Vikings Stadium Unlikely At Farmer’s Market Site

By Adam Thomas, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO/AP) — It looks like the Vikings are down to only two potential sites for a new stadium. Hennepin County is no longer interested in being a partner in a stadium development near Target Field.

“It’s not a setback, it’s the elimination of one option,” said Vikings Vice President Lester Bagley.

NewsRadio 830 WCCO’s Adam Thomas Reports

The Farmer’s Market plan included Hennepin County as a partner for the land acquisition and infrastructure improvements.

“Unfortunately we weren’t able to come up with an agreement but we greatly appreciate their efforts,” Bagley said.

Word of Hennepin County’s decision came in a letter from Board Chairman Mike Opat to Gov. Mark Dayton.

Opat spearheaded Hennepin County’s efforts five years ago to pass a sales tax to help build Target Field for the Minnesota Twins.

In his letter to Dayton, Opat says proposed state cuts to Hennepin County Medical Center and social service programs was a factor in his decision to halt further explorations.

The Vikings still have potential partnerships at two other locations. Those sites are in Arden Hills and at the current Metrodome location.

State lawmakers are expected to consider a stadium funding bill before their session ends in a few weeks.

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  1. Brian says:

    We need to keep entertainment strong in this city. If we lose the Vikings we lose a massive source of tax revenue that we’re all going to feel. Minneapolis is soon to be on the verge of tanking financially as we run out of options to meet our staggering debt burdens. Not something I’m excited about as a condo owner downtown.

    At this point I truly hope our leaders re-think their position on the stadium and I’m crossing my fingers for the downtown casino as well. We need innovative ideas for entertainment… we can be the entertainment capital of the midwest — we just need to make the right moves.

    1. marco says:

      Hey, Brian, I don’t feel a thing.

      1. DEREK says:

        THAT’S PROBABLY BECAUSE YOU’RE POOR!

    2. Mpls Resident says:

      Brian, I doubt you live in Minneapolis, there are more than enough entertainment options with or without the Queens. They only play 10-11 home games a year. A focus on prudent spending, removing waste, and eliminated tax loop holes would be better. Minneapolis is driving tax payers out of the city with its ‘staggering’ tax rates. There have been no credible reports that show the Vikings are actually net positive to the economy. The trend in the NFL is to have the league and owners build stadiums. Look at the most greedy, biggest ego owner in the league down in Texas…he built that palace on his own (less road and bridge improvement fees.) If Wilf is really hurting financially then have him open his books. NO TAX DOLLARS FOR A PURPLE PALACE!!!

  2. smart one says:

    If they pay for itself that’s fine. But Minnesotans can’t afford to keep funding new stadiums. The middle class is suffering in minnesota. These athletes make more than enough money, they can take pay cuts to pay for it.

  3. Jon Lindquist says:

    considering two important areas that are good for low income families took paycuts, I would say it was a wise choice to withdraw the site nears the farmer’s market. they can just put the stadium on the old munitions base in arden hills and force ramsey county to improve the roads in that area.

  4. Ron b says:

    the star trib reported it succinctly. Tapayers will be on the hook for a subsidy of $60 a seat for the next thirty years if the hare brained schemes so far proposed ever pass. Vikings can afford to buy their own stadium or like the one given to them. If not HIT THE ROAD JACK!

    When are the dufus politicos going to get a clue and stop subsidizing billioaires to give millionaire players millions of subsidys anually? NOT ONLY NO BUT OH HELL NO!!!!!!!!!!!!

    1. mj5150 says:

      you DO realize that the Vikings annually put $33-$45 MILLION dollars back into the state’s general fund (something they don’t get to borrow from) right?????

      1. Mpls Resident says:

        I put 30K a year in the state’s general fund through income tax, sales tax, gas tax, cable tax/fees, etc….I certainly would be allow to borrow from the state…right?????

        1. Doufus McGee says:

          If your putting 30k into the general fund then I have an idea of what your income is, however your claim is doubtful when you punctuate like a 10th grader. I think your some mad at the world middle class guy who never played a sport in your life.

          1. KS says:

            You criticize his punctuation, yet you cannot use the correct form of “you’re”? Interesting.

          2. Schoeder says:

            If “your” putting….? I think you meant to use “you’re”. Just thought I would point out the error since you were so quick to correct the “10th grade grammar” of the other guy. The guy who didn’t share “your” view……..

    2. Mike D says:

      is that 60 dollars a year or over the entire 30 years? Please be more clear. If it’s just 60 dollars in tax money over the entire 30 years, chances are, you will lose that in your couch cushion over that time.. dufus

      1. MathG says:

        No it is $60 per seat, every single year for 30 years. Get it right!

        1. Ron B says:

          That is actually $60 per seat per GAME!! That is the crock of it!!

  5. Drop Kick says:

    It’s a given, put a new 15 million dollar roof on the dome and then tear it down.
    The same kind of logic they use at the MSP Airport.

    1. Dalek says:

      Insurance paid for the roof.

  6. Richard in Minneapolis says:

    Whereever it goes, make sure it has LOTS of public transit access.

  7. mj5150 says:

    Baseball with it’s possible games on everyday of the week works in downtown-because they benefit from downtown workers & shoppers.
    Football is only played on Sundays (and maybe 1 or 2 Mondays on a good year)
    so downtown is a virtual ghost town-YET traffic & parking are STILL a nightmare!!!
    the stadium needs to be put on a HUGE piece of land for parking and tailgaiting-the only viable place for that is Arden Hills-build the thing RIGHT this time-learn from your mistakes (METRODUMP)

    1. Mike D says:

      No, Sunday home games will have the downtown area lively all weekend. people travel into town just to see these games and end up staying the night before. I was Appleton WI (that’s where visitors stay) the night before a Vikings/Packers game and the downtown area was crazy..and that’s Appleton, not Mpls

  8. Pez says:

    L.A. Vikings……..

  9. NO TAXPAYER MONEY says:

    METRODOME IS GOOD FOR 20 MORE YEARS!!! ARDEN HILLS OR L.A. NO TAX MONEY FOR WILF!!!! metro dome is NEW!!!!! USE IT!!! FREE NO MONEY NEEDED!!!

      1. Get it JJ? says:

        NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!! NO TAXPAYER MONEY!!!

  10. red says:

    sent the Vikings packing we don’t need to be paying for another frickin stadium for these losers

    1. Purple says:

      go get laid red

  11. Harleymanmn says:

    The Arden Hills site is wrong, wrong, wrong. Use the HHH Dome site, the infrastructure is in place with light rail, highways, parking etc. The Vikings are a part of the fabric of our community. Did we not learn anything from the Northstars/Wild fiasco? The Wild is not our team as they have no legacy. Reallity is that we the public either enjoy the facility or suffer thru the poor fan experience of our current staduim, that is until the Vikings move for greener pastures, then we start the whole team search and facility construction over just like the Wild-Xcel center scenario, only then we end up with an expansion team with no MN legacy.

    1. Yamahamanmn says:

      What did we learn from the Northstars leaving? The MN is not an environment for championship teams.

    2. Krissi says:

      And what about all of the other events that take place at the dome? Where do they and the Vikes play/compete/whatever while the new stadioum is built if the dome is no more?

  12. Mike says:

    Face it, this nation revolves around sports. Look at Liriano’s no hitter the other night. It would’ve been all over the cover of the Strib had it not been for the Osama news. Sports gets more banner headlines a year than anything else. The whole sports nation (which is huge) was all focused on MN that night.

  13. Owners & Players Can Pay For The Stadium says:

    Here’s a new location for the Vikings – California!!!

    NO TAXPAYER SUPPORT for another stadium, get it?

    And when did they move the Metrodome? Is that not in Hennepin county any more?

  14. Doug Turner says:

    How about a site in LA? I think that would be better for all minnesotians than forking over hard earned taxpayer money to a billion dollar corporation for its plant and equipment. Do we do this for any other privet entity? Like the vikings even keep this place on the map…..

  15. Chris says:

    Maybe the whole state should impose a modest tax like Hennepin county got stuck with to pay for it. The taxes benefit the state not just Minneapolis. Mpls pays for trafiic and police so there really isnt a net benefit

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