By Edgar Linares, NewsRadio 830 WCCO

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Former Sen. Ted Mondale was sworn in as the chairman of the Metropolitan Sports Facilities Commission Thursday morning.

After taking the oath of office he sat down and told commissioners, “This is the year we do it,” referring to the construction of a new stadium for the Minnesota Vikings.

Mondale is the son of former Vice President Walter Mondale.

The Sports Facilities Commission holds the lease on the Metrodome, which had its roof collapse last month due to heavy snow.

Mondale said there’s urgency in building a new stadium.

“A couple of things have come together at this time to create urgency. Number one, the Vikings lease is up after the year 2011. I don’t think anyone is arguing that the current Metrodome is in a condition – even when it’s in good condition – to be able to meet the needs of the Vikings, which is to be revenue competitive with other teams in the NFL,” said Mondale.

He said the roof collapse points this out dramatically.

Mondale also added the commission now has support of a new governor that wants to build a people’s stadium. Mondale said the construction will also create jobs that are needed during this recession.

“I believe that there’s an urgency to get this done. And there’s a good chance of doing so this year,” said Mondale.

He also said this is a non-election year and controversial matters like this have a better chance of passage.

The other issue the commissioners are dealing with a timeline to get the roof at the Metrodome repaired and ready for the Minnesota Vikings.

“Somewhere in mid-August will be the first Vikings preseason game that will be hosted at the Metrodome,” said Mondale.

Mondale said the delay on beginning repairs to the roof has do with safety.

“People have to climb up on the roof and look at the panels,” he said.

The commission has three core consultants that have been inspecting the roof. He said the first is the engineer and the other is the builder of the dome.

“A third-party entity, who’s a leading expert in the nation, is doing an independent analysis on what needs to be done. Either complete redo or a partial repair to make sure that facility is safe,” said Mondale.

Mondale said if the entire dome does need to be replaced it would take six months and that would meet the deadline for the Vikings preseason start. But, he said this is not a motivating factor to get the roof repaired right away.

“The NFL is not going to want to host 10 games with 60,000 people in a facility that they’re not 100 percent sure that it safe. And this commission is not going to bring tenants back into this building unless everyone believes they’re 100 percent safe,” said Mondale.

Mondale will meet Thursday with lawmakers to begin crafting a new stadium bill that he hopes will pass this session.

Comments (18)
  1. Paul says:

    Nelson your an idiot.

    1. vcolson says:

      To call someone an idiot, and misuse “your” instead of “you’re” is humorous.
      Way to go, genius.

  2. Mary says:

    Nelson – you are a huge idiot.

  3. Sunny says:

    Billionaire owner demanding MY money to build himself a billion dollar stadium= OUTRAGEOUS

    Comments attacking “Nelson” for wanting to keep his own money=PRICELESS

    1. vcolson says:

      If you think building a stadium is for any one business or business entity is an exercise of having your head in the sand. Who do you think built the airport? Northwest? Delta? United? Sorry. Metropolitan communities build structures and infrastructure to LURE lucrative business. This is no different. If you don’t like it… move to Topeka or Omaha where you can spend your tax dollars on a new man-made lake in the middle of nowhere every year.

  4. Pennie says:

    S Nelson, First off I will agree with the previous post and second, speak for yourself. Now to the subject at hand. I don’t understand, why 6 months to fix the dome? Is it me or is this situation is starting to smell a little hinkie? The want for a new stadium, dome roof collapses, a 6 month window to perform repairs, and the owners willing to pay a third.

  5. Chili Pepper says:

    Why should we build a “Peoples Stadium” ? Every day it seems more like we are living in the “Peoples Republic of China”. Sell shares of stock, build a casino, or find some other “non-tax method to build it. Maybe the Rich should build it for us? The State of Minnesota is a JOKE. Look at the Jokers we elect: Al Franken, Mark Dayton, Jesse Ventura, Rudy Perpich, Boswitch, Rolvaag, Klobasher, Phyliss Kahn……big jokes. Stupidist voters in the country.

  6. Big Dog says:

    LA just announced they are willing to build a new stadium downtown and they wouldn’t mind having 2 tenants like the Jets and Giants sharing one stadium. I am sure their thinking Vikings and Chargers. Mondale better put in to high gear.

    1. Reagan says:

      The LA threat AGAIN!! SO OLD!!

      1. vcolson says:

        In the story “The Boy Who Cried Wolf”, most people tend to forget… the wolf eventually came.

  7. Idiot says:

    Only an Idiot would call someone else an idiot

  8. Dave L says:

    Good luck to Mondale on getting this done. I for one, am looking for a New, sharp facility that will be used for a multitude of events. There are some really big concerts like Taylor Swift that could use it as well, and bring in a ton of tax revenue. Hopefully a resolution can be struck taking capital from various sectors. Skol Vikings!

  9. getridofem says:

    Looks like Ted is as stupid as his old man—————-

  10. Reagan says:

    This is obsurd to say this is an URGENT matter? Fix the roof like the four other times and it did not take 6 months to fix last time, and lets move on.

  11. David R... says:

    Can someone help me understand why we need a new stadium…the Metrodome has seats for you to sit and watch the games, suites, places to purchase food, and restrooms. What more do you need? What is wrong with the Dome?

    1. Dave L says:

      Have you been to the metrodome itself lately?? Have you sat in the upper lever high rows and see the cracks in the concrete columns?? Have you seen the nasty stains in the fabric?? Have you seen the lines in the bathrooms?? Have you seen the narrow concourses that takes 40 minutes to walk around to your seats before game time?? Top it off with one of the oldest stadiums in the NFL, and flawed roof design(you know it will collapse again with time). Face it, we have go the use of the dome we needed(nearly 30 years). time to move on.

  12. Bye Bye Vikings says:

    If LA can afford to build the vikings a stadium them I say see ya but right now MN just does not have the money to throw away an o loosing team they have not done anything to deserve a new stadium and as far as fans well MN fans are fair weather fans as long as the vikings win they are behind them but when they lose they drop them so fast it is not funny that is not a true fan.

    Mr. Wilf dont wait mov e the vikings now and save us all alot of needless bickering in our government on this

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