’t exist. So go ahead and do all the empty headed bloviating you care to. Because until the vikes history is on par with other historical winning franchises all your pompous boasting is a meaningless as, “if you like you plan you can keep your plan.”

  31. voiceofauthority4343 says: Jan 21, 2014 9:15 PM

    JC badger. Do you live in GB? I do, and we are still paying, through an increase in the sales tax, for the renovation of a 53 year old stadium.

  32. stixzidinia says: Jan 21, 2014 9:19 PM

    At some point, you’ve got to say OK, in a democracy, the project’s got to be able to go ahead, or people suffer, and people are going to suffer the very serious consequences of this project being derailed

    ———————-

    1) Did the public get to vote on it? if not, then it has nothing to do with “democracy”

    2) It’s been proven that NFL teams (and their stadiums) provide little to no economic boon to their markets. It’s a fallacy that NFL teams are some valuable commodity to their local community. They’re not.

  33. schleusryn says: Jan 21, 2014 9:20 PM

    I can’t wait to see future draft busts starting opening day in that stadium. Gawd almighty Spielman needs to go.

  34. stew48 says: Jan 21, 2014 9:24 PM

    BTW, Packer lovers, I remember that you played in Detroit every Thanksgiving. Until you got beat so often you threw in the towel and quit.

  35. smartestpackerfan says: Jan 21, 2014 9:34 PM

    sdsmooth says:
    Jan 21, 2014 8:45 PM
    Just like the Beverly Hillbillies. Nice beautiful new stadium. Too bad the Clampett’s are moving in.

    ——————

    I wish this was true my dear Packer brothern. Sadly if anybody is hillbillies it us Packer fans. Wisconsin is 3rd most inbred state in the U.S.

  36. backdapack4evr says: Jan 21, 2014 10:30 PM

    Sounds like the stadium will outclass the fans, but then again so would a porta-potty

  37. tokyosandblaster says: Jan 21, 2014 10:48 PM

    After the last Vikings Super Bowl victory, Vikings fans were so humble.

  38. indycheezhed says: Jan 21, 2014 11:25 PM

    I just saw that a Vegas odds maker has the Vikings at 100 to 1 odds for winning the super bowl next year just a head of Jacksonville. Congrats you’re really making some strides with your new coaches and all.

  39. shoddymnbridgerepair says: Jan 22, 2014 12:27 AM

    I’m just hoping the dang thing doesn’t collapse and hurt anybody. We aren’t very lucky.

  40. bobnelsonjr says: Jan 22, 2014 12:48 AM

    Democrat Governor Dayton said, “At some point, you’ve got to say Okay, in a democracy, the project’s got to be able to go ahead without the public’s participation and vote required by law.”

    All polls say vikings ballot measure would be defeated handily in a public vote, unlike the 49′ers new stadium, the Chiefs remodel, and other NFL cities where the citizens love the home team and voted for them.

  41. backdapack4evr says: Jan 22, 2014 3:41 AM

    Sounds like the stadium will out-class the fans!!
    Then again so will a porta potty!!

  42. stellarperformance says: Jan 22, 2014 7:15 AM

    purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says:
    Jan 21, 2014 8:40 PM
    “Piping in fake crowd noise” huh? Fairly confident that hasn’t happened since 2000 when they banned fans from bringing in artificial noise makers like my sweet purple trumpet. If you thought the dome was loud, wait til this place is up and running. With all that glass the sound is going to be jumping around and making the stadium rock. Soon Rodgers will be done and gb will not be able to sell out Thanks to their several additions that turned historic lambeau into just another modern venue… not like you need a corporate sponsor to sell out a playoff game or anything.
    //////////////////////////////////////////////

    Two years ago the crowd surprisingly started cheering as though Peterson just broke loose for a sixty yard TD. The only problem? It was halftime. Somebody fell asleep at the switch. They record crowd noise during the game and replay it and merge it back into the real noise, to make it more than it really is. It’s called “fake.” Like a Randy Moss “official” jersey that sells for $250.00…….still hanging in your closet instead of on your wall for the next 100 years.

    And having a home-boy led State Supreme Court suddenly and unexpectedly pave the way is the ULTIMATE corporate buyout, serving the wishes of another 1%-er.

    Wake up.

  43. johnthacker says: Jan 22, 2014 11:37 AM

    “Why don’t they just sell a ton of worthless piece of paper for $250?”

    Hilarious!! I think they don’t sell them because Minnesotans aren’t naive enough to buy them.

    Is it really less “naive” to pay $250 in taxes to give to the owner to build the stadium instead? If the Packers can pay for improvements by having loyal fans contribute, that seems a lot more morally respectable than forcing people who aren’t football pans to pay for it.

    And if you think that the Minnesota stadium will help the economy, well, then so would Green Bay improvements, which means that the Green Bay fans buying stock are doing a public service.

    Do you make fun of people who donate to charity for being stupid? “Look at those naive idiots, giving away $250 to the poor! Don’t they know that’s what taxes are for?”

  44. The Great Ted Thompson the Genius says: Jan 22, 2014 11:53 AM

    johnthacker says:Jan 22, 2014 11:37 AM

    Do you make fun of people who donate to charity for being stupid? “Look at those naive idiots, giving away $250 to the poor! Don’t they know that’s what taxes are for?”
    ______

    He does if he’s a Democrat.

  45. purpleforroyaltygreenandgoldforbugars says: Jan 22, 2014 4:43 PM

    Did someone just accuse vikings fans of being hillbillies??? We’re not the people wearing animal pelts and cheese blocks on our heads. I’ll give you guys wi dells tho, it’s a good thing you have that for minnesotans and illinois people to fuel your economy and help pay for that “historic” stadium that looks more modern than any place in the nfl. Well that and your stock, keep us posted on how the owners meetings go, thanks!

  46. harryaz8 says: Jan 25, 2014 12:34 PM

    how could the politicians be so shortsighted as to put the new stadium where the metrodome was and not the much more lucrative and revenue enhancing Arden Hills area? Does anyone think that despite the architectural design and ultimate modern facility to play in; that a Super Bowl will be given to a stadium with insufficient parking not to mention the weather hole the city already has to overcome in its bid. shame on the folks with hidden agendas causing the new stadium to be bid on the old site! it impacts the economy of the entire state for the benefit of what small group?

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