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    Legislature holds public hearing to discuss stadium

    Just got this from Minnesota Momentum:

    The legislature is holding a public hearing this Friday, March 17, at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the plan to build Northern Lights – Minnesota’s Sports, Retail & Entertainment Center. The hearing will be conducted by the House Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs Committee.

    The purpose of the public hearing is for legislators to gather information about the plan to build Northern Lights, which will resolve the Vikings stadium issue and boost our state’s economy with $1 billion in private investment. This is an important initial step in the process of getting the Northern Lights plan passed by the legislature.

    You can show your support by attending the hearing.

    Details:


    Friday, March 17, 10:00 a.m.

    State Office Building, Room 5

    Corner of MLK Blvd. and Aurora Ave.

    (adjacent to the State Capital)

    St. Paul, MN


    We hope you can make it!


    If you haven’t already received an email about contacting your legislator prior to the hearing, it probably means your representative is not on the committee. But you can still contact your legislator at any time and let them know you support the plan to build Northern Lights. Just click here to find your legislator’s contact information.


    And be sure to let your friends know about Minnesota Momentum. Click here to use the convenient “Tell a Friend” email tool.


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    Re: Legislature holds public hearing to discuss stadium

    There are things moving on many fronts in the new era. Hold onto your hats, we're in for a fun ride.

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    Re: Legislature holds public hearing to discuss stadium

    I am so excited that it is moving forward, people don't know how much this would help the economy


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    Re: Legislature holds public hearing to discuss stadium

    Man I would love to be there, even if i am not a resident. Think it would make a statement if someone from out of state drove the 3+ hours to the Twin Cities, ate at the local restaurants, and spent the night in a local hotel... you know, just like I do for EVERY Vikings game? I hope they take into account the money from out of state fans like myself when they are trying to measure the economic impact.
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    i think the only reason this is happening is because the government is finally seeing the impact the stadium would have on the state. they are gonna make back more money than they put into it so i think they should go through with it.
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    Re: Legislature holds public hearing to discuss stadium

    "NodakPaul" wrote:
    Just got this from Minnesota Momentum:

    The legislature is holding a public hearing this Friday, March 17, at 10:00 a.m. to discuss the plan to build Northern Lights – Minnesota’s Sports, Retail & Entertainment Center. The hearing will be conducted by the House Governmental Operations and Veterans Affairs Committee.

    The purpose of the public hearing is for legislators to gather information about the plan to build Northern Lights, which will resolve the Vikings stadium issue and boost our state’s economy with $1 billion in private investment. This is an important initial step in the process of getting the Northern Lights plan passed by the legislature.

    You can show your support by attending the hearing.

    Details:


    Friday, March 17, 10:00 a.m.

    State Office Building, Room 5

    Corner of MLK Blvd. and Aurora Ave.

    (adjacent to the State Capital)

    St. Paul, MN


    We hope you can make it!


    If you haven’t already received an email about contacting your legislator prior to the hearing, it probably means your representative is not on the committee. But you can still contact your legislator at any time and let them know you support the plan to build Northern Lights. Just click here to find your legislator’s contact information.


    And be sure to let your friends know about Minnesota Momentum. Click here to use the convenient “Tell a Friend” email tool.


    Thanks!
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    Re: Legislature holds public hearing to discuss stadium

    This story is in the Tribune
    [size=18px]Vikings stadium plan aired at Capitol[/size]
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    The football season has been over for nearly two months, but a few Vikings fans pulled out their purple jerseys Friday for a hearing at the state Capitol.

    A House committee reviewed the team's proposal for a $1.5 billion-dollar football stadium and retail and entertainment complex in Anoka County — a plan the Legislature must approve if it's to go forward.

    No vote was taken Friday, but officials from the team and Anoka County, and some hardcore fans, urged state lawmakers to get behind it.

    "I don't think it's a question of, 'Should we spend the money?"' said David Willard, decked out in a Vikings cap and sweat shirt. "It should be a point of, when do we drop a shovel in the ground and start doing it?"

    The Vikings are touting a $675 million retractable roof stadium with 68,500 seats just off Interstate 35W in Blaine. It would be the anchor of the $1.5 billion Northern Lights Sports, Retail and Entertainment Center, with stores, a hotel and conference center, office and retail developments, and preserved wetlands with a visitor center.

    Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has promised $280 million toward the stadium, as well many of the costs associated with the other developments, for about $1 billion in private investments.

    "Any time you have a quality company willing to invest a billion dollars in our state, we should find a way to help them out," said Rep. Andy Westerberg, R-Blaine, chief sponsor of the Vikings bill. "It's simply good common sense."

    Anoka County would also pony up $280 million through a three-quarters of a percent sales tax increase, about 75 cents per $100. The Anoka County Commission has already approved it, but the Legislature must authorize it before it can be levied.

    The state would also provide $115 million through construction bonds.

    Supporters say the new stadium complex would be more than just a windfall for the Vikings, as some opponents have claimed. They also predict an economic explosion in the northern suburbs of the Twin Cities.

    "How do people think of Anoka County?" asked Larry Spooner, a Vikings fan who lives in the county. "For most people, it's a drive-thru on the way to the cabin. This is going to turn it into a drive-to community, no doubt about it."

    But opponents said the many millions in new revenue the Vikings stand to harvest need to be considered, and that lawmakers should pressure the team to up its own contribution.

    "This is going to be a bonanza for them," said James Hafner, who also lives in Anoka County. He urged lawmakers to consider a fee on the team's advertising and TV revenue that would allow the proposed county sales tax to be cut at least in half.


    Rep. Kathy Tingelstad, chairwoman of the House Government Operations Committee, said a committee vote on the project could come in the next few weeks. But legislative leaders continue to say that proposed new stadiums for the University of Minnesota Gophers and the Minnesota Twins are higher priorities this year.

    "I still feel like three stadiums in one session is a bigger bite than many are willing to take," said House Speaker Steve Sviggum, a Republican, on Friday.

    I love the section I bolded. "Oh no, a private company cannot make that much money. They need to give the state more." LOL Do they realize how much the state is gonna collect in sales tax alone here???
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    Re: Legislature holds public hearing to discuss stadium

    Don't get me wrong, it all sounds lovely, but there's something that caught me off-guard here.

    "The Vikings are touting a $675 million retractable roof stadium with 68,500 seats"

    Er.. The Metrodome has a capacity of 64,121 when the Vikings play there. And they've sold that out for every game for years. So why only the extra 4,000 seats? I understand the desire for higher revenue streams such as Corporate Boxes and the like, but why not go for 70,000 seats? Why not 75,000? I know I'm being overly simplistic and there are a whole raft of designing and planning decisions that would have to be made regarding the seating.. But I have to admit I'm a tiny-bit disappointed with the fact the Vikes seem to be low-balling (to use a phrase that's doing the rounds on here lately) their own ability to draw fans. Sure, the shops and all that stuff looks great... And I'm sure it will be fantastic. But I would say let's try and not forget the primary reason people, especially from out-of-county or even out-of-State, are going to be there: the Vikings!

    Just to put this in perspective, and to make sure I don't look like a naive whining idiot, there's a stadium in Britain that has a retractable roof and is used for football, which has a pitch about 50 sqaure yards bigger than an NFL field.

    The capacity?

    74,500.

    [size=24px]AND IT'S IN WALES!![/size]

    The new Wembley Stadium in London: England's national stadium, will have a retractable roof.

    The capacity?

    90,000.

    I just realised how long this post is; so I'll get back to the point. England is crowded with big stadiums, Old Trafford, St James's Park, City of Manchester Stadium, Millenium Stadium, Wembley, Ashburton Grove (under construction), all of these are over 60,000 capacity and are in a country a tenth of the size of the States. If we can support all these huge clubs and stadiums, why can the Vikes not push the boat out (to use a phrase I like using :grin and up the stadium capacity?

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    Re: Legislature holds public hearing to discuss stadium

    Take off the dang retractable roof and use the money to make it bigger. What the heck do they think they need the retractable roof for anyway?

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    "UffDaVikes" wrote:
    Take off the dang retractable roof and use the money to make it bigger. What the heck do they think they need the retractable roof for anyway?
    If we want to ever host a superbowl we better have a roof on it otherwise we wont ever see a superbowl in minnesota again. But it would be nice to see them make it bigger and still have the retractable roof.

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