Vikings get permission to sell alcohol in park outside stadium

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Although the effort apparently was unrelated to life in a pandemic, it may come in handy if the Vikings are playing games with no one inside their stadium.

Via Rochelle Olson of the Minneapolis Star Tribune, the Minnesota legislature has given the Vikings permission to sell alcohol in the Commons park, a 4.2-acre gathering space outside U.S. Bank Stadium.

Vikings V.P. Lester Bagley explained that there’s no specific plan to sell alcohol in Commons park, yet.

“The biggest issue is the lack of fan gathering spaces and disappearing tailgating opportunities — a time-honored tradition for the Vikings fans in the days of yore,’ Bagley said.

If the pandemic prevents fans from filling the stadium (and buying alcohol there), it’s possible that fans will still be permitted to gather outside the stadium in a way that promotes social distancing and in turn limits the spread of the coronavirus. If permitted by state and local regulations to congregate safely in these spaces, why not sell them stuff? And it surely wouldn’t just be alcohol but food and merchandise and some of the products that the Vikings otherwise would be selling if fans were inside the building.

It may not matter; maybe the Vikings will be permitted to fill the stadium. If they can’t, either partially or at all, the permission to sell alcohol outside the building boosts revenue, if there’s a way to thread the needle to allow fans to hang around outside the building, watching the game on their phones and/or on a large screen somewhere and, more importantly, transferring money from their pockets into the team’s cash register.

13 responses to “Vikings get permission to sell alcohol in park outside stadium

  1. This is great news! It’s getting a game day experience of buying a $15 beer without having to go into a crowded stadium.

  2. Yes, thankfully they got this passed.
    Anything to make football a little more bearable over there.
    I mean, c’mon, 7 first downs while racking up only 139 total yards is tough enough to handle sober, at least let ‘me grease the wheels a little.

  3. You have to ask yourselves why the State Legislature would allow this.
    And the answer is that it’s tax revenue to the City, County and the State.
    That’s essential.

    Government essential. Private business? Not so much.

  4. Yeah, lets pay $15. Fir a beer to stand around outside in freezing cold weather instead of staying home drinking a $5 beer & watching the game in a warm comfy home on 60” HD TV…..

  5. Set up a stand and make it suds and buds it will be a true winner unlike the team

  6. ARod(in his collarbone) says:
    May 20, 2020 at 9:29 am
    Best stadium and fans in the NFL. #Skol


    While I’m partial to the Dome and to my fellow Who Dats, I have to say that (from personal experience) your stadium is pretty cool, and your fans couldn’t be nicer. Looking forward to the continuation of our rivalry at Christmas (and hopefully the playoffs!)

  7. Awesome! Now we can stand outside and stare at that atrocious stadium and spend $20 on a Bud Light. That team used my tax dollars to ruin the look of downtown Minneapolis. Also a great way to take money away from locally owned businesses and put it in the pockets of real estate scammers from New Jersey.

  8. This is great news. The naysayers will complain about $15 beers but guess what, they didn’t attend games before. Think of the small restaurants and bars that will benefit from an uptick in foot traffic. Win/win for all.

  9. If they start the season without fans or with fewer fans in the stadium, they’ll surely set up screens and let fans watch outside. I’m sure a lot of people would head down and enjoy the game with other fans.

    And who’s spending $15-20 for a beer? I’ve never paid more than $9 at a game. Of course, I don’t go in for that fancy stuff.

  10. They also plan to use this opportunity to sell the remaining Legacy Bricks and finally get them out of Spielman’s garage.

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