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Vikings stadium bill poorly received

Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:04 am
Posted by Andy Benoit

On Friday we wrote that the Vikings stadium bill was about to be presented to the Minnesota Legislature. That bill is indeed on the way, though details of the first draft have not been well received.

Kevin Duchschere and Bob Von Sternberg of the Star Tribune write, “Viewed as two important potential local partners on a new Vikings stadium, officials in both the city and county said the bill wasn't structured in a way that would allow them to participate.

Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin called the bill ‘badly timed, badly designed and I hope it comes to a bad end. I wouldn't even start talking to the Vikings until they bring half a billion dollars to the table.’”

Minneapolis mayor R.T. Rybak was upbeat about the bill being introduced but said his city likely could not lead a bid because it was already facing massive state cuts in local government aid.

Ramsey County is interested in building the stadium and could offer up to roughly $300 million in contributions. But the county has made it clear it has not interest in getting into a bidding war with the city of Minneapolis.

The bill leaves the stadium’s location open to bid solicitations. It allows for taxes to help cover the costs, with the Vikings required to pay $1 for every $2 of public money spent. The Vikings would also have to pick up the tab on all overrun costs.

Ted Mondale, chair of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission, has been leading the charge for the new stadium. He called the bill’s structure “sound” and said, "There are some things the Vikings won't like, but I think if they were too happy we wouldn't be doing our job."

But it may be an uphill battle for Mondale and Co. Many Minnesota officials are leery of the massive stadium costs given the state’s $5 billion deficit.

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Vikings stadium bill poorly received

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Posted on: December 5, 2011 10:26 am

Vikings stadium bill poorly received

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Since: Oct 23, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 9:36 pm

Vikings stadium bill poorly received

It's too bad the NFL is a game played by millionaires that requires extensive taxpayer subsidies to carry on their business.

The Vikings won't move to LA until they build a new stadium there.  The Rams and the Raiders agreed that the Memorial Coliseum sucks.  

San Antonio has a nice indoor stadium ready to go.  They could rename the team the San Antonio Stroll.  Here's a possible cheerleader routine: 

Jerry Jones would be glad to share his stadium in Arlington, Texas with a team carrying the name the Fort Worth Steer Wrestlers.

Since: Oct 28, 2006
Posted on: April 5, 2011 7:32 pm

Vikings stadium bill poorly received

L.A. Vikings has a weird sound to it but I'll get used to it. It won't be the black & silver that L.A. really wants but let's see the rap stars flogging the purple.

Since: Nov 20, 2009
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:55 pm

What they're saying in Brainerd

Paul: "So, I hear-tell the Vikings err moo-ving, then?"

Babe: "Oh yah, therr moo-ving. Yah"

Paul: "So, where dya think therr moo-ving to, then?"

Babe: "L.A., I heard. Yah"

Since: Jul 27, 2010
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:54 pm

Vikings stadium bill poorly received

It's true that local businesses may lose the money they gain from football sundays if the vikings leave, but then it's also true that they, in some way, would be losing money paying taxes that go toward the new stadium. With a huge deficit, I would not be surprised if large budget cuts affect businesses also, and especially so if the state tacks on 500,000,000 for a new stadium. The team has no history of winning, royally messed up a really good chance at a SB the last 2 years and will have a tough NFC north from the looks of it for a few years. I am from MN and know people would be devastated if the team left, but then again, they struggled to sell-out their last playoff game and have no future QB currently on the roster. This is horrible timing to propose such a building with bad economy, dissappointing season, not the best outlook for next season and budget defecits. I would be surprised if this gets accepted by anyone.

Since: Mar 18, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:18 pm

Vikings stadium bill poorly received

I actually agree with the stadium sharing idea. I live in Indianapolis, where there is no big football program nearby that would be able to share with the Colts, so I was all for the city helping to build the new stadium because it gets us events like the Final Four and the Super Bowl. It seems like sharing stadiums works pretty well for the cities that do it.

Since: Dec 1, 2008
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:10 pm

Vikings stadium bill poorly received


but the people of Minnesota have to realize they will be struggling much worse if the Vikings leave.

Hows that?

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Since: Jan 5, 2011
Posted on: April 5, 2011 12:08 pm

Vikings stadium bill poorly received


Have you ever been to Minnesota? Most of the people do not do that, I wish they did maybe we wouldn't have so much traffic. I would say just as many people from you Packer land gouth for the winter as Minnesotans.

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