Dome decision: Raze the roof

  • Article by: KEVIN DUCHSCHERE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 11, 2011 - 9:27 AM

Replacing the roof, which will be a first for the 30-year-old stadium, is expected to cost about $18 million.

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jarlmnFeb. 10, 11 2:07 PM

Patch the roof and have the state legislature meet there to inflate it with free hot air!

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inlandseaFeb. 10, 11 2:09 PM

Why spend any money on a roof repair or new one if a new Vikings stadium is approved. Unless revenues from other events than football can pay for the cost of the roof, it's just more good money after bad to do the fix. Sell this idea as a "return to outdoor football".....

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treddleFeb. 10, 11 2:37 PM

Obviously, if the insurance is going to pay for most of the repair its a done deal. But lets think carefully about where the vikings should play. If it is a viable option to not locate them in downtown Minneapolis, then the whole state must be given a fair and reasonable opportunity to vye for this project. There have been people that say a stadium is a jobs engine and a public investment in infrastructure. If this is true then the state has a major role in putting this investment and jobs in the place where they are most needed. IMHO that is the Duluth/Superior port area. The largest employers in the Arrowhead are gov't entitlement programs. The areas with the highest unemployment rates are in the Duluth/Superior area. This project would attract funding from Wisconsin as a partner in building infrastructure and getting jobs to where they are needed the most. To the best of my knowledge there are no other stadiums in the Duluth/Superior area. This is a win win win solution to our stadium issues. The Twin Cities is the smallest metro area to have ALL of the major sports leagues. I think we have found it is unsustainable.

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conanFeb. 10, 11 2:42 PM

Are you out of your mind Treddle? How do you expect to fill a 70,000 seat stadium up in Duluth? You sure won't get many metro area residents to make that commute and you sure don't have enough Vikings fans up there willing to shuck out the $1000 dollar plus season ticket cost. Lets at least TRY to keep it real. People can relocate for a construction project job. They do it all the time. What they don't do is relocate to attend NFL games.

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ashadeofgreyFeb. 10, 11 2:45 PM

@treddle not true, Denver and Miami have all four and are smaller markets than MSP.

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mplshockeymaFeb. 10, 11 2:55 PM

Treddle - and you think the Duluth-Superior area can support an NFL team? they couldn't even fill that fabulous new hockey arena when the Bulldogs played the Gophers last weekend. Do you really think that all the season ticket holders that live in the metro are going to make the drive to Duluth 10 times per year? It's a two hour drive, or longer for those in the southern/western suburbs - where most of the ticket base now lives.

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chuckynarzFeb. 10, 11 3:07 PM

Repair it. Vikings not worthy of a new roof or a new stadium.

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mamagrizFeb. 10, 11 3:21 PM

HEY TEDDY: GET OFF YOUR ARSE AND FIX THE DAMN DOME ROOF! SIX MONTHS AND $18MILLION IN INSURANCE MONEY IS A LOT CHEAPER THAN TWO YEARS AND $850MILLION in additional tax money.

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mamagrizFeb. 10, 11 3:22 PM

Do you really think the insurance company is gonna give you $18Million if you DON'T fix the roof and tear down the dome to build a new stadium?

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mamagrizFeb. 10, 11 3:25 PM

If this is true then the state has a major role in putting this investment and jobs in the place where they are most needed. IMHO that is the Duluth/Superior port area. ?????????? ========= Really? I'm thinking more like the Red Lake Indian Reservation.

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