The Truth Behind the Minnesota Vikings and the Stadium Issue

Luke BrandeContributor IMarch 25, 2009

MINNEAPOLIS, MN -1992:  General view of the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis Minnesota. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

The current economic recession has taken its toll on the the automotive industry, banks, big business, and especially the working American. It has not, however, had much impact on the sports world. 

Recently, NFL teams such as the Colts (Lucas Oil Stadium), and the Dallas Cowboys, despite a declining economy, have built new stadiums to replace the ones which they've played in for numerous years. 

The grandeur and marvelous architecture of these new stadiums reflects the true greatness and stability of the NFL, the recession-proof capabilities of team owners, and just how important these teams are to the community.

With the Minnesota Vikings, it is a different case. For twenty-seven years and counting, the Vikings have played in the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome in Minneapolis, Minnesota, a structure which, though not yet dilapidated, has quickly become outdated, and in a sports world revolving around renewal and perfection, it must be replaced.

In the recession, people have lost money but it hasn't stopped them from attending beloved sports games. It will stop them, even with an abundance of money, if they feel as though they are not being accommodated appropriately, according to their spending.  Such is the case with the Metrodome, and with the threat of a move to sunny L.A., it is a more prominent issue than ever for the Vikings to build a new stadium.

"Build it and they will come," Jim Morrison told Wayne in the comedy classic "Wayne's World," but if the Vikings don't build it, "they" will steadily not come, until a move is the only option left. 

Roger Goodell, the NFL Commissioner, has realized this urgency, and at the most recent NFL annual meeting, discussed the Vikings' stadium issues as being a top priority, and with the recent departure of the Minnesota Twins and the Minnesota Golden Gophers from the Metrodome, it can easily be seen that the Metrodome is no longer worthy of an NFL team, especially one on the brink of success, such as the Minnesota Vikings.

Overall, the Vikings' stadium situation is one that has no reason to even be occurring. With the recession-proof abilities of the NFL, there is no reason why Adrian Peterson shouldn't have a new place to break various NFL rushing records. 

It's time someone in the Minnesota legislature realized the immense contributions that an NFL team has to a community, and allowed the state budget to contribute to a stimulus package in the form of a new stadium for the Vikings.


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