Inside The Box: New Stadium For Vikes In 2011?

In the next 30-60 days, the Vikings are promising to unveil a stadium proposal that will include these four things:

  1. A preferred site
  2. The cost
  3. A local partner
  4. Funding options

We’re told the Vikings are looking at 4 different sites – 3 in Minneapolis and another in the suburbs.

So what do you think – do the Vikings need a new stadium? Would you be willing to chip in to help pay for it?

Have your say right here Inside the Box.

  • Wayne

    Of course they need a new stadium. The Twins got one and the dome was a better baseball field than football stadium! If they incorporate user taxes, ownership funding and some tax money I would be for it!

    • Jared

      How was the dome a better baseball stadium? For starters, most the seats pointed toward nothing for baseball. The dome is a football stadium that tried to fit a baseball stadium into it.

      • "No Stadium"

        I have the same question as Jared.

      • Tyler D Erickson

        THE DOME WAS BULT FOR THE VIKES IN THE FIRST PLACE!!!!!!!!!!!!! GET YOUR HISTORY ABOUT THE DOME FIRST BEFORE MAKING STUPID COMMENTS THE DOME HAS OUT LIVED IT’S USE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    • Steve

      If the vikings leave, could the rest of you die hard fans leave with them? Your team, your taxes, your stadium, and you are neither wanted or needed here. GTFO.

      • Sandy

        Wow, sounds like you are the one that needs to get out, this is Vikings land.

      • Matt Metheny

        Steve your face must look like a big FUPA. Why don’t you do us a favor and move to Wisc. One the dome is old and lame. Anyone ever went to use the bathroom with the big lines. Or seen the consession floor flood because the toilets jam. Yummy makes ya want a dome dog then…. second in a bad economy it will build jobs and create more revenue where it is placed. Third they are apart of MN history, not to mention the 50 great yrs of the team when we lost the North Stars it took allmost 2 decades to get hockey back. I feel the communitys should take it as a lesson earned. I cannot believe the Gophers got a new stadium and they only play 6-7 games a yr there. WHERES THE LOVE……

    • bridget

      There will for sure be a new stadium now. To all those who said the dome was good enough? How bad would it have been if the roof collapsed during a game? Dayton wants a new stadium. MN residents will be paying for a new stadium so get used to it!!! Elections have consequences!!!

  • Eric Schrader

    Not only do they need a new stadium, but all the 1000’s of spinoff jobs and income that comes with it make it imperative that our leaders find a way to make this happen. The Vikings are a very important generator of income for our state.

    • Adam Barton

      How do you figure. The Vikings have 10 home events a year. That generates revenue 10 days a year. Not worth 1 billion dollars of tax payer dollars.

  • ook

    Pay for it yourself Vikings, along with your fans but no tax-payer supported stadium. No. No. Never.

  • Nate Tierney

    They take my money anyway. Why not put it twards a new stadium? Just look at Target field!

  • Al Q

    Yes! The Vikings need a new stadium. It should be funded with a new sin tax. Cigarette, Drink tax. A state Viking Lottery or Slot machine gambling tax.

  • Mee

    For all I care they can leave. The Vikings are just a bunch of crybaby’s along with Ziggy and Co.. So long and have a nice year as I will do my best to avoid anything that has to do with the Vikings.

  • Tam

    Why a new stadium for the Vikes, they don’t deserve anything more but the dome. The Vikes are terrible tteam in the NFL hey never bring home the Super Bowl or what so ever. Why spend on something you already got duh?

    • lindsey

      i like your comment!!! they suck and dont deserve it!!!

  • ColdMN

    No way…it would be a waste of money. The team is absolutely horrible and would be better if they were sold to an investor in Los Angeles. Let them play in that dump of a stadium now called MOA Field. What a joke, just like the team.

  • Thomas

    I am not in favor of paying for a new stadium for the Vikings. I dont even like the Vikings. I dont know why they need one or why they deserve one. I say no

  • wayne

    Everything is getting cut. School budgets, fire department budgets, police budgets.
    In light of this, how can anyone even think of using taxpayer dollars for this?
    Let the owners. players, and fans be the only ones that pay for it.

  • Vikings suck!

    A stadium are you kidding me…move the team YESTERDAY! Fans have jumped ship as well as the players! 50 YEARS OF LOSING SAYS ITS ALL!

    • Sue

      If the Vikings want a stadium, they need to pay for it themselves. It is really sick to think about building a stadium when so many people are out of work and our state and nation’s economy is down in the toilet. Ship the Vikings out of here.

  • Cash

    Losing the Vikings would be a guaranteed first class ticket for Minneapolis to become a second class city.

  • FreddieBaby

    The Vikings will move to a city that will make it worth their while if we do not figure out a way to finance a new stadium for them. So it is important that the legislature determine how to move forward on this issue. Building a new stadium will provide many construction jobs that are needed right now. It will also guarantee that the Vikings will continue to play here well into the future. I guarantee you that if we lose the Vikings, Minnesota, and particularly the Metro area, will be viewed as an also-ran. It is important that we do everything in our power to retain them so we continue to be looked at as an important geographic area.

    • "No Stadium"

      Los Angeles lost the Rams years ago. Losing the Rams did not affect their geographical importance.

  • Adam Barton

    There is no way any tax payer dollars should go to this. The Twins at least have 81 home events a year and provide life downtown 81 times a year. The Vikings have 10 events a year, and the two preseason games draw little fan attention. There is no way we should put any tax dollars in a new stadium that only generates revenue 10 days a year.

  • Roach

    Yes, they may need a new stadium…. but has anyone considered these questions?

    1) Will it help the Vikings play any better? (Dallas just built one, it didn’t help the Cowboys this year, did it? so far 3 wins 8 losses)

    2) Wilf and ownership is not losing money, why not ask them for some (if not all) of the money needed? Public funds should not be used!!! Taxpayers shouldnt be burdened with this as Owners get richer…

    3) We all know that a “Lockout” is coming next year in the NFL, what will that do to attendance the next couple of years? Can anyone remember back to the MLB or NHL strikes a few years ago??? It wasn’t pretty and cost both for several years after it was resolved.

    Perhaps it best if we ask more questions before just diving right in to build a stadium (which is not an instant fix).

  • Felipe

    Sure theViikngs need a new stadium. The fans that watch and want the Vikings to stay should support the Vikings. How can me and my family help to keep the Vikings in Minnesota and get that new stasium?

  • Stasino

    Build a Government owned/operated Casino near the new Viking Stadium site (hopefully near Target Field too). Use the profits to pay for the new Stadium and other causes once the Stadium is paid for. This would creat new jobs too!

  • RH

    Regardless if they are good or not, people go to the games, building a new stadium puts money into the economy by creating jobs. If built in the right location, it can have a great impact on the neighboring businesses. Income tax from players, it adds up! Right now is a difficult time financially for the millions to build the stadium, but losing the vikings and the money generated from the organization directly and indirectly would hurt the state a lot more in the long run!

  • MNCrooks

    Let the estates of Petters and Hecker pay for it. Maybe they could have a few more of those sales where they sell their old golf clubs, watches, houses, cars, etc…that might be able to pay for about .025% of a worthless new stadium.

  • Bears123

    Just a quick question…who will all the Vikings fans support once they are sold? The Packers or The Bears??? Oh wait, hopefully neither, because Packers and Bears fans are loyal…we don’t have any room for fairweather fans…

  • bridget

    Dayton has already said he is all for a new stadium. He becomes govenor, it’s a done deal!!!

  • Stasino

    Government Casino to pay for the Stadium!
    New jobs to build it.
    New jobs to staff it.
    Taxes collected from the new pay checks too.!
    Help pay for other causes once the Stadium is paid for.
    Competiton for the Native Casinos and competition is good!


  • Stop Crying

    You people need to wake up…. The Vikings generate millions of dollars in taxes from sales and merchandise. They also pay milions in taxes to this state, from every player and coach.. How businesses go to Mexico or Asia so they can get cheap labor and make billions. Nobody cries about that. User taxes are fine to found it , but a state run casino makes the most sense. The Tribes have been getting fat long enough, a casino would generate money for schools, roads, and what ever else we need. These are businesses that are never gonna leave to another country to avoid taxes or to find the lowest labor rate. I’m so sick of haters, if you don’t like football or sports don’t watch. I don’t use everything that our tax money goes to but I don’t cry about it.

  • Jaquelyn Mack

    Wow, there are no new jobs, my property taxes are going up, my income is not going up. Why do I have to pay for these millionairs to have a new stadium? Will they pay my bills?

    • lindsey

      i love your comment!!! i agree that they should pay for it if they want it, not us!!!

      • Melissa T.

        I agree too. I mean, come on! They’re just looking short-term perspective on a new stadium. The new stadium would be a waste anyway if we got it because if the Vikes don’t end up getting their act together on the field, their gonna get sold.

  • Ruth

    There is nothing wrong with the Dome and the Vikings should be happy with that. NO public money should be spent on any kind of sports venue, but if the Vikings are willing to pay for it, go right ahead.

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