Being 1 of 2 MN Vikings Fans on the on-air staff, I figured I'd post this.
There have been rumors going around that the Vikings were going to leave Minnesota and move to Los Angeles, because they couldn't get a new stadium to replace the toilet bowl known as the Metrodome.
Well, big news today: The Vikings are staying for 30 Years as they finally worked out a new stadium deal.
Vikings fans are obviously HAPPY....
My question is: is this GOOD news or BAD news for Packers fans??? I know most Packers fans HATE the Vikings...but wouldn't those same people miss the rivalry between the two that has been so competitive over the years?
I would say that it's GOOD for Packers fans (and for the NFL), but I might be a bit biased...let me know your thoughts by commenting below...
(Below is from a news article posted at VIKINGS.COM if you'd like to read more)
– The site is located adjacent to the current Metrodome site, and construction of the new stadium could be structured in a way that the Vikings would have to play just 1 season at TCF Bank Stadium. The new fixed-roof stadium will be 70% larger than the current Metrodome and will include modern fan amenities that will provide a first-class game-day environment for fans.
– The stadium will be a multi-purpose facility that will be open year-round to host events such as, but not limited to, NCAA Final Fours, trade shows and conventions, high school and college sporting events, cultural celebrations and other entertainment events.
– There will be 2,500 parking spaces adjacent to the stadium.
– Total projected cost of the entire project is $975 million, and the Vikings will pay for 50.6% of those costs. That total includes $427 million in up-front costs and $327.1 million in operating costs and capital expenses.
– The State of Minnesota’s contribution will be 26.7% ($398M) and the City of Minneapolis’s contribution will be 22.7% ($338.7M). Most importantly, in my opinion at least, is that no new taxes will be required in Minneapolis or statewide to pay for the stadium. That is to say, no taxpayer dollars will be taken from the state’s general fund.
– The Vikings will sign a 30-year lease to play in the new stadium, ensuring that the team remains an asset to the state for generations.