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Vikings still on track not to move to L.A.

Posted on: August 10, 2011 9:22 pm
 
Farmer's FieldPosted by Josh Katzowitz

While meeting Tuesday, the Los Angeles City Council voted 12-0 to approve a new $1.5 billion downtown stadium. Which was an unsurprising step, yet a step that makes the realization of football in L.A. a little bit closer (not to mention, the loss of one of the NFL’s 32 current franchises).

Which means if you’re a fan of those five teams that supposedly were talking to the AEG group -- that was the Chargers, the Jaguars, the Raiders, the Vikings and the Rams -- perhaps you’re freaking out a bit at this news.

Well, Minnesota owner Zygi Wilf is here to ease your mind if you follow the Vikings. Wilf said Wednesday, via the Minneapolis Star Tribune, that a new stadium in the Minneapolis area has “momentum.”

Which should be nice to hear for Vikings fans, considering the team DID meet with AEG in May to discuss the possibility of moving the team from Minnesota to sunny California.

Wilf talked to reporters today after meeting with nearly 20 Ramsey County officials on the field during morning practice. Wilf also revealed he met last week with Minnesota governor Mark Dayton to continue figuring out how to try to fund the new stadium that will be erected in the Arden Hills area.

The Vikings and L.A.
The problem is the state legislature had a chance to approve a deal during a special session (originally, the deal was the state would put in $300 million, Ramsey County would add $350 million, and the Vikings would pay $407 million -- which would leave the project about $100 million short), and the legislative body failed to do so.

Dayton, though, could call another special session for the fall in order to get a deal done. If that’s the case, the Vikings will almost assuredly stay in Minnesota.

But if not and the Vikings can’t get the funding they need, perhaps they’ll move into the cross-hairs of AEG -- a position currently occupied by the Chargers.

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Since: Dec 2, 2011
Posted on: January 17, 2012 4:29 am
 

Vikings still on track not to move to L.A.



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Since: Nov 22, 2009
Posted on: August 11, 2011 2:47 pm
 

Vikings still on track not to move to L.A.

   I am from Indiana and love the Vikings. I visited the Metrodome a couple years ago and what HOLE! I was anti stadium in Indy till I saw the thing and man is it nice. While in Minnesota I slid on greasy steps as I walked what seemed to be 2 miles down to the florr of the stadium. out of shape people might have had a heartattack trying to get where I sat. Needless to say I was winded! There is only one team going to So. Cal. The St. Louis Rams. Then St. Louis will get a new team...By the way the Chargers were from LA also...



Since: May 11, 2007
Posted on: August 11, 2011 1:18 pm
 

Vikings still on track not to move to L.A.

I still say, if the Jaguars moved to LA, all they`d have to do is change the cat to a car, and that fits right in with the hollywood crowd.



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:56 am
 

Vikings still on track not to move to L.A.

LOL didn't have the upper deck open.  Now that's a new one.  Even in our worst year we still managed to outdraw the Lions and Raiders.

 



Since: Dec 8, 2006
Posted on: August 11, 2011 11:47 am
 

Vikings still on track not to move to L.A.

Let's not let numbers get in the way of a good rant.  We were 24th in attendance last year, ahead of places like  Arizona, Chicago, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Detroit, St. Louis, Tampa Bay, and Oakland.  

Even with the tarps the stadium is 6000 seats larger than Chicago's, so let the tarp thing go.

btw, if you want to go by attendance Oakland is by far the leading candidate.



Since: Jan 29, 2008
Posted on: August 11, 2011 10:57 am
 

Vikings still on track not to move to L.A.

The Vikings have a really solid history in Minnesota, so I would hate to see them leave and break up the division as a Lions fan.  I just don't see it happening, but who knows.  Jacksonville seems to be logical and no offense to Jags fans, but it seems few would be bothered if they left.  I remember a game last year and it seemed they didn't have the upper deck open.  I've been there for the Gator Bowl a few times and it's a nice stadium, but even with a respectable team, the support just isn't there.  Plus you have pro football in the region with the Falcons, Bucs and to a lesser degree, the Dolphins.


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