Keeping the Vikings in Minnesota - I support Rep. Hackbarth's plan
I am one of your constituents and wish to wholeheartedly express my support for the stadium funding plan released today by Representative Tom Hackbarth.
As a Vikings season-ticket holder, my personal passion for the Vikings is without question.
I believe that having an NFL team in Minnesota has a positive economic impact on the state as well as having a positive national impact for Minnesota.
The NFL is the premiere sporting league in the United States and having a franchise located in the Twin Cities is prestigious and not something to be taken lightly.
Conversely, losing the Vikings will mark the area, on the national stage, as second-class and a backwater which I do not believe it to be.
This past Monday night, for the Vikings-Packers game, I tailgated with a group that included visitors from Denmark, England, Connecticut, Maryland, North Dakota and many towns and cities in Minnesota itself.
The visitors from England stayed in the area for several days and enjoyed what the Twin Cities have to offer beyond just the football game.
However, they would not have made the trip if not for the Vikings.
The clock is ticking on finding a stadium solution for the Vikings.
The lease for the Vikings at the Dome expires in 2011 and the time is ripe to get a deal done.
An economic recovery is coming (if it has not already begun) and locking in a deal now will save the state money over an 11th-hour solution once (and if) the legislature realizes farther down the road that the Vikings cannot be allowed to leave.
I thank you for your time and consideration of my viewpoint.