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COJOMAY
06-09-2006, 05:18 PM
Developers ask Vikings to consider Shakopee as a site for stadium
By Shannon Fiecke
Staff Writer

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

The Minnesota Vikings are considering Shakopee as a possible stadium home should the proposed stadium in Blaine not work out.

Lester Bagley, vice president of public affairs and stadium development, said Wednesday the Vikings are in the "earliest stages" of discussions with real-estate developers about a site in Shakopee.

He wouldn't say who the developers are or where the site is, but said the location appears workable. Any successful proposal, he said, would require local and political support and financial partnership.
Previously, developers considered a site near Canterbury Park for a stadium home for the Minnesota Twins.

Bagley said the Vikings still have a solid partnership with Anoka County for a stadium in Blaine, but had to consider alternatives after the stadium plan failed in the state Legislature.

The Vikings are continuing to work out key issues with Anoka County as the organization considers alternatives, he said.

"Right now, that's the one and only proposal that's viable," he said.

Bagley said numerous communities have approached the Vikings, but Shakopee is one of two or three locations the Vikings organization is exploring further.

He said a stadium can serve as a commercial anchor for a community and bring significant economic development, as is proposed in Blaine.

That proposal leverages private investment for restaurants, retail shops, corporate offices and the like, he said.

"The Vikings proposal goes far beyond 10 football games a year," he said. "It includes a broad economic development package.

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cajunvike
06-09-2006, 05:29 PM
Shock would probably LOVE that option!

The positive is that the airport is alot closer than it is to Anoka County!

Bdubya
06-09-2006, 05:31 PM
I don't care where it is, just give them a stadium!

twill
06-09-2006, 05:52 PM
i dont care where it is either.. just let me get a new stadium!

cajunvike
06-09-2006, 07:54 PM
What say you, Mighty Shock?

DarrinNelsonguy
06-09-2006, 07:57 PM
It would be a great addition out there near Cantabury Park!

sunny
06-09-2006, 08:51 PM
Build it in Blaine! Shakoppe is a mess for driving around in. With ValleyFair, the Zoo, Canabury, and the Renasaunse Festivle all down there. Or it could just be that the Northern suburbs are closer to ME :grin:

AngloVike
06-09-2006, 09:14 PM
"cajunvike" wrote:

Shock would probably LOVE that option!

The positive is that the airport is alot closer than it is to Anoka County!

sounds like a great spot for the pre-game tailgate - everyone to Shock's ! :cheers:

COJOMAY
06-09-2006, 09:15 PM
"The Vikings proposal goes far beyond 10 football games a year," he said. "It includes a broad economic development package

This is what the state legislature fails to realize. They still think it's just a stadium.

cajunvike
06-09-2006, 09:17 PM
"sunny" wrote:

Build it in Blaine! Shakoppe is a mess for driving around in. With ValleyFair, the Zoo, Canabury, and the Renasaunse Festivle all down there. Or it could just be that the Northern suburbs are closer to ME :grin:

Just the kind of selfless attitude that will get things done....oops, I meant to say selfish!!! :razz:

NodakPaul
06-10-2006, 01:09 AM
Bagley said numerous communities have approached the Vikings, but Shakopee is one of two or three locations the Vikings organization is exploring further.

I wonder what communities are being considered... I really liked the Blaine proposal, but right now I don't care where (in minnesota) it is built. Just built it!

Vikes_King
06-10-2006, 01:12 AM
i wouldnt care where it is, just build itttttt

singersp
06-10-2006, 01:25 AM
It'd be closer for me as well if they built it in Shakopee. I wouldn't mind the Rosemount area either. There's alot of space there as well.

It really doesn't matter though, for if they build it, I will come.

Warp
06-10-2006, 07:31 AM
Well since im in the Hibbing area i dont really care where it is as long as its in minnesota :razz: . But Shakopee sounds good to me :grin: Just get it done!