By Pat Kessler

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell will be in town a couple of weeks for the Vikings-Bears game where he is expected to make a stadium pitch.

Goodell will make the pitch to the Minnesota Business Partnership, which is made up of the CEOs of Minnesota’s largest companies.

The Partnership’s director, Charlie Weaver, told WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler Tuesday that Minnesota cannot afford to lose the Vikings. Weaver also said it has been in constant contact with the NFL on a way to build a new stadium that does not include any state taxes.

The new legislature will meet a couple weeks later on Jan. 3.

WCCO-TV’s Pat Kessler Reports

Comments (48)
  1. Jeff Allen says:

    Get it done already.

  2. mark from says:


    1. SKOL VIKINGS!!! says:

      a week ago you said not a penny…your starting to get on board now aren’t YOU!!!

    2. Lee says:

      Didn’t you say the same thing about Target Field……How did that work for ya. I a feeling you will be upset again. Skol Vikings.

    3. johnnycmoun says:

      Shut up Mark! I pay taxes on everything. Are you going to tell me the State of MN would be economically better if the Vikings moved to LA? Figure it out knothead and add up all the benefits the Vikings bring to this state not including the morality aspect. Well, the morality aspect sometimes could be challenged. But, wake up and get this stadium deal done now before it costs us another half a billion dollars!

  3. Damian says:

    Losing the Minnesota Vikings would be one of the worst things that could happen to the state. I honestly would not want to live here anymore. Obviously it’s better if we don’t need to raise taxes, but for what they bring to our state, it is a great investment. For me, I’d rather see results for my tax money and continue the Minnesota Vikings tradition for future generations. It will cost twice as much when we realize it was a huge mistake and then try to bring another team in.

    1. Tracer says:

      Rotflmao, Pack your bags and get a bus ticket. What don’t you understand about no tax money and no public funds for a multi millionaire owner. Take the money you propose for the stadium and spend it on shelters and food for the homeless who live under bridges. People like you make me want to throw up.

      1. johnnycmoun says:

        Hey Tracer, when is the last time you spent a dollar on the homeless. By the way a new stadium is a little more than a few million dollars. I know some homeless and I’ve helped several out and let me tell you something, some of them don’t want help, you give them shelter and they run back under the bridge. So, why don’t you go down there and talk some sense into them since you have all the answers and since your outside it’s ok to throw-up too! The middle-class tax paying citizens of MN want a stadium so build one…. I hate to be mean but comments like yours justifies it…

  4. Doug says:

    Didn`t the Dallas Cowboys build their own stadium? No tax dollars?

  5. Andrew says:

    All staduims get public financing from either the State, City, or County..

    Arlington put up 325 million from a tax increase to help build the staduim.

  6. Josh says:

    We don’t need the losers, let the felons go to LA

    1. John says:

      Wow, Actualy go watch them. Dont talk about them if you don’t know what you’re talking about,

  7. Keith says:

    Roger, you can build all the stadiums you want anywhere you want. I don’t care. but do it with YOUR OWN MONEY.
    If I choose to go to your new stadium, charge me what you want for tickets and food. But if I choose not to go to your stadium, then don’t charge me for building it.

  8. Mark says:

    If the state doesn’t help out with the Vikings stadium, then they shouldn’t help out with places like The Guthrie and The Ordway. I never go to places like those so why should my tax dollars help with those places?

    1. TheKhanvict says:

      Because places like The Ordway and The Guthrie don’t require a brand new 500 million to 1 billion dollar facility every 10 years.

      1. Lee says:

        The Vikings have been in Minnesota for 50 years if your Math is correct TheKhanvict they would have had 5 Stadiums. Get your Fact straight before you leave stupid comments. The Stadium WILL get built. Get over it.

      2. Bruiser says:

        Hey Lee – 2 ain’t enough? Pay for one them – we don’t care to. Cya

    2. ThomasD says:

      Wow Mark – you are finally seeing the light. They shouldn’t – and it is time to end it all

  9. Fed Up says:

    Wow, so many folks haven’t a clue as to how many jobs and tax dollars having an NFL team brings to your city. All they seem to know is that they don’t care for football so they don’t want tax dollars used. Guess what people? It’s a tax INVESTMENT that will bring dollars into the state.

    1. Bruiser says:

      Another idiot who can’t see the BS through the sales pitch….dummy

  10. Bursville Brave says:

    We need lic. plates with team logo, scratch-off tickets, it’s only scratch-offs, these are only a couple ideas. Let’s get someone on this. They could be sold and leave town, in that case we didn’t deserve them. Our state along with major local companies need to get this done.

  11. Get Stadium Done now says:

    get the F’n Stadium Done. MInneapolis/St paul is large enough to support it… For crying out loud, every game is sold out. This is a no brainer people.

  12. Jake says:

    Bring them to Hawaii………

  13. James says:

    I’ll pay for the first $50 in gas to drive them out of town. Unwanted, unneeded. Go vikings. Really, go, get out of here, asta la buh bye. Don’t need ya. Don’t want ya.

    Funding the NFL, a private business, is no different than suggesting the state of Minnesota should build a billion dollar Mc Donalds Playplace on Big Island, for example. I think if you built a 1 billion dollar Mc Donalds Playplace on Big Island, your return on investment would be much more than a new stadium, attract millions more people, and do more for the state of Minnesota than a new sports stadium ever would. In either case, its not the role of government to pick winners and losers in the private sector and then fund them at the expense of the tax payers. That’s what’s wrong with this country. If you think this will be handled privately without tax payer intervention, then ask yourself why the government would need so much involvement in the first place. Smoke and Mirrors. Hope they lose every game. What’s next, Timberwolves? The Wild? Maybe the St Paul Saints? what’s next? Are we done yet?

    1. johnnycmoun says:

      Your an absolute idiot James! Way to copy and paste into your comment section ripping someone elses goofy theory.

  14. travis says:

    This wouldn’t just be a football stadium, it would be an entertainment complex. It would host a wide array of events year round… everything from final 4 games to monster truck ralles. The money that this stadium would generate is all taxable. The surrounding areas, of whichever site they decide to build on, will experience an economic boom… all taxable. It takes money to make money. BUILD!

  15. stevo says:

    The HHH Metrodome is a fantastic stadium for the Vikings – providing beautiful year-round comfort and protection from the elements. It cost $68,000,000 ($68 million) to build and has already been paid for by the citizens of the State of Minnesota. The HHH Metrodome is not broken and works great. The Vikings are NOT ENTITLED to ANOTHER new $1,000,000,000 ($1 Billion) stadium, paid for by the citizens of the State of Minnesota.

    At $1,000,000,000 ($1 Billion) a new stadium would be FIFTEEN times the cost of the HHH Metrodome. The citizens of the State of Minnesota are DONE paying for new stadiums. If you want a new stadium, Ziggy, PAY FOR IT YOURSELF.

    When was that contract up at the HHH Metrodome??? Hint, hint: Vikings and Ziggy, you have overstayed your welcome as a guest in Minnesota. Please take the next bus out.

    Again, Vikings and Ziggy, PLEASE LEAVE.

  16. CHUCK says:


  17. Jesse says:

    I say we kick all the real losers off of the public assistance in our beautiful Welfare State, and use that money to fund the Vikes. Heck, we could put a lot of good construction workers back into jobs in the process, and maybe these freeloaders will finally head back to Michigan and Illinois where they came from.

    1. BostonBob says:

      ya must be a union boy out of work huh? So in a year you will be back looking for the handout yerself. Welfare-unemployment-whatnot. Don’t be stupid – the gain is temporary to the worker bee but the COST never ends.

      1. Jesse says:

        No, you’re reading me wrong. I’m actually anti-union, as I own my own small business. I do see a small difference between those on unemployment and those on welfare: the ones on unemployment have at least shown the willingness to work in the past. We wold probably agree that extending such benefits encourages laziness, so shorten unemployment and use that cash for a new stadium too.

        The reason I think we should build a stadium is that “WE” collectively, as Minnesotans, benefit. Look at what the Saints did for the city of NO after Katrina.

        NFL Football, like it or not, is a galvanizing force. Losing NFL Football makes our city fall WAAAAY down on the list in America, and eventually, when we bring another team back, we will pay even more money than we could have now. With the way our govt is printing money, inflation is going to be insane.

        Build it now and keep the VIKES FOREVER!

  18. Karl says:

    It’s time we start investing rather than wasting our money here. A year round multi purpose stadium makes WAY more sence than the Twins. People make it sound like this is a sunk cost. It’s an investment unlike a park or a museum that sits there, provides little value, and costs money every year for eternity. This will generate revenue to help pay for our less used public buildings and “for those people who just don’t feel like workin god love’em!”- Ned FLanders

  19. Kevin says:

    No, no and no. No tax dollars for a purple palace. Build it yourselves or move to LA.

  20. seals1 says:

    I agree giving money to a billionaire owner is raw but the vikings are part of the fabric of this community that without them it will not be the same comes fall and winter. Remember, it’s not just Wilfs team but it’s my team, my kids team, my dads team, my grandpas team and countless friends and co-workers. Lose this team and this city will be sorry and don’t think just becuase you want one back you will get it. This stadium will make the city better not worse for the next 30 years.

  21. BeatnDowninMN says:

    No taxes. You really want these guys here — PONY UP!
    Those who benefit , be that businesses, restaurants, parking, whomever…slap a fee on your “thing” that day. An extra $50 a ticket surcharge too – hell, whatever as long as I don’t pay it.
    And you whom are claiming to be the end all Purple Fans – pony up. Big Fricken Time. Send your donation check in today – payable to Ziggi and CO, or just the NFL. They the ones who are making all the cash anyway.
    I have the moving trucks all located otherwise. C-yaaaaaaaaaaa

  22. Bruiser says:

    To seals1 —

    to funny ude. The crime in this city is way up in last 30 years. Taxes out of fricken sight. Parking rates so high many just bus it to work.

    I yet to see any “benefit” other than for those who go to the games and players, staff,owners, etc.
    So dig deep and pay yourself if you want. Most of us DO NOT

  23. ThomasD says:

    Bye Bye Vikings…..
    or Bye – Bye Politians who pass this trash. This time WE will not NOT NOT NOT forget you…one by one….GONE

  24. seals1 says:

    bruiser- what’s wrong with taking the bus or train to work? Some of care about the enviroment and football. Wierd Huh.

    for the record I’m a believer in education and social programs for our tax dollars and that helps clean up the crime numbers. I believe the stadiums should be worked out in other ways like racinos but just saying bye bye is not the camp i’m in.

  25. Random Anonymous Blackmail says:

    I hope they decide to build, but Goodell coming to MN reminds me of when GM and Chrysler went to DC in private jets begging for cash.

  26. Ginger Shepla says:

    If the Vikings are such a money maker for the state then we shoulld already have loads of money to pay for the stadium and no discussion is needed. I always hear about how these teams make so much money for the state, but where does all of the money go? What exactly is being paid for with all of the money they bring to the state?

  27. Sandy says:

    Unless he or the team are the ones paying for it and not the taxpayers of MN thru hidden fee’s or boosts, I would not go there. How in the H can you justify a new playground for a wealthy organization paid by tax payers. The dome is paid for but I don’t see the Vikings organization bringing all sorts of additional money to our city – if so, why would they need to raise or property taxes if we have such a HUGE moneymaker?

  28. GoAwayVikings says:

    I could care LESS if the Vikings went away tomorrow. In fact, I think it might be an improvement if they did. Raise my taxes to pay for a Vikings stadium? Let us vote on that one and see what happens.

  29. zee the reporter says:

    new update!!!! LA. cal. has a 20 billian in the hole budget ~vikings are going to stay in minnesota~~ zee is the 1st to say the vikes are staying!

  30. Matt says:

    You do know that a survey of 949 people where the majority don’t want a new Vikings stadium and would rather them move to Los Angeles doesn’t mean that’s what the entire population of the state of Minnesota wants to have happen right?

    I have read a few comments on this thread that are so ridiculous. Do you realize what will happen if the Vikings leave the state of Minnesota? The amount of tourism, economic benefits, business, tax revenues, etc. lost if the Vikings left the state wouldn’t be a good thing at all.

    I have been a Vikings fan for my entire life and all I have to say is this: JUST BUILD THE VIKINGS A NEW STADIUM AND KEEP THEM IN MINNESOTA FOR MANY YEARS TO COME! If the Vikings move, the National Football League will NEVER place another team in the state of Minnesota. Remember that.

    1. stevo says:

      Matt, you won’t die when Vikings leave. There is life after Vikings.

      1. Matt says:

        You think that I will cheer for the Green Bay Packers? FAT CHANCE.

        By the way, I don’t live in Minnesota. I’m saying that if the Vikings leave, the state on Sunday will become like Iowa and Nebraska: with absolutely nothing to do.

        Though hey, if that’s the attitude you and others have when it comes to the Vikings stadium situation, then maybe you don’t deserve an NFL team. Just DON’T START CRYING when they leave.

        To the true fans who support the Vikings and WANT them to remain in Minnesota, continue to call, e-mail your state representatives and whoever your next governor might be and let them know that you support a new Vikings Stadium. LET’S GET THIS BUILT AND KEEP THE VIKINGS IN MINNESOTA!

  31. stevo says:

    So, Matt, you don’t even live in Minnesota, and you want us to pony-up a mere $1,000,000,000 (that’s one Billion Dollars)? Our state is already 6 Billion Dollars in the red, and you want us to make it 7 Billion Dollars in the red?

    Again, Matt, the Vikings already have a beautiful stadium to play in at the HHH Metrodome. The HHH Metrodome is not broken and it works great. If Ziggy (and Matt), want a new stadium, they should pay for it themselves.

    Again, Vikings, Ziggy, and Matt, PLEASE LEAVE.

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