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Vikings Won’t Pursue New Stadium During GOVT Shutdown.

July 1, 2011 by Nick in NEW STADIUM

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The Vikings ownership, sympathetic to the state government shutdown because of the failure of the Legislature and governor to agree on a budget, has called a recess on their drive to get an Arden Hills stadium bill passed.

The Vikings ownership believes this is not the time to be campaigning for a stadium when so many people are going to lose their jobs and a lot of citizens will be affected because of the shutdown.

No members of the Wilf family or vice president of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley were available to comment on the current status of the stadium bill in the Legislature.

However, a source familiar with the Vikings stadium push reported that there is still a long way to go before an agreement can be reached.

The source also said the cost of the stadium, as figured by Mortenson Construction, is still at $1 billion, not $800 million. While the Wilf family has agreed to furnish the $407 million they originally agreed to contribute, plus additional money they pledged in a recent meeting with the governor, there has been no agreement on spending less than $1 billion on the stadium. But this is something that could be negotiated.

Meanwhile, the word is that some people connected with the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, operators of the Metrodome, still were campaigning behind the scenes for the stadium to be built on the Farmer Market site.

 

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5 Comments

  1. Kurt HarperJuly 6, 2011 at 1:39 pm

    The Minnesota Vikings couldn’t fill the Humpty Dumpty Dome, why on earth would you build a bigger stadium? And a price tag of One Billion?!? That’s an awful lot for all you “fair weathered” Viking fans. You can’t even keep your state government open, but want to build a stadium for a non winning team. Typical Minnesota, ten cent millionaires on beer budgets. Live within your means people.

    • NickJuly 6, 2011 at 1:54 pmAuthor

      Hi Kurt – Thanks for dropping by. I think every team has its share of ‘fair weather’ fans and ‘die hards’. It’s unfortunate, but a reality.

      Have you personally been to the Metrodome? From your comment and your use of “You” and “Your” i’m guessing you may not be a Minnesotan? The Metrodome itself is a valid reason for some of the biggest Vikings fan to not attend a game. You can pick either an extremely crowded facility in which you need to decide between food or the bathroom before halftime ends or watching the game in crystal clear HD at home on your comfy couch.

    • D RasJuly 6, 2011 at 2:07 pm

      Kurt- Clearly you are a Wisconsinite based on the Vikings/Minnesota bashing comments. However, you’ll be surprised to know that Minnesota ranks in the top 10 states for per capita income. 10 spots ahead of Wisconsin and an amazing 20 spots ahead of Missouri, who as a matter of fact is the home to 2 NFL teams. (Rams and Chiefs) Now if Missouri can afford 2 stadiums, I don’t think it’s too far fetched to think that Minnesota can afford one NFL stadium.

  2. StoccoJuly 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm

    Ziggy purchased the team at the worst possible time – This deal will never happen… Los Angeles Vikings of Anaheim has a nice ring to it.

    • D RasJuly 6, 2011 at 2:09 pm

      It does roll of the tongue nicely…

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