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MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The Vikings-Packer rivalry has a storied history 50 years in the making. It’s not too often the two see eye-to-eye especially on game day.
Green Bay fans are joining the pack of purple who want a new stadium in the Twin Cities.
Both fans have, what you’d call, love for their teams. Spencer Barnum points to his Packers tattoo to prove it.
“She’s a dandy. This is team pride right here,” Barnum said.
Equally as strong is their hate for rivals.
“We don’t like each other,” Barnum said.
It’s a rivalry dating back to 1961. However, there’s one thing they do agree on.
“It’s a nice rivalry. I’d actually like to keep ‘em in Minnesota … I mean what’s Sunday without it? That’s what we live for,” Barnum said.
Vikings fans, understandably, agree.
“We have an owner that’s willing to pay for it. We need to come in and make up the difference,” said Vikings fan Peter Krause.
Mandy Berberena brought her 8-month-old son Mason to the game for the first time. Berberena said she hopes this won’t be the first and last game for her little boy.
“I would be crushed to see them leave. We need ‘em here. We need a team in Minnesota,” said Berberena.
The issue is that keeping the team could come with a hefty price tag.
“Our taxes. We just don’t want our taxes to go up,” said fan Jennae Mika.
If it does come down to that, Sen. Amy Koch said on WCCO’s Sunday Morning that she supports putting it to a vote.
“If we do the Arden Hills site and the Ramsey County sales tax is imposed, according to current law, they need to have a referendum, and I would support seeing that referendum on the ballot,” said Koch.
Gov. Mark Dayton is calling for the play by Nov. 23. In the meantime, Cheeseheads and Purple People Eaters should relish the fact that for now, they agree on something.
You won’t be surprised to hear several of the hotels surrounding the Metrodome are full and count on this money year to year. They told WCCO they are concerned about a move, even if it’s just to Arden Hills.