Hartman: Covered stadium would bring big events

  • Article by: SID HARTMAN , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2012 - 6:32 AM

If the new Vikings facility had a roof, it could host the NCAA tournament, Super Bowl, even a big-time bowl.

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evenmorejustFeb. 19, 12 9:48 PM

Dream on Sid! How about the local Media pay for a stadium?? $4 million from each TV station each year and $1 million per year from each newspaper! I am not surprised you do not mention bank financing like the 49ers!

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nochitFeb. 19, 12 9:51 PM

Covered stadium? Play the games outside

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newavsucksFeb. 19, 12 9:58 PM

The good news is that something has been decided. The bad news is the location. Who's getting money under the table on this deal?

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kinnickFeb. 19, 1210:08 PM

Nice try Sid for your buddy Ziggy! They have a super bowl planned for New York with a open stadium. Aren't you the same reporter that said recruits would be lined up for miles when the Gophers were hi-jacked downtown by your buddies & you? If this stadium is going to generate all this business then why don't these people contribute? Sid if this is put to a vote you & your buddies know it would be voted down,what does that tell you?????

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rshacklefordFeb. 19, 1210:46 PM

My oh my! Hartman named so many groups and events that could be there...why a new stadium would be bustling with activity. I'm just giddy. I think the only group he forgot to mention was AARP and their conventions could be held there too! kinnick has it dead-on. If this entertainment facility would be host to so many groups and such a great financial investment, where are they all when their money is needed?!?! Are they hiding? Have you interviewed any of the groups you mentioned to ask if they could help contribute? I bet not.

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RossbergFeb. 19, 1210:55 PM

Between Sid and Reusse it's like a stadium shill tag team which gets more ridiculous and boring by the day. It's been obvious for months that these two, if not having their columns ghostwritten by the Wilfs, are just parroting what stadium promoters have been telling them. Worse, they have yet to say anything which hasn't been previously uttered a hundred times but still continues to have dubious validity. For those with short memories their prattling is just a repeat of the ballpark promoting they put us through six years ago for the benefit of the Twins owners. While it's true the ballpark got built there's little of material consequence to show for it unless you're the Pohlads. Rather than trying to be urban planners, political experts and financiers it would be far less embarrassing for everyone if they just stuck with sports writing. At least we'd be able to read their columns without wincing.

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purplejokeFeb. 19, 1211:06 PM

The FACT that ZERO private investor or investment entities WHATSOEVER is willing to put a dime behind the proposed new billion dollar stadium in downtown Mpls speaks volumes as to what a bad deal this pipe dream is. The ONLY business that will profit from this sham is New Jersey resident and 51% majority vikings owner Zygi Wilf!!! Shoving this scam down or throats will ONLY benefit the NFL, Zygi Wilf and the bank in New Jersey that floats Zygi even more credit for his future east coast real estate deals.

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sharkysharkFeb. 20, 1212:00 AM

Sid, there's already a stadium for all those wonderful things you mentioned. Maybe you've heard of it. It has a brand-new roof and playing surface and the name of the team, "Minnesota Vikings" right on the side. It's even right next door to where you work.

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rshacklefordFeb. 20, 1212:24 AM

I find the most worrysome supposition by the 'pro-taxpayer-funding for a stadium people' to be that, since other stadiums have been largely financed by citizens, it is automatically OK (or even good) to do the same for Zygi Wilf. It is as if the other stadiums prior to and located elsewhere have set some sort of automatic legal and political precedent which we all must now follow when requested to by an affluent guy like Wilf. Had we been in a deep recession during the baseball stadium financing talks, it is likely that it would not have been built if it had required public funds. In other words, people need to realize that times and priorities have changed a LOT since 2007. And, I'm not anti-stadium or anti-sports, I'm just anti-public-funding for a stadium. I watch a ton of NFL games and other sports so I'm not a 'sports-hater' as others have said also.

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purplegimpFeb. 20, 1212:27 AM

Everyone knows this adds up to a bad financial deal for all those invlolved with the exception of the New Jersey Wilfs and the NFL. Giving even more taxpayer subsidies to the Wilfs and their private /monpololy business that requires a minimum salary of $480,000 for their lowest paid first year p[layer is absurd at best. The Wilfs and the NFL can certainly pay their own way unless 10 games a year will not even begin to pay for this sham which it won't so in steps the Minnesota taxpayer (again) to save the day and take ALL the finacial risk/loss year after year after year after year!!! All the while the CFO and CEO in the New Jersey bank where the Wilf family keep all the viking profits laugh so hard they can barely control themselves long enough to complete their annual profit analysis.

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