Everybody just calm down. That’s the advice from Vikings vice president Lester Bagley today. “This is not Dallas. This is not New York. This is not San Francisco,” Bagley said. “A lot of people are jumping the gun as to what they’re thinking we would do in a stadium builder’s license program. We’ve not made a decision, the market has to be surveyed and the market will determine. We’re doing our homework. That’s all we’re doing.” Read more →
Archives for November 2012
The Vikings are keeping their personal seat license plans pretty well under wraps. It looks like they’re gaging their fans’ interest in paying up front for the stadium with a very discrete online survey Read more →
Governor Mark Dayton took a considerably more concilatory stance towards personal seat licenses at the new People’s Stadium this morning. Sort of. Speaking after keynoting an education conference in Plymouth, Dayton said he’s actually okay with PSLs, to a point. But he also suggested the Vikings had something to hide about the issue. Read more →
Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority chairwoman Michele Kelm Helgen was doing a little damage control today. She spoke on Minnesota Public Radio’s Daily Circuit and walked back her agency’s charge, made in a letter from Governor Dayton, to repudiate one-time seat fees at the new Vikings stadium the MSFA is building.
She noted a survey by the Vikings spread some alarm that fans might have to consider a second mortgage to keep their seats at the Vikings games — some of which have been in families since the team started in 1961. Read more →
There has been some testy correspondence in the stadium debate in the last two years, but nothing, NOTHING like the letter released by Gov. Mark Dayton this morning, blasting the Vikings for even considering a personal seat license sale. Read more →
It looks like the Vikings are broaching the very, very touchy subject of personal seat licenses. A story in the Star Tribune says that the team is putting out a survey gaging interest in the practice, which is being used by 17 of the NFL’s 32 teams (although the Packers $3,000 fee isn’t really a seat license in the traditional term, since it has to be turned back to the team for a refund of the selling price. It’s not very personal, as seat licenses go.) Read more →
The votes are in. Here are the winners and losers according to their stadium votes: Senate “Yes” votes that got beaten: John Carlson (R), Bemidji; Joe Gimse (R), Willmar Senate “No” votes that got beaten: Ted Daley (R), Eagan; John Howe (R), Red Wing; Benjamin Kruse (R), Brooklyn Park; Ted Lillie (R), Lake Elmo House Read more →
Minnesota Momentum, the “grass roots” campaign run out of Winter Park to help build support for a stadium, has some election advice for Minnesotans. They’ve blasted out an email asking fans to support legislators who voted “Yes” for a stadium when they go to the polls on Tuesday. Here’s their list: SENATORS (district locator information below): Senators, Party and District Thomas Bakk (DFL), 03 | John Pederson (R), 14 Terri Bonoff (DFL), 44 | Roger Reinert (DFL), 07 John Carlson (R), 05 | Ann Rest (DFL), 45 Bobby Champion (DFL), 59* | Julie Rosen (R), 23 Dick Cohen (DFL), 64 Read more →
The Minnesota Sports Facilities Authority has set the dates and times for its Vikings stadium “listening sessions” in Rochester and Duluth.
The Rochester event will be at the DoubleTree Hotel on Nov. 13, and the Duluth event will be at the Holiday Inn downtown. Both are Tuesday night meetings scheduled to run from 5:30 to 7:30 PM. Read more →
Even as the Vikings are busy penciling out their new digs on the East Side of downtown, the Twins look ready to roll out a little concrete carpet of their own. Read more →