Vikings Fans Weigh In On Stadium Locations

By Reg Chapman, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The city of Minneapolis laid out its plans Monday to keep the Minnesota Vikings in downtown Minneapolis.

The city’s mayor calls the plan the game changer.

“Our governor has called for a people’s stadium. We believe this is a people’s solution,” said Minneapolis Mayor R. T. Rybak. “This is going to do for football what we think Camden Yard did for baseball.”

City leaders said they would pay for a state-of-the-art stadium, which will be built on the Metrodome’s land, using a sales tax, expanded restaurant and liquor taxes, and a $10 parking surcharge.

Despite the enthusiasm surrounding the plan, the Vikings didn’t see too excited. Moreover, Ramsey County told WCCO-TV that it was close to sealing its stadium deal with the Vikings.

Now that there seems to be two viable stadium plans on the table, fans are speaking out about where they think the stadium should go.

Vikings fans WCCO-TV spoke with talked pros and cons about both stadiums and also talked about what which one would give the most memorable Vikings experience.

“The good point about Arden Hills is you got a lot of room and a lot of development could be made in the area; the bad thing about Arden Hills is it is away from the majority of the population,” said Vikings fan Chris Mochinski.

Mochinski also said that he thinks that, in the end, the stadium should stay in Minneapolis.

Contrary to Mochinski, some fans say that the room available in Arden Hills (a possible 25,000 parking spaces) would make for prime tailgating real estate.

Also, Arden Hills may open up the franchise to more of the state.

Still, many fans would miss the infrastructure that could get them downtown, such as the light rail and buses.

In the end, most of the people WCCO-TV spoke with wanted the stadium to be in Minneapolis, but true purple and gold fans, like Eric Grauvilardell, say that as long as the Vikings stay in Minnesota they will come.

“I feel like fans are going to find the way to get to the game no matter where it is,” Grauvilardell said.

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  1. mark says:

    stupid move if they stay in downtown-the traffic and parking have been a nightmare for 30 years-back at the Met-tailgaiting was a feature on NFL films-we made it what it is today-people forget easily-i remember my dad taking me-some of the best memories of my life-the Twins SHOULD be downtown-the Vikings should NOT

    1. Winning! says:

      I say the Vikings play 4 games each season at the TCF Bank, and 4 games each season at the Metrodome. Forget about a new stadium for Ziggy.

      1. Cindy says:

        I say they go to California – oh, wait, they have budget issues too. What do you suppose the liklihood of the TAX payers coughing up cash for them there? Bye!

  2. ron says:

    MARK YOU ARE WRONG AND WILL TELL YOU WHY.
    FIRST OF ALL THE LAND IS PAID FOR AND THE LIGHT RAIL WAS BUILT MAINLY FOR ACCESS TO DOWNTOWN MINNEAPOLIS AND THE BALL PARK AND NOW THEY ARE EXTENDING THE LIGHT RAIL INTO SAINT PAUL.

    IT WILL COST THE TAX PAYERS FOR NEW ROADS TO BE BUILT IF THE VIKINGS MOVE TO ANOKA AND ZIGA SURE IS NOT GOING TO PAY A HUNDRED MILLION TO HAVE NEW ROAD BUILT YOU CAN BET ON THAT.
    MOST FANS COME FROM THE TWINS CITY AREA SO WHY MOVE

    ZIGY JUST WANTS TO BUILD MORE MOTELS AND SHOPPING MALLS WHICH WE DO NOT NEED SO HE CAN LINE HIS POCKETS I AM SURE OF THAT..

    RON

    1. Caps Lock says:

      Ron, there’s a key on the left side of your keyboard called “caps lock”. Use it please.

      PS – Public money will be used, so get used to it.. you’re mindless rant on here will go no where.

      1. v says:

        To refer to someone else as “mindless” while, in the same comment, using the incorrect usage of (what should be) “your”, then following it up by breaking up (what should be) “nowhere” is both ironic and hilarious. Thanks for the laugh.

  3. Bill says:

    I feel like my head gonna bust open!

  4. Pavel says:

    Keep it downtown where all the infrastructure is and forget spending millions on freeways in a far-away corner of the metro. Put an amusement park or something else in Arden Hills.

  5. Mark from mntaxwaste.com says:

    Not one dime of tax money!!!

    1. Ebenezer says:

      ok Mark, since you say so, they won’t use our money. case closed.

    2. c says:

      Do you have the same views when it comes to state parks, lakes, parks, hockey rinks, tennis courts, dog parks and airports?

  6. Joan says:

    Keep the stadium downtown Please, I don’t want it in my back yard. I like my nice quit community, I wish we had a chance to vote or decide wether the stadium come to Arden Hills, Mounds View area.

    1. JOSH says:

      IF YOU HAVE A HOUSE IN THAT AREA YOU ARE THE ONE WHO IS GOING TO BENEFIT FROM IT! THE LAND VALUE WILL SKY ROCKET OVER THERE! YOU SHOULD BE HAPPY! UNLESS YOU LIVE IN THE TRAILER PARK ACROSS THE HIGHWAY FROM THE PROPOSED SITE! AT LEAST YOU CAN MOVE THEM EASILY!

      1. Joan Walton says:

        Values will go up yes, and so will taxes and Homeowners, and auto insurance.

  7. Arne says:

    So, what going to happen to that brand new $18 million roof currently being installed if the Metrodome istorn down? What a was! Given all the Metrodome is used for, it should be saved.

    1. A-fan says:

      Our high schools will use the facility for their sports, next season will be played in the Metrodome for the Vikes. The lease will end, the Metropolitan Sports Commission will charge the Vikings a huge fee for playing in the arena for the next 2 years while the new stadium is completed without a lease.

      Its fairly simple. I would not tear down the Dome, its a landmark. It has plenty of use still. Just not for the Vikings.

      Rollerblading, Concerts, Intramural leagues and more.

  8. No tax money for you says:

    Move the Vikings out of Minnesota. They are 50 year losers anyway.

  9. hmm says:

    I say build it in Las Angeles.

  10. stace34 says:

    The added cost of cleaning up the Arden Hills sight and building the infastructure needed to support the standium are too much. It won’t be the Vikings or even jsut Ramsey county that pay for the infastructure it will be all of the state. The infastructure is already in place at the Dome. Yes it will take a few years to build, but in the end the cost will be lower and the staduim will be beautiful.

  11. Doug Turner says:

    wow – $10 surhcarge on parking … and new taxes – yup that will fix everything…Lets just call minneapolis – “New Detroit”….

    This is not a “peoples solution” … The average joe cant afford going to a game anymore…its a joke.

    Hey mayor – how about reducing taxes and growing JOBS? We know that IS a real peoples solution – that works.!1!

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    1. Ike Turner says:

      so how can you lower taxes when you let millions of dollars in tax revenue exit the city to LA? Seems to me they will have to make up that lost revenue in other ways by still raising taxes..

  12. Let Them Go says:

    Let them move to LA, not one cent should go to build a stadium. They can’t raise taxes on the rich but they sure can raise taxes on the poor to support a stadium, that is how the GOP thinks with their heads up their you know what.

    1. Junk says:

      I believe the main man behind this is Mark Dayton a Democrat… NOT the GOP.

  13. JPR says:

    The location should be the area to the southeast of the Mall of America. There are open parking lots and old buildings that could be torn down to make more room, light rail service is already there, hotels, highway access, shopping and the airport are already close by. The stadium could be built into the bluff with windows facing the river valley. You could walk into the stadium between levels like in the St. Louis baseball stadium. It could be the most beautiful stadium for footbal in the US. Besides, from what I have read, the majority of the season ticket holders are from the south side of the cities. Moving the stadium to Arden Hills will lose season ticket holders, cost more money and be an overwhelming poor decision.

    Unless you are Ziggy Wilf and get the development rights to all the land surrounding the Arden Hills site!

    1. Say anything as fact says:

      What? Those who live in the south metro will not continue to be season ticket holders? You are kidding right? I heard that those who don’t like city names that contain two or more words refuse to walk the ground of that city and they are those who go to the games most often. So this decision to move the stadium to Arden Hills will cause an empty stadium causing the Vikings to lose millions and billions simply because they did not understand the facts that they should stayu in a city named with one word rather than two.

  14. LH says:

    How long will it take for the “millions of dollars in tax revenue” to repay the approximate 600 million dollars of debt that the county and state will assume. ( and 600 million is only the starting point )

  15. JOSH says:

    I WISH PEOPLE WOULD QUIT COMPLAINING ABOUT HOW TO PAY FOR A MONEY MAKER FOR THE STATE! THAT STADIUM CAN BE USED ALL YEAR LONG! ARDEN HILLS IS NOT FAR FROM EITHER CITY! I BET THEY WILL RUN THE LIGHT RAIL THRU THERE EVENTUALLY! ITS A WIN FOR VIKINGS/MN

  16. Arden Hills is perfect says:

    The traffic in DT Mpls for both the Twins and Vikings was horrible. There wasn’t much to do near the stadium. I have been to Dallas games and it is nice to go to a game out away from the downtown area. The room around the stadiums had much to do within walking distance. Tailgating was a big plus. Sure Mpls. has more people, yet I don’t understand why that has anything to do with where they put the stadium. I like the Arden Hills site.

  17. KEVIN says:

    BUILD THE STADIUM WITH NON-UNION LABOR.

  18. Melanie says:

    I don’t know if you all noticed but that couple in the video was quite attractive. just saying.

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