Stadium proposal could be Rybak's greatest challenge

  • Article by: STEVE BRANDT , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 10, 2011 - 11:35 PM

Once an opponent of sports subsidies, he says he can steer city's offering through maze of obstacles.

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imho16May. 10, 1110:40 PM

STOP!! There are so many other things that NEED to be done in Minneapolis and Minnesota. A new stadium should be the last thing on the list. This is crazy..so wonder we are so broke.

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thebigal010May. 10, 1111:08 PM

What's the point of Rybed crafting an offer that doesn't have the support of the Vikings? He waited too long. Besides, Arden Hills is a better place for a stadium.

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LMHANSONMay. 10, 1111:20 PM

It's hard to imagine there was once a time when fans were clamoring for Glen Taylor to own the Twins and/or the Vikings. Not to mention, there were also fans at one time who wanted Denny Hecker, of all guys, to jump in and buy the Vikings.

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ScottSimonMay. 10, 1111:50 PM

Too little. Too late. Rybak should have been ready and had a better plan and alternatives. He looks pretty desperate and poorly prepared when the Ramsey County people are in bed with Ziggy and getting close to consumating a deal. Ralph shows up with Barb and Glen Taylor at a news conference with a colorful artist's rendering. Very shaky if you ask me. He doesn't really have a clear majority among his own City Council and the most influencial "Downtown" Councilmember Goodman was not at the news conference, so I would say he is trying to do it all with mirrors at this stage. I'm guessing neither proposal is even close to 50% where it needs to be, but time is running out. Rybak's best option and one that has the best shot hasn't even found the light of day yet. And that is to build a big parking ramp around the perimeter of the existing dome and do extensive remodeling at the same time. Install tracks and a retractable ceiling over the playing surface on the top of the parking structure that needs to be built to surround the existing dome. Finally, for people that live in the North and Northwest and use the airport on weekdays, let them park in the new parking ramp on weekdays and take express lightrail to the airport at reduced rates. This way, we'd have multiple revenue sources to pay for the improvements to the existing Metrodome -- which has already been paid for and could be remodeled for far less cost and used while improvements are being made. As for spending money on Target Center and for Glen Taylor -- I say ONLY if he agrees to sell the team to someone who knows how to run an NBA team!

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WRITRUTHMay. 11, 1112:24 AM

Far and away, downtown Minneapolis, with it's existing myriad of infrastructure advantages, is the appropriate, most economically sane location for the Metrodome replacement. That fact makes it all the more stunning how Mayor Ryback and the Council completely botched the negotiations. Pathetic!

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rfasthorseMay. 11, 11 2:43 AM

Why are we talking about this? The Vikings picked Arden hills. We in Minneapolis should be gracious winners, I means losers and stop plotting. Incidentally, what do they mean that consumers "might" go to suburbs to avoid taxes. I already do.

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lynnschacherMay. 11, 11 4:44 AM

I watched as people lined up yesterday for free vegetables from a bus on Lake Street. These are some of the people rybak and johnson would tax for a new Viking stadium. I called the Mayor's office and suggested he come down and see for himself but he was a no show. not enough time to arrange a photo op I guess.We need a Minneapolis Spring and some one in the Mayor's who represents more than the downtown business council.

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karendavid816May. 11, 11 6:43 AM

Rybak also has do deal with the popular will. In 1997 voters amended the City Charter to require a Referendum for any stadium expenditures over $10 million. Now he won't stand for a vote and will ask the Legislators who don't represent Minneapolis to pass a law voiding that vote. Good luck with that.

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paulprobstMay. 11, 11 7:26 AM

Mike Opat in Hennepin County not getting behind a New Vikings Stadium in Minneapolis w/ Rybak is a travesty in poor decision making for the West side of the River. You won't know what you had in Hennepin until Ramsey has it. Opat, not getting creative is shorting his responsibility to Hennepin, Minneapolis and in behalf of making the economic engine, Minneapolis even stronger by keeping the Vikes.

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murphydogMay. 11, 11 7:29 AM

I watched yesterday as a reporter asked Rybak how much property tax relief the proposal would bring and he stated 2%. It's already weasel time the next day I see. Can't wait to hear his next double talk.

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