Lester Bagley Gives Stadium Update


Vikings vice president of public affairs Lester Bagley today participated in a chat on the team’s official site, and updated Viking Nation on the status of the team’s stadium efforts.  During said chat session Bagley revealed that two separate Los Angeles groups have approached the team about the possibility of relocating the Vikings to the L.A. area.  Bagley said the Vikings are not currently looking at relocation, but are intent on getting a new stadium built in Minnesota.

“Clearly, the Vikings stadium issue is being followed nationally and it’s no secret that we’re down to the last year on our lease,” Bagley said.  “We’ve told those [L.A.] groups that we are focused on resolving the issue in Minnesota. We feel solid momentum and feel we’re well-positioned with the new legislature and governor. Instead of spending energy speculating on other markets, let’s keep the focus on building a world-class facility for the community and the State of Minnesota.”

Of course it never hurts to remind everyone that, even if the team is focused on staying in Minnesota, there are groups in other cities that have shown interest.  And by the way, the team is down to the last year of its lease.  And if Bagley wanted to be super-honest he could’ve added, “And oh by the way, we fired Brad Childress for you.  So how about you fans go out there and show some support for a new stadium?  Clock’s ticking.”

Bagley also said that the team is looking at multiple sites around Minneapolis for a potential new stadium location, but would still prefer to build on the site of the Metrodome.  I am firmly in the camp that says the Vikes should build an out-door facility and try to get back to that great homefield advantage they had back in the days of Bud Grant, but then I admit I never go to the games, so it wouldn’t be me freezing my ass out there.

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  • jeffknier

    This news is concerning to me and the majority of the Metro area people. The people here have spoken over and over again that it is not worth it for the franchise to build a new stadium (if the taxpayers are going to pay for it). I read something that if the Minneapolis-Saint Paul area were considered a nation, we would have the 3rd highest taxes of any country in the world or something ridiculous like that. Taxes here are already so high and it’s getting to be crunch time. If Zigi Wilf is not going to build the stadium himself and the Vikings aren’t interested in extending the lease at the Metrodome (which is 30 years old or something and there are much older stadiums in the NFL), then it is time to pursue other locations where the fan base would approve of a tax hike. It is absolutely insane for Lester Bagley to say the following quote:

    “We feel solid momentum and feel we’re well-positioned with the new legislature and governor,” he said in the chat. “Instead of spending energy speculating on other markets, let’s keep the focus on building a world-class facility for the community and the state of Minnesota.”

    There is no solid momentum (at least amongst the majority of the tax payers) and those are the people that should be the deciding factor in this decision!

    Thanks for listening.