Public on hook for Vikings stadium overruns

  • Article by: MIKE KASZUBA , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 7, 2012 - 4:42 PM

Deal to put Vikings' new home in Minneapolis makes taxpayers responsible for operating overruns, more.

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chastaylorApr. 26, 12 9:55 PM

What's new....

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jpryceApr. 26, 12 9:58 PM

How about the communities of Fairmont & Moorhead be responsible for all operating overruns?

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freedubayApr. 26, 1210:00 PM

The public will be legally obligated to maintain the stadium "in a manner that is first-class and consistent with comparable" National Football League stadiums ...Sounds more like a Viking Stadium more than a people's stadium? Who brokered this deal anyway?

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ranger1873Apr. 26, 1210:09 PM

Then the answer isn't just no, it's hell no.

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lakevilleguyApr. 26, 1210:09 PM

Socialize the risk, privatize the rewards. Kill this bad deal now...

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erikj3Apr. 26, 1210:12 PM

Anyone who expected Wilf and the NFL to pay any of the cost overruns hasn't been paying attention. Bottom line: this deal is TERRIBLE for taxpayers; it leaves us holding the bag, while Wilf laughs all the way to the bank. Hopefully, enough Legislators realize this and vote accordingly.

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metoo7Apr. 26, 1210:13 PM

Show your feelings on this deal. Write all representatives that voted on it that you will be working to remove them from office in November. Do it now.

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carbonfiberApr. 26, 1210:20 PM

Contract clauses exist for a reason. If it means nothing then take it out. If Mondale tells you otherwise it just means they are paying him even more. He knows the score.

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JTNackApr. 26, 1210:20 PM

Look out Minnesota and Minneapolis tax payers. You're about to be ripped off big time. Professional sports team owners play politicians for suckers, because they and the politicians know it's the tax payers that will pay the bill. I live in Oakland where the city and county were suckered into a deal that costs each government body of $10 Million a year from their general funds, and will continue to indefinitely. I've been a Viking fan all my life, and I want to see the team stay in Minnesota. But not at the tax payers expense during an economic depression. In San Francisco, the baseball Giants put tremendous pressure on politicians and voters for public funding for a new stadium. After defeating a number of ballot initiatives, the people put enough pressure on the politicians to prevent a deal. Finally, after it was completely clear there would be no public funding to keep the Giants in S. F., a group of local capitalists came forward to build a new stadium without public funding. The result is a beautiful ballpark which doesn't cost the tax payers a dime. Don't be played for suckers Minnesotans.

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shonankingApr. 26, 1210:24 PM

Avoidable- YES. Affordable- NO. Kill the stadium, let the vikings move. MN needs to take the lead and put professional sports on notice that taxpayers won't stand for subsidizing their playgrounds any longer.

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