Please tell me I'm wrong, but does it seem to anyone else like Wilf and Co. are making only a half a$$ed effort to get this stadium deal done?......
For some reason, I have a bad feeling about the whole thing.... :(
I think you're totally wrong.
Wilf stepped into a situation where there were agreements in place with Blaine and Anoka County.
He turned that into a plan for a stadium and commercial development where he personally would have invested one BILLLION dollars.
He managed to get that proposal farther in the state legislature than Red McCombs ever did, in a year when two other stadiums were also in play.
After that initiative stalled for 2006, factors popped up with the Anoka situation (wetlands, property owners wanting more money, roof, etc.) which made it clear to the Wilfs that other alternatives should be explored.
And so they reached out to the Metropolitan Sports Commission and now the MSC is making plans, doing studies and preparing a proposal which could go to the legislature this year.
The Vikings also reached out to the Star-Tribune company about land surrounding the stadium site.
Meanwhile, the Wilf family, who are football fans who understand the connection a team has to the area where it lives, have said all the right things about keeping the team here.
It is only outside speculative sources who have pondered moves to LA because they are searching for something to write.
So, yes, I think you're wrong and the Vikings will be playing here for years and years to come.