Vikings have now doubled their win total!
The Minnesota American Indian movement announced Wednesday it’s planning a march downtown Thursday before the Vikings play the Washington Redskins at the Metrodome. The group also took legal action Wednesday, petitioning the state to look at stopping funding for the new Vikings stadium if the word “Redskins” is going to be used there.
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The public authority in charge of the new Minnesota Vikings stadium is tying up loose ends before construction can get underway next month. The head of the Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority said Friday that the project is “beginning to move at lightning speed” as the mid-November groundbreaking. Next week a key pricing report is due from the lead contractor that could reflect cost pressures on the $975 million stadium. The Vikings must certify their $477 million share for the project by early November. Soon after, the state will sell bonds toward the $477 million public contribution.
Only five home games remain on the Vikings schedule this year. And unless the Vikes go to the playoff, that’s how much time is left for the Metrodome. The Dome will be torn down to make way for the Vikings’ new home. And it’s a very tight timeline between now and 2016, when the Vikes move into their new stadium. Michele Kelm-Helgen, the head of the state commission overseeing new stadium construction, says people shouldn’t expect a dramatic, dusty knockdown in Feb. of 2014.
The Vikings aren’t the only ones affected by the closing of the Metrodome. The Rollerblade Rollerdome has welcomed more than 850,000 in-line skaters since 1990. Saturday was its 24th and final season opener. In the video above, WCCO photojournalist David Porter shows us the fans who are savoring some of their final spins around the stadium.
Dave asks Mike who will start at QB next week for Minnesota.
Cam Newton threw for three touchdown passes and ran for another score, and the Panthers romped past Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings 35-10 on Sunday.
In a place where cheering and rallying are usually heard outside the Metrodome was silent for a candlelight vigil Saturday night. “We just feel really bad about the situation and we want to just support Adrian and his family,” said Megan Tamkey from Minneapolis. Vikings running back Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son died Friday, allegedly from child abuse by his mother’s boyfriend. “I was devastated,” Teddie McKinley from Roseville said. “I couldn’t believe it.”
A candlelight vigil is set for 8 p.m. Saturday outside the Metrodome in honor of Adrian Peterson’s 2-year-old son, who died after allegedly being abused by his mother’s boyfriend, according to Sioux Falls police.
One team that makes the WCCO High School Sports Rally highlights often is South St. Paul. The Packers are unbeaten (6-0), ranked No. 2 in Class 4A, and have a senior class and passing combination that makes the Metrodome the obvious goal.
A long-running dispute over the name of the Washington NFL franchise has flared up in Minnesota, where the construction of a new stadium for the Vikings has provided an entree for American Indian groups and supporters who consider the Redskins name and logo racist.
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Since 2005, the NFL has hosted an International Series by having a regular season game played outside of the United States. The first game in London was played in 2007 when the New York Giants defeated the Miami Dolphins 13-10.
Vikings fans were excited for Sunday’s home opener but not all fans were thrilled with the Metrodome’s new policy on bags in the stadium. Despite several advanced warnings through social media and other venues, many fans didn’t adhere to the bag policy and had to pass through security gates before they could enter the football game.