Patrick Reusse: Lessons of stadium diplomacy are lost on Vikings

  • Article by: PATRICK REUSSE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: January 16, 2011 - 10:03 PM

Unlike the Twins, who realized that bullying and bluster go nowhere, the team is reviving the familiar tactic.

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paul44Jan. 15, 11 8:09 PM

Great article. Ziggy needs to shut Begley up. Every time he talks he just turns people off.

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ssej329Jan. 15, 11 8:11 PM

It's funny how all you people have decided a roofed stadium is needed to attract the final four and the super bowl. There are so many venues of indoor stadiums in other cities out there now, I doubt we would get more than one of these major events in twenty years. Is 200 million dollars for a roof worth it? You talk about the 300 events per year the metrodome has, are you including the roller dome events, high school and gopher baseball, and golf exhibits? How about the monster truck rally? Do all these events bring in substantial revenue to pay for a 200 million dollar roof? These new outdoor football stadiums have heated concessions like the Twins, indoor suite and reserved seating, and outdoor seating if you want. Come on Minnesota, don't go soft on me! Don't forget the twelth man - the elements! No free agents will come here... then why does Chicago, who is full of probowlers, won the division and may go deep in the playoffs? I believe their weather is very similar to ours. It seems to me that the most complaining about this debate is the media, who may have to dress up and wear outdoor gear instead of golf shirts in December to cover the game. I agree with Zygi, no one has convinced me that an extra 200 million dollars for a roof is worth it. Just ask the Twins.

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tarball7Jan. 15, 11 8:15 PM

I like you Patrick...........

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ddellwoJan. 15, 11 8:23 PM

For the difference in cost between an outdoor and domed facility, Minnesota would be much better off keeping the Metrodome where it is and allowing that "wreck" to continue being the "rec room" of the state. The build a first-class outdoor stadium that returns our beloved Purple to where they belong -- OUTDOORS!

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pompensteinJan. 15, 11 8:26 PM

I applaud this article. It's nice to see that our sportswriters are not hacks, and will call out the ownership of a franchise that is blatantly trying to bully us and rip us off. Good for you Ruesse! Zygi, start compromising with MN fans, show some sense of realism of about what's best for our state, or please leave.

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KepmeisterJan. 15, 11 8:38 PM

The Vikes should do what the Twins did, put a couple Hennepin County Commissioners in their pocket and taxes will be raised to buy a stadium. and the commissioners will be re-elected.

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crumdawg97Jan. 15, 11 9:05 PM

The Vikings are smart to be offering up just a third...at least at this point. No sense in upping the ante until later when it's necessary to close the deal. But the whole "we don't need a roof" thing is where they go from savvy businessmen to greedy goons who apparently think we're all morons. You know they're doing something wrong when even staunch stadium supporters like me think their latest approach is all screwed up.

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datelessnerdJan. 15, 11 9:51 PM

I support some state support for a new stadium, but it's ridiculous to suggest that the Vikings should only pay 1/3 of an outdoor stadium because the Twins did. Annual attendance at a Vikings stadium would only be 1/3 the annual attendance at Target Field, making the government "per attendee" subsidy three times higher for the Vikings (assuming the projects cost roughly the same). The new football facility must be available for many other events, and the Vikings must pick up a larger share, if the government subsidy is to be equitable between the Vikings and Twins.

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seanboyJan. 15, 11 9:54 PM

From what I've read from the majority of Minnesota citizens on this board is that they don't want any tax money put into a new Vikings stadium. I would say going by that the Wilfs have at least made a reaonable first offer.

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europeaJan. 15, 11 9:58 PM

You guys are arguing inside ball to a State full of taxpayers who do NOT want public taxes to pay for a new stadium. NO PUBLIC MONEY! You are delusional if you believe the Republicans can hold on to the House if they funnel a third of a billion dollars to the richest sports figures in the world. Most legislators are pragmatic. Nobody will lose their seat if the Vikings leave--the legislature will surely turnover if we balance a $6 billion deficit on the backs of the poor and give a sports palace to cake eaters.

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