Minnesota Vikings: Team Announces State-of-the-Art Facility to Replace Metrodome

Tom Kinslow@@TomKinslowFeatured ColumnistMay 10, 2011

The Minnesota Vikings are finally getting a new stadium.

When the Metrodome roof collapsed this year, so did the chances of the city getting away without giving the Minnesota Vikings a new stadium.

It's something the team had been looking to obtain for years. After the collapse of the roof and the subsequent struggle to find a proper playing site, the city either had to help get a new stadium or risk the team moving elsewhere, like Los Angeles, for example.

Well, today, the struggle is finally over. The team is announcing a new stadium at a site away from the current Metrodome location, and it is going to come with a hefty price tag.

Per the Minneapolis Star-Tribune:

"The big difference between the two sites would be the road construction necessary to accommodate the thousands of fans driving in to attend games.

According to the analysis, the Arden Hills site would require $275 million to $340 million in highway, parking, pedestrian and other improvements. The Dome site on the east end of downtown would need $30 million for new parking spaces and skyway connections.

The report came out after Gov. Mark Dayton said the state would not appropriate funds for the Arden Hills site beyond the $300 million commitment contained in the stadium bill before the Legislature. The Arden Hills site is an abandoned munitions plant containing hundreds of acres near Interstates 694 and 35W.

Excluding off-site costs, a stadium with a fixed roof built on the Dome site would cost $865 million, the analysis said. Comparable costs for a stadium built with a retractable roof in Arden Hills would be $939 million, the analysis said."

Ah, the costs of keeping an NFL team in town.

You have to love how the current site wasn't good enough for the team. Now, the Vikings need a brand new location that's going to add millions to an already hefty price tag for a state-of-the-art arena. I know the Metrodome wasn't an ideal location, but honestly, you have to start being reasonable when looking at your options for a new stadium.

I feel like the Vikings are taking advantage of the situation, using the collapse of the roof to get the most out of the taxpayers and the state as possible. The Vikings are going to get what they want, but at what cost?

At what point do you alienate your fans in this quest to get a new stadium? What good is a new arena then?

Right now, the Vikings have their stadium, and I'm sure they couldn't care less, but it bothers me when teams hold cities and states hostage over stadium demands. It's disgusting, and it won't be the last time a franchise does this to a city.

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