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singersp
03-25-2006, 01:56 PM
Posted on Sat, Mar. 25, 2006

Wilf: stadium chances are better

ASSOCIATED PRESS

EDEN PRAIRIE, Minn. - Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf has two obvious goals for his franchise -- winning a Super Bowl and building a new stadium.

Though he's moved aggressively to hire a coach, sign free agents, buy land and lobby for public support, Wilf has also acknowledged the value of patience -- for the Super Bowl and the stadium.

"You have to have a long-term outlook on both," Wilf said Friday in an interview with the Associated Press. "But we're optimistic that we can get both of them done in the short-term."

With the football side of the organization wrapping up an active two weeks in free agency, Wilf and his leaders in the front office are continuing their push for a stadium bill to be considered during this spring's legislative session.

The Vikings are eager to build in Blaine a $675 million retractable roof stadium, as an anchor to a $1.5 billion Northern Lights Sports, Retail and Entertainment Center.

Wilf has promised $280 million toward the stadium, plus many of the costs associated with the other developments, for a total of about $1 billion in private investment. Anoka County would have to pay $280 million through a three-quarters percent sales tax increase, or about 75 cents per $100.

It's been approved by the county commission, but the Legislature must authorize it before it can be levied. The state would also provide $115 million through construction bonds.

"From the governor, through the leaders in the House and the Senate, I've gotten the indication directly from them, as have many of our staff, that our chances have gone up," Wilf said.

"I think everyone realizes it's not a state handout. It's an investment by a private developer in the community."

The Vikings have long been in line behind Twins baseball and University of Minnesota football in requests for stadium funding. Legislative leaders have said the votes are there to pass plans for the Twins and the Gophers this session, but the consensus has generally been the Vikings' chances are more remote.

Wilf: stadium chances are better (http://www.duluthsuperior.com/mld/duluthsuperior/sports/14184881.htm)

vikeswin2005
03-25-2006, 02:00 PM
thx singer for the info

COJOMAY
03-25-2006, 02:05 PM
The way that article reads the state is not investing a dime. They are going to sell construction bonds. Only the Anoka County residents would have to ante up some money in a .075% sales tax.
I always thought the state was being ased for some money as well as paying for the road construction in and around the stadium.

mnjamie
03-25-2006, 03:07 PM
Get it Done !!! Get it Done!!! Get it Done!!!

shawn9876uss
03-25-2006, 04:25 PM
It sounds like they are moving along

Jeremy
03-25-2006, 10:12 PM
I really hope a deal gets done and we can all watch a game outdoors. I hate the dome. :( I hate driving downtown. :( I hate shelling out a bunch of cash to pack anywhere near the current stadium.

Just think of how great it would be to have everyone park in the same place, for free. TAILGATING PARTIES WOULD BE HUGE!!!!!! No dealing with all the one way streets downtown. No sitting inside for the whole game. There is a possibility of a training facility in vacinity of the stadium. I'd actually go and watch the training camps. There is no way I'd go all the way to Mankato for it.

vikeswin2005
03-25-2006, 10:21 PM
[quote="COJOMAY"]The way that article reads the state is not investing a dime. They are going to sell construction bonds. Only the Anoka County residents would have to ante up some money in a .075% sales tax. I always thought the state was being ased for some money as well as paying for the road construction in and around the stadium.[/quote

exactly cojomay I live in anoka cty just 2-3 miles from the site they are still "battling" with the little town of Centerville population 1500 or so the mayor is a whench sp? i hate her Mary Capra she wants to bring this to a vote and it is slowing everyting down I mean .075% oh my i will be broke they said it will take about 1 year so avg family of 4 in anoka cty makes aprox 62k so after avg mtg and car pymnt they will spend on taxable items 12k for the year x .075 = 900 a year which would create a ton of jobs in the county and make property go up and.......DUH

singersp
03-25-2006, 10:41 PM
"vikeswin2005" wrote:

"COJOMAY" wrote:
[quote]The way that article reads the state is not investing a dime. They are going to sell construction bonds. Only the Anoka County residents would have to ante up some money in a .075% sales tax. I always thought the state was being ased for some money as well as paying for the road construction in and around the stadium.[/quote

exactly cojomay I live in anoka cty just 2-3 miles from the site they are still "battling" with the little town of Centerville population 1500 or so the mayor is a whench sp? i hate her Mary Capra she wants to bring this to a vote and it is slowing everyting down I mean .075% oh my i will be broke they said it will take about 1 year so avg family of 4 in anoka cty makes aprox 62k so after avg mtg and car pymnt they will spend on taxable items 12k for the year x .075 = 900 a year which would create a ton of jobs in the county and make property go up and.......DUH

I think your 12K is a little high. What are they spending that money on?

Food & clothing are non-taxable in MN. Also, if they're worried about the 0.075 on a dollar, it isn't to far to drive to another county to spend money on higher priced items.

vikeswin2005
03-25-2006, 10:43 PM
oops sorry singer it is 12k-6k grocieries ( approx of course) = 6k x .075= 450 there we go i knew that other nbr was too high i was at the city hall meeting a while back and obviously there were people who want the stadium there also that brought these figures up

Ltrey33
03-25-2006, 10:45 PM
Well I'm glad we're making progress, but I feel bad for Wilfi. He has to make up about 7 years work in just a few months since Red didn't do jack about the stadium!

LL-MMan
03-25-2006, 10:47 PM
I wish they'd let us throw in our own cash....

singersp
03-25-2006, 10:50 PM
"LL-MMan" wrote:

I wish they'd let us throw in our own cash....

If you send your cash to me, I'll make sure they get it. :cool:

VikesfaninWis
03-25-2006, 10:53 PM
OK Vikes fans, this would be our ultimate dream... We get our new stadium, and the year we host a SB, we are in it, and win it.

Now what would be better then hosting a superbowl, and winning the thing in front of all the purple priders? Man just thinking about that sends shivers down my spine..

vikeswin2005
03-25-2006, 10:55 PM
too far away stll vfiw

vikeswin2005
03-25-2006, 10:56 PM
we are looking at 2012 at the earliest for a superbowl in minnesota

PurpleRide
03-25-2006, 10:57 PM
Just think of how great it would be to have everyone park in the same place, for free.


This isn't high school football. No matter where the Vikings go you still will pay for parking. I bet a new stadium will still charge around 30 atleast for parking.

SharperVikings
03-25-2006, 11:30 PM
"vikeswin2005" wrote:

we are looking at 2012 at the earliest for a superbowl in minnesota

Just think....we could be in that !!!

vikeswin2005
03-25-2006, 11:31 PM
i know but it so far away ...makes me sad

whackthepack
03-26-2006, 03:45 AM
"vikeswin2005" wrote:

"COJOMAY" wrote:
[quote]The way that article reads the state is not investing a dime. They are going to sell construction bonds. Only the Anoka County residents would have to ante up some money in a .075% sales tax. I always thought the state was being ased for some money as well as paying for the road construction in and around the stadium.[/quote

exactly cojomay I live in anoka cty just 2-3 miles from the site they are still "battling" with the little town of Centerville population 1500 or so the mayor is a whench sp? i hate her Mary Capra she wants to bring this to a vote and it is slowing everyting down I mean .075% oh my i will be broke they said it will take about 1 year so avg family of 4 in anoka cty makes aprox 62k so after avg mtg and car pymnt they will spend on taxable items 12k for the year x .075 = 900 a year which would create a ton of jobs in the county and make property go up and.......DUH


Your math is a little off. It would be 12,000 x 0.0075 = $90.00 per year!

The state is doing $115 million on road improvement but that is already scheduled anyway, they would just move the timetable up by a few years.
(media usually does not mention that the money is going to be spent either way}

singersp
03-26-2006, 04:04 AM
"whackthepack" wrote:

Your math is a little off. It would be 12,000 x 0.0075 = $90.00 per year!

He also changed the 12K to 6K after I pointed out that food & clothing are not taxed in MN, thereby decreasing the cost to a family to $45 anually.

I pay more than that on cigarette tax alone.

vikeswin2005
03-26-2006, 04:11 AM
sorry singer i was trying to remeber the figures off the top of my head i forgot to back out food i know the avg salary is exact..........

singersp
03-26-2006, 04:16 AM
"vikeswin2005" wrote:

sorry singer i was trying to remeber the figures off the top of my head i forgot to back out food i know the avg salary is exact..........

No problem bro. What other people fail to realize, is that 62K per year average is based on a family of 4, with two people working.

For single people the numbers are less yet.

Ltrey33
03-26-2006, 04:40 AM
"LL-MMan" wrote:

I wish they'd let us throw in our own cash....

Seriously, if everybody gave like 5 bucks, we'd have at least 1000 bucks to build a new stadium! :lol:

singersp
03-26-2006, 04:51 AM
"ltrey33" wrote:

"LL-MMan" wrote:

I wish they'd let us throw in our own cash....

Seriously, if everybody gave like 5 bucks, we'd have at least 1000 bucks to build a new stadium! :lol:

:scratch: That is only 200 people Ltrey.

chilifoot
03-26-2006, 04:54 AM
i'm in favor of a new stadium, but i don't live in Minnesota either, so my opinion really doesn't count

vikeswin2005
03-26-2006, 05:00 AM
"singersp" wrote:

"ltrey33" wrote:

"LL-MMan" wrote:
[quote]I wish they'd let us throw in our own cash....

Seriously, if everybody gave like 5 bucks, we'd have at least 1000 bucks to build a new stadium! :lol:

:scratch: That is only 200 people Ltrey.[/quote

I was thinking that too lol

singersp
03-26-2006, 05:00 AM
"chilifoot" wrote:

i'm in favor of a new stadium, but i don't live in Minnesota either, so my opinion really doesn't count

Sure it does. If you ever go to a Vikings game in Minnesota, you will not only be spending money at the srtadium & on tix, but at other places around the state.

For example; Restaurants, hotels, stores, gas stations, MOA, parking etc.

vikeswin2005
03-26-2006, 05:03 AM
"singersp" wrote:

"chilifoot" wrote:
[quote]i'm in favor of a new stadium, but i don't live in Minnesota either, so my opinion really doesn't count

Sure it does. If you ever go to a Vikings game in Minnesota, you will not only be spending money at the srtadium & on tix, but at other places around the state.

For example; Restaurants, hotels, stores, gas stations, MOA, parking etc.[/quote

what does that have to do wih the new stadium

Webby
03-26-2006, 05:05 AM
people come to town, they check out the Mall of America quite often.

chilifoot
03-26-2006, 05:05 AM
well, i live in texas anways so minnesota is kinda far for me

vikeswin2005
03-26-2006, 05:07 AM
"Webby" wrote:

people come to town, they check out the Mall of America quite often.

well yeah I know that but I was just wondering what that has to do with the idea of a new stadium....

hey webby by the way did you get my pm

singersp
03-26-2006, 05:33 AM
"vikeswin2005" wrote:

"singersp" wrote:

"chilifoot" wrote:

i'm in favor of a new stadium, but i don't live in Minnesota either, so my opinion really doesn't count

Sure it does. If you ever go to a Vikings game in Minnesota, you will not only be spending money at the srtadium & on tix, but at other places around the state.

For example; Restaurants, hotels, stores, gas stations, MOA, parking etc.

what does that have to do wih the new stadium

You can still tell them you from out of state & support the stadium. That you go to Minnesota to watch Vikings games, thereby bringing revenue into the state by the spending you do while you are there.

vikeswin2005
03-26-2006, 05:37 AM
ooooooooooooohhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh i see thanks singer