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    Re: Vikes look at other stadium sites?

    I got an Idea,

    We have a very large site in CT that is vacant, it's in East Hartford,CT.....Patriots almost made the move here before they got their new stadium...

    I'de welcome the Vikes here with open arms....

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    Re: Vikes look at other stadium sites?

    Possibly that old site in eden prairie that they wanted to use????

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    Re: Vikes look at other stadium sites?

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    Any location in Minnesota? How about Albert Lea? Or Two Harbors? Warroad?

    If the state can't get it done, the Vikes could have a stadium-casino, financed by a Native American tribe . . . that'd be nice! Gamblin' and football all in one spot!!

    I jest . . . I jest.
    Warroad would be great :shock: The land is cheap compared to the cities.

    In one day I could go fishing, lose my shirt in the casino and watch the Vikes beat the crap out of the Packers. And its closer to home.
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    Re: Vikes look at other stadium sites?

    As long as it is in Minnesota, I could give a rats ass about where it is built. I just want it built! :grin:

    Economically, I think the team still needs to be located in the Twin Cities. Especially if we want a superbowl venue. There is more than just a stadium that goes into hosting the big game. There are minimum hotel requirements, mass and local public transportation requirements, etc...
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    Re: Vikes look at other stadium sites?

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    As long as it is in Minnesota, I could give a rats jiggly butt about where it is built. I just want it built! :grin:
    Purely selfishly - I would like it to be built on the south side of the MN River!

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    Re: Vikes look at other stadium sites?

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    Vikings | Wilf may have to consider upgrading the MetrodomeWed, 24 May 2006 19:22:34 -0700

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf will continue working with Anoka County to see if the 2007 Legislature will approve a county tax to help fund a football stadium and a business development. With construction costs soaring, Wilf said that the cost of building stadiums in the future might be prohibitive. With that said, he is going to explore all possibilities of improving the Metrodome for the fans and try to find ways to improve the revenue for the franchise. It might be a longshot, but maybe in the long run the remodeling of the Metrodome would be a lot cheaper than building a new football stadium.

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    Re: Vikes look at other stadium sites?

    I doubt he would actually go forward with remodeling the metrodome. My guess is he will look into it so that he can go back to the senate and say, "I have tried everything, including remodeling the metrodome. Nothing will work. The only recourse we have is to build a new stadium..."
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    Re: Vikes look at other stadium sites?

    "NodakPaul" wrote:
    I doubt he would actually go forward with remodeling the metrodome. My guess is he will look into it so that he can go back to the senate and say, "I have tried everything, including remodeling the metrodome. Nothing will work. The only recourse we have is to build a new stadium..."
    I think Nodak is right. Everything these guys do, they do because they have a motive, and a reason behind it. Wilf aint a multi-millionaire because he won the lottery. He's smart. Plus, it puts pressure on the county to keep its proposal on the front burner.

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    Re: Vikes look at other stadium sites?

    Here's the whole article from the Tribune and other tidbits:

    Sid Hartman, Star Tribune

    Viking owner Zygi Wilf will continue working with Anoka County to see if the 2007 Legislature will approve a county tax to help fund a football stadium and a business development.

    But with prices for concrete and other construction materials soaring, Wilf said Thursday that the cost of building stadiums in the future might be prohibitive. With that said, he is going to explore all possibilities of improving the Metrodome for the fans and try to find ways to improve the revenue for the franchise.

    He affirmed what Paul Tagliabue said here last week when the NFL commissioner said the costs to build stadiums have increased so much that it might be impossible to build new stadiums for the San Francisco 49ers and a new team in the Los Angeles area.

    So it might be a long shot, but maybe in the long run the remodeling of the Metrodome would be a lot cheaper than building a new football stadium.

    Dennis Afton, the Metrodome's director of operations, said there still are plans for widening the concourses, adding bathrooms and doing other things to modernize the building.

    I want to make it clear that Wilf prefers a new stadium. He is determined to have the Anoka County deal work. But the Vikings are going to play in the Metrodome for at least a few more years. Maybe there is a way to make the building work out.

    With June 2 the date for the final payment for Vikings season tickets, Phil Huebner, director of ticket sales, reports that more than 90 percent of the season tickets have been renewed. The Vikings still have a waiting list of more than 1,500. The Vikings have 230 openings available in the two new Terrace Suites that sell for $4,500 to $4,800. More than 90 percent of those have been sold. The price of those tickets includes food and drinks in the boxes.

    Ex-Gophers wide receiver Aaron Hosack, still on the Vikings roster, finished third in receptions in the NFL Europe league with 36 catches for 473 yards and four touchdowns for the Frankfurt Galaxy. ... Tarvaris Jackson, the Alabama State quarterback drafted in the second round, doesn't believe the fact that he is from a small school has anything to with his ability to eventually play in the NFL "Yeah, if you can play football, you can play football," Jackson said. "It doesn't matter where you're from. It's just about if your game translates to the NFL -- and I feel like my game does.

    "There are big school guys that get a lot of pub or whatever, but they kind of play into the big school-little school thing, saying there's not much competition, but the skill level is pretty much even."

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    Re: Vikes look at other stadium sites?

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    Vikings | Wilf may have to consider upgrading the MetrodomeWed, 24 May 2006 19:22:34 -0700

    Sid Hartman, of the Star Tribune, reports Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf will continue working with Anoka County to see if the 2007 Legislature will approve a county tax to help fund a football stadium and a business development. With construction costs soaring, Wilf said that the cost of building stadiums in the future might be prohibitive. With that said, he is going to explore all possibilities of improving the Metrodome for the fans and try to find ways to improve the revenue for the franchise. It might be a longshot, but maybe in the long run the remodeling of the Metrodome would be a lot cheaper than building a new football stadium.
    I guess this idea could work at a stretch but a few things need to be done. Firstly need the Twins and Gophers out so that any work could be ongoing during off seasons without getting in anyone elses way. I then assume that Wilf would have to purchase the Dome from the MSC, that way it would totally his to do with as he pleases. That way then the Vikes would then have access to ALL money coming in from tickets, suites, concessions etc etc.
    I'm not sure what would be needed in terms of improving the local infrastructure as I tend to walk from a local hotel rather than drive when I attend games.
    Several immediate downsides would exist with this option though
    1. reputation of the Dome - for every fan that likes the place there are at least an equal number that dislike it. This may be due to it being a dome as opposed to open-air but also due to their views on facilities available. These people are likely to still hate the place whatever is done to remodel/upgrade it
    2. lack of tailgating lots/parking - the areas open for tailgating and parking have declined in recent years, even since I started attending games in 2000, and the local area doesn't look to be able to reverse this. This will be even harder in the next few years when the present parking at Rapid Park vanishes under the Twins new ballpark. From what I've seen of the area then the space will not be available to replace this. Not only will this affect Vikes fans but will be a big knock back for any plans to host SuperBowls again in Minnesota.

    Somehow I just can't see the MSC letting go of the Dome to a private owner as they will always be looking for a slice of the action, even though it is long paid for - either that or they will look to sell it at such an overpriced figure that Zygi will tell them where to get off.
    For the architects amongst you - whats the possibility of fitting a retractable roof to the Dome as the structure stands ? is it possible or does it require major structural work ?

    Still this gives us a bit more to speculate on until next year :lol:
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