Vikings withdraw request to rename street near new stadium

AP

The Vikings will christen a new stadium later this year. They no longer want to rechristen one of the streets abutting the property.

Via Kristen Leigh Painter of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Vikings have withdrawn their request to rename Chicago Avenue after experiencing unexpectedly strong resistance from the powers-that-be in Minneapolis.

“We were taken aback by the negative reaction at the city,” Vikings executive V.P. of public affairs/stadium development Lester Bagley told Painter. “Frankly, I’m just not sure we have the stomach for the tenor that exists down there [at City Hall] on this particular matter.”

Bagley added that changing the name of Chicago Avenue has alway been part of the broader plan for stadium construction, but that the issue first became contentious in recent days. Bagley pointed out that the request was “identical” to one the Twins previously made, which resulted in a changing of the name of a street near Target Field to “Twins Way.”

60 responses to “Vikings withdraw request to rename street near new stadium

  1. Why isn’t there a Green Bay Avenue? I mean, we are world leaders in, uh, something, aren’t we? Like meat packing?

  2. Minneapolis should sell the naming rights to the Queens and recoup some of the money the taxpayers paid for that monstrosity.

  3. Chicago Avenue is a dump, and whoever the people on the Minneapolis Planning Commission are, are passive aggressive, vindictive lefty trash. It was their party who pushed the bill through, and now they are pretending to be on the side of the people by saying they cant rename 3 blocks of a road because it “doesn’t benefit the people”.

    The lowest form of human life by far.

  4. It will be changed no question . Mpls is just playing their lil game waiting for some trade off in the nearby stadium park or $$$$$$!

  5. This new stadium is going to be a major embarrassment for the beleaguered Minnesota Vikings.

    Not only does it have a leaky roof, but they didn’t build nearly enough seats for all the Green Bay Packer fans that will be taking over the stadium once every year.

  6. It should be “The Green Bay Packers Boulevard.”

    Because, let’s face it: Since the inception of the NFC North, the Packers have literally owned the Vikings.

    Either that or Wide Left Street.

  7. The Minneapolis Planning Commission is refusing the street name change because the Vikings haven’t agreed to allow events in the commons area to be open to the public. #greatjob

  8. But they will gladly rename streets named Somali St., Oromo St, and Taleex St. in the Cedar Riverside area without any resistance. They are such a bunch of useless overpaid lillies.

  9. the city already admitted… they want kickbacks on money and city amenities from the vikings in exchange. It is and always will be all politics.

  10. The team wanted to rename the street “Baby beater Ave.”. The city wants something different. They will work it out.

  11. Renaming COULD be cool – like the road to the stadium of Vikings just has to be called “Valhalla’s Way”! But unfortunately we all know it’d be renamed to “US Bank Checking Account With 50 Free Checks Boulevard”, or some narcissistic egomaniacal use of the owner’s name, or named after some kicker who nearly got a 15-1 team to the Super Bowl. So, no, just leave it alone.

  12. The request may be the same one the Twins made, but the streets are different. Twins Way is a one-way, two block orphan road that leads away from Target Field. Chicago Avenue is fifty-two blocks long.

    From what I read in the Vikings request the team only wanted to rename the parts of Chicago that the new stadium runs along. This ran afoul of one of the planning council’s rules against changing names: changing only a single section of the road. There’s also a prohibition against changing road names in support of a particular business.

  13. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Mar 19, 2016 10:39 PM
    Why isn’t there a Green Bay Avenue? I mean, we are world leaders in, uh, something, aren’t we? Like meat packing?
    ————————————————————

    They are world leaders in NFL championships. So there’s always that.

  14. How about renaming the street to Green Bay West Ave?
    That would be the most accurate. Just gonna have to make sure you wash up the sign frequently……

  15. The city and state are paying for half the stadium, what’s the big deal about throwing in a street sign. Come on Minneapolis…

  16. They completely caved last minute to keep the stupid stadium downtown instead of going to the burbs and now they want to look tough on this issue? LMAO..Minneapolis. Life-long government paper-pushers who’ve never had to make a dime in the real world…this is how they take their stand? Hilarious. Wario is laughing all the way to the bank…that you idiots built for him.

  17. Thanks to all the packer fans that cross the bridge everyday and pay for our new stadium!! We always need waiters,maids,janitors, which are all respectful jobs but hey where just better educated thanks again! They will change the street but I’d rather win a super bowl first then call it open casket b/c we respect the dead!! Skol warrior for life

  18. “There’s also a prohibition against changing road names in support of a particular business.”

    I’d buy that idea if the city hadn’t already allowed the Twins to rename one of the adjacent streets “Kirby Puckett Place” back when the Twins were playing in the Metrodome.

    The new stadium is on the corner of Kirby Puckett Place and Chicago Avenue.

    The Vikings aren’t asking to change the name of the previously renamed street, just the short section of the cross street in front of the stadium.

    Leave is to the left wing liberals to screw up a simple request…

  19. purpledieselgoldsmoke says “but hey where just better educated”

    Very convincing. Wow. You must get our 2nd hand teachers too.

  20. djvh2 says:
    Mar 20, 2016 12:49 PM
    purpledieselgoldsmoke says “but hey where just better educated”

    Very convincing. Wow. You must get our 2nd hand teachers too.

    ============================

    Haha! Too funny, djvh2!!!!

    How ironic is it when you say you are better educated but you don’t even know how to use “where” and “we’re.” You can’t make this crap up!

    Still
    Keep
    On
    Losing

  21. How about “No Way.”
    Well any…way, when the going gets tough the Vikings bow out. Like the man said, no stomach for it.

  22. Leave is to the left wing liberals to screw up a simple request…
    _______________

    Leave it to the Vikings to ask for hundreds of millions of dollars then still need a little more….

  23. This is beyond ridiculous. It is a few blocks that should be named after the Vikings. It’s very simple. If those idiots can’t see that, then I guess someone will just have to go out there and change the signs, right?? (wink, wink) As fans we can keep this up all season can’t we? They’ll take them down and we will go out there and put them back up!! PROBLEM SOLVED!!! How’s that?? And seriously, Packer, Bear and any other fan base trolls… get a life!

  24. bearflagfan says:
    Mar 20, 2016 12:14 AM
    If they change it to Justice Alan Page Way, I’d bet there wouldn’t be any objection.

    I’ll take that bet. You see, first of all the world would have to be populated entirely by people that weren’t racist. I’m in no way implying that you are racist by mentioning Justice Alan Page, but if you’re comment wasn’t at least partially motivated by race, thinking it clever, then you don’t know how prevalent bigotry is, and that’s only slightly less sad.

  25. There is a Milwaukee Ave. here in Chicago.
    Like The Chicago Stadium before it, the United Center is located on Madison Street.
    No one worries about the names of the streets where our sports stadiums are located.
    Clark & Addison.
    35th & Shields.
    Hell… Soldier Field’s address changed from 425 East McFetridge Drive to 1400 Museum Campus Dr.
    No one cares.

    I guess it is because the people here do not suffer from some ragging inferiority complex.

  26. Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Mar 19, 2016 10:39 PM

    Why isn’t there a Green Bay Avenue? I mean, we are world leaders in, uh, something, aren’t we? Like meat packing?
    —————
    Green Bay is the toilet paper capital of the world. Seriously.

  27. rcali says:
    Mar 20, 2016 1:26 PM

    How about…..”Suckers Paid for This Stadium” street?
    ————–
    And who do you think has been helping to pay for Lambeau? Another arrogant and ignorant Packer fan. Is anyone surprised?

  28. gtodriver says:
    Mar 20, 2016 11:48 AM

    “There’s also a prohibition against changing road names in support of a particular business.”

    I’d buy that idea if the city hadn’t already allowed the Twins to rename one of the adjacent streets “Kirby Puckett Place” back when the Twins were playing in the Metrodome.
    ===================================
    Can you grope and abuse without any fear of legal consequences on that route, just like the street’s namesake did?

  29. cheeseisfattening says:
    Mar 20, 2016 8:31 PM

    Wisconsin’s Favorite Son Jeffrey Be Dahmed says:
    Mar 19, 2016 10:39 PM

    Why isn’t there a Green Bay Avenue? I mean, we are world leaders in, uh, something, aren’t we? Like meat packing?
    —————
    Green Bay is the toilet paper capital of the world. Seriously.
    ===================================

    I believe it even comes with a manual so Vikings’ fans can learn how to use it.

  30. Clearly the street name commemorates the first game in Vikings history, a 37-13 victory over the Chicago Bears in 1961 (for a long time this was the only expansion team to ever win its first game, until the Texans matched the feat in their first season).

    The vikings actually partly owe their existance to George Halas (who was the coach of the Bears in that game) and the Chicago Bears, because Halas pushed for the league to offer a franchise to Max Winter and the rest of the Vikings original owners in a bid to break up the AFL (who replaced them with the Raiders).

    Vikings fans even chipped in and bought a bear cub for George Halas as a way to show their appreciation (he donated it to a chicago zoo).

  31. Given the above (first game in vikings history), they should make the address of the stadium 3713 Chicago Way. Or since it is named “Chicago”, reverse the score for 1337, as befits their elite status.

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