Lileks: New Vikings stadium is just an omen of things to come

  • Article by: JAMES LILEKS , Star Tribune
  • Updated: February 20, 2014 - 8:38 PM

A big chunk of the Metrodome fell down ahead of schedule. Surely I’m not the only one who hoped someone threw a yellow flag and shouted OFFSIDES. The Metrodome was penalized 5 tons; some chunks were reinstalled, and they had to replay the demolition.

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comment229Feb. 21, 14 5:12 AM

Maybe I am just too much of a realist and refuse to throw useful things away, but I was really miffed at the vikings organization, when I saw them sell as many blue seats as they could, and then when the demand ended, brought in an excavator and ripped out the remaining seats, destroying them. Senseless, and just the way people with too much money do things. Why didn't they allow non-profit organizations to take a week, come in with their own people after signing insurance waivers, to remove those seats for use at their schools etc? Even the old met stands made it up to BIR during its demise. It is really hard to respect narcissistic owners, that look down on the rest of us at a time when public opinion of the vikings is near an all time low. Wilf is out for only one person, himself, and I try desperately to avoid people like him especially when he needs all the positive public relations he can get.

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PaulinNJFeb. 21, 1412:31 PM

"Still, they could have tried. Fill the Dome with a billion popcorn kernels, set it on fire and let the roof Jiffy-Pop its way to a glorious eruption." Have you never seen the 1985 flick 'Real Genius'? Google for 'val kilmer popcorn house' and enjoy the clip.

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traphelerFeb. 21, 14 3:58 PM

Was there a point to this column, Jim, or did you have an impending deadline that needed some space to fill?

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Pelican54Feb. 21, 14 6:36 PM

And in another 30 years this grand new Vikings stadium will suffer the same fate as the Dome...

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smith03Feb. 21, 14 7:04 PM

the msfa not Vikings sold the seats

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tallbobFeb. 22, 14 5:51 AM

I think this guy is pro-development for the downtown area! Which is fine with me....Developers can build a dozen 60-story buildings in the area as far as I'm concerned, (what a skyline that would be)! Oh that's right this was about the Vike's Stadium!!!

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