Will new stadium translate into victories?

  • Article by: MARK CRAIG , Star Tribune
  • Updated: May 11, 2012 - 12:00 PM

Sparkling new NFL stadiums can provide countless amenities and pad teams' coffers, but recent history shows they cannot guarantee success on the field.

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sharkysharkMay. 10, 1210:34 PM

Wilf's lip service about championships notwithstanding, a good argument can be made that now that the stadium is in the bag (almost), there's no reason to waste more money on real talent. You don't have to take my word for it. Just look at the Twins.

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thome2011May. 10, 1210:55 PM

Zigmus you sly dog

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vampress_meMay. 10, 1210:57 PM

Yeah! We have a new stadium! Now on to hosting a Super Bowl, oh, wait, the Broncos haven't hosted one in their new stadium...oh well, on to a winning season in the new stadium, umm...look at the Twins, maybe not... What is it the taxpayers are getting out of a new stadium again?

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hugelatsMay. 10, 1211:03 PM

Here's a thought, get your businesses under control so that payroll isn't killing your bottom line. Then you won't need a new stadium every other decade.

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erikj3May. 10, 1211:22 PM

Watch as Wilf laughs all the way to the bank while the Queens spend the next 30 years as cellar dwellers, just like the Twinks.

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bredpathMay. 10, 1211:35 PM

First off, the Wilfs are more than willing to spend money to put a winning team on the field. When everyone thought bringing Favre back in '10 would get the Vikings into the playoffs, they put up the money. And that's just one example. Twins fans should pray that team ever gets owners like that. Second, since the new CBA, teams are REQUIRED to spend about 90% of the salary cap, it's called a salary floor. Third, the Metrodump is severely lacking when it comes to luxury suites (among other things), which is a huge money maker for the Wilfs. Take a wild guess what they added to both Lambeau and Soldier Field during the renovations of those stadiums - luxury suites. Time for some of you guys to suck it up and realize that the Wilfs are actually good owners, the stadium is going to be built, and the Vikings are going to be around for a long time.

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oberschutzeMay. 10, 1211:38 PM

Only guarantee of the new stadium is Z Wilf's team is now worth several hundred million dollars more.

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sharkysharkMay. 11, 1212:10 AM

bredpath, I will never understand why you guys are so willing to carry water for someone that doesn't know you're alive. You don't understand how you've been played. Of course it's about the money but it isn't really your or my problem to inflate the team's bottom line. The Vikings were always going to stay around. There was no reason to pay them to stay.

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bruisedupMay. 11, 1212:44 AM

I really don't know how anyone could be confident that the Vikings were going to stay wether a stadium deal was made or not. If most people in Minnesota were asked 3 weeks ago wether the Vikings were staying or not I would believe most would say that the Vikes would be leaving. I really can't believe how quickly this whole thing turned around.

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bruisedupMay. 11, 12 1:19 AM

Great memories for the Metrodome will always be about the Twins in 87 and 91. Since the Twins have gone to their new stadium there hasn't been big spending on free agents but there never was big spending on free agents for the Twins. The Wilfs have been the biggest spenders on free agents that I have ever seen for any Minnesota sports franchise. On that 09 Vikes team a large part of that core was free agent players that got old. My belief is that the Wilfs are really into football. I think they have a genuine love for the game. I see a bright future for the Vikings and the Wilfs with this new stadium coming and if anyone has a problem with that I don't really care. Right now I'm walking on clouds. Read it and weep nay sayers: THE VIKINGS ARE GETTING A NEW STADIUM!

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