The Wilfs would still prefer to build a new stadium in Arden Hills, but they’ve made it clear that they’re willing to meet the state of Minnesota halfway and discuss downtown Minneapolis options as well. There is one downtown option that appears to be completely off the table, however. That’s the Metrodome site. In a letter addressed to Mayor Rybak and Council President Barbara Johnson, the Wilfs lay out precisely why they think the Metrodome site stinks.
Here’s a summary of the letter in bullet form:
- Playing at TCF Bank Stadium for three years while the new stadium was built on the Metrodome site would cost the Vikings money.
- TCF Bank Stadium would require expensive upgrades before the Vikings could consider playing there.
- The Metrodome site itself isn’t large enough for all the premium parking the Vikings would need to add in order to accommodate suite owners and club seat holders.
According to the letter, all the extra costs associated with building on the Metrodome site would jack up the stadium price by $67 million. The message is clear. If politicians are really concerned about keeping costs down – their argument in not building the stadium in Arden Hills – then they can’t seriously consider the Metrodome site either.
For the sake of thoroughness, the letter also mentions the inconveniences fans would experience if the team had to spend three years at TCF. Think about the fans Minnesota politicians! Think about the fans!