The Viking’s Bye Week (And Why They Should Get a New Stadium)

This week was the Minnesota Vikings one bye week of the 2011 season. While it is a week for the players to take a break from the weekly grind that takes a severe toll on their minds and bodies, it is a rough week as a fan. I’m not saying that the bye week isn’t necessary (it is), but I do really miss seeing my team out there on the field. Simply put, Sunday wasn’t the same without a Vikings game to watch. Even worse, the Minnesota media market means that the only late afternoon football game available to me was the Green Bay Packers. Instead of getting to watch the Purple and being thrilled with a victory or agonizing over a defeat, I had to watch the hated Super Bowl Champions put up 45 points against the Chargers.

Luckily, there’s just one bye week a year. However, there is a real chance that someday Minnesota won’t even have a team. The bye week scenario from this week would be repeated. Every. Single. Week. Early on last week a person unaffiliated with the Vikings put up this YouTube video

This video hits close to home. That’s what Sunday was like. I would prefer if it does not become a permanent situation.

Luckily, it appears that the State of Minnesota is slowly but surely moving towards a stadium solution that will keep the Vikings in Minnesota. Over the weekend they released this video, which sums up the issue quite nicely.

The video evokes a lot of emotion. The Vikings are an integral part of the Minnesota experience, and I would love to see them stay here for another 50 years in a beautiful new home. A new stadium could host Super Bowls, Final Fours, concerts, High School tournaments, an MLS team, and other sporting events Minnesota should be happy and appreciative to host.

Look for a preview of next week’s Monday Night Football (Vikings vs. Packers) later in the week. Thank goodness the bye week is over.

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5 Responses to The Viking’s Bye Week (And Why They Should Get a New Stadium)

  1. Ed Kohler says:

    The Vikings are only willing to sign a 30 year lease for a new stadium. They signed a 30 year for the Metrodome too, and started trying to get out of it after 20, and have been there rent-free since 2002. Is this really an organization worthy of a $650,000,000 in borrowing, and over a billion dollars of public money by the time the debt is paid back?

  2. Aaron C Style says:

    Ed, shut the fuck up. Seriously. You have no idea what the financial situation would be. You can’t read the future, you can only predict. Your methods include nothing but 10 Vikings home games either. What about the rest? It’s sooo fucking sad that you are trying to go to great lengths to sabotage this whole situation which will be unsuccessful anyways. Truly sad. Get a fucking life you hipster douche bag.

  3. Chris says:

    In the end I’m in support of a new stadium, just because I’m a desperate fan, but the idea of putting the stadium in Arden Hills was idiotic. Whatever economic benefits the stadium would provide to the Arden Hills community is just redistributed wealth from the bars, restaurants, parking ramps, and apartments near the Metrodome. Stadiums have been shown to provide the most economic and social benefits when they are incorporated into an already existing development. If the stadium was built in downtown Minneapolis or St Paul, it will provide an added vibrancy to the heart of a city. Putting it in a random suburb will not by itself will not have the tertiary impacts on the community and on the Twin Cities as a whole that so many assume.

    • Ed Kohler says:

      Chris, good poing about revenue in Arden Hills being a redistribution of wealth from Minneapolis. By that same measure, much of the revenue generated at a Vikings game is money that is redistributed from other local businesses that compete for the public’s discretionary income. So, while the Vikings are likely being accurate when they suggest that they generate $20 million/yr for the local economy, should the team leave, the actual economic impact would be far less than that.

      And, more importantly, the cost of making debt payments on $650,000,000 + interest is far more than $20 million/yr, which is why the Vikings can’t find the votes for the largest request for public funding in the history of the NFL.

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