A Minnesota without the Vikings? State's stadium drama stokes darkest fears for football fans

  • Article by: PATRICK CONDON , Associated Press
  • Updated: November 5, 2011 - 9:18 AM
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tripleottbuckNov. 4, 11 7:52 PM

CONGRATULATIONS MINNESOTA...YOUR ABOUT TO LOOSE THE VIKINGS...NEXT...WOLVES....WILD...BUT YOU WILL HAVE THE TWINS AND THEIR MANAGEMENT...GOOD LUCK WITH THAT.

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ccarterhofNov. 4, 1110:33 PM

It's not LOOSE. It's LOSE! Sorry, it just bugs me.

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norsegodlokiNov. 5, 1110:32 AM

Where is MN going to lose the Vikings to? LA with no stadium for them to play in? One of the other venues where that team is leaving because of an old stadium or too low of revenues? Don't blindly accept the panic folks-this is nothing more than a last ditch effort sales tactic to get the Vikings a new stadium. Only when all other measures have failed to get a new stadium-the MN Vikings & Wilfs break out the threats. CALL THEIR BLUFF.

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twesty85Nov. 5, 11 1:06 PM

@ norsegodloki it really shows your ignorance when you say that LA has no stadiums for an NFL team to play in. they actually have two stadiums: the coliseum and the rose bowl stadium are both NFL ready stadiums. while they aren't mentioned in this article it does mention that they DO have NFL ready stadiums. from what i've read in the comments of these vikings articles everyone who has opposed public funding doesn't actually have a real reason to let them leave other than they are against public funding for a sports team versus things like roads and schools. what people don't understand is that while it would cost the state and county quite a bit of money to keep them in the state it will cost them a lot more to let them leave. where do you think the lost tax revenue is going to come from? it will be made up either by taxing the public or businesses. the public will cry and whine about raising taxes for them and the businesses will simply pick up and leave if they are the one with the taxes being raised. if business tax is raised and they leave not only are you losing tax revenue from those businesses but you are also losing a lot of jobs. i live in north dakota and while it would sadden me to see the vikings go i would also love to laugh at all you minnesotans who continuously make horrible decisions. i mean for god sakes you elected jesse ventura, allowed the minnesota northstars to leave only to pay a lot more to have another hockey team move in, and you've elected many other idiot political officials. you people against public funding for the vikings are clueless to think that it would be a bad idea. many states(like mine) would love to have a professional football team in their state not only for the entertainment value,but for the economical value too. if the vikings leave your state will be known for nothing more than the state who elected officials that let their government shut down and 3 professional sports teams leave your state. @ tripleottbuck you probably shouldn't even post on public forums if you're going to spell like that. i know third graders that know the difference between loose and lose it's kind of like their and they're; and you're and your. oh, and don't forget I before E except after C!

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petesakesNov. 5, 11 1:16 PM

Hey twesty85 Ha Ha you live in north dakota.

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twesty85Nov. 5, 11 1:32 PM

at least my government didn't shut down. north dakota and minnesota are no different besides the fact that you have pro sports teams and a lot more people. personally i don't like overpopulation, the minneapolis/st. paul area is a dump so truly the only thing you have going for you is the sports teams. north dakota has a budget and energy surplus. where do you think the state of minnesota gets most of it's energy? you're welcome. i would rather live anywhere in the united states before i lived in minnesota. your elected officials let every issue sit in limbo til the very last second, you have a massive budget deficit, your economy is one of the worst in the nation, your job market horrible, and i can only assume that your citizens have the IQ of a third grader by the looks of all the stupid decisions you've made from electing jesse ventura to putting millions of dollars towards the arts when you have roads, schools, and bridges that need help. your citizens and elected officials decisions in the past have brought you to the point where you have so little money it's thinner than paper. maybe if the citizens and elected officials of minnesota didn't spend money so irresponsibly your state wouldn't be in a budget crisis. bottom line, i'll take my state's budget surplus, energy surplus, and lower income taxes as well as your money for our energy. thanks again.

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bjs_227Nov. 5, 11 1:35 PM

CA does have the Coliseum and Rosebowl! They will play there for a few years then move into their new stadium. Do you realize that the sales tax for hunters passed a few years ago will produce more money for DNR than the Vikings are asking for! If the Vikings leave taxes will go up more than if they didn’t!

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jeffshurtleff9Nov. 5, 11 2:25 PM

It's as simple as this... you either build the Vikings a stadium and receive all the benefits for doing so, or watch them leave to LA. New stadium in Minnesota or new stadium in LA. There is no "we'll figure it out next year" option.

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petermcdonNov. 5, 11 2:42 PM

Looking in from outside the state this story is fascinating. It's not often you get to see a major city or state commit economic suicide in real time but that appears to be what we are seeing if Minnesota is going to let the NFL leave town.

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glen22222Nov. 5, 11 3:19 PM

Lets become the first area that forces the NFL to build their own private stadium with no public funds, They have the money, no blackmail allowed. in fact we should call in the FBI to investigate the crime.

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