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    Vikings Possible move to LA

    Posted by Mike Florio on January 21, 2009, 4:38 p.m.
    As the efforts of the Vikings to finagle a new stadium in the Twin Cities with public money seem less likely to bear fruit with each passing day, the team recently has commenced the process of hinting at the possibility of a move.

    The Vikings dropped the biggest hint yet on Wednesday, when V.P. of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said that the team is watching the developments relating to the potential development of a new stadium near Los Angeles “with interest.”

    It’s a far different tune that the one Bagley was singing in August 2008.

    “They have knocked on the door, but we have declined,” Bagley said at the time of the interest demonstrated by Ed Roski’s group, which is spearheading the effort to lure a team (or maybe two) back to Los Angeles after an extended absence of NFL football there.

    “We feel some momentum,” Bagley said in August regarding efforts to build a new stadium in Minnesota. “Our leadership in the state needs to step up and get engaged in a solution, but we’re making some progress. Incremental progress. So, [owner] Zygi [Wilf] basically declined to meet [with Roski] at this time.”

    Since then, Bagley has said that the Wilfs are getting “frustrated” by the lack of progress.

    “It’s reality-check time,” Bagley said earlier this month. “If we want an NFL franchise in this state, we have to resolve the stadium issue. Time is running out. If nothing gets done, then maybe the Wilfs throw in the towel.”

    And time really is running out. The Vikings’ lease at the Metrodome covers only three more seasons, through 2011. Coincidentally, Roski’s new stadium is scheduled to open in 2012.

    Other teams that could end up in Los Angeles include the Bills, the Jaguars, the Chargers, the Raiders, the 49ers, the Rams, and the Saints.


    seriously stupid minnesotans get your head straight!!


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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    never


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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    Quote Originally Posted by CycloneTony View Post
    Posted by Mike Florio on January 21, 2009, 4:38 p.m.
    As the efforts of the Vikings to finagle a new stadium in the Twin Cities with public money seem less likely to bear fruit with each passing day, the team recently has commenced the process of hinting at the possibility of a move.

    The Vikings dropped the biggest hint yet on Wednesday, when V.P. of public affairs and stadium development Lester Bagley said that the team is watching the developments relating to the potential development of a new stadium near Los Angeles “with interest.”

    It’s a far different tune that the one Bagley was singing in August 2008.

    “They have knocked on the door, but we have declined,” Bagley said at the time of the interest demonstrated by Ed Roski’s group, which is spearheading the effort to lure a team (or maybe two) back to Los Angeles after an extended absence of NFL football there.

    “We feel some momentum,” Bagley said in August regarding efforts to build a new stadium in Minnesota. “Our leadership in the state needs to step up and get engaged in a solution, but we’re making some progress. Incremental progress. So, [owner] Zygi [Wilf] basically declined to meet [with Roski] at this time.”

    Since then, Bagley has said that the Wilfs are getting “frustrated” by the lack of progress.

    “It’s reality-check time,” Bagley said earlier this month. “If we want an NFL franchise in this state, we have to resolve the stadium issue. Time is running out. If nothing gets done, then maybe the Wilfs throw in the towel.”

    And time really is running out. The Vikings’ lease at the Metrodome covers only three more seasons, through 2011. Coincidentally, Roski’s new stadium is scheduled to open in 2012.

    Other teams that could end up in Los Angeles include the Bills, the Jaguars, the Chargers, the Raiders, the 49ers, the Rams, and the Saints.


    seriously stupid minnesotans get your head straight!!
    This is silly. They sell out practically every game at the dome. The dome is a good football stadium. I know very few Minnesotans that would want to sit outside during a football game. This isn't Green Bay or Chicago where everyone has been enduring it for years.

    Also, in a sport where we have billionaire owners, it doesn't make sense to raise tax payers money to build a stadium. They are already doing this for the new Twins Stadium but that's different.

    The dome is a horrible place for a baseball game, as there are a lot of obstructed view seats. Also, the game is supposed to be played outside.

    This is on the owners. If they move the Vikings, f them and the NFL. They should move a team like Carolina or Jacksonville who can't even fill their stadium...


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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    Yeah if they move im done with them it would never be the same.

    I never understood why cant they just remodel the dome put a retractable roof on it and work on it at a time like JTS. I saw sometime last year they bought up the 4 City blocks surrounding the Dome and its parking lot.


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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    This is why I gave up my season tickets years ago. A vocal minority thinks for some reason the owners will not move the teams; especially the beloved Vikings. Minnesota is home of North American hockey ... right ... and the North Starts moved to Dallas because the lack of support. Cost millions of dollars more to get a new hockey team than work with the team to make it a win-win. It will happen with the Vikings! But the NFL will not return in your life time.

    The dome sucks. Sucked when it opened and it is past its expected life. The new Gopher stadium will be 10 times better than the dome ever was. Why give one billionaire owner a baseball stadium and not equal deal for football? Because you don't think the Vikings will leave. They will go for the money; that's how they became billionaires!

    Your view on sellouts is off ... they almost had a blackout of the last playoff game for crying out loud.



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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    The Vikings will be gone in 2012 if they don't have a new stadium. I'm failing to see why the state of Minnesota doesn't step in and work with them instead of being a bunch of dickheads. The Dome is a horrible facility for any kind of sporting event. It's old, outdated, and needs a lot of work.

    Whoever said they should take and put on a retractable roof: I believe I read somewhere that putting on a retractable roof to a stadium costs $400,000,000 to $500,000,000 if you add it extra instead of putting it on in the first place. I believe I read that when I was reading an article about "What if the Twins put a roof on their stadium after it's done."



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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    Quote Originally Posted by IcSyU View Post
    The Vikings will be gone in 2012 if they don't have a new stadium. I'm failing to see why the state of Minnesota doesn't step in and work with them instead of being a bunch of dickheads. The Dome is a horrible facility for any kind of sporting event. It's old, outdated, and needs a lot of work.

    Whoever said they should take and put on a retractable roof: I believe I read somewhere that putting on a retractable roof to a stadium costs $400,000,000 to $500,000,000 if you add it extra instead of putting it on in the first place. I believe I read that when I was reading an article about "What if the Twins put a roof on their stadium after it's done."
    Lol thats a crap load of money for a roof


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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    I think it would be like Cleveland, if the Vikings leave I would believe another team would come in with the Vikings name. That is after the state builds a new stadium. I hope not because I am not a Vikings fan but it is a lot easier to get tickets to see my Steelers there than KC. At least better seats and cheaper prices.



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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    I've been a lifelong Viking fan, but am seriously considering changing my allegiance. Any state that can vote Al Franken to the US Senate (they also once had a former pro wrestler for governor) does not deserve non-Minnesota support for their pro football team...



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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    I hope they don't. If they do, I guess I'll go back to being a Dolphins fan


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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    Quote Originally Posted by Stelrs1995 View Post
    I think it would be like Cleveland, if the Vikings leave I would believe another team would come in with the Vikings name. That is after the state builds a new stadium. I hope not because I am not a Vikings fan but it is a lot easier to get tickets to see my Steelers there than KC. At least better seats and cheaper prices.
    I just don't think this scenario is possible. The league would need to expand and with 32 teams evenly divided I just don't see expansion in the future.



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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    Quote Originally Posted by pdxclone View Post
    This is why I gave up my season tickets years ago. A vocal minority thinks for some reason the owners will not move the teams; especially the beloved Vikings. Minnesota is home of North American hockey ... right ... and the North Starts moved to Dallas because the lack of support. Cost millions of dollars more to get a new hockey team than work with the team to make it a win-win. It will happen with the Vikings! But the NFL will not return in your life time.

    The dome sucks. Sucked when it opened and it is past its expected life. The new Gopher stadium will be 10 times better than the dome ever was. Why give one billionaire owner a baseball stadium and not equal deal for football? Because you don't think the Vikings will leave. They will go for the money; that's how they became billionaires!

    Your view on sellouts is off ... they almost had a blackout of the last playoff game for crying out loud.
    You are way off. The dome is a GREAT football stadium. First off, the Twins owner threw down a lot of the cost for the new stadium. Second, it took like 12 years for the Twins to even get a deal like that done.

    Finally, all of you people talk about how raising the taxes are bad. Well, they already are raising taxes for the Twins. Are you really advocating raising taxes further for a Vikings stadium?

    Lastly, my view on the sell-out streak is just fine. The reason why they had problems selling out the playoff game is because 1)NFL ticket prices are outrageous and 2)Really tough economic times. If you go up to Minneapolis, people there love their Vikings. It has nothing to do with not having fans...


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    Re: Vikings Possible move to LA

    Another funny thing: The LA stadium is going to cost $800 million, yet the Vikings want to build a $954 million stadium in Minneapolis... The Twins stadium is costing $375 million or so...


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