(POLL) Are You Happy to See the Vikings Get a New Stadium?

The plan was approved by the Senate on Thursday.

With Senate approval coming on Thursday by a 36-30 vote, a new Minnesota Vikings stadium is on its way.

After plenty of twists and turns throughout the legislative session, debate intensified this week, as the House and Senate both held several late-night sessions to discuss the bill.

All that remains now is a signature from Gov. Mark Dayton, who has been an ardent stadium supporter. Dayton is holding a press conference at 5:45 p.m. today with stadium bill authors, Minneapolis Mayor R.T. Rybak and team owner Zygi Wilf, and Dayton could sign the bill then.

The new stadium will cost roughly $975 million, with the team slated to pay a little less than half. The state will pay about $348 million by expanding gambling. The city of Minneapolis will pay the remaing $150 million.

Under the plan, the Vikings will sign a 30-year lease on the new stadium, which will be built on the site of the Metrodome. The team would pay about $13 million annually in operating fees, and a public authority will be able to lease out the facility on non-game days.

Here's how the process played out in several Minnesota Patch communities:

  • Woodbury
  • Edina:  and 
  • Golden Valley:
  • Lakeville:
  • Maple Grove: 
  • Stillwater: 
  • Hopkins: 
  • Inver Grove Heights: 
  • Shakopee: 
  • Mendota Heights: ' and '
  • St. Louis Park:
  • Richfield:
  • Oakdale: Oakdale’s Legislators Vote ‘Yes’ on Vikings Stadium
  • Minnetonka:
  • St. Michael:
  • Rosemount:

Now, we want to know what you think about the new Vikings stadium. Take our poll, and be sure to leave a comment below.

Leo Ganzer May 11, 2012 at 10:51 PM
Ahhhhh they are paying more than half of a building they will not own as well 13 million in rental fees so it can be used 350 days a year by MINNESOTANS....
Scott Carlson May 11, 2012 at 11:01 PM
I predicted two weeks ago that legislators would find a way to get this done. It seems a lot of people got pulling in the same direction and surprise, surprise, it got done.
Al Anderson May 11, 2012 at 11:12 PM
Leo The Metrodome can currently be used (and it has a new roof) on every other day that the Vikings aren't in it. Just in case you were wondering.
Susan May 11, 2012 at 11:20 PM
I agree with Al, we already have the metradome. Also, us Minnesotans have to pay for just about every event we would attend in this new stadium...how many times would you like us to pay for the privilege of having/using this building. It seems that the big financial beficiaries are those putting on the events (games).
Susan May 11, 2012 at 11:28 PM
I understand, but as I point out above, how many times should we pay for the privilege? I just find this so hard to accept in this economy. The Vikings/NFL put a huge demand on the taxpayers with a threat tied to it....what else would you call that? Just because a percentage of the population happen to support this industry, does not mean the state should be paying for it.
Al Anderson May 11, 2012 at 11:31 PM
Given the costs of this "People's stadium" ... you can be sure that there will be quite a few current"happy about building the stadium" people who currently go to Non-Viking events at the Dome that will be shocked at the increased price they'll have to pay to rent it. Be mindful of what you wish for - you might just get a lot more than you thought
Martha Davies May 11, 2012 at 11:53 PM
As a former Dallas, TX gal, I am all too familiar with the religion known as "professional football" (We still take our hat off when someone says "Tom Landry"). No matter how one may feel about this issue, (and am not a football fan) it was inevitable that a new stadium would happen. This is football, and after the experience of watching Jerry Jones and his Cowboys get their new stadium, nothing surprises me. No matter what other issues are on the table, football rules.
Kitzer May 11, 2012 at 11:57 PM
Is there ANY REASON that I have to scroll to the bottom of the page to make a comment??? AND, why,oh why ~~ are the comments posted from the OLDEST to the NEWEST??
Leo Ganzer May 12, 2012 at 12:31 AM
Yes we have the Metrodome..rated this week in time magazine as the worst stadium in the country. and that new roof will look nice packed and shipped off to cover some other dump..I mean dome.
Kitzer May 12, 2012 at 12:38 AM
I have watched the Vikings at a stadium, a total on ONE time!! ONCE!! Tell me why I should have to pay for a NEW stadium for some over-paid jocks that run around on MY grass, in MY county, in MY state, while I get nothing out of it?? The 'once' was down in Bloomington ~~ Then we got the WHINING from grown men, "Why can't we have a dome like all the other teams have"?? So, they got it!!! Then we got more WHINING from grown men, "Why can't we have a new open air stadium like all the other teams have"?? So, now they have that TOO!!! I can't wait to see what they will be WHINING about in maybe 20 years!!! "Why can't we have a stadium on the moon like all the other teams have"???
Susan May 12, 2012 at 01:09 AM
Kitzer, First, chill pill comes to mind, but beyond that, yes, scrolling to the bottom to make a comment does take that extra few seconds, but most here enjoy the exchanges on Patch, and really don't mind the very minor inconvenience. At the risk of being on the receiving end of one of your rants, I must ask, if you find this so distasteful, why are you here?
Jim May 12, 2012 at 02:23 AM
NFL reminds me of an example of a supply and demand situation. If there are 10 cities that can support an NFL team BUT only 9 NFL teams there will always be competition for a team. However if there are 10 cities plying for an NFL team and 11 NFL teams then supply if larger than demand. The NFL is playing games with its teams, always having cities needing a team and NEVER having more teams than cities that could use one. Those capable of understanding this are not NFL/Vikings supporters.
mike May 12, 2012 at 12:31 PM
never read something so out of touch with reality. I have a hard time believing you function consistently on a day to day bases Kister.
Mike May 12, 2012 at 01:11 PM
Don't listen to him Kitzer! You are absolutely right.
Leo Ganzer May 12, 2012 at 01:55 PM
Kitzer...don't gamble with electronic pull tabs and you won't pay a dime for the new stadium so stop whining about it.
Mike Carlier May 12, 2012 at 02:54 PM
I guess some folks like to read the last chapter of the book first, but they are likely in the minority. I hope you don't sprain your scrolling finger in the process of all that uncomfortable activity. I for one am glad that the Unchronologists are currently not a protected class in our society;)
Mike Carlier May 12, 2012 at 03:07 PM
We can't have a stadium on the moon because Newt Gingrich would be the only one who could attend games. By the way, Bloomington is not whining about trading the stadium for the Mall of America. Stadiums are not like the ones built in Athens with an endless life span. They are more than a place for rich guys to hire other rich guys to play games. They get old and become functionally obsolete. In their prime, they are business magnets and part of our economic infrastructure, the necessity for and importance of which cannot reasonably be denied. Why do we spend so much money building airports for rich guys who own airlines? I hate riding on an airplane. Blah, blah, blah.
Jim May 12, 2012 at 03:28 PM
So right now the people interested in voting on the stadium:47% NO 53% YES Phone calls to the elected officials were 7 to 1 FOR a stadium. Sorry to say a bunch of activist knotheads incumbered Minnesota and Minneapolis taxpayers to fork over $400,000,000 to build a Vikings stadium so Zigi cn see an increase in the value of his Vikings of $300,000,000. And we claim to be "Minnesota Smart".
Kris Tande May 12, 2012 at 05:18 PM
My kids and grandkids will know that when you grow up, work hard pay your bills and taxes, support those that are less fortunate you should be able to enjoy a quaility a life that includes the Vikings, Twins, the theater etc. because they derserve it.
Joan C May 12, 2012 at 07:04 PM
What I want to know is: why do we bother having a law that requires a public referendum if something is going to cost more than $10M in public funds, and it is never utilized???? Because the powers that wanted to ram this billionaire's boondoggle down Minneapolis taxpayer's throats knew it would never pass! Just sayin'
Jim May 13, 2012 at 01:41 AM
Explanation: Elected officials are easy to smoooze, once elected they have a personality change where they think they are king and queens and can just forget all the rules. After all rules are made to be broken, arn't they? Of course every one of them can be voted OUT of office.
Terry Elliott May 13, 2012 at 11:40 AM
Joan: you are correct. The law should be amended to spell out that they cannot override it. Not holding the referendum is undemocratic, but this isn't the first time politicians give in to the temptation for less democracy.
MJ May 14, 2012 at 01:02 PM
I"m glad the statium is going to be built. Truly I am, I love the Vikings but I do feel like we were forced to approve this thing. Did we really ever have a choice? We had to figure out how to pay for it but I dont think there was ever a concern we'd actually just let the Vikings leave without a fight. My only concern is, considering the Metrodome was only built in 1982, 30 years ago, will 'they' want another stadium in another 30 years? What is the life expectency of this new stadium going to be? That should be given some serious consideration when designing it, knowing it will have to last more than 3 decades. Once this stadium is built it's time for this gravy train to end. This should be the LAST stadium of any kind to be built for a long, long, LONG time.
Leo Ganzer May 14, 2012 at 01:20 PM
This area has a long history of building cheap stadiums. I loved Met stadium but it looked like somethng from the old Soviet Union. Thankfully all that has ended with Ecel and Target Field. I am hoping the new stadium is built to last.
Jim Edward May 14, 2012 at 01:48 PM
Why should it be any different here than in Washington? The emporer and the court jester do as they damned well please regardless of what the people that put them in office expected of them.
Jim May 14, 2012 at 09:14 PM
Expect in about 30 years there WILL BE demands by all professional sports franchises in the Twin Cities for new stadiums. You see it has NOTHING to do with functionality, it's all about appearance and ammenities, like rest rooms, luxury seating, view of Minneapolis from the stadium, etc etc. The Metrodome is 100% functional with a brand new roof. The Metrodome would last a long time as it is. A stadium much like the Metrodome was renovated in Canada for a fraction of the price of a completely new stadium. There is one thing certian, once a new Vikings stadium is complete there WILL BE a Superbowl held in the new stadium AND the Vikings WILL become a winning football team just like the Twins have become a winning baseball team.
Jim Edward May 15, 2012 at 02:03 PM
I remember a few years back listening to another owner of the Vikings complaining about the Metro Dome. He also wanted a new stadium because there isn't enough room in the present one for more luxury suites. It's all about the Big Bucks! Give me a million bucks and I'll come up with a plan to put in more suites and put a retractable roof on the dome. Nothing connected to this fiasco has anything to do with "Functionality". When it is finished, for half the cost, I'll give the taxpayers back the change from the million.
Mike Carlier May 15, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Vikings are already great. Can you remember the last time they lost a playoff game? Me neither;)
Brad Kadue July 19, 2012 at 05:08 PM
From a financial standpoint, it's a bad investment...particurlary for the city of Minneapolis who is on the hook for billions of dollars in operating costs over the next 20 years. But then again, it's no worse than the Guthrie from that perspective...though a bit large in scale.
christine March 25, 2013 at 03:49 PM
No. Bad timing. Also a lot of people cannot afford to go to a Vike's game. 5 years from now they will be whining about something else and they will want another new Stadium.


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