Thread: Are Minnesotans Hypocrites?
11-03-2011, 07:31 AM #11Target Field was funded by a Hennepin Count sales Tax
TCF Bank Stadium was funded by the state paying 40 percent of the cost
The Vikings have wanted to build a new stadium way back when McCombs owned the team & it hasn't been passed.
So when do you feel this recession started?
Why has no one told LA, who has 2 different stadium options in the works, about the recession?
"If at first you don't succeed, parachuting is not for you"
The Vikings were still under a lease during that time and still are. As far as I remember the Twins stayed at the dome for over a decade AFTER their lease expired before they got their new deal done and I don't know for sure but I believe the gophers lease had also expired.
11-03-2011, 09:55 AM #13
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First of all, the Twins did not play in the dome over a decade after their lease expired. It expired in 2002, and they were on a year to year lease after that. In January of 2005, despite signing another extended lease to avoid contraction, the Twins took the state of Minnesota to court to get out of the lease. The district court ruled that the Twins lease was effectively expired after 2005. So at most they played with a yearly lease for three years, and after suing the state they played without a lease for four more (three of which were AFTER the Target field bill had been passed in May of 2006). Also, to add to that, the Polad family funded a study in the early 2000's that showed that there was not a market for a baseball team, and they could not profit from a move. Hardly heroic - they stayed because they had nowhere to go and even sued the state to make sure that they could go the second something became available. The Vikings have already stated that they will sign a yearly lease as long as there is a plan for a new stadium.
I don't know if the gophers lease had expired or not, but it isn't like they could go anywhere else.
The Vikings CAN go somewhere else. There IS a market for it. And they have waited and watched while the other two tenants of the metrodome got new stadiums. Now personally I think it is stupid that the gophers and Vikings aren't sharing a stadium, but that again is on the state. They refused to build TCF to NFL standards, making it impossible for the Vikings to play there on a permanent basis.
The state told the Vikings to pay for the stadium feasibility studies. They have done that, three times. The state told the Vikings to find a local partner. They have done that, twice. The state told the Vikings to come up with a funding plan. Two have been offered by the Vikings. Three more have been offered by legislators who support the Vikings stadium push. And nothing has been done.
I truly hope the Vikings don't move, but if they do then I put 100% of the blame on the state legislature. Even if the Vikings don't move, the longer they put this off the higher the construction cost is going to be.
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11-03-2011, 06:42 PM #14
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11-03-2011, 07:14 PM #16
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Coming from a European perspective this is difficult for me. Looking at soccer teams if they want a new stadium they have to pay for it all themselves, there is no way local people would allow public money to be used here, it would never happen. Most cities have multiple teams, with different supporters and with the season being longer, sometimes 30 plus home games there is more opportunity to recoup the money, as well as sponsorship and TV cash.
And that brings up the other big difference between US vs European sports teams, the franchise system. Yes overall it's fairer with the wealth and players being distributed evenly, therefore meaning a more competitive league. Look at most European soccer leagues, nearly every one is a two or three horse race and these teams have been at the top for decades. BUT the one big drawback is your local team can be moved elsewhere, this is basically unacceptable here. Maybe it's because of the long history with most teams going back over 100 years. But any time a club has been either talked about being moved or even merged with another, there is only hostility from both sides, the new team would be playing to a very small crowd indeed.
So it's probably for that reason that I (someone who has never set foot in Minnesota) hopes the Vikings never leave the state.
The twins lease expired and then they extended it for a number of years until the new deal was struck.
The Gophers: I found n information on whether they has a lease at one time but there is nothing I could find that would say they left before any lease had expired.
The Vikings- While it is certainly possible they could leave, IMHO there is as much of a chance that they would end up like the Twins and not have a better location if the lease came up. While everyone is slobbering over the LA site, nothing there has been finalized and I am not sure anyone is going to buy the team and move it to Cali unless they have a finalized stadium deal in place because they could be in much the same situation there as they were here. Couple that with the notion that Jacksonville cannot sell out a home game, SanDiego wants a new stadium and Oakland is also in flux there very well be a more attractive option to a buyer than the Vikings. The Jaguars are valued at 50 million less than the Vikings and both Cali teams would be an easier relocation prospect.
Now, I am in no way guaranteeing that they won't leave and they very well might, but then again it isn't a slam dunk just like the Twins leaving wasn't when the hype was flying.
All that said I still believe we will see a special session and a stadium bill passed before December.