Minnesota Metrodome Collapse: Do Vikings Get New Stadium or Move To L.A.?

Ross ColemanAnalyst IDecember 12, 2010

Minnesota Metrodome Collapse: Do Vikings Get New Stadium or Move to L.A.?

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 12:  Snow surrounds the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome, Mall of America Stadium where the inflatable roof collapsed under the weight of snow during a storm Sunday morning December 12, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. A blizzard dum
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    With the news that the Metrodome roof collapsed under the weight of a heavy snowfall, the question has to be asked: Does this pave the way for the Vikings to get a new stadium in Minnesota? Or does it seal their fate and force them to move to Los Angeles?

    The Vikings' lease in the Metrodome ends next year, so an answer is coming sooner or later.

    What do you think? Would you rather have the Vikings stay in Minnesota with a new stadium or move to L.A.?

5. Move to L.A.: A New Stadium Is on the Way.

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    Anschutz Entertainment Group, the same group behind the Staples Center and the revitalization of downtown Los Angeles by building LA Live, is making significant strides to build a state-of-the-art multipurpose NFL stadium/convention center in downtown L.A.

    Plans like this have been rumored for years, but this one is different.

    Philip Aschutz, Tim Leiweke, Magic Johnson and Casey Wasserman have all been behind the plan to bring the NFL back to Los Angeles.

5. Stay in Minny: Vikings Want to Stay

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 05:  Brett Favre #4 of the Minnesota Vikings talks with Sidney Rice #18 on the sideline during the game against the Buffalo Bills at the Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on December 5, 2010 in Minneapoli
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    The Vikings know that leaving Minnesota is a last resort. They have spent the entire history of their franchise in Minnesota.

    The ownership of the Vikings knows that leaving the area would be a travesty.

    Ultimately, I think the Vikings would be willing to stay and wait for a new stadium.

4. Move to L.A.: Recent Stadium Proposal Denied

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 07:  Owner Zygi Wilf of the Minnesota Vikings looks on during warmups for the game with the Arizona Cardinals at Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome on November 7, 2010 in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty Images)
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    Recently, a stadium proposal was voted down by the Minnesota state legislature.

    This latest hurdle seems to be the biggest blow to the Vikings getting a new stadium.

    If this recent stadium collapse doesn't change some minds, the Vikings should leave.

4. Stay In Minny: Twins and Gophers Both Got New Stadiums

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    MINNEAPOLIS - NOVEMBER 01:  Traye Simmons #15 of the Minnesota Golden Gophers celebrates his interception for a touchdown for a 14-10 lead with Lee Campbell #30 over the Northwestern Wildcats during the second quarter at the Hubert H.Humphrey Metrodome on
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    Of the three Metrodome tenants from the last decade, only the Vikings are left playing in the stadium. 

    The University of Minnesota got a new football stadium where the state of Minnesota paid 48 percent of the cost of the stadium.

    The Minnesota Twins got a new baseball stadium in which two-thirds of the stadium was paid for by a hike in the county taxes.

    It seems unfair that those two teams would get new stadiums and the Vikings, the state's most beloved team, would not get a new stadium.

3. Move to LA: LA Is Going to Get Someone, Why Not Vikings?

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    MINNEAPOLIS, MN - DECEMBER 05:  Adrian Peterson #28 of the Minnesota Vikings hands the ball to a fan alongside teammate Sidney Rice #18 after he rushed for a touchdown against the Buffalo Bills at the Mall of America Field at the Hubert H. Humphrey Metrod
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    Some team will make the move to LA at some point. It just depends on which team is willing to commit.

    So why wouldn't the Vikings want to jump on board as the team that would make the move?

    If the Vikings want a stadium so bad, they know where they can get one.

3. Stay in Minny: NFL Leverage

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    NEW YORK, NY - NOVEMBER 30:  (R) Commissioner of hte NFL Roger Goodell speaks during the 2010 Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year Celebration  at IAC Building on November 30, 2010 in New York City.  (Photo by Jemal Countess/Getty Images)
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    Any decision to move still has to be approved  by the NFL.

    NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell could end up leveraging the Vikings staying in Minnesota.

    I don't know that he would be able to leverage the state government, but I am sure he could try.

2. Move to LA: Minnesota Owner Recently Visited LA

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    Minnesota Vikings owner Zygi Wilf on the field before  ESPN Monday Night Football September 11, 2006 in Washington.  The Minnesota  Vikings defeated the Redskins  19 - 16.  (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
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    A few weeks ago, Viking's owner Zygi Wilf made a fact-finding trip to Los Angeles.

    Wilf reportedly met with AEG members and toured LA Live. When asked about his reason for visiting L.A., he said it was for inspiration for the area around a new stadium in Minnesota, but does anyone buy that?

2. Stay in Minny: The Vikings Are Not L.A.'s First Choice

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    SAN DIEGO - DECEMBER 12: Running back Mike Tolbert #35 of the San Diego Chargers celebrates after his eight yard touchdown run against the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium on December 12, 2010 in San Diego, California.  (Photo by Stephen Dunn/Getty
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    L.A.'s first choice for an NFL team would be the San Diego Chargers.

    The Chargers are in a similar situation to the Vikings, but a move from San Diego is more likely than one from Minnesota.

    Anschutz has also reportedly been rumored to be close to buying 35 percent of the Chargers. If the sale goes through, it is only a matter of time before the Chargers are in L.A.

1. Move to L.A.: The Target Is Two Teams in L.A.

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    The stadium that AEG is hoping to build would be the home for multiple teams.

    Much as the Giants and Jets do in East Rutherford, N.J., the people behind the stadium plans would be really pushing for more than just one tenant in a Los Angeles stadium.

1. Stay in Minny: Fan Loyalty

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    NEW ORLEANS - SEPTEMBER 09:  A fan of the Minnesota Vikings supports his team against the New Orleans Saints at Louisiana Superdome on September 9, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
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    Minnesota has some of the most passionate NFL fans in the entire country.

    Zygi Wilf knows this.

    I really don't think that Wilf would leave a fanbase like Minnesota, even if he is struggling to get a stadium right now.

Conclusion: STAY IN MINNY!

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    NEW ORLEANS - JANUARY 24:  Fans of the Minnesota Vikings look on from the stands against the New Orleans Saints during the NFC Championship Game at the Louisana Superdome on January 24, 2010 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Imag
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    Ultimately, I think the Vikings-to-L.A. rumors are nothing more than that—rumors. I think the spread of the rumors are for the sole purpose of forcing Minnesota to make an attempt to appease Zygi Wilf and the Vikings.

    As a native of L.A., there is nothing I want more than a team in L.A., but I don't want to steal a team from somewhere that cares as much about their team as Minnesota does.

    I would rather have the Chargers make the move and, as a second team, Jacksonville, who has had a difficult time selling out their home games.

    They would have no problem in L.A.


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