Who foots Ramsey County's share on Vikings stadium?

  • Article by: JIM RAGSDALE , Star Tribune
  • Updated: October 19, 2011 - 10:39 AM

Many believe Arden Hills is made-to-order for the Vikings, but local opposition is forming around the public spending for the sports palace.

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edkohlerOct. 18, 1110:12 PM

Arden Hills lacks transportation infrastructure, requires more than 10X the land that a downtown site would, and is the 3rd most expensive stadium proposal in the history of the NFL. Also, the proposal demands the largest amount of public funding of any stadium proposal ever. If you ignore all of that, it's fine.

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cuso26Oct. 18, 1110:12 PM

Michael, a lot of us paid for Target Field too (bet you didn't, since you live in a different county and all) and complained when it went down, but now? Now the facility, bad team or not, is a great asset to the Twin Cities and Minneapolis - something to show off to outsiders. You have the opportunity do the same, and really put Arden Hills on the map. Which would you rather be known for? "That city with the abandoned ammo dump" or "That city with a modern stadium where the pros play"? Who else is going to use that land?

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crosscheckOct. 18, 1110:22 PM

If there is one thing I hate more than the Green Bay Packers, it's being blackmailed by guys in expensive suits.

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clelOct. 18, 1110:31 PM

If they want it in Arden Hills then let Wilf and Ramsey Co. pay for it......NO state money. If Ramsey Co. doesn't like it then just deal with it.

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BRANKINUS1Oct. 18, 1110:33 PM

How about the people that stand to make the most money!? The NFL and the VIkings! Are you serious?

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fiveofusOct. 18, 1110:48 PM

The average Joe (and Josephine) subsidizing a workplace for millionaires makes zero sense. The fact that the Vikings have NEVER won a championship seals that argument. The fact that our economy is still basically in the tank should really clarify this for the masses.

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vikeforlifeOct. 18, 1111:17 PM

NFL does not want the Vikings to leave Minnesota. Its the fact that the Vikings don't have a place to play after this year and Zigi will not reup in the Dome until a stadium plan is in place. Many of you are not going to agree w/me but I think the Viking organization has been relatively patient with Minnesota on this. He was jacked around by the legislature ever since he took over. It does not have to be funded by tax dollars there are other options but they should have be talked about long ago. Nobody is forcing Minnesota to help build a stadium, they are giving the state the chance to decide what is the right decision for the state of Minnesota.

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vikeforlifeOct. 18, 1111:20 PM

NFL does not want the Vikings to leave Minnesota. Its the fact that the Vikings don't have a place to play after this year and Zigi will not reup in the Dome until a stadium plan is in place. Many of you are not going to agree w/me but I think the Viking organization has been relatively patient with Minnesota on this. He was jacked around by the legislature ever since he took over. It does not have to be funded by tax dollars there are other options but they should have be talked about long ago. Nobody is forcing Minnesota to help build a stadium, they are giving the state the chance to decide what is the right decision for the state of Minnesota.

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shushyn78Oct. 18, 1111:24 PM

If Coleman is gonna stand on the argument that St. Paul sees no benefit from the stadium in Arden Hlls, then obviously he can't support one in Mnneapolis either. And if politicians start going down the slippery slope of why should they pay if they see no benefit, then St. Paul has been robbing citizens all over the state with the huge state aid payments they've received for many years at the expense of the suburbs who get little or nothing. Why should anyone pay taxes that go to schools if they have no children in the district? Why should anyone in the east metro pay for work done on I-394 if they will never drive on it? Why pay for firemen or police if you never need them? It is a totally lame argument to start saying I'm not paying because I don't think I benefit. The Vikings are an asset that needs to find a way to stay here. A whole lotta people would be staying in St Paul hotels if we host a Super Bowl or Final Four. Get it done.

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DennisH3Oct. 18, 1111:54 PM

I don't quite get the stadium debate? Does the state of Minnesota or the county that houses the stadium make money? Are the Vikings an assest financially? Does this help or hurt the economy? Those are the questions that I want to see an article about.

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