Discussion Board
Welcome Guest! You can login or register. Login or Register.

Options
Go to last post Go to first unread
Pack93z  
#1 Posted : Sunday, October 26, 2008 4:21:38 PM(UTC)
Maybe those purple seats in the LA stadium plans had some merit, eh.

Seriously.. sign of the economic times.. it will be interesting to see how much impact this downturn has overall on franchises.

http://www.gazetteonline...TS/710259918/1008/sports

Quote:
IOWA CITY Minnesota and its most popular sports franchise are heading for a showdown in which fans could lose either their money or their team.

The Vikings' lease with the Metrodome expires in 2011, meaning the 48-year-old NFL franchise could move after that season. For years, the Vikings have pushed for a new stadium at various Twin Cities sites. That still seems to be the course for Minnesota owner Zygi Wilf, who talked about the stadium issue with The Gazette in August.

"We are working very hard right now toward formulating a plan that would involve the existing site of the Metrodome," Wilf said. "The Metrodome is the center of activity of more than 25 years, and we're trying to find ways to build a facility with the help of the legislature that we all can be proud of."

Minnesota lawmakers have offered to renovate the Metrodome in the past, but Vikings' officials have said that won't be sufficient. The Metrodome generates the NFL's lowest revenue, and the Vikings are a revenue-sharing drain on the NFL.

Since 2000, nearly $900 million was spent on three stadiums or arenas in the Twin Cities.

The Excel Energy Center in St. Paul was completed in 2000 for about $180 million, with $130 million from public sources. The Twins' stadium, which opens in 2010, costs $412 million with $260 million from the public. The Gophers' stadium has a $288.5 million price tag with the public covering $137.2 million.

If the Vikings secure public financing during the 2009 Legislative session, it's likely they will play for at least one season at the 50,000-seat Gophers' stadium.

Cost estimates range from $750 million for an outdoor stadium (preferred by Wilf) to about $1 billion for a stadium with a retractable roof. Many prefer some type of roof so the state can lure Super Bowls and Final Fours, as it has in the past.

The cost of waiting could be dire. The situation resembles the one that developed in Cleveland in the early 1990s when public money was used for a basketball arena for the Cavaliers, a baseball stadium for the Indians and the Rock 'n' Roll Hall of Fame.

The Browns were left with an aging tinderbox and left for Baltimore, sparking a huge public outcry and an eventual expansion team three years later. The NFL has faced similar situations in Los Angeles, Baltimore, Oakland, Houston and St. Louis.

"After so many years of being stalled, the Twins and Gophers got their stadium and ballpark done and we were very happy for them. We were advocating that," Wilf said. "We were told to wait our turn. Maybe it was because we were new owners, but certainly we are waiting our turn.

"I think it's very important, not only for Minnesotans but to fans and the people outside of Minnesota that they realize that ... the Minnesota Vikings are a very important part of the culture and the soul of Minnesotans and fans throughout the U.S. and including fans here in Iowa."
Rss Feed
Users browsing this topic
Guest
Forum Jump
You cannot post new topics in this forum.
You cannot reply to topics in this forum.
You cannot delete your posts in this forum.
You cannot edit your posts in this forum.
You cannot create polls in this forum.
You cannot vote in polls in this forum.

Notification

Icon
Error

Fan Shout
Zero2Cool (10h) : Packers declare Bryan Bulaga, Morgan Burnett, Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery OUT for Week 11
Zero2Cool (13h) : @Gil_Brandt
Zero2Cool (13h) : NFL forced GB to split team on 2 DC-3s on future flights for fear of losing entire franchise.
Zero2Cool (13h) : On this date in 1940, the Packers became first NFL team to travel by plane.
hardrocker950 (17-Nov) : If only I had Antonio Brown too lol
hardrocker950 (17-Nov) : 35 fantasy points between Boswell and Steelers D
Smokey (17-Nov) : 100 Total Correct Pick'em Picks ! Dilly Dilly !
buckeyepackfan (17-Nov) : Bug Ben just did a "dilly dilly" check at the line
Zero2Cool (16-Nov) : Packers worked out former Wisconsin running back Dare Ogunbowale on Wednesday.
beast (16-Nov) : I think Goodson was fast on STs (not (enough)... on defense is a different story
hardrocker950 (16-Nov) : I don't recall him being especially fast
Zero2Cool (16-Nov) : is Demetri Goodson fast?
Zero2Cool (16-Nov) : and Brave browser too
Nonstopdrivel (16-Nov) : This site works beautifully in Firefox Quantum.
Zero2Cool (16-Nov) : Today's Birthdays: Mucky Tundra (33)
Zero2Cool (16-Nov) : Packers hired the best foot doctor. Expect more athletes coming through.
Nonstopdrivel (16-Nov) : Interesting. Why in Green Bay, of all placees?
Zero2Cool (16-Nov) : Giannis antetokounmpo is monster
Zero2Cool (16-Nov) : Richard Sherman has surgery in Green Bay
uffda udfa (16-Nov) : I would.
beast (16-Nov) : We see Goodson about the same
beast (16-Nov) : I agree, I just thought you'd like to lose in the short run to create change to help with the SB run.
uffda udfa (16-Nov) : I want to see a SB. Goodson is inconsistent with that aim.
uffda udfa (16-Nov) : Aaron Rodgers takes snaps in practice from trainer today.
beast (16-Nov) : But you want them to lose... and now you're complaining about players that might help them with that. ;-p
uffda udfa (15-Nov) : Hearing Goodson is coming back is worse than hearing he's still on our roster. Should've been cut years ago.
Zero2Cool (15-Nov) : Demetri Goodson, who tore ACL last November in Washington, practiced first time this fall. #Packers have 3 weeks to activate him from PUP.
Zero2Cool (15-Nov) : Packers > Ravens.
Zero2Cool (15-Nov) : Badgers > Wolverines.
Zero2Cool (15-Nov) : We get to beat two Harbaugh's this weekend.
buckeyepackfan (15-Nov) : So will Ravens be wearing Brown's or Colts uniforms? :)
buckeyepackfan (15-Nov) : Yes and I have Matt Stafford as my starter. I figured I would give someone else a chance
Zero2Cool (15-Nov) : Simon Sinek ... one smart dude.
Zero2Cool (15-Nov) : Packers wearing throwback uniforms this Sunday?
uffda udfa (15-Nov) : No belief in Hot Rod Hundley? Is nerd going to pick him up? Ha ha.
Please sign in to use Fan Shout
2017 Packers Schedule
Sunday, Sep 10 @ 3:25 PM
SEAHAWKS
Sunday, Sep 17 @ 7:30 PM
at Falcons
Sunday, Sep 24 @ 3:25 PM
BENGALS
Thursday, Sep 28 @ 7:25 PM
BEARS
Sunday, Oct 8 @ 3:25 PM
at Cowboys
Sunday, Oct 15 @ 12:00 PM
at Vikings
Sunday, Oct 22 @ 12:00 PM
SAINTS
Sunday, Oct 29 @ 12:00 AM
- BYE -
Monday, Nov 6 @ 7:30 PM
LIONS
Sunday, Nov 12 @ 12:00 PM
at Bears
Sunday, Nov 19 @ 12:00 PM
RAVENS
Sunday, Nov 26 @ 7:30 PM
at Steelers
Sunday, Dec 3 @ 12:00 PM
BUCCANEERS
Sunday, Dec 10 @ 12:00 PM
at Browns
Sunday, Dec 17 @ 12:00 PM
at Panthers
Saturday, Dec 23 @ 7:30 PM
VIKINGS
Sunday, Dec 31 @ 12:00 PM
at Lions
Think About It
Think About It
Recent Topics
3h / Green Bay Packers Talk / Porforis

4h / Green Bay Packers Talk / uffda udfa

7h / Around The NFL / Cheesey

7h / Green Bay Packers Talk / uffda udfa

8h / Green Bay Packers Talk / beast

8h / Green Bay Packers Talk / beast

17-Nov / Green Bay Packers Talk / Smokey

17-Nov / Green Bay Packers Talk / gbguy20

16-Nov / Green Bay Packers Talk / beast

16-Nov / Green Bay Packers Talk / Nonstopdrivel

16-Nov / Green Bay Packers Talk / hardrocker950

16-Nov / Green Bay Packers Talk / uffda udfa

16-Nov / Green Bay Packers Talk / greengold

15-Nov / Community Welcome! / Cheesey

15-Nov / Announcements / Cheesey

Headlines