Skip to comments.The Metrodome, The Taxes, and The Vikings.
Posted on 12/13/2010 7:24:32 AM PST by therightliveswithus
The Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome roof collapsed under the weight of 17.1 inches of snow last night. Leaving the sorry Minnesota Vikings without a home stadium for this week's game against the New York Giants team. The stadium is twenty-eight years old, and can hold over 64,000 fans at any given NFL game.
Public Policy Polling recently found that 49% of Minnesota voters would rather have the Vikings leave for greener pastures, such as California, than to publicly fund a new stadium with taxpayer dollars via increased taxes. With the stadium situation reaching a zenith of epic proportions with yesterday's snow storm, one must wonder whether the voters will change their minds on public funding.
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Expect the roof collapse to be used as proof the taxpayers need to cough up for a new Vikings stadium. I wouldn’t be surprised if the snow was allowed to build up to the point of collapse on purpose.
Some wag on the internet said that he saw Brett Favre up there on the roof with a machete.
Somewhere Bud Grant was cheering. Football was meant to be played outdoors.
And they’ll get that new stadium. They always do.
But apparently, they cannot support 17 inches of snow. Sorry, but it seems that Minnesota has had snowstorms and blizzards before.... and I expect, more snow than that. SO is this Tarp fatigue?
That’s what you get for having a ‘Glad Bag’ for a roof.
The roof has collapsed before...but all of the sudden it is being used as an excuse for a new stadium?
There is a chance it will be repaired and ready to go by next Sunday...so the repairs can’t be that expensive (a week’s labor and three rolls of duct tape?)
I’m sure the NFL lost alot of money on this - and they will use this to bully the Vikings into a new stadium...how much would it cost to cut that tarp off the stadium and call it ready for play?
Let ‘em go for all I care. They’re a second-rate team and have been (with a couple of exceptions) since the days of the Purple People Eaters. The Dome is a boondoggle and Favre is kaput. Sail away, Vikings. I for one won’t miss you.
THIS is my problem with professional sports. I don’t mind that owners are billionaires and players are millionaires. I DO mind that they turn to the taxpayers to subsidize their business ventures and then make their millions charging those same taxpayers exhorbitant fees to see the fruits of their tax “contributions.”
Obviously, a physical therapy session. wink-wink...nod-nod...
Apparently all of its collapses happen from around a foot of show. It is just held up by air, and when you think of the size of it that is a lot of snow.
They need to bring back the "23rd Viking."
Good question. Does it really need the baggie on top?
It hasn’t collapsed on the morning of a game before, and this is the second to last season of their lease. “Good” timing for the Vikings’ owners. And you couldn’t just cut it off and call it ready to play, there’s a lot of important stadium parts (like the lights) attached to the roof. Not to mention that the field isn’t designed to deal with moisture.
They could move to wherever they want and they'll still need a new quarterback.
>>>There is a chance it will be repaired and ready to go by next Sunday...
Actually, the Vikes next, and last for the season, home game was to be Monday, 12/20 vs Chicago. There’s no way in hell it will be ready by then.
Ladies and Gentlemen: Coming Soon, The Los Angles Vikings!!
Play it at the University of Minnesota stadium, the Saints had to play at Tiger Stadium in Baton Rouge the year of Katrina.
"What's in your wallet?"
We can only hope. If not those apparent 49% will be nowhere to be found after the team leaves.
"Well sure I said I didn't care if they left. I didn't think they really would. When can we get another team for 3 times what it would have cost to replace an obsolete and dilapidated building that has allowed us to get by on the cheap for 28 years? Let's form a committee."
They had crews clearing the roof, but they pulled them off Saturday afternoon because it was too windy to work safely. Apparently the roof can accomodate about a foot of accumulation and, in this instance, not 17 inches.
Maybe there are other cities looking for a Pro Football team. I hear Cincinnati and Dallas want one...
Dallas has one, it's TCU.
Remember that the LA Lakers were Orginally from MN.
“It hasnt collapsed on the morning of a game before, and this is the second to last season of their lease. Good timing for the Vikings owners. And you couldnt just cut it off and call it ready to play, theres a lot of important stadium parts (like the lights) attached to the roof. Not to mention that the field isnt designed to deal with moisture”
I know it will never happen...just daydreaming about cutting the tarp off. I have designed two artificial turf fields in recent years - any field can be made to handle moisture with the FieldTurf system...they can sell the HVAC system for scrap to buy new lights :). Heck, probably savings on energy bills alone would pay for new lights. Walking out the revolving doors to that stadium are an experience - you are ‘blown out the door’....I can’t imagine the blowers needed to keep the roof inflated when a game gets out.
I know it will never happen - they get big money hosting NCAA tournaments there...but I can dream.
Well, that's were they got the Lakers from. "Land of 10,000 Lakes", get it?. True story, the Lakers, back in the days of George Mikan, were the Minnesota Lakers. And the Brooklyn Dodgers because the residents of that fair borough were known for dodging trolley cars.
I’m anti-dome myself, but there is a lot to it. If they get a new stadium maybe it’ll be open, probably not though, once teams get hooked on the dome they tend to stay (except Seattle, which makes me respect them at least a little).
A possible goodbye to the Baggie Dome?
“Actually, the Vikes next, and last for the season, home game was to be Monday, 12/20 vs Chicago. Theres no way in hell it will be ready by then”
I’m just going by what one of the sports talking heads said, after a phone conversation with the Vikes. The Vikings stand to lose alot of gate revenue, and concessions. I’m sure they’re gonna try.
I guess Lakers as in LA-kers does make some sense, it makes a heckuva lot more sense than Utah Jazz, yeah when I think of Satchmo and all those jazz greats, Utah is the first thing that comes to mind. /s
One of the Lions officials was on local radio a few minutes ago and pretty much said the same thin. They are even removing the Lions logo from mid filed and in the end zones and replacing it with the Vikings logo.
Sacrilege! Worst thing since Florida Field hosted the Gator Bowl while the one in Jacksonville was being renovated, and they put the frickin' Tennessee checkerboard in the end zone.
Well, the Jazz were originally the New Orleans Jazz. When they moved from New Orleans, they kept the nickname which makes no sense for another city.
Public Policy Polling recently found that 49% of Minnesota voters would rather have the Vikings leave for greener pastures.
I see no reason for tax payers funding any stadium. There is plenty of money in football for them to finance their own palaces. The tax payer is tapped. The tax payer after paying for the monument to the rich still has to buy a seat license for the right to buy a seat. This is just crazy.
Yes, they did! The Pats didn’t look cold at all.
I would not brag too much on the Minnesota voters. They are also the ones who gave us Frankin and Ventura.
All that hair kept Tom Brady warm.
The Jazz, in case you did not know, were originally the New Orleans Jazz. The cultural dissonance between New Orleans and SLC is, well, striking. When I stopped over in SLC on my way to Alaska once, I read story in the local paper about a National Guard unit composed of Utah and Neveda soldiers, known as the Saints and the Sinners. The truly odd thing is that front page had a wire-service story about a soldier from my tiny hometown of Boxborough, Massachusetts, who was running a military salvage yard in Iraq for the Army, and presumably other services.
Another sports franchise name anomaly is the Calgary Flames, who were at one time from Atlanta.
Gillette Stadium is 100% privately paid for as was Foxboro stadium. When the New England Patriots threatened to leave for New Haven, the then Republican Governor (I forget which one) called their bluff.
Somewhere Bud Grant was cheering. Football was meant to be played outdoors.
Amen to that. The best and only game I ever saw in person was in the early 60s, in a snowstorm.. The Vikes beat the Rams 10-3.. the field was covered with oodles of snow.. as were all the seats, fans, everything.. they had to run snow shovels every few minutes across the field to reveal the yard lines and sideline..
The Vikings told the NFL today the dome won’t be ready by next Monday...
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) The Metrodomes torn roof wont be repaired in time for the Vikings Monday night game with Chicago, stadium officials said Tuesday as the team prepared to use Minnesotas TCF Bank Stadium as a backup.