Tuesday, December 14, 2010

The Viking Horn

I watched a good portion of the Vikings game last night, in lieu of doing something useful, I guess. Both of the Fox announcers, Joe Buck and Troy Aikman, were speculating at some length about whether the collapse of the Metrodome roof will be the catalyst for getting a new stadium for the Vikings.

I'm still pretty skeptical about it -- I don't imagine there will be much support in Hennepin County for additional taxes to fund yet another stadium and alternatives for funding are likely to be non-starters. While it is possible to site a stadium elsewhere, you'll likely get grumbling from the ticket-buying public if a stadium is sited on the north side of town. The site in Blaine could have been up and running by now, but that got sabotaged. I don't know where you'd put a stadium on the south side of town, unless the tribe running Mystic Lake Casino decided to get involved and built it out by Prior Lake. While that wouldn't be a terrible drive for many season-ticket holders, it would erode support for the team on the St. Paul side.

This much is certain -- there's no way the Vikings will renew a lease for the Metrodome. And I can't blame them for that.


Gino said...

they'll get a stadium. i have faith in that.

but i ask, why cant zygie build his own???

Mr. D said...

but i ask, why cant zygie build his own???

Oh, he can, Gino. But why should he when he can get someone else to do it for him?

Gino said...

well, he's been trying long enuf now, hasnt he?

i would think a stadium would be a money maker for a team.
in the offseason, concerts, shows, etc...