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Vikings stadium bill could be on the way

Posted on: April 1, 2011 3:08 pm
 
Posted by Andy Benoit

The Vikings would like to stay in Minnesota. But their fate in the Land of 10,000 Lakes could depend on the state’s willingness to help fund a new stadium (their old venue – you know, the one where the roof collapsed – is not up to NFL standards anymore).

Ted Mondale, who runs the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission told the Star Tribune that a new stadium bill could soon be introduced.
Minnesota (US Presswier)
“My understanding from the bill authors is we’re getting close,” Mondale said. “How they want to handle it is obviously up to them. It’s to the point now where the majority over at the Capitol now have their bill together and they’re going to bring it out.”

Mondale has been part of the group leading the push for a new stadium. There has been talk of an outdoor venue, but because the city has come to rely on the climate-controlled Metrodome for some 300 non-functions each year, an indoor stadium might be the easier sell.

Building a new stadium on the site of the Metrodome is the simplest solution. However, many would like the venue to be constructed near the Twins’ new Target Field. That would create a full downtown sports/entertainment complex. If the stadium were built there, it could probably be open air as long as the city figures out how to maintain the Metrodome. The cost of that maintenance is $7 to $8 million annually. Each Viking game brings in $9.6 million in spending by fans.

“I think (stadium approval) can happen this year. I think it’s probably as good a shot as ever,” Mondale said. “The governor [Mark Dayton] would like to see it, and has laid out what he’d like to see. You can’t pass a bill like this unless the governor is supportive of it. [Former governor Tim] Pawlenty was saying, ‘Maybe, yes, no,’ and when he said, ‘I’m not going to vote for it,’ it just can’t get done.”

The Vikings may soon find out whether or not it can get done.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
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Vikings stadium bill could be on the way

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:48 am
 

Vikings stadium bill could be on the way

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Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 5, 2011 1:38 pm
 

Vikings stadium bill could be on the way

underwater:
All of these cities knew what they were missing after their team left.  All of these cities built new stadiums to get an NFL team back.  The only problem is, it is a lot more expensive to get a new team than it is to keep the one you already have.  This stadium needs to be built now, while we still have a team, not later in order to entice another franchise to come to Minnesota.

tjwaffle:
It doesn't just create jobs for the people who work in the stadium, it gives restaurants and bars more business, which creates jobs.

Both of these messages clearly articulate the benefits of having an NFL franchise and a stadium that effectively accommodates the team in the city.  Minnesota obviously should have the Vikings.  It's a great sports town and it's one of America's most livable cities according to reports.  The team is an integral part of the patchwork that makes a community what it is.  The team brings pride and enjoyment to the entire region.  It also brings an economic benefit that goes well beyond what has been so superficially dismissed by some.

If Minnesota loses the Vikings it will be a wrenching experience for many, and an economic blow to the region.  I cannot believe that a city that lost its hockey team and nearly lost the Twins, (relocation and contraction), and then built facilities that work for their modern purpose, would be foolish enough to allow the Vikings to depart town.

As for others, I will respond WHEN a message is on topic.  As to personal attacks - have a ball, I do not care.  Fortunately as a Buffalo fan, I do not define myself on the basis of how well the team performs.  I take it for what it is - a great diversion from what does matter in life.



Since: Apr 26, 2008
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:44 pm
 

Vikings stadium bill could be on the way

What all the nay-sayers on building a new stadium need to realize is that if the Vikings leave for greener pastures, Minnesota will be begging for the next opportunity to get another NFL team.  Look at Cleveland (Browns), St. Louis (Cardinals), Baltimore (Colts), and Houston (Oilers).  All of the teams left because their current cities weren't meeting their needs.  All of these cities knew what they were missing after their team left.  All of these cities built new stadiums to get an NFL team back.  The only problem is, it is a lot more expensive to get a new team than it is to keep the one you already have.  This stadium needs to be built now, while we still have a team, not later in order to entice another franchise to come to Minnesota.




Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: April 4, 2011 3:08 pm
 

Vikings stadium bill could be on the way

People who complain about taxpayers paying for new stadiums just sound very uneducated and obviously don't know anything about economics. It doesn't matter if you're a fan of the team the stadium is being built for. I live in Indianapolis. I am NOT a Colts fan, but I strongly agree with the city helping to pay for Lucas Oil Stadium. The stadium hosts much more than just Colts games. We had the Final Four last year, the Super Bowl (if there still is one) next year, and it hosts other events like concerts and monster truck rallies. The effect on taxpayers was a 2% increase on the food and beverage sales tax. Not a big deal, especially considering how much it helps our local economy. It doesn't just create jobs for the people who work in the stadium, it gives restaurants and bars more business, which creates jobs. A brand new hotel was just built dowtown to prepare for the Super Bowl. The hotel itself will bring in plenty of jobs. Without help from the city, the team would have been pursuaded by other cities to build a new stadium elsewhere. That would have had a devastating effect on the economy, especially considering how much the Pacers struggle to get people to their games.



Since: Jan 1, 2007
Posted on: April 4, 2011 5:20 am
 

Vikings stadium bill could be on the way

Well since you are too dumb and stupid to figure it out for yourself. I mean, it just involvings scrolling and clicking a button, but I guess you wouldn't know how to do a simple thing like that.

Every city in America that wants to host a major sports team should budget for a new stadium every 20 years. They should either have an ongoing lottery, sales tax, or venue usage fee that would raise around $40,000,000 per year. At a conservative return of 2.5%, that would net the state over $1 Billion every 20 years.

In terms of a venue fee, consider 20,000 spectators per event and 300 events per year. That works out to about $7 per ticket. Over 20 years, that would raise $1 billion.

Of course the issue would be guarding the new stadium $$ from being misappropriated by the state for non-stadium uses, but that's an entirely different problem.
TOMCat, a Vikings fan, happened to post before you, so as usual, your old ass assumes that any body who says something after your post must be talking to you. At least this time, you didn't crawl in a hole and wait for the thread to die to make yourself look like an ass.

Funny how a Bills fan calls out a Packers fan and a Jets fan considering your team has done jack since, well since you let Wycheck and Dyson pull off history. Go get your tape of Super Bowl XXVII, get your bottle of Jack, and drink your sorrows away.

You get frustrated awful easy there, Skippy.



Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2011 8:56 pm
 

Vikings stadium bill could be on the way

I don’t think any tax payer’s money should go toward the building of any sport facility for any pro team. If a pro owner fells the need to have a new state of the art sport facility then let him fork over the money to purchase the land as well as build the arena or stadium he would want to build.<br /> <br /> For the taxpayers to build a stadium the city council would have to condemn property and take it from current homeowners through eminent domain. The homeowners are not gonna be from the affluent families, so you know who will have to find another house. Most would have paid the mortgage down so they can retire. They can not find another property for what the city will want to pay them. The city is gonna have the house appraised for what it is worth currently. This is less than what the home owner has to pay for another house of comparable value. <br /> <br /> After the city amass all the property they will then give the team owner a 99year lease for a dollar.<br />   <br /> In 5-6 years this same owner would want another state of the art sport facility built and the black mail start all over again. “Build me a stadium or I will move the team to another city that will.” If the stadium is built with tax payers money and it is decided by the team owners to move and break the 20 year lease they signed, then they would hire high priced attorneys to defend their right to break the lease. What does the city have to do? Well in order to protect the city or state interest they also must hire high priced attorneys that the tax payers would have to pay for. Most city attorneys do not possess the required law experience or knowledge to be in the same category of the attorney hired by the owners.  <br /> <br /> Look at Los Angeles, where the voters turned out in mass not to support the building of a sports stadium for a pro football team. This city supported two pro teams very adequately. Now since the citizen voted not to use tax payers money to build a new stadium this so called mecca for a football team has gone without one for over 15-20 years.<br /> <br /> Pro football owners saw no reason to relocate to Los Angeles since there would be no tax payers money to build a football stadium.  <br /> <br /> Most owners do not even reside in the state or city in which they have ownership of a team.<br /> <br /> About using the arena or stadium for other uses the football management would want a percentage of those revenues also.<br /> <br /> These owners pay little of no taxes as you would expect as they hire CPA’s to ensure they pay the lease amount of taxes possible. Also the jobs offered by these teams are the menial sort that require little or no skills. They are gonna bring their sons and other family to run the team. Also their classmates from college will be the attorneys, vice presidents and upper management.<br /> <br /> I see no benefit in the taxpayer paying for building a stadium for any pro team. The tax payer, as always, will eventually get the shaft.<br /> <br /> <br /> <br /> “ONE MAN’S OPINION”<br /> <br />




Since: Jan 2, 2007
Posted on: April 3, 2011 7:18 pm
 

Vikings stadium bill could be on the way

J'fan,

See the absolutely infantile retort to my message from the person I responded to above.  He was responding to me, of course, his moronic style made it necessary to read the context of his message.  That's something we already know that you have a hard time with. (Learned what "vet" means yet?)

I would have a corncob up my azz, too, if I were a Jets fan.  Quit stalking me, loser.




Since: Sep 19, 2008
Posted on: April 3, 2011 5:40 pm
 

Vikings stadium bill could be on the way

I wouldn't brag about being a Bills fan!! Especially with all the SB you have lost!! By the way...can Bill fans sing"Oh Canada?"!!!!HAHA!!


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