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    If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to rebuild Dome area

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    [size=18px]If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to help rebuild Dome area[/size]

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    MINNEAPOLIS - Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf said he would like to play some role in the redevelopment of the Metrodome area, if the state Legislature approves his plan to build a $1.6 billion stadium and mixed-use center in Blaine.

    Developed properly, the "outdated" Metrodome and the "renaissance" riverfront area in Minneapolis could be bridged, said Wilf, the New Jersey real estate magnate who bought the Vikings last year.

    "I hope to be an important part of that redevelopment. I have seen that as a potential from Day One. I speak as a developer. It is a great opportunity to create an area there with a mixed-use park system, residential and retail," Wilf said Thursday during a Greater Minneapolis Building Owners & Managers Association luncheon.

    He did not elaborate.

    Wilf hopes the Legislature will approve his plan for a new Vikings stadium in Blaine. Wilf and his business partners say they plan to invest $1 billion in the project, and are seeking nearly $600 million in public money.

    When builders in the audience asked Wilf if the Vikings would remain at the Metrodome under any scenario, Wilf called the facility outdated.

    "I do not envision having to play in the Metrodome," he said.

    Information from: Star Tribune, http://www.startribune.com

    If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to help rebuild Dome area

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    Re: If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to rebuild Dome are

    "I do not envision having to play in the metrodome."

    Sounds kinda like a threat...or maybe i'm just reading it wrong.
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    Re: If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to rebuild Dome area

    The Vikes have to play in the Metrodome until the 2011, if we do not have a new stadium under construction by then the Vikes will leave Minnesota.
    What we've got here is failure to communicate.

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    Re: If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to rebuild Dome are

    "I do not envision having to play in the metrodome."

    Sounds kinda like a threat...or maybe i'm just reading it wrong.
    I think he's just trying to put a positive spin on being in the new stadium.
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    Re: If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to rebuild Dome area

    I don't care if they turn the old dome into a brothel, just build a damn stadium!

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    Re: If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to rebuild Dome area

    I like his style

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    Re: If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to rebuild Dome are

    "C-PepNSalt" wrote:
    "I do not envision having to play in the metrodome."

    Sounds kinda like a threat...or maybe i'm just reading it wrong.
    Its not a threat. Its just a strong statement that he does want the stadium at all cost. He wants it so bad that he does not even see the team playing in the dome (playing in the dome is not an option to him. To him there is only one thing to think about- a new stadium). That to me is a message to those concerned that this needs to be taken with utmost importance.
    A very good statement in my opinion. This is the kind of attitude we lacked from the former management. The laid back attitude of Red and Co. just helped the legislators relegate the stadium talk to the back of the discussion. Wilf does all he can to keep it at the front. Great Job Wilf!

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    Re: If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to rebuild Dome area

    "Ltrey33" wrote:
    I don't care if they turn the old dome into a brothel, just build a gol 'darnit stadium!
    Singer would DEFINITELY have season tickets for THAT!!! :lol:
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    Re: If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to rebuild Dome area

    It wasn't so much as a threat as it was telling it like it is. If he would have said yes I do invision the Vikings playing in the Metrodome if a new stadium doesn't get approved, they would be quicker to turn down his plans for a new stadium.

    Good for Zygi.. I like this guys style. I would hate to see the Vikings leave Minnesota, but Wilf needs to do what is best for his investment. If the people of Minnesota are going to shoot down his plans for a new stadium, then if leaving Minnesota and putting his team somewhere else where it will have better revenue, then he needs to do just that. All I know is if they are ever forced to leave Minnesota, I will still cheer for them wherever they end up, and whatever their name may be..

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    Re: If Vikes get new stadium, Wilf hopes to rebuild Dome area

    You don't say right away your going to move the team if you don't get a new stadium, it just makes it harder to get the new one.

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